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7 milestones in the life of a start-up

The GKR London Team

Eight years ago, Grant Kaveney made the decision to embark on a recruitment journey, setting up his business from his kitchen table to specialise in estate agency property recruitment across London. Eight years later and a little greyer, working from an open plan office in Chelsea, Grant heads a team which has recently been recognised as one of The Best Property Recruiters in the area.

Grant worked in property recruitment for six years before going it alone; building a winning reputation which meant that when he left, clients and candidates wanted to know where on earth he had got to.




Here, he outlines seven key milestones in his journey:

1. First Placement – The beginning of the future

“Starting your own business is tough and scary so when people trust in you and understand your vision, it’s extremely comforting. My first placement working for myself was in 2010. It was emotional, I knew the candidate well and it was extremely rewarding. It gave me the confidence to believe in myself and the momentum to focus on the next. It was the start of many more to come; within one week I had made my second placement with an international provider.” – Grant Kaveney, CEO of GKR London.

2. First Key Account – It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

Keeping momentum in full swing, Grant was approached by one of the industry’s longest standing and successful estate agencies who instructed him solely to recruit for a 20 + office operation across London. Now we are placing 50+ candidates per year with this ever-growing organisation whilst working with many others of a similar size.

3. First Investment – Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together

In 2013, Grant was introduced to Recruitment Entrepreneur – ‘The Ultimate Investor in Recruitment Professionals’ owned by James Caan CBE. They started discussing opportunities and in 2014, he received investment from James to grow the business. He had a 90-day plan and a first year goal and smashed it. Twelve months later, the team had grown to eight consultants and GKR began servicing roles in Office & Business Support, Property Management & Commercial Project Management & Surveying – we also began servicing temporary and contract placements.

4. First Office Space – No more paperwork in the kitchen sink!

Moving away from the kitchen was a welcome relief for Grant; in 2013 he began working from a serviced office in Pall Mall, only two doors down from James Caan’s office. Since April 2015, GKR has been based in Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, sharing a fantastic space with numerous other businesses within the Recruitment Entrepreneur portfolio.

5. First Key Hire – Teamwork makes the dream work

The first key hire in the business joined as a consultant in late 2014, bringing 10 years of property experience. Now GKR’s ‘Head of Residential’, overseeing a highly effective and knowledgeable team; his loyalty and professionalism has allowed him to become a pivotal part of the growth strategy and success. Thank you, Michael Woda.

6. First Million… We did it!

Following investment, GKR reached £1million revenue within 18 months. This was a huge achievement and has continued to snowball as we are now on the PSL for 90% of the UK’s most successful property firms.

7. First Award Recognition – Property Recruitment Agency of the Year, 2016

A big thank you to News on the Block who, year after year, deliver an incredible awards ceremony for property. 2016 saw the introduction of the award for ‘Best Property Recruitment Agency of the Year’ and GKR London was shortlisted as a finalist!

Written by Molly Shoesmith, Operations manager at GKR London.

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