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Recruitment start-up reflects on its two years in business as it plans for future growth

A Swansea-based talent solution agency launched on day one of the COVID-19 pandemic is celebrating unprecedented growth as well as marking two years in business as restrictions come to an end.

UNIFY Talent provides people centric recruitment and talent acquisition solutions to the IT, Digital and Technology space.

Founded by IT recruitment expert Mark Brereton, over the last two years, the talent solution start-up has grown to a headcount of three, with end of year results showing 100% increase in profits when compared with 2020.

The business puts its success down to its fresh and compassionate approach at uniting professionals with invested employers across Wales; from buzzing tech start-ups to innovative scale-ups and global powerhouses.

As well as helping businesses attract and secure the best talent in a fiercely competitive tech marketplace through its innovative processes, over the last year, the business has launched its own in-house talent acquisition solution ‘Talenthub’ to help differentiate itself from competitors.

This is a game-changing internal product enabling start-up and scale-up clients to attract and secure talent, scale fast and dominate their space. Since launch the product has improved employee quality, reduced time to hire and provided savings on time, money and resources.

Despite the many challenges of the pandemic, UNIFY has raised and donated money to local charities, initiated sustainability projects alongside Business Wales and demonstrated its commitment towards being an inclusive employer by becoming an accredited disability confident employer.

Just last month, UNIFY represented Wales’ digital and creative sector as the only recruitment company exhibiting at ‘4theregions’ in the new Swansea Arena, aimed at celebrating South Wales business.

As it enters its 3rd year, UNIFY plans to triple its team size whilst continuing its pursuit in becoming Wales’ go-to recruitment partner within the tech community and is planning to scale-up and become the first net zero recruitment business. It also has plans to branch out into European and USA markets in the coming years.

Alongside continuing to build and nurture relationships with some of the most exciting and inclusive tech businesses Wales has to offer, UNIFY looks forward to continuing their support to local initiatives and causes within the community.

The team are proud to be leading change within the sector and are keen to promote new ways of working in the current paradigm of employment. It advises its clients on remote working, interview and onboarding support, streamlined interview and recruitment processes, new era benefits packages, equality and diversity best practices.

Encouraging diversity within the industry is something UNIFY are incredibly passionate about in order to ‘break the bias’ within the tech world. It promotes diversity and inclusivity with all its partners and conducts audits on its new clients ensuring they have the correct commitments and policies in place.

Founder, Mark Brereton reflects on his business’ success, stating “Since launch, I truly believe we have utilised our combined 20+ years of experience to unite best in class contract and permanent talent in the IT, Digital, and Technology space with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking businesses in Wales. We have created an winning formula here at UNIFY, where a philosophy of simple, streamlined, stress-free recruitment is built on unbreakable foundations of communication, community, and trust.

“Unify are proud of the industry it represents, and recruitment is our way of doing our bit, giving back and truly making a difference to people’s lives.

“Being born out of COVID-19 lockdown hasn’t been without its challenges. We didn’t have the luxury of bounce back loans or furlough like other businesses. We were completely bootstrapped and against all the odds, with no help and assistance whatsoever, we weathered the storm and survived. We are a fully remote business, and this highlights the implicit trust we have in our staff to work hard, wherever they are. This is our normal and we are beyond proud to be setting a precedent for start-ups to come.”