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Wow – 13 years – what keeps you there?  It’s a question I find myself answering fairly regularly when a big part of my job is talking about work, motivation and career goals. It’s a hard question to answer, only because so many things still make coming into work at Handle every day exciting. I’m out there meeting remarkable people who want to hire for creative and inspiring businesses, whilst engaging with talented candidates in need of advice to find their own next great job. These are challenges which I love finding solutions for – matching talent with an opportunity never ceases to be rewarding. I work with amazing teams who shine in their field, who are hugely committed and great fun. I have the autonomy to make decisions and drive my market coverage to work with companies I’m really passionate about and help others to do the same. It’s important for me to be in an organisation which is a leader in its field, Handle has grown and evolved its expertise in line with the needs and wants of our clients and where profit comes 2nd to great service. This has bred my success and ensured career development has been in my control with the right nudge, encouragement, and support to take on new challenges just when I need it


I joined Handle in 2011 to move away from a KPI and restricted environment, into somewhere where you are encouraged to be commercial and entrepreneurial. Handle offered me guidance without suffocation and a chance to develop through my career. I was able to gain the best inside knowledge into the media / events world and I was encouraged to personally develop with the CMI (chartered management qualification). All of the teams within Handle have the same dedication and commitment to progress and achieve their goals. 





I joined Handle in March this year as a Resourcer on the Digital and Tech team. Back then I followed tech news and had an interest in games, but I knew very little about the tech contract market and specific technology used in different industries. I was given all the resources, training, and support I needed to become a professional tech resourcer. My team helped me massively sharing their knowledge, experience and good jokes. Handle is a bunch of lovely people with amazing experience which they are more than happy to share with colleagues, clients, and candidates. 





I’ve been working for 18 months as a Consultant in the Digital & Tech division, Handle’s newest team. I’ve never been happier in any other recruitment company I’ve worked for! Even though I joined with a lot of experience behind me, I benefited from Handle’s strong induction plan and had, and still have, access to any kind of recruitment, management and sales training you could think of. The senior managers here are all great people, and take the time to listen to you, acknowledge your strengths and set continually stretching objectives. During my time at HandIe, I have been tasked with developing an internal training session to share some of my previous knowledge – something I really enjoy.  And it’s great to know there are robust plans in place to grow this business - I really look forward being part of that growth, and to see how I can contribute and benefit from that transition. 




After two years of working in property recruitment, I was looking to break away from the corporate suited and booted environment. I was looking for an opportunity that allowed me to utilise my unique and individual recruitment style in an environment that was mature, fun and allowed me to be me! Since joining Handle I have gained invaluable industry knowledge from the amazing people who work around me - this being colleagues, clients, and candidates. Oh, and of course, I enjoy the bubbles on a Friday afternoon!! 





I initially joined the company as a Resourcer for Finance Temps in 2012 before moving in to a Junior Consultant role on the desk. In January 2016 I was offered the opportunity to explore a different desk altogether and to undertake the role of Account Manager on the Office Support Temps team. Handle really believe in developing their employees and are constantly looking at ways of motivating and progressing individuals based on separate goals and skills. The business offers lucrative benefits and is a fun and sociable company to work within!






I was approached initially on LinkedIn by Francesca O'Dwyer, after an introductory conversation she invited me to Handle to meet some of her team members in order to expose me to vacancies with all relevant consultants. They took the time to find out what my needs were and their personable approach and honesty have really restored my faith in Recruitment. This is how recruitment should be done. I've not had this kind of experience with any other agency, it has been really great that Vanessa, Stephanie and Francesca always follow up even just to let me know when there are no current matches. Vanessa and the team have been so proactive in helping and supporting my search with tips and recommendations. When I do find my next role I will not forget how exceptional your customer service has been.  I will certainly be proactive in recommending Handle to others. It’s just been so nice to be treated with a personal approach.



I came to handle 6 months ago through the recommendation of a colleague. I joined from a corporate and KPI heavy environment in my last position, so moving to handle has offered an immediate breath of fresh air. Where I had previously been bogged down by day to day admin, I now have room to focus on getting the job done rather than ticking boxes. Having never worked in IT recruitment before, I have been surrounded (and supported) by an incredibly knowledgeable team who, with their guidance have allowed me to hit the ground running. Whilst still getting to grips with the world of IT recruitment, I feel that my potential success has been fast-tracked by the people I work with. 





I can honestly say that I love coming to work every day at Handle. The team is one of the smartest and capable I've ever worked with - and such fun too! As Director of Business Development and many years in recruitment, I know that they are all experts in their field and that they will deliver when I introduce them to new clients. 







