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Start People is an owner led recruitment consultancy combining 80 years of board level experience. A group of passionate recruiters, enabled and empowered by a simple, honest methodology that focuses on the best matches we can make between our business customers and our candidate customers.

Start People deliver a broad range of talent and labour solutions to the Manufacturing, Automotive, Engineering and Industrial sectors throughout the UK. Supplying SME and corporate businesses with a single source solution enables us to develop broader and deeper relationships with our customers.

We partner with our candidate customers through their careers to support them finding the best opportunities they can command in the marketplace in order to maximise their potential. Our business customers work with us to fuel their growth, with new talent expanding their scale or, to develop through succession planning strategies.

Start People believe recruitment consultancies excel when they collaborate effectively between business and talent. Our name reflects the timing of our venture, the purpose and the background of our story. Integrity, inspiration and innovation are our guiding principles.

We believe in these values and live them through our work and our own business in every aspect. Energy, fun and lots of hard work are how we do what we do. Success is the result.


Donna Hickman

Donna is a dynamic, collaborative and results driven Director with a proven track record of exceeding business targets. With a no-nonsense energetic style Donna excels in a new business environment. Through strategic networking Donna builds strong business relationships adding value to her clients. Her innovative approach to business has seen her access new markets and revenue streams despite difficult trading conditions. As a strong leader Donna has a proven track record of developing individuals through to senior level roles.

David Edwards

David  is a highly successful Director with an exceptional record or business growth, change and innovation. A strong communicator and accomplished board-level operator. A confident, strong and successful negotiator both in and outside the business. An adaptable relationship builder with a strong sales and operational background. An outstanding record of team building and talent development, creating a strong people infrastructure from which consistent business growth was built. A proven record for successful change management particularly over the last five years, evolving the business to safeguard and future proof performance in an unprecedented tough trading climate.


Start People Ltd are searching for candidates keen to break into the exciting world of recruitment. Successful candidates will be:​

  • ​Ambitious and driven

  • Determined and hungry to learn

  • Confident and a good communicator over the phone and face to face

  • A desire to control your own earning and thrive on the idea of working to targets

  • Excited by the prospect of working in a competitive, energetic and fun environment

What will the role entail?

  • The role will involve you selling over the telephone and face to face with businesses across the UK who are in the Engineering, Financial and Commercial sectors. 

  • You will be working with your clients to fully understand their requirements and to identify the best candidates available in the market. You will use social media, job boards, the internet and the company web site to source and match to these vacancies.

Why work for us?​

  • We are one of the newest recruitment businesses in Manchester but one of the most experienced team of Directors.

  • We are based in one of the best offices in the city centre with fantastic facilities and views over the city. 

  • We arew growing at an exceptional rate especially in the thriving automotive market.

  • We are about building careers, sharing success and having fun.

Whats in it for me?

  • Develop your skills; Full recruitment, business and sales training delivered by our team of Directors.

  • Working environment; Embrace our values and culture, enjoy your working day in our fun environment.

  • Collaboration; Our team ethos means you will always have the support of our management team and from your fellow colleagues.

  • Ambition; Our business plan has an aggressive growth strategy, be part of something special.

  • Reward; Competitive financial package including our market leading bonus scheme with no threshold, monthly prizes and foreign holidays. Be in charge of your own earning potential. 

​If you like what you see, get in touch today. Contact David Edwards or Donna Hickman, we look forward to hearing from you.

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