RBS backs Glasgow recruitment firm eyeing global expansion



Candidate.ID team

A Glasgow-based recruitment technology business has welcomed 10 new employees to its Oswald Street office and is preparing to open offices in New York and Singapore, thanks to increased customer demand and support from Royal Bank of Scotland.

Candidate.ID, an award-winning cloud-based recruitment provider and current cohort of RBS’s Entrepreneur Accelerator programme, identifies potential candidates through individuals’ online brand engagement, and already has a number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients on its books. 

The opening of two new offices in New York and Singapore, as well as continued growth in Glasgow, will lead to approximately 50 new jobs by the end of 2020.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Entrepreneur Accelerator is the UK’s largest free business accelerator network, offering mentoring, insight and bespoke coaching developed for entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses.

Adam Gordon, CEO of Candidate.ID, said: “Large organisations tend to have existing databases of contacts, but these can stretch into thousands of names, meaning it’s more time efficient to use more traditional job advertising routes.

“We recognised that while some individuals might not apply directly for a new job, they are open to new opportunities if approached directly. By tracking and ranking potential candidates’ interactions with brands, we can approach those with genuine interest in the hiring companies, increasing the chance of recruitment and reducing time and money spent on the process.

“Royal Bank of Scotland’s Entrepreneur Accelerator has helped us to build a network of useful contacts across Scotland and has helped us to focus on certain areas to achieve growth quicker than we thought.”

John Willoughby, Entrepreneurial Accelerator manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “As an experienced business owner and recruitment specialist, Adam spotted a gap in the market, taking a personalised approach to recruitment rather than casting the net wide. This saves time and money, so it’s no wonder large companies are realising the value of this service.

“With any new business, it’s important to expand your professional network to grow your enterprise, and we hope our Entrepreneur Accelerator programme has helped to open some doors for Adam and his business.”