I actually came to Handle as a candidate.  I was a wide-eyed, aspiring (and fairly inexperienced) screenwriter who wandered into their offices 8 years(!) ago hoping they’d help me find something in the Film industry.  As a recent grad, I wasn’t quite ready to be MD of Paramount Pictures just yet but they did have an admin vacancy for themselves and for some reason they took a shine to me & offered me the role there & then.   With a large client & candidate base within the Film Industry, they promised to offer as much support as they could to assist me on my quest to becoming the next Hank Moody whilst giving me invaluable office experience. 8 years later I can say it’s a promise they kept.  I was able to continually progress within the business, from Administrator, to Resourcer to a now experienced Consultant.  The most prevalent word which springs to mind when I think of what Handle has done for me & my career is ‘support’.  It might not be the sexiest of words or one that will set the pulses of SEO marketers racing but that’s exactly what they’ve given me.  They have proactively supported my progression in the company, they’ve supported my artistic endeavours outside of recruitment & the family-run nature of the company provides support in general life too. 



I joined Handle after working in a KPI driven environment, with high targets and long hours which ultimately meant that I couldn’t enjoy my success as I was constantly chasing the next fee. I approached Handle as a candidate and after meeting several team members, quickly felt this was a place I should be. The ethos of the company is service driven and built on long standing, invested relationships. My story here has been an interesting one, after almost 2 years in the business, I was given the opportunity to complete an in-house secondment, representing Handle within one of our retail clients’ offices. Upon my return, I was supported by the management team to develop further and joining a new team - the Office Support division. I’ve found that as a company, they listen and offer solutions when I may not necessarily know the answer myself. 





Throughout my 10 years working in various HR roles within the music industry, Handle was my go-to agency to help me source great staff.  After a short break to have babies, Stella invited me to come and ‘help out’ on a ‘little project’ at Handle. 10 more years and about 1000 projects later, I’m still here. It’s so refreshing to be working in a business where the employees genuinely love being here.  I make it my number 1 goal to make sure it stays that way - after all, it makes my job so much easier!!







Having worked as a marketing professional for four years in a large commercial publisher I was actively seeking a new challenge, ideally in a smaller or independent environment with a brand that would excite me. After an incredibly positive meeting with Lauren at Handle, in which she took into account my career aspirations and goals, I was carefully matched to several highly relevant opportunities. Lauren coached, encouraged and prepared me fully for the interview processes, one of which resulted in an offer of employment, which I happily accepted. Lauren has been friendly personable and a total joy to deal with; I cannot recommend Handle highly enough for any potential future candidates.





Handle Recruitment and James Skinner have taken the time to understand our business. He interrogates a brief with insight and understanding and he always adds value at the beginning of the recruitment process - where it has the most impact. He screens and briefs candidates very effectively. His communication and follow up throughout the process are always excellent. I get offers every day from people offering recruitment services,  Handle Recruitment and James are the real deal 







The past year and a bit I’ve been working at Handle have absolutely flown by! I completely appreciated Handle’s patience when we were first in discussion about me joining as they understood moving companies can be a tough decision but I can safely say that it’s the best decision I’ve made. Handle’s position in the marketplace, as well as their culture, absolutely stood out to me and since working here I’ve been encouraged, supported and motivated to succeed. I can genuinely say that I am proud to be working with brands I am inspired by whilst being surrounded by employees who are like my extended family! 






Why Handle?  The diverse range of creative companies and clients is certainly what made me want to become a member of the Handle team almost one year ago!  Having worked and assisted in finding new talent for companies such as Topshop, Ted Baker and the Walt Disney company, I had a taster for the ‘recruitment world’ and knew Handle was the place I wanted to pursue my Recruitment career.  As a Resourcer on the Office Support Temporary team, I enjoy working within a very fast paced environment with an incredibly talented team! I love getting to meet and place excellent candidates in a huge variety of creative industries on a daily basis. The fact candidates are excited by the companies we work with makes my job that bit easier!  We get to support a variety of people in different circumstances; this may be candidates wanting to completely change their career path, actors/actresses and dancers looking to pursue temporary work in support of their performing careers and enthusiastic recent graduates who are looking to build upon their experience to greater their opportunity of securing their dream role! 




I have been working with Handle for many years, both as a candidate and a client and I know that they are the “go to” experts in the field of music and media recruitment.

