L-R: John Anderson, Kirsty Mackenzie and George Elliott of iMultiply
iMultiply, the specialist finance and accountancy recruiter, is on track for strong growth in 2018 following a series of client wins in Q1 and record revenues of £1.4m in 2017.
The firm now has plans to grow headcount by around 30% in 2018 to keep apace with increased business wins and opportunities. Edinburgh Airport, iMetafilm and Blackwood Housing Association were among client wins during Q1.
iMultiply has also stepped up the reach of its pioneering Customer Satisfaction Survey - which collates feedback on standards of service from employers and candidates, then translates the findings to rank the performance and determine bonus levels for iMultiply’s recruitment consultants. The results are then relayed back to employers and, while the feedback is anonymous, this kind of transparency offers employers and HR teams insights into how they could improve both their hiring process and their strengths and weaknesses as prospective employers.
Kirsty Mackenzie, CEO and founder of iMultiply, said: “When I founded iMultiply 6 years ago, from the very beginning I wanted to do things differently as I felt the recruitment industry needed to change. The Customer Satisfaction Survey is quite bold and forward thinking in what is quite a traditional industry and it’s been the bedrock on which the company has been built since.”
In 2017, iMultiply acquired Glasgow-based Allen Accountancy Recruitment and opened an office in Belfast to target the Northern Irish market and as a bridgehead into Dublin. Headquartered in Edinburgh, the existing client base includes online tyre retailer Blackcircles.com and data specialist deltaDNA. In addition to working alongside fast-growth companies, growing revenue streams include the social enterprise sector, interim appointments and the launch of an “Agile FD” service.
Recruitment veteran and Par Equity co-founder Paul Atkinson is an early investor, in iMultiply, while former Chief Executive of Entrepreneurial Exchange, the precursor to Entrepreneurial Scotland, John Anderson was appointed chairman last June and technology sector stalwart George Elliott joined the advisory board last year.
iMultiply is running an AI-focused event - Artificial Intelligence, the Business Reality, at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics on Thursday 3rd May featuring keynote speakers Melinda Matthews Clarkson, CEO of the UK’s first digital skills academy CodeClan, incoming FinTech Scotland CEO Stephen Ingledew and Colin Hewitt, CEO and founder of highly rated cash management startup Float.
Kirsty Mackenzie said: “As AI continues to come to the fore across Scotland’s technology and business scene, it’s something we are increasingly examining with clients. Edinburgh and Scotland are world renowned when it comes to artificial intelligence research and applications and we’re excited to be bringing some of the key industry players together to further examine the subject at the Informatics Forum next month.”
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