Recruitment Entrepreneur and James Caan CBE invest in Exeter-based high growth SME recruitment specialists, King Recruit.

James Caan CBE’s award-winning investment firm Recruitment Entrepreneur is pleased to announce the partnership of its newest joint venture, King Recruit. Based in Exeter, King Recruit work with high-growth SME businesses in the South West helping them to build teams and drive success.

And…’s where Helen met James himself!! They discussed the most important thing SME’s can do to grow their business and the impact of people working from home. 

Following a successful 10+ year career in recruitment enjoying positions at global companies such as Blue Arrow and Randstad, MD Helen Plumridge launched King Recruit from her small home office in 2015 whilst also raising two young children. Since its inception, King has gone from strength to strength moving into their own offices at Pynes Hill in Exeter and placing over 200 people in careers. In January this year, Helen expanded King Recruit with the addition of King Executive to assist clients with more strategic, high-performing positions, placing business leaders into leading businesses so that they can achieve a high-performance culture and superior results.

In partnership with Recruitment Entrepreneur Helen now plans to develop the group even further with the addition of King Tech, King Sales, King Finance, and King Digital over the next 12 months. Helen said of the joint venture “I’ve always had this unrelenting passion to build a multi-award- winning recruitment and search business for the South West business community and now with investment and backing from James Caan and the expert team at Recruitment Entrepreneur we are well on our way to achieving that”

Chairman James Caan CBE commented, “The past year we’ve seen a huge shift in city dwellers wishing to relocate to the South West post lockdown and I think that King Recruit are perfectly placed to assist businesses to adapt and attract top talent, and provide a much-needed service to candidates, helping them to relocate out of major cities without taking a step back in their careers. I’m really excited to see the direction Helen takes her business, she is certainly the one to watch in this space, and I look forward to working with her as she takes King Recruit to the next level”.

CEO of Recruitment Entrepreneur, Abid Hamid added, “King Recruit is a fantastic addition to our portfolio and our first joint venture based in Exeter. SMEs are the backbone of our economy and following the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that they grow and generate lots of employment opportunities across the UK and I think Helen and her team will be a driving force in the South West.”

About King Recruit

King Recruit is an ambitious, independently minded recruitment and search agency, covering Exeter and the whole of the South West championing women in leadership and ultimately helping clients drive success.

Founded in 2015 King Recruit, based in Pynes Hill Exeter are specialists in finance, sales, tech, and digital search, working with SMEs across the South West to attract the best talent and grow. As a specialist recruitment and search agency, we work with talented individuals and focus on a broad range of commercial positions, all the way through to senior management.

In January 2021, MD Helen Plumridge expanded her offering with the addition of King Executive, the executive search and headhunting arm of King Recruit, and developed her own bespoke 4-step leadership assessment programme, The King Executive Method.

About Recruitment Entrepreneur

Recruitment Entrepreneur is a multi-award-winning investor in recruitment businesses looking to start-up or scale. Winning the Best Recruitment Business Investor 2020, alongside the Best Recruitment Start-Up Investment Firm 2020 and 2021. Since 2014, we’ve invested in 30+ talented founders, enabling them to launch and scale successful businesses.

Our success lies in our ability to provide not just knowledge, but also know-how. We have fostered a community of businesses that benefit from the expertise of our dedicated team who provide; funding, financial expertise, operational strategy, back-office support, legal advice, marketing, and talent attraction solutions, all of which enable our partner businesses to flourish.

Investing time, money, and experience in people with the potential to become great leaders, we partner with and empower budding entrepreneurs to build world-class recruitment businesses, capable of achieving a high equity value on exit. We emphasize continual learning and development; supported by CASS Business School and accredited recruitment experts, every member of our portfolio receives professional training to help unlock their full potential.

Media contacts
Helen Plumridge – Managing Director
+44 7808 537696

Danielle Butterfield – Group Marketing Manager
+44 7780 330 972