When looking for a recruitment partner to work with on an exclusive basis my first thought was Handle.  I began working with David in 2015 and have come to rely on and value his extensive knowledge and professional service.  He consistently provides the right candidates and I always feel that nothing is too much trouble.

In a fast-moving and changing industry Handle provide the recruitment support I need to deliver results for the business.




Since I joined as a fairly inexperienced consultant in 2006, the culture and general vibe has barely changed, which if you really think about it, is an amazing achievement. In the ever competitive and perhaps linear world of recruitment it’s great to be part of a recruitment business that doesn’t lean on old ideas, but one that understands the importance of what the future holds. Handle is definitely a business that gives its people the freedom to be themselves without the overbearing corporate constraints.  The support and genuine feeling of being part of something is what makes Handle such a unique business in amongst one of the most competitive recruitment markets in the World. 






I’m still very new to Handle, having only joined 2 months ago. I was initially approached by Rachel, our internal recruiter, and was very impressed with the incredible client base that Handle has established over its time, and the office culture they have created. It’s a very honest and collaborative environment, which really brings out the best in people.  It’s not often in recruitment you join a team that people have stayed in for 10+ years, with an unrivalled knowledge of the market. This has come in particularly handy, as my recruitment background was in the Insurance market, so Finance was all new to me!  I’m very much looking forward to growing with this team (which has already had two new hires since I joined!). On top of an extensive client base covering some of the world’s leading media & entertainment companies, I’m still being encouraged and supported to bring out my entrepreneurial side to break in to new markets and develop the business in to new areas. 



I heard about Handle through a colleague when I was working at the BBC. They had been placed by Handle in to their previous role and had a really positive experience. I quickly noticed Handle's client portfolio is impressive. They worked with exactly the kinds of companies I wanted to work for.  They were professional yet more personable than other agencies I'd registered with. They seemed genuinely interested in finding out about me, rather than just trying to fit me to a role they were trying to fill. I enjoyed that they made me feel important; they listened to my requirements and really tried to match my skills and wants to opportunities they had.  Handle have helped me to see how many great roles are out there in companies that are notoriously hard to get into. During the initial consultation process, the questions they asked really made me think more about what I was good at and what I wanted. I thought I knew but I actually hadn't really thought past, 'get me out of this, I want a new job!  Since reconnecting after going freelance, they have again opened up my eyes to the opportunities out there. This is great for freelancers like me & beneficial for employers because they get a trusted person filling a gap while they find someone more permanent.


I started working with Handle about 8 months ago. All of the staff are extremely welcoming and friendly and I find that really inspiring, it’s really nice to be counted as part of the Handle family. Working where there’s such a great company culture is great motivation to get up and go and I look forward to going to work now. I’m looking forward to many more years working with Handle.

Handle Recruitment is a company that I will never forget, they have allowed me to be independent and to look forward to a life where I can achieve something not only in the job I do but in life. They are really supportive and allowed me to grow my career.





My first job in the  recruitment industry was in the “swinging  ‘60’s”  and I  loved it, so much so, that after eight years, followed by a break to have my children, I was inspired and encouraged to open my own consultancy and in  1978 Handle Recruitment was launched from small offices in Bond Street. I made the conscious decision to approach creative companies that excited me. (Organisations that I would have loved to work for!) Over the years that followed we partnered companies in design, fashion, PR, media, entertainment and of course the music industry - Handle soon became the go-to agency for media and entertainment recruitment. The industry has changed enormously over the last 37 years and Handle has evolved to respond to those changes, diversifying further to complimentary industry sectors and providing a full head office recruitment service. I still love recruitment, I continue to play a hands on role and am just as passionate today about Handle and all the clients we recruit for.



I made the move to London and Handle has been a home from home; all the staff are so friendly and I have made such great friends. Every day is filled with meeting the most amazing candidates, working on exciting jobs with brilliant clients. The morale is always high and everyone supports and motivates each other, the opportunities are countless and the candidate calibre is so high.









Nearly 17 years and I’m still happy at Handle! Why? I’ve helped grow the business, and the business has developed me.

I joined when we were just starting to step towards working with industries other than music and was given a free reign to achieve what I wanted with film and TV clients. And when I wanted to change my role after having my daughter it was up to me to create it.

I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished – Handle is a growing company of inspired and talented people.







I’ve worked with Handle and Alice Scott for coming up to 4 years now, I was initially a Handle Candidate and then became a Client when I was placed at Maynard Leigh. I’d like to thank Handle for finding the best team members for us! Stuart our MD said this is the best and healthiest team he has ever worked with in 27 years!!!  








