Welcome to SSG – Experts in the launch & support of Recruitment Ventures
Enjoy your visit & please get in touch for a confidential chat about what we do!
Experience, Support, Investment
Since 2003, SSG has been identifying motivated Recruiters who would like to run their own Recruitment Business & offering a free business Launch facility followed by outstanding on-going support, in exchange for a descending percentage of the placement fees of the new business. There are no fixed costs and no weird & (not so) wonderful loans or credit agreements!
So, we launch the new venture - covering every conceivable eventuality from the fairly dry Legal & Compliance issues all the way through to the exciting Creative & Branding challenge. We also provide all of the recruitment tools & handle the Tax Man, the VAT Man & even the emotional boogie man! This is all free – it is our investment in you.
Once you are up & running, our expert team will provide unrivalled on-going support to your enterprise – covering all aspects of recruitment, back office management and business mentoring.
SSG provide you with all of the tools that you will ever need, from access to the mainstream ‘big boys’ of the Job Board World (CV Search & Job Postings) to Multi-posting software, LinkedIn & Social Media support, CRM systems, Vacancy Identification software and so on. We also take responsibility for all aspects of your monthly accounting, including VAT, Business Tax, invoicing & credit control. You recruit, we support. If it isn’t pure day-to-day recruitment, then it is our job.
We are investors, support partners, colleagues, friends, mentors, the wise old head, the safety net. We are SSG.
Longevity, Expertise, Understanding.
The numbers are easy – well over 300 business launches, £20,000,000+ turnover, 175+ existing clients. 500+ Recruiters supported. Without doubt the most experienced team in the UK.
The chronology is equally straightforward – SSG formed way back in 2003. Founding team (David, Chris & Darren) still here. Based at Dower House for 10 years. 100 launches by 2010. 200 by 2014. 300 by 2017. 500 comes next I guess.
Having said all of that, we remain convinced that what makes us so good at launching and supporting recruitment businesses is less to do with numbers & chronology & much more to do with empathy, understanding and the scars, war stories and anecdotal advice accumulated over such a long time working in such a challenging industry.
When David Jones launched SSG in 2003, he did so believing that there must be hundreds of Recruiters with at least as much drive, ambition and frustration as he had back in 1991 (when he first made the transition from employee to budding recruiter entrepreneur). All that was missing were the tools and the supportive framework to facilitate a free business launch and risk free trading environment.
The last decade has proved David to be entirely right... there are in fact hundreds of Recruiters much better than him(!) and with SSG there to help, owing and running a business need no longer be the preserve of the lucky few. Having said that, it isn’t easy! In fact, ‘nothing is easy’ and if recruitment is anything, it ain’t nothing!
Ability, Drive and ‘Reflection’.
Of course we are keen to attract experienced, motivated and driven Recruiters to our offering. Naturally we want to work alongside honest & reasonable individuals who express a clear desire to be their own boss, master of their domain, leader of the pack… the big cheese, the top banana…
But, to distil it down to basics – to really be open about what we want, let me use the terminology we reiterate during almost every internal business meeting…
We only have 3 criteria:
• Can the Recruiter ‘do it’ (i.e. do they have the recruitment ability)
• Does the Recruiter really want to ‘do it’ (i.e. how driven is driven?)
• We will all get on?
There is no set template. No one demographic that is ‘better’ than all others. 10 years experience is not necessarily better than 18 months. No one market wins. No particular geography, industry or gender!
So, let’s keep it simple; if you can make placements, really feel motivated to run your own business and think that you would get on with the guys at SSG (maybe that’s the tricky bit!), then we want to hear from you.
Clear, Transparent, Irrelevant.
When we launch a new recruitment business for you, SSG simultaneously enters into a contract with your new venture. The agreement which exists between SSG & your new business is called the ‘SSG Working Agreement’ (the ‘WA’).
So, we ‘contract’ with the new business for an initial 48 months and charge a Service Charge (i.e. a descending percentage of the placement fees of the business). There are no fixed costs, no investment requirement and no surprises.
The Service Charge schedule will reflect what tools and facilities you need to trade properly. When we meet, we will talk through what you need and then present back to you the Service charge schedule – which would be a maximum of 30% in Year 1 and reducing each year. But, just so that you know, it must be at least 5 years since we needed to charge any business 30% - it is going to be less (as it is inconceivable that you will need everything that we can offer!). You will keep at least 70% of anything that you generate – at least. Minimum.
The agreement is clear, transparent & largely irrelevant! For SSG, you guys need proof of our commitment to your new business, but internally we follow the same mantra day-after-day... ‘Once we are in it, we are in it’ – in other words, it doesn’t matter what the WA says, we will do everything that we can to help our guys. Fact. We are SSG.
