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James Reed

James Reed is the Chairman of REED – the UK’s best-known recruitment brand and the largest family-owned recruitment company in the world.

REED was founded in 1960 by James’s father, Sir Alec Reed, and is now a global recruitment company, with more than 3,000 employees working in 140 locations.

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“I am always excited to learn about the new innovation and service development that REED is bringing to market and I hope that you will be too.
We want the best people, but also people that want to put their best into their time at REED.
I’d like to think that REED offers people a world of opportunity.
To be successful with REED you need to have 3 things: ability, energy and to be quite tough. The people that love recruitment, love the buzz that it brings, the diversity and the range of new people you’ll meet.
What I love about recruitment is that it’s fun and it’s transparent. If you’re good it’s obvious, if you make lots of placements, then you and the company will do well.
Recruitment is a great business, if you can contribute, if you feel you can put your heart and soul into it – in simple terms the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.”

Our REED company values are to be fair, open and honest, to take ownership and to work together. We live these values every day and they underpin everything we are and everything we are aspiring to be as a market leader.

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