Tom Glanfield is RIs Entrepreneur of the Year 2015
This is great recognition for Glanfield who, using a modest graduate loan and with barely a year’s recruitment experience, set up Lawrence Harvey over 12 years ago. He has grown it to a Group company with multiple global locations and three different brands, including a specialist job board.
Glanfield has, in the last two years, driven considerable growth, creating a thriving life sciences division and opening two international offices in Munich and New York.
The launch of Lawrence Harvey’s latest brand, Harper Harrison, which specialises in technical, built environment and engineering recruitment, is further testament to the entrepreneurial way in which Glanfield has always approached business and is one of the reasons he has been recognised by industry peers.
Aside from executing a successful strategy for growth and global expansion, and launching multiple new businesses, one of the truly exceptional attributes Glanfield demonstrates is his commitment to retaining staff and maintaining culture. In 2014, as part of a staff engagement and retention strategy, Glanfield created an exceptionally rewarding equity scheme.
The Lawrence Harvey equity scheme offers staff the opportunity to purchase shares in Lawrence Harvey Group at a very generous return. 34 staff, including almost every senior consultant or above now, own shares in the business.
This year, Lawrence Harvey Group listed seventh in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. In the results of the employee survey, the perception of Glanfield as a leader was exceptional, helping the Group to be awarded with a three-star accreditation, which is the highest possible.
Glanfield said winning this award was, “A huge highlight in my career. It’s wonderful to be recognised for being an entrepreneur and to be added to the list of many other business leaders who I respect and admire. I have had a great couple of years being involved in multiple projects, opening internationally, breaking in to new territories and launching completely new brands under Lawrence Harvey Group. This award is a real achievement and I’m very proud to have been recognised in this category.”