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History Of REED

1960: Humble Beginnings

The first REED office opened on Kingsley Rd, Hounslow, West London on 7th May 1960. In the early 1960s, REED pioneered specialist recruitment services, a move which fundamentally changed the UK recruitment market.

1972: Educate to Accumulate

Sir Alec Reed founded the Reed Business School in a Cotswolds manor house to provide a learning centre for REED Co-Members as well as residential courses for Accountancy students. The Business School has recently been listed as one of the most beautiful places to study in the world.

1988: Building the Foundation

The Reed Foundation acquired 18% of the REED Group of companies and, in the following year, founded both Ethiopiaid and Womankind Worldwide.

1995: Online Revolution

REED became the first high street recruitment agency in the UK to have a presence on the web. reed.co.uk is the UK’s #1 job site and has also become one of Europe’s biggest job boards, being used by 85% of the UK’s top 100 recruitment agencies.

1996: Reed Learning

Launched in 1996, Reed Learning has become one of the UK’s leading business training providers. It was the first provider to launch Green Learning courses, which are the exclusive training partner to Google and winner of several national training awards.

1998: Welfare to Work

Established in 1998, Reed in Partnership now delivers three of the Department of Work and Pensions top five performing welfare to work programmes.

2004: Reed Talent Solutions

Our consulting business, established in 2004, has helped numerous organisations save millions of pounds by changing the way they approach resourcing. Now known as Reed Talent Solutions, they continue to change the workplace for the better for organisations large and small.

2007: The Big Give

theBigGive.org.uk is a non-profit, charitable website which enables donors to find and support charity projects in their field of interest. The Big Give was founded in October 2007 by Sir Alec Reed CBE. Since its launch, The Big Give has raised over £50 million.

2008: REED Goes Global

reedglobal.com went live in October 2008 to provide a website for the UK & Global REED offices. Since then it has grown to be a hub for HR & Recruitment news, industry & insight, and a place for candidates & clients alike to develop their teams and careers.

2010: 50 Years and Counting

In May 2010, REED celebrated a successful 50 years at the forefront of recruitment.

Present Day:

REED is the largest family owned recruitment business in the world and works with more than 10,000 client organisations from 425 business units globally. Our operations span the world of work and more. The business has grown organically from humble beginnings. Read on to find out more about our growth and how we are able to offer access to a huge range of opportunities for you to develop your career with the Reed group.

We have a shared belief in people and purpose. We pride ourselves on developing successful talent. Our Co-Members say their friends are the people they work with which is why they love working at REED.

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