Bristol-based specialist recruitment firm Tandem Talent reports post-pandemic growth

(L-R) Dan Huckle and Sam Jenkinson

A Bristol-based firm specialising in recruitment for some of the world’s best-known architectural projects has announced significant growth as build programmes return to pre-pandemic levels.

Tandem Talent, which has its headquarters in central Bristol, was founded by Dan Huckle and Sam Jenkinson to bring a new kind of in-house agency approach to the built environment, IT and retail sectors.

Tandem works with internationally-renowned firms such as Foster + Partners, which has seen them recruit to support the creation of buildings such as Apple Park in California and the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, where this year’s World Cup will be centred.

The business has scaled quickly since it was officially formed in 2020, although the two founders had worked together in the same sectors for years previously. The firm now employs seven people and the founders are looking to double this in the next 12 months.

Dan said: “Our approach is to support clients by developing a bespoke recruitment service, especially for those scaling quickly from, for example, 500 to 1000 headcount.

“As the market has bounced back, so have businesses in this scaleup phase, which is great to see. However, it can be a tricky stage where leaders are still wearing lots of hats, so you need a senior consultancy that truly understands you from the inside out to create the necessary impact.”

The approach has also worked in other sectors, such as specialist retail brands like Snow and Rock. The business is now looking to expand its team.

Sam said: “While during the pandemic building projects were still in operation, we have seen an exponential shift in demand for specific talent pools and, as such, have substantially increased our market intelligence and reach.

“Needing more people is a great problem to have at this stage in our journey. We have invested in serious health and wellbeing and reward and recognition programmes so we’re looking forward to building a best-in-class team environment that fits with our overall ethos of partnership working.”

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