Executives Online Signs First Franchisee



Fast track recruitment agency, Executives Online, has signed up its first UK franchisee in a natural move to broaden the brand and meet growing demand for its services.

Derek Ward is to head up Executives Online North, encompassing the Northwest, Northeast, Yorkshire and Humberside.

Fifty-six year-old Ward has an exemplary background in interim management and consultancy. He was Sales and Marketing Director for Initial Fire and Security and has an in-depth understanding of the recruitment market having witnessed it from both sides of the fence, as a candidate and as UK Group Sales Director for ADT where he was responsible for 850 sales people.

‘As an employer I saw plenty of shoddy recruitment agencies,’ he comments. ‘But as a candidate with Executives Online I got the inside track on exactly how the company operates and I really liked their approach. They are considered to be one of the most respected players in the market so when I was looking to use my commercial experience to create my own company, an Executives Online franchise was the perfect fit.’

The decision to offer franchises is part of Executive Online’s business model, as MD, Norrie Johnston explains.

‘Our business is growing fast and there is great demand for our unique mix of traditional recruitment skills which harness technology. Businesses still want a personal service but they also want to take full advantage of the vast potential of online recruitment. With our experienced staff and Talent Bank of over 10,000 executives currently seeking positions, this is exactly what Executives Online offers.’

The north of England was the clear choice for the first franchise.

Growth in the north is now outstripping the rest of the country and is the highest it has been for more than a decade and a half, according to an announcement made just this month by Neville Chamberlain, chairman of the Northern Way, the organistaon led by Northern Regional Development Agencies with the collaboration of the Government, established to unlock the potential for faster economic growth in the north.

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