In 1960, Reed pioneered specialist recruitment in the UK, opening the first office in Hounslow, London. Seven decades on, we have become the world’s largest family-run recruitment business, with offices spanning across the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia.
Reed was founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Alec Reed, in 1960, and has since grown organically into an industry powerhouse.
Following his father, James Reed became Chairman of Reed in 2004, making Reed the world’s largest family-run recruitment business, with over 100 offices spanning across the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.
Our brand message is simple, Love Mondays. At the heart of this message is our firmly held belief that everyone should be able to find fulfilling work. We are here to help people do just that.
Our purpose is, improving lives through work. We believe in building businesses for the benefit of society and we’re proud to make a positive difference to people’s lives. We change people’s lives every time that we place someone new into a new role.
To me, this work is a privilege. Recruitment is not just a job, it’s a vocation.
Our business values are the same as the Reed family values. They are always at the core of what we do and how we do it.
At Reed we are a big community.
We treat everyone with fairness and respect
We act with integrity
We are true to our commitments
We respond swiftly to execute our promises
We take responsibility for providing solutions
We hold ourselves accountable for our actions
We work together in partnership and build sustainable trusted relationships
We value a diverse workforce and respect the contributions of all
Sir Alec Reed founded the Reed Business School in the Cotswolds, UK to provide a learning centre for Reed co-members as well as residential courses for accountancy students. The Reed Business School has even been listed as one of the most beautiful places to study in the world.
The website reedglobal.com went live in October 2008, providing a platform for UK and international Reed offices. Since then it has grown to be a hub for human resources and recruitment news, industry insights and a place for candidates and clients to develop their teams and careers.
On 7 May 2020, Reed turned 60. With 60 years' experience under our belt, we continue to lead the way with the best recruitment solutions and comprehensive industry knowledge.
This year we launched our latest venture – Reed Franchise Partnerships. Our aim is clear – we want to partner with experienced recruiters outside of the UK to help them grow best in class recruitment businesses. Having successfully launched in Singapore, we are now looking to partner with others across the world.
Our network of franchise partners has grown at a fast pace since early 2022. We currently have partners in the US, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East.
We’re looking for more partners globally, so if you’d like to find out how you can grow with our support, fill out the form below and one of our experts will be in touch.