One final truism that ought to provide comfort to anyone wondering if there is a catch? SSG only succeeds if you are successful. We lose money if you don’t make money. If our Clients don’t enjoy the rewards of running a business, then SSG have no Clients, no revenues, no chance. Fact.
Questions, Confidentiality, Care.
If running your own business seems like a good idea & if SSG seems like a reasonable route to launch your new venture and if it all seems almost too good to be true, then I suggest that you are probably nicely curious but rightly cautious.
Were I you, my mind would be racing with excitement but also struggling with a million practical questions – it is really free? What’s the catch? How does SSG make money? Does it work? What happens if.... And, how long does it all take? Can my current employer stop me? Will I really have free access to the job boards? How do I get paid? Who deals with the tax side of things? Can I work from home? Do I get my own branding?
This is probably just the tip of the iceberg. You probably have so many questions that you might not even know where to start. Well, let us reassure you of something – you are not alone. We all feel like that right at the beginning. None of us knew exactly how things would all work out. No one knew for sure.
In the face of so many unknowns, perhaps SSG can provide you with a few cast iron certainties? We will always be honest. We will always act with care, confidentiality & sensitivity. We will never try to encourage you to start something if we have any doubts that it is not entirely right for you.
And how do you know that to be true? Because we have been launching businesses since 2003. Because we only win if you win. Because our fantastic success is simply a reflection of the success of our Clients.
Ash: My job here as SSG is to reach out to Recruiters who are on the cusp of starting out on their own. My in-depth knowledge of all the services we offer make me a great first contact if you'd like to discuss launching your own recruitment venture.
Louise: Having recently entered the murky world of Accounts, following a couple of years learning our business and your businesses thoroughly, I am here to support you with the production of Monthly Management Accounts and everything that contributes to them. Whether that’s bank reconciliations, invoice raising, VAT calculations or simply being at the end of the phone to answer your queries, my role is to make the weird and wonderful world of Accounts as simple for you as possible, under the ever watchful eye of Sophie.
Lenka: Payroll Superstar! That what they call me at SSG. I work with our specialist Temp-based Clients generating your weekly payroll run and making sure that everything that ought to happen does happen. We all know that whatever sort of week you might be having, the payroll has to be done on time & accurately. You can talk to me about that & any other aspect of running temporary staff. I actually enjoy it!
Carolyn: My role is that of Payroll and Pensions Administrator! I bring to SSG many years of Accounting experience so I can honestly say, I’ve dealt with most accounting problems. The key to success in my role is regular communication, so if you see an issue arising, it’s best to get in contact early so we can get it resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Lloyd: After 10 years working in Accounts in a nursing home, I felt it was time to switch it up and move into the exciting world of recruitment. I bring with me a vast array of accounting skills, so if you find yourself in a pickle and need help with your MMAs, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and I will be happy to help you out.
Michelle: I have a wealth of experience in payroll and accounts, so am responsible for ensuring your back office runs smoothly – meaning you don’t have the stress or worry of those nasty acronyms: VAT, RTI, CT, PAYE, NI….the list is endless! As with everything, communication is key so please chat to me about any worries or issues – we can resolve them much more quickly that way. I am an expert in credit control and won’t take no for an answer, so utilise me to get those outstanding debts cleared.
Kirstie: As a recent addition to the Managment Accounts team , I’m filled with boundless enthusiasm for my day. Find me busy beavering away from 9am – the only time you can’t get hold of me will be on the rare occasion I’ve been released from my desk, when I’m off exploring the world and one of the team will help you in my absence.
Vikki: I'm currently on Maternity leave but when I return, your Monthly Management Accounts are my responsibility. Whatever it takes to ensure that your accounts are punctual, accurate and informative I will do. As a Senior Accounts team member, I am here to not only do the ‘back office’ accounting for you but also to talk to you, to explain what’s what and to make you feel comfortable with the numbers & the maths of recruitment. It can be fun – honestly!
Gill: As a Senior Accounts team member, my job is took after the day-to-day accounting of your business. I will produce your Monthly Management Accounts, do the invoicing & credit control for you and ensure that you know exactly where you are financially at all times. I am expert in the field of compliance and work very hard to keep your business safe, compliant and in control. You can also ask me anything you need to!
Clare: I am your Legal and Strategic safety net! My job is to protect you and your business, to offer direct advice, to deliver the occasional difficult message and to provide the practical support you will need as you grow your business. Employment & Company Law are two of my favourite subjects! In addition, I want to be someone that you can discuss ideas with & someone that you trust to be completely objective.
