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Ex-Nottingham Forest captain invests in recruitment firm, Distinct Recruitment

A recruitment firm backed by former Nottingham Forest captain, Michael Dawson, is planning the next stage of its growth after six months in business.


Distinct Recruitment will next month move into a new space three times the size at its current base, the Landmark building in Tudor Square, West Bridgford, and also plans to treble its 10-strong team over the next three years.


It was set up in January by James Calder, the former CEO of Nottingham recruitment consultancy, Macildowie, and its staff is made up of colleagues from his previous company.


His brother-in-law, ex-England international Dawson, has invested £50,000 into the business and is non-executive director, while Paul Macildowie, who founded Macildowie, is chairman. Calder, along with director Arran Jaiswal, has also invested £200,000 into Distinct.


It works with clients including Vision Express, Greene King, Next, Wilko, Dunelm and Nottingham Building Society, specialising in finding roles for accountancy and finance, human resources, procurement and supply chain, and sales and marketing.


Dawson said, "When the opportunity to invest in James and Distinct Recruitment presented itself it was an easy decision to say I was in.


"James, Paul and Arran have an incredible track record and I couldn't miss the opportunity to be involved in their new venture.


"When I'm in Nottingham it's great to visit the office and meet the new faces and experience the buzz they have achieved in a short space of time."


Calder spent more than 15 years at Macildowie, growing it to become a £9m turnover firm with 88 staff at its peak. It was taken over by private equity investors in 2008, leading to Macildowie leaving, but Calder remained until June last year.


In the first year, the company says it expects to record a £600,000 turnover, potentially rising to £1.5m next year and £3m the following year.


Calder said: "I've been friends with Michael for a long time and get on really well.


"He wanted to invest in me for a long time but it hasn't been the right time or the right thing from my point of view until now. He has a few properties but this is the main thing he's involved in at the moment.


"For now he's taking a back seat due to his playing commitments but he does come down to the office to see the guys and takes part in charity events.


"We never went into it thinking that because of him it will give us success but it's helped to bring interest and intrigue in the company, especially for sports fans.


"The first six months have been hard work – but great fun and we're ready to take the business to the next level.


"We want to be a place where people come in and feel like they have genuinely got a career, and don't need to go anywhere else, while it's a brand that's trusted by clients and candidates.


"We also need to create a place where that opportunity exists, which means we need to grow, keep moving and challenging ourselves – it's an exciting time."


Originally sourced from Dan Robinson at the Nottingham Post:



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