About Us

“I believe in working with the best people to provide nothing but the best for our clients. Without exception. So we work only with a handful of chosen partners, each with complementary skills and experience, and a straightforward way of working.

Most importantly, we share similar values, including high integrity – and a strong desire to provide fantastic quality, value for money services for our clients.”

Denise Walker, Founder Managing Director, Absolutely Business

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Denise Walker

Founder Managing Director, Absolutely Business

What I’ve done

I’ve worked in recruitment, sales and service my whole career and loved all of it!

I started as a trainee with Reed, and progressed to Consultant, Temporaries Consultant, and Branch Manager, building and running a top 10 sales office.

I founded my first business in 1992, a small consultancy providing permanent, contract and temporary recruitment services, developed it to 24 staff and an annual turnover of £4m, before selling 12 years later.

For the next 2.5 years, I worked with the REC to establish the UK’s first industry-specific enterprise support service for Recruitment Industry micro businesses and SMEs.

I founded Absolutely Business in 2006 and have had the honour to support fantastic quality businesses and their people to maximise potential and turn their ambitious goals into reality.

Motto

I have two: “make a difference” and “never stop learning”.

Claire Pearce

Operations Manager, Absolutely Business

What I’ve done

I’ve worked in recruitment and retail supporting directors, managing HR and maintaining offices for the last 18 years.

At Digby Morgan I supported the CEO and COO in running the office with responsibility for HR.  I enjoyed working closely with the management team as it grew from a handful of people into an international, multisite success.

I then moved to Game to support the HR Director and manage the HR Administration function.  I was responsible for ensuring the accurate processing of all people information over the whole employee lifecycle and benefited from working closely with the rest of the HR team.

I now support Absolutely Business in an operational capacity and am excited to be a part of its plan for growth!

Motto

“Happiness is an inside job”

Philip Ellis

Optima Corporate Finance

What I’ve done

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant aged 22 (a long time ago) and after a spell at Stoy Hayward (BDO) I left to join a Corporate Finance boutique, where I advised on my first recruitment deal in 1996. In 1997 my partner and I completed an MBO of the boutique to take it independent from its accountancy practice owner.

In 2001 I founded and floated Staffing Ventures plc on AIM. This business originally backed recruitment start-ups, then bought recruitment businesses, support services businesses, domiciliary care agencies and I left the Board in 2006, by when it had developed into a Group valued at £56m. I learned much during this venture, including the emotional aspects leaving a business which I had founded.

Since 2006 I have focused exclusively on the recruitment sector. Clients have ranged from owner managers to public companies and international Groups. My time is evenly split between advising acquirers and sellers, so I have a deep understanding of the transaction process from both perspectives, helping me and my clients to appreciate what the other side will be thinking and seeking to negotiate.

My work increasingly has an international flavour to it and recent transactions have involved businesses from Japan, USA and Italy.

I firmly believe that my knowledge of the sector adds value for clients, speeds the transaction process and reduces the likelihood of nasty surprises. I always stay closely involved in each transaction through to completion to help to manage any issues which arise, as they invariably do, without derailing the deal.

About Absolutely Business

I have known Denise for many years, having first met as co-judges for the Recruitment International Awards. I admire her professional standards, selective approach to working with clients and the impact of her process. We have recognised the complementary nature of our skills:

  • Denise helps businesses to maximise their operational performance
  • I can then help these businesses to capitalise on this when they exit

This combined offering takes mutual clients on a journey which maximises their value, not least as the key issue of succession planning will have been addressed by developing management capabilities within the team.

 

David Head

Recruitment International

What I’ve done

I have been working with recruitment companies for over 30 years, during which time RI has informed, helped and shaped the sector. The first B2B magazine to promote and publicise the industry and now the first publication to go digital across the world.  RI pioneered leading industry conferences, a global awards programme to recognise best practice and numerous other industry incentives. It remains the place for recruiters to come for unique business acumen, to collaborate and innovate.  Personal highlights include establishing Women in Recruitment and being chosen by the REC for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Recruitment Industry.’

About Absolutely Business

One of the core strengths of RI is its ability to help the recruitment industry by making strategic introductions.  I have recommended Denise to a number of companies, all of whom have been delighted by her help and expertise.  She is a trusted friend whom I would personally endorse.

Motto

“How can we help?”

Louise Triance

UK Recruiter

What I’ve done

Recruitment industry fixer, host of recruitment events and technology showcases as well as a trained psychometric assessor.

I created and run the UK Recruiter knowledge network which was established back before recruitment networking even existed. The network is the most comprehensive set of information, services and links to all in the UK recruitment industry.

Over the past 20 years I have hosted over 100 events for recruiters, blogged regularly for more than 10 years and published in excess of 800 weekly newsletters to an organically grown network of 30,000+ recruitment professionals.

Specialities: Recruitment research, psychometric analysis, writing for recruitment publications, using the internet for recruitment purposes, event organisation, consulting, networking, and advertising.

About Absolutely Business

I have known Denise for many years and she has always been someone I’ve enjoyed working with. Her generous, humorous and professional personality brings real colour to every interaction with her. I would go out of my way to work with Denise.

Motto

“The Recruitment Knowledge Network”

Teri Etherington

Enter Recruitment

What I’ve done

I have worked in and around the recruitment industry for my entire career and I have to say, I think recruitment is awesome!

Starting at nineteen as a trainee consultant with Select Appointments I progressed through the ranks and after seven and a half years moved on. Working then for two small independent recruitment businesses I then took the move away from directly recruiting in 2011. I went to work with David Head at Recruitment International, progressing throughout my time in title, responsibility and more importantly my knowledge of the entire recruitment community I ended up as UK Country Manager, effectively running a small publishing and events business targeted at Owners and Directors of UK based recruitment businesses. After six years I took the very brave, some would say stupid move and left without knowing what was going to come next.

After almost a year of contracting within the recruitment community I have now set up Enter Recruitment which is an events business aimed at educating and attracting new talent into the recruitment industry. I believe the recruitment industry is a fantastic place to build a career and I am opening that opportunity up to others.

About Absolutely Business

Having met Denise on many occasions, as well as her speaking at events I have run I have to say I am thrilled to be associated with her and Absolutely Business. The honest and ethical approach she brings to everything she touches makes her and her business a joy to be around. Knowing some of her clients I can truly vouch for her, and her business when I say she brings tangible results in attitude, performance and profitability.

Motto

“Do what you love and never work a day in your life”