I was recommended to Handle through an ex-work colleague who is an internal recruiter in London. He suggested I register with Handle as they are the go-to for HR Recruitment within the Media, Music and Entertainment industry. I first met with Francesca and then Emma as my key contact. From the get go I found them both to be professional, great communicators and genuinely interested in what I was looking for as a candidate. Emma talked through potential roles with me and showed a great detail of candidate care, always getting back to me as soon as information came to hand. All this has landed me my first role in the UK after coming over from Australia as an HR Manager with an iconic brand, in a great team.





After 14 years building Digital and Technology teams for corporate IT Recruitment consultancies I was immensely glad to be given the opportunity to work for an organisation that have an innate understanding of the creative sector in their DNA.  Prior to working in recruitment I had worked in the music industry as booking agent, music publisher and as product manager for a leading merchandise company and it has been very satisfying to be able to pull both strands of my career together in one role.  At a time when digital innovation is driving the Media and Entertainment sector, it’s very exciting to be at Handle as the benefits of what we do for our clients and candidates is tangible. Every day at Handle is challenging but motivating because we get to help out on projects that change and touch on everyone’s lives.  On a personal note it’s especially motivating to work for a senior management team that have given me the space and support to build a team, that as well as being experts in their fields, are happy in their work.


I moved over to Handle three and half years ago via a joint venture which is now the Digital and Tech team. Initially my role here was to support this team through its development and growth with the admin and adhoc duties. However, as the company grew, my role evolved to be much more than this. I have been given the chance to develop as the office manager and oversee the operation of reception and assist the office temp team, all whilst still keeping my original responsibilities. Handle have helped me develop my career and I have continued to evolve my role in my time here.  







After working in music, I decided to try something different and moved to Handle. I enjoyed the idea of meeting likeminded candidates, helping people find their dream roles and recruiting for inspiring brands. 6 months in and everyone has been very welcoming. I have been getting continual support and encouragement to progress, both from members of the Finance Team and managers.  







I’ve been with Handle for over 4 years now, working with the Finance Perm division. With a previous career background in Music/Events & also Recruitment – Handle was the perfect match for me! Since joining, Handle have been amazing to me and have allowed me to develop in a newly created role where I get to work closely with the candidates and their journey, which is something that I’m truly passionate about. Handle even allowed me to take a 6 month sabbatical so that I could continue working with my passion in events and production. I love to tell my friends and family about all the clients and even more so about the people & friends I work with!





I’m still a newbie at Handle, only 7 months into my role of Digital Marketing and PR executive and I really do feel like I’ve been here forever! (In a good way). I didn't apply for a job at Handle, Rachel found my profile via LinkedIn (yes that does actually happen) and matched me to an internal position. I was a tad apprehensive at first if I'm honest, but I'm loving it! From day one you're paired up with a buddy and given the support and training you need to really make the role your own and grow, within a team that feels more like family than work! There's something to be said for the culture here, how they have managed to find 80+ individuals that all seem to be on the same page is really something quite special.  It's extremely refreshing to work with like-minded people in such a fun and friendly office.  I'm looking forward to many more years here!




I had the pleasure of working with Handle as a candidate.  I was impressed by the way James Skinner listened carefully to me until he had a real understanding of what I wanted for the next step of my career, and was careful to match my skills to the requirements of the brands he recruits for.  After my first meeting with him, rather than bombard me with job descriptions, I was presented with a couple of really great opportunities to consider that were absolutely spot on for what I was looking for, one of which turned out to be my new job! I would really recommend James and Handle as a rare example of a specialist recruiter in digital marketing, who you can instantly tell is an honest and down to earth professional who really does know what he's doing, and does it well. 





I joined Handle as a Senior Consultant in 2013 having worked in recruitment for two and a half years prior.  I came from a KPI led, target driven environment, to Handle- a boutique, specialist creative agency where I have been encouraged to focus my attention on building relationships, more so than following a stringent KPI process.  Further to this, I have been given the opportunity to develop my career and progress into management which I am thoroughly enjoying.  I am genuinely inspired by the talented people around me and feel blessed to work with such amazing peers who are not just my colleagues, but good friends.  Coming to work every day and working alongside like- minded fun, creative and ambitious people is something which I am incredibly thankful for and I can honestly say I love my job!  My journey so far at Handle has been an exciting one! I am very proud to recruit for the best brands in the world, and work with talented, inspiring clients and candidates. The support and training in which Handle consistently provides is second to none and I am looking forward to continuing to develop my career here at Handle.