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Sidekicks appoints non-executive chairman

Sidekicks has appointed Paul Jacobs as its non-executive chairman.

Jessica Marchant, founding partner of Sidekicks, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Paul to Sidekicks: it’s a real coup for us to have attracted an individual with such an outstanding reputation to lead the Board.

“We have a very exciting year ahead at Sidekicks, and Paul’s unparalleled experience within our sector means that he is uniquely placed to help navigate the business through what is going to be an exceptionally interesting period for the UK labour market”.

Jacobs has spent 42 years working with recruitment businesses. He is the former MD of Office Angels, main board director of Adecco UK & Ireland, and chief operating officer of Hudson UK, Ireland and Middle East.

Jacobs was appointed managing director of Office Angels in 2001. During his tenure he grew the network to over 100 branches from just over 60 and managing a workforce of 650 staff achieving a turnover of £140m and a 7.7% ROS.

He then went on to launch management consultancy LoveWorkLife in 2009, since which time his focus has been to collaborate closely with ambitious business owners and senior leadership teams; providing strategic direction, mentoring, leadership and executive coaching and helping to create hugely successful cultures. In 2017, Jacobs was elected to the REC, the recruitment industry’s leading trade association as a non-executive director.

Jacobs (pictured) commented, “I am delighted to have been invited to join the Board of Sidekicks, and I very much look forward to playing an intrinsic part in scaling one of the UKs most exciting young recruitment businesses.

“With unemployment levels at an historic low and an extremely buoyant recruitment market, we’re clearly in the midst of exciting times for UK professional services firms. I am extremely excited about working closely with Sidekicks’ management team to cement the brand’s positioning as the leading and most admired office support recruitment brand in the London market.”

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