Mission Driven Entrepreneurs Episode 49 - Rob Blythe of Instant Impact

Rob Blythe of Instant ImpactRob Blythe and his co-founder Felix Mitchell set up Instant Impact four years ago from a Starbucks coffee shop. They have grown their specialist recruitment company to 20 employees housed in an office in London and are on target to hit a turnover of £1 million this year. Meeting all their candidates face to face, and providing quirky guides to living in London as benefits for their candidates, the company is on a mission to help change the perception of the rather tarnished image of the recruitment industry.

The idea for a company specialising in finding graduates jobs and internships sprung from the realisation that Rob had enjoyed an internship at a a smaller company much than one he had at Citibank. He found this internship with the SME from a conversation with the Managing Director, who he'd met at his local pub, and felt there was a huge untapped market. Graduates who wanted something more than the boiler plate graduate schemes and SME firms who didn't have the brand or presence on campus to attract talented graduates.

Rob has now had first hand knowledge of one of the biggest barriers to growth for small companies - the quality of their people. After several different directions he shares his journey to where he is today and his thoughts on what graduates should do if they have no idea of what their future career should be.

In my interview with Rob I cover:

  • The way they win clients in a very competitive market
  • How they found their niche and some wrong turns along the way
  • How they got their business plan wrong
  • Their plans for the future and the areas where they see demand

Rob's books

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive biography autobiography, by Walter Isaacson

Quote

“the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs

Technology hack

Gmail add ons: Boomerang, Streak & Yesware

Trello

Links

On Twitter: @InstantImpactuk

http://instant-impact.com

http://www.theaccessproject.org.uk

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Thanks again to Rob for taking the time to be interviewed.