Recruitment firm launches platform for clients scaling up amid growing talent shortages

Left to right are Karen McNab, Nicki Denholm and Marisa Carroll of Denholm
Left to right are Karen McNab, Nicki Denholm and Marisa Carroll of Denholm

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Denholm, the executive search, recruitment and employer brand agency, has launched a new digital talent platform called SCOUT to support their clients’ scale up plans as recent figures show there is a growing shortage of qualified candidates in Scotland.  SCOUT incorporates the firm’s online employer brand tool BrandBox, innovative behavioural assessments and online reference checking supported by award-winning Edinburgh-based start up Amiqus.  Last week’s RBS/Markit report on jobs showed continued strength in new hiring in Scotland, above the UK average, but also a resulting shortage of qualified candidates in key business sectors.

Nicki Denholm, Founder and Executive Chair of Denholm, said: “The biggest drag on company growth in Scotland right now is around the difficulty in finding the sales and marketing talent to maximise market opportunities and we are hearing this is a problem being experienced across most industry sectors.  We urgently need to apply the best possible digital and human solutions to solving this challenge because the old fashioned recruitment and search methods just aren’t enough to ensure that clients can attract, assess and successfully on-board the best range of talent from home and abroad.”  

Nicki Denholm added: “Ultimately human skill supported by technology is key in recruitment. By working with our clients in partnership and applying the SCOUT process thoroughly we can be sure that we’ve left no stone unturned in searching across the widest range of candidates and ultimately selecting the ideal person for the job. And as a result we have the confidence to offer our clients an extended guarantee of that.”

Denholm has also announced that Marisa Carroll has been promoted to Managing Director.  Nicki Denholm said: “We are in the process of rapidly scaling up ourselves and Marisa’s promotion is a key part of strengthening our management team to power this growth. Marisa has been an exceptional team member at Denholm and is equally highly-rated by our clients, so we’re excited that she will continue to be part of our strengthened leadership team in the years ahead.”

Meanwhile Denholm has also recruited Karen McNab as Commercial and Operations Director. Nicki Denholm added “Karen has an amazing track record in recruitment plus client-side HR experience at Tesco Bank and Alliance Trust. She is already upgrading our management systems and has been central to building our SCOUT platform.”

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