Chris: As Creative Lead at SSG, you can rely on me to come up with great marketing designs, web site delivery, branding ideas and all things arty! I also love solving the technical issues that will no doubt crop up as you progress, from disappearing emails to data recovery to what to do when your cat knocks over his milk on to your new laptop! I am here, available and keen to help. I am Chris!
Darren: I am the Head of Accounts & my job is to ensure that your business is compliant, up to date and always aware of its financial position. My team will generate your Monthly Management Accounts, do all of the relevant VAT / Tax work, advise on all aspects of credit control, book keeping and accounting issues. I am also 100% committed to making accounting as clear and as interesting as it can be!
Laura: As Managing Director, I ensure that not only is the Launch Process of your new business smooth, efficient & entertaining, but that SSG then provide the on-going support programme in a friendly & professional manner. I want my team to be great at what they do almost as much as I need my team to be accessible, understanding and caring. We are a team. We are SSG.
David: I can help with the planning, strategy and development of your business, helping you migrate from employee to high income business owner & perhaps then through to high asset value business owner. My job is to show you what you could achieve & help you to achieve what it is that you actually want to achieve! I also need to make sure that SSG has all of the tools and expertise available to you that you might need.
Sophie: As Finance Manager, I can bring clarity, order and support to your tricky weekly payroll and monthly accounting problems. My firm belief is that in communicating carefully and on a regular basis, we can simply prevent most of the awkward issues which end up needing a complicated cure! I have in excess of 4 years of experience in this role and remain confident that I can make SSG Client’s life’s just a little less stressful!
Christian: As Head of Creative, I bring a wealth of design experience ranging from traditional print and signage through to web development and video production. If you have the seeds of an idea, then Christian is the guy who will develop the creative to a final marketable solution. And finally, as the resident Mac guru, I'm here to assist with all of your Apple related questions.
Rob: As the latest recruit to the Techincal Team, I have raised the technical offering SSG offers our clients. As well as being on the front line responding to any technical query, I'm also here working on the backend of systems to ensure that your website, email and servers all run smoothly.
Max: As part of the New Business Development team, my job is to actively identify budding entrepreneurs who want to start their own recruitment business. Like finding a metaphorical needle in a haystack, finding the right recruiter is often very different to finding “just a good recruiter”. I'm also in charge of the allocation of key resources such as Job board access & social media strategies.
Matt: Having spent 11 years as a Police Officer, if there’s one thing I know, it’s process. My last role in the Met was recruiting specialist firearms officers, so I have an in depth knowledge of internal recruitment which I bring with me to SSG. My love of process also helps me guide our new business ventures though the launch and beyond so you can relax knowing you’re in safe hands.
Katie: As part of the New Business Development team, I oversee the newly established Regional Hub in Exeter, which is an exciting & progressive step not only for me but for the whole team at We Are SSG. Having spent many years in recruitment myself I am delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside individuals on their own business ventures , my focus is on the South West of England.
Lawrence: As SSG’s resident Digital Marketing Expert, I am the guru for all things SEO, PPC, social media, email marketing….anything with a fancy acronym or that falls under the realm of online marketing. If you want to know how to reach a wider audience, improve your Google ranking, utilise social media to find those tricky high-calibre candidates or how to develop a strategy for your digital marketing endeavours, I’m your man!
George: As Monthly Management Accountant, I’ll take responsibility for promptly and accurately producing your Monthly Management Accounts for your business, as well as the day-to-day running of your accounts. Anything from raising invoices, credit control, accounting for expenses, to VAT calculations falls under my domain and I’ll be your first point of contact for any Accounts or financial queries. As well as superstar accounts I am also human, so don’t be scared to ask questions – they’re not daft ones, trust me!
Krissy: As part of the Operations Team I’m here when needed to offer support, help or advice, from planning, through your Launch and onwards. With experience in running my own businesses, I understand and appreciate the drive to become a business owner, and also appreciate the potential challenges. Customer relations is my passion and I look forward to being a part of your team.
Nicole: As part of the Operations Team, my job is all about delivery – of tools, facilities and practical support when you need it. When things go wrong (& they do of course), then I am here to help. Sometimes the best way to make the most of me is to call me when you are not quite sure who else to contact. Not only might I be able to help, but if not I certainly will know who can.
Lexy: As Monthly Management Accountant, I’ll take responsibility for the day-to-day, month-to-month and year-to-year production of everything relating to the Accounts and Financial element of your business. Anything from raising invoices, credit control, accounting for expenses, to VAT calculations and Year End Accounts falls under my domain and my extensive knowledge plus AAT and part ACCA qualifications mean that I should be able to answer any question you can throw at me. Go on then, try me!
Stacey: With over 10 years' Management Accounting experience I have joined the SSG team to oversee the Accounts function and to ensure the production of your MMA’s is prompt, accurate and as financially informative as possible.