Recruiter sells up business begun in her basement

SEALING THE DEAL Kim Way at Wild Recruitment. Picture: Sarah Standing (123092-3404)
SEALING THE DEAL Kim Way at Wild Recruitment. Picture: Sarah Standing (123092-3404)
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TWELVE years ago Kim Way had the idea of starting her own recruitment company.

The premises she had found in Portsmouth’s Arundel Street weren’t quite ready, so Kim began Wild Recruitment in the basement of her house.

That was in 2001, and last week Kim left her business after selling it to a national chain of recruiters.

‘We started at number 48 Arundel Street.’ said Kim.

‘Then we grew into the back of that, and then we had to take extra space.

‘In 2006 we doubled in size and moved two doors down and we believe we’re now one of the biggest agencies in Hampshire.

‘We’ve been having a turnover of £5.5m and we have a Wild Recruitment in Cardiff.’

Kim has sold her business to Berry Group, based in St Albans, which has 25 branches around the UK and which has itself grown from a £30m turnover business to a £50m.

‘They’ve made four new acquisitions in the past 18 months and we’re one of them,’ said Kim.

Wild has four different recruitment sectors, while Berry only has two – and is strong in industrial and technical recruitment.

‘We’re going to be helping them in some of the other divisions, and they’re telling me we’ve got some great business for them. We’ll also still be called Wild.’

‘I also have four managers here who have been with me for five years.

‘There will be no redundancies with the sale of the business, apart from my PA.’

Kim, who lives in Wickham, said it was the right time to sell up and, as she is only 48, she wants to move into a different business.

‘I will have a few months out before starting my new business, which will be a type of clinic,’ she said.

‘But I’m looking forward to getting my pinny on and staying at home for a little while and maybe doing a bit of gardening.’