Agora Talent

What Hunted Says

Life is too short. Work somewhere awesome. With casual dress and trendy offices in Clerkenwell Agora Talent are fulfilling their mission of delivering market-leading Finance and Strategy talent to the retail, consumer and leisure industries. Never get hung up on again… these guys have built awesome relationships and are working with the coolest clients out there globally: Selfridges, Urban Outfitters, M&S and PepsiCo to name a few. Oh, and need flexible working? Not a problem. They are a self motivated bunch built on trust who all work hard without the pressure of call times or aggressive targets. There is an incredible opportunity here to join this vibrant start-up and finally be in the driving seat of your career!

Key Info

Size< 10
IndustryRetail & FMCG

Recruitment Sectors
Accountancy & FinanceBeauty & FashionC-Level & ExecutiveConsultancy & AdvisoryHospitality & LeisureRetail & FMCGSport & Recreation

Caroline Phillips - Founder

Large multinationals to fast-growing start-ups

We are proud to partner with a range of established big names, as well as support a whole host of up and coming startups. All of our clients sit within the Retail, Consumer and Leisure space...increasingly with a Digital focus. 🚀 Some of our larger PSL accounts include brands such as Selfridges; Marks & Spencer; Farfetch; Nike; and McDonald's. 💰We have a compelling payment scheme we offer to startups/scale-ups which has proved popular; as a result, we have successfully partnered with brands including Trouva; Crosstown Doughnuts; Immersive Gaming Labs; and WIT Fitness. 🌎 The majority of work we conduct is UK/London based...but there are no limits and the team has recently completed searches in Berlin, Switzerland, and Malaysia.

Caroline has a great understanding of retail needs when recruiting and understands how key personal 'fit' is to getting the best person into the role. She has many years of recruiting retail colleagues and this comes through very strongly. Thoroughly recommended. Lee Williams, Group CFO, French Connection

Freedom to choose how you work 💡

The office is dress-down with music constantly playing, as well as day beds in case you ever need to nap! 🛌 You can choose your working hours (or even WFH) and the unlimited holiday means that you are never worried about having a day off. 🌴 We all work hard but reap the benefits of being entrusted with the freedom to choose when and how we work. Once you have proven your ability to work independently, there is no lurking over shoulders or unnecessary hourly KPI-driven targets.

The Founders👩🏽‍💻👨🏻‍💻👨🏼‍💻

We're entirely owned by our three Founders with no external shareholders or debt. This means we get to make decisions based on what's best for our company without worrying about a board of Directors who aren't involved day-to-day. All of our Founders still recruit. We really enjoy meeting people and winning business and never expect anything from you that we aren't able to help with first-hand.

Value over vanity metrics 💎

We have created a grown up, professional and unique culture. You are encouraged to build your desk in your own way with the support of three truly passionate directors. We focus on the big stuff, not how many kpis you did or didn’t hit.

Felix Meller - Founder

Newmarket Races for our Summer Party 2019

Clerkenwell HQ 🏡

We're based in Clerkenwell, in the Finsbury Business Centre. It's one of London's original shared office spaces...and was the starting point for many big brands including Colt Telecoms and ... we're hoping to channel their success! We have Exmouth Market and it's daily street food market on our door well as some great venues such as the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings. Plenty of good spots for after-work drinks in the sunshine. The Agora team are all in one office, with use of the FBC's shared facilities which include a high quality canteen (Great French chef with daily changing menus); a roof terrace ; sound proof pods for Skype calls; and meeting rooms to book for clients.

Training and Development 📚

It's important that you’re continuously supported. We have weekly Recruiter Hub training sessions which are great for going over basics but the conversations that ensue these sessions are even more useful - learning hints and tips from consultants’ with 12+ years’ experience in the industry. Sitting around one shared desk means if you have a question or want to run something past someone there is always someone around to offer advice or opinion. External development is encouraged just as much as internal means of training; you are given the freedom to choose anything from online courses to external events and talks / networking opportunities to go to.

Team Culture

We value an open and collaborative culture. As Founders, we aren't commission based so we have every incentive to develop business and help all employees to be successful. This is what one of the team had to say: We work hard, and as a result the freedom we are given is unmatched. You are trusted, which for me has always bred a culture of wanting to show up and do my best, without exception.

Get to know us...

Our three founders...Caroline Phillips, Greg Wellman and Felix Meller. Caroline & Greg lead our Finance & Accounting team, and Felix leads our Strategy & Commercial team. Matthew Gunn - Business Manager Matthew looks after some key accounts for Agora such as Dixons Carphone PLC; Photobox; and Dr well as growing our presence in the scale-up space. Matt has done some great work successfully partnering brands such as WIT Fitness; Away Travel; and Airsorted. Amy Andrews - Consultant Amy is a specialist in the part-qualified market and has a successful track record managing accounts such as Liberty's; Selfridges; and Sweaty Betty. Lizzy Drewry - Researcher. Lizzy previously worked for another recruitment firm focused on the Private Equity space and now sources candidates for us across finance. Hannah Moodie - Researcher Hannah works with Felix on Strategy and Commercial appointments but is already building her own desk of clients.

The right tools for the job... 🔧

- Apple laptops and phones 🍏 - Resourcing/admin support - LinkedIn Recruiter Accounts - Meeting/Entertainment Budget - Company mobile phones & laptops 📱

Money, money, money 💰

Agora’s compensation package is above market rate, you are incentivised to do right by your client whatever the solution is and with regular catch ups you always know where you are tracking vs your budget. We have created a scheme that is simple, competitive and importantly transparent.

Christmas Party

Marketing Support 🎨

- In-house marketing team & outsourced support - Get access to great marketing material - brochures/templates - Budget for industry events - Company social media presence - Social media/ marketing training - Mobile optimised company website

Christmas Party 2019 - Bottomless Victorian Inspired Cocktails and a Tasting Menu by Masterchef's Neil Rankin

Pub Quiz Winners!

Summer Party 2019 - View from the box watching Years and Years

Christmas Party

Merry Christmas!!

Agora Talent

Key Info

Industry Retail & FMCG
Headquarters London
Company Size < 10

Recruitment Sectors
Accountancy & Finance Beauty & Fashion C-Level & Executive Consultancy & Advisory Hospitality & Leisure Retail & FMCG Sport & Recreation


  • Closed Xmas & New Year
  • Company Wide Trips
  • Dress Down
  • Female Leadership
  • International Travel for Meetings
  • Investment in Tech
  • Recruit to Music
  • Recruiter Licence
  • Unlimited Holidays
  • Apple Kit
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • KPI Free
  • Startup
  • Visible Commission Structure

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