Office space secured in West Bridgford for a recruitment business with no name or any staff. Just a handful of investors with a belief we could create something special.
Safe to say the hardest bit of setting up a business was deciding on a name (and finding a domain address that hadn’t been taken). Not many people know this, but we were initially called Tao. We weren’t convinced though. Read our blog:
What's in a name?
2 months until trading starts and we’re ready to push the button on our branding, somewhere in the depths of the grey matter, came the name “Distinct”. You just know when something’s right. Now it’s getting exciting.
Distinct begins trading with a team of 4, in a tiny office in West Bridgford. Initial disciplines are Finance / Procurement / Supply Chain / HR and Marketing. Read our blog:
A Rollercoaster Ride
3 months in and Ros Day joined us as our Finance Manager. We’re not quite sure how we survived for so long without her. Ros soon gets the Distinct back-office in order and we’re now in a position to really kick on.
Distinct and Vision Express team up to host a 5-aside charity football tournament and go on to raise £3,700 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. (We didn’t know it at the time, but this is now an annual date in our events calendar, with each year getting bigger and better).
The end of our first year sees a 734k turnover and a team of 16.
We take our whole company to Las Vegas for the trip of a lifetime.
Year two sees a £2.3m turnover and a team of 23.
We venture into the City Centre and a brand new 8,000 sq. foot office in the heart of Nottingham.
With the help of our Digital Marketing Agency, we team up with giffgaff to produce an estimate on 'Which Friends Character Earns the Most?' This went on to be published in the likes of Cosmopolitan, The Independent, Metro and Comedy Central.
We celebrate our best month of revenue yet by taking everyone to London.
Our third year sees a 3.8m turnover and a team total of 30.
We kick the year off with our first incentive trip, this time we’re hitting the slopes in Val D'isere.
We host a live Q&A session with our non-exec Michael Dawson on his football career.
We reach a milestone Social Media moment with 5,000 LinkedIn followers. We also host the first ever East Midlands Finance Awards and over 130 guests! Not sure who’s idea it was to time our Europe incentive trip (and 6am flight!) for the day after the awards, but luckily nobody minded when we learnt we were going to Hvar!
We celebrate our first Distinct engagement! Congratulations Bex and Ian, it’s only taken three and a half years!
Charles reckons it’s about time we got ourselves a new website... We hear ya Charles... Watch this space!
Christmas came early when our brand new website went live. We couldn't be happier with it - roll on 2020...
Under new advice from the government, we made the decision to prioritise the wellbeing of our staff and work from home. Then from April through to July, most of the team were furloughed and 8 of us carried on working. Read our post: An update from our CEO
During this time, slowly but surely we were able to add more people to the team. Together we had:
150 team Zoom calls and 15 weekly video updates from our CEO.
We made 3879 Candidate calls.
We added 153 new jobs.
And we placed 51 people.
We made the decision to invite everybody back to work, and even started to return to the office!
Despite all of the challenges in 2020, it was extremely important for us to carry on with our plans to expand our reach across the UK. Between August and October we welcomed 4 new faces to the team AND acquired workspaces in Milton Keynes and Central London.
The start of 2021 saw us say goodbye to our office at Fothergill House and hello to our new home in the Lace Market. Here's a sneak peek!