4 London SMEs Punching Above Their Weight

When you take your first steps into the world of work, there’s a common belief that bigger is always better.

Whether you’re a school leaver or graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford, you can be wowed by the bright lights of an “award winning”, “industry leading” behemoth of business.

But… underestimate the small and agile at your peril.

There are countless benefits of working for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Friendly environment with healthy competition

Many SMEs have a family friendly working environment. And because they know each other better, they work closer to each other, creating friendly rivalries, which in turn, can increase revenue.

Work very closely to the decision maker

At SMEs you’re much more likely to have day to day exposure to your CEO/MD. What better way to learn than have direct access to the person who set up your business? Having this level of exposure on a daily business could work wonders for your ability.

See your impact

If you work for a giant, your efforts might be no more than drop in the ocean. But if you work for an SME, you can watch your effort manifest in front of you.

Every day, the small wins make a huge difference to your business. Also, the chances of you being listened to are much higher in a small company. The communication process is very simple: if you don’t agree with something, just say so.

Contribute new ideas

In an SME, contributing to new ideas is encouraged. And your ideas may well get carried forward. Whereas these can fall on deaf ears in a larger business with more intangible decision makers in place.

Career development

OK, so you get career development at huge companies too. But at an SME your career will move as fast as you’re willing it to. There’s less chance of being held at one level because of a senior member of staff. And definitely less chance of a glass ceiling.

Here are a few of the SMEs on Hunted…


Ellwood Atfield

Ellwood Atfield does so much more for their fascinating niche of PR & Communications than just recruitment. They’re driving best practice in communications and supporting the quest for improved diversity & equality.

They’ve done this by diversity reporting, launching the industry’s largest diversity survey, and establishing the Women in Communications Career Networking Group.

They also know how to treat their consultants well. They have EA Air Mile rewards, a paid sabbatical after 5 years, treat trolley Friday, and summer working hours.

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The Barton Partnership

The Barton Partnership has gone from 8 to 34 people in the last 5 years. And they now have 3 office locations with London, Munich and New York.

In 2017 they launched their Research Academy – a framework to guide graduates through the first stage of their career. In order to decide which area of the business you’ll thrive in, Consultants will work on projects across the entire business.

They offer unlimited holiday, paid sabbatical after 5 years, share options, subsidised gym membership and ride to work scheme amongst their benefits on top of tailored commission schemes.


RedCat Digital

RedCat Digital were formed at the turn of the century out of a bedroom in Islington and have grown into a force to be reckoned with in the Digital space. They specialise in all things digital and tech and have grown year on year since their inception.

This growth has been inflated since joining Hunted, meaning others can now see the value these specialists can offer for your career. They predict that with all the support and training you receive, Trainees can progress to recruitment consultants within 6 to 12 months.

They offer bonus Days Off for over-achieving target, flexi-time, all-expenses paid trips to USA, high performer holidays, childcare vouchers and much more.


Ultimate Asset

Ultimate Asset has less than 20 people in their business, but by the end of 2018 want to have at least 6 offices across 6 international locations.

They have 3 rules in recruitment: You can never do enough prep. Never assume. Don’t be a dickhead.

And joining UA now means you can grow with the company, accelerate your career, and enjoy international mobility throughout their locations.

As well as working with some of the biggest media businesses in the world, they’re an incredibly social bunch. Not only organising regular nights out but offering every Consultant a £500 monthly expense budget for networking with Candidates and Clients.


To start your anonymous application with any of these businesses, or view any of the amazing partners we have on Hunted, sign up now.