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Oct 2015.

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.

Oct 2015
Nov 2015

Nov 2015.

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?

Nov 2015.

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.

Nov 2015
Jan 2016

Jan 2016.

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

Apr 2016.

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.

Apr 2016
May 2016

May 2016.

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).

Aug 2016.

We launch our Office Support division.

Aug 2016
Sep 2016

Sep 2016.

Somewhat earlier than anticipated, we outgrow our first office and move into a new space (still in West Bridgford). Read the Article:
Evening Post Article

Dec 2016.

The end of our first year sees a 734k turnover and a team of 16.

Dec 2016
Jun 2017

Jun 2017.

We take our whole company to Las Vegas for the trip of a lifetime.

Oct 2017.

Aynsley Buggy joins as we launch our Tech division.

Oct 2017
Dec 2017

Dec 2017.

Year two sees a £2.3m turnover and a team of 23.

Jan 2018.

We venture into the City Centre and a brand new 8,000 sq. foot office in the heart of Nottingham.

Jan 2018
Apr 2018

Apr 2018.

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.

Sep 2018.

We celebrate our best month of revenue yet by taking everyone to London.

Sep 2018
Dec 2018

Dec 2018.

Our third year sees a 3.8m turnover and a team total of 30.

Jan 2019.

We kick the year off with our first incentive trip, this time we’re hitting the slopes in Val D'isere.

Jan 2019
Mar 2019

Mar 2019.

We host a live Q&A session with our non-exec Michael Dawson on his football career.

Apr 2019.

Laura Hickman joins Distinct as our first ever Marketing Exec.

Apr 2019
Jun 2019 Jun 2019

Jun 2019.

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!

Aug 2019.

We celebrate our first Distinct engagement! Congratulations Bex and Ian, it’s only taken three and a half years!

Aug 2019
Oct 2019

Oct 2019.

Charles reckons it’s about time we got ourselves a new website... We hear ya Charles... Watch this space!

Dec 2019.

Christmas came early when our brand new website went live. We couldn't be happier with it!

Dec 2019
Mar 2020

Mar 2020.

We were delighted to win ‘Small Business of the Year’ (Up to 50 staff) at the East Midlands Business Masters 2020 Awards.

Mar 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

Mar 2020
Apr 2020

Apr 2020.

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,
Added 153 new jobs,
And placed 51 people.

Jul 2020.

We made the decision to invite everybody back to work, and even started to return to the office!

Jul 2020
Oct 2020

Oct 2020.

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 opened our second office in Milton Keynes. 

Feb 2021.

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!

Feb 2021
March 2021

March 2021.

6 months since Matt arrived to head up our Milton Keynes office, we now have a dedicated presence in Accountancy Practice, Finance, and HR recruitment in MK and the Southern regions.

April 2021.

In the first quarter of 2021, we enjoyed 2 back-to-back record months and welcomed 9 new faces to the team, bringing our total headcount to 42 and counting :)

April 2021
April 2021

April 2021.

Did someone say USA? In April, we launched our long awaited Distinct North America brand. You can check out our North America website here. 

May 2021.

We welcomed Leanne Gelderd as our new Finance Director, meaning our Accounts dream team was now complete. Leanne will be working in the Distinct engine room, making sure everything runs smoothly. 

May 2021
Aug 2021

Aug 2021.

We're excited to support more growing and dynamic businesses in finding the right leadership hires to take their business to the next level through our new executive search service: Distinct Executive.


Sept 2021.

We reunited in the office for our annual Company Day, to reaffirm our values, take part in challenges and a quiz, and enjoy some amazing food!

Sept 2021
Oct 2021

Oct 2021.

We celebrated our Milton Keynes office's first birthday, and a group of us went on an incentive trip to London! This included a Rib Blast on the Thames, shopping at Selfridges, and dinner at Sushi Samba.

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