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Blank bolsters board with appointment of Chairman & non-exec director

Rust contributed to the &pound425,000 recently secured through a crowdfunding campaign, while Gilbert, who is currently Chairman of The Gym, Better Bathrooms, and, invested an undisclosed sum outside of the firm’s successful fundraise.

Bringing 20 years recruitment experience to’s Board of Directors, Rust said: "I believe is well-placed to improve the relationship between companies and third-party recruitment agencies at mid-market level.

"With technology and customer service at its core, it is a genuinely exciting proposition that has the potential to scale in the UK and overseas, so it was an opportunity I was keen to get involved in,” continued Rust.

Gilbert, who was introduced to’s potential by Colin Stevens, CEO of Better Bathrooms, who also invested, said: "The management team has done well to build a stable and sustainable business, so I am looking forward to working closely with them to help it grow.”

Launched in 2011 by Simon Swan and Sara Jones, has won multiple awards for its & lsquo;recruitment marketplace' model, which helps companies find and work with independent recruitment agencies online. 

The recent investment takes the firm's total funding to over &pound925,000 and will be used to accelerate sales and marketing activity, and develop its online platform.

"That seasoned executives like Paul Gilbert and James Rust, in addition to Colin Stevens – the CEO of one of our customers – chose to invest and join our Board really validates our product and service," said Simon Swan, co-founder of 

"Their experience and insight is already proving valuable, and we're confident they will help Sara and I steer the business through a period of sustained growth."



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