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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, Distinct” 
- now it’s getting exciting.

Nov 2015
Jan 2016

Jan 2016.

Distinct begins trading in a tiny office in West Bridgford. Read our blog:
A Rollercoaster Ride

Apr 2016.

3 months in and Ros Day joined us as our Finance Manager. We’re not sure how we survived for so long without her. Ros soon gets the Distinct back-office in order and we’re 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. 

Aug 2016.

We launch our Office Support division.

Aug 2016
Sep 2016

Sep 2016.

Somewhat earlier than anticipated, we've outgrown our first office and moved into a new space in West Bridgeford. 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.

Dec 2017.

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

Dec 2017
Jan 2018

Jan 2018.

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

Apr 2018.

With the help of our Digital Marketing Agency, we teamed 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.

Apr 2018
Sep 2018

Sep 2018.

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

Dec 2018.

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

Dec 2018
Jan 2019

Jan 2019.

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

Mar 2019.

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

Mar 2019
Apr 2019

Apr 2019.

Laura joins Distinct as our first-ever Marketing hire.

Jun 2019.

We launched the first-ever East Midlands Finance Awards with over 130 guests! Not sure whose idea it was to time our Europe incentive trip (and 6 am flight!) for the day after the awards, but luckily nobody minded when we learned it was in Hvar!

Jun 2019 Jun 2019
Aug 2019

Aug 2019.

We celebrated our first Distinct engagement. Congratulations Bex and Ian!

Oct 2019.

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

Oct 2019
Dec 2019

Dec 2019.

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

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
Mar 2020

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

Apr 2020.

During this time, slowly but surely we were able to add more people to the team. Together we:
Made 3879 Candidate calls,
Added 153 new jobs,
And placed 51 people.

Apr 2020
Jul 2020

Jul 2020.

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

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. 

Oct 2020
Feb 2021

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!

April 2021.

In April, we launched our long-awaited Distinct North America sub-brand. You can find out more here.

April 2021
May 2021

May 2021.

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

Aug 2021.

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


Aug 2021
Sept 2021

Sept 2021.

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

Oct 2021.

A group of us enjoyed an incentive trip to London! This included a Rib Blast on the Thames, shopping at Selfridges, and dinner at Sushi Samba.

Oct 2021
Jan 2022

Jan 2022.

With the restrictions finally easing, we kicked off the year in an unusual fashion by hosting our ‘end of year’ review and awards ceremony, suffice to say 2021 was a year of exponential growth.

Feb 2022.

With the goal of becoming carbon neutral in 2022, we launched our Distinct Sustainability Pledge! We will be actively switching things up within our offices with the goal of offsetting our impact on the environment. Watch this space!

Feb 2022
March 2022

March 2022.

In February and March, we saw back-to-back record-breaking months across both our UK and US divisions, the whole company worked together to reach 1 million in two months. 

June 2022.

In June we launched our new candidate gift offering! In line with our sustainability pledge, we will now be sending every placed candidate a reusable drinking bottle! This is just one of the ways we are doing our part to help the planet in style.

June 2022
Sept 2022

Sept 2022.

After returning from maternity leave, we were excited to welcome back Jo Sanderson, our new Internal Talent Acquisition Partner! Using her previous experience as a recruiter, Jo now heads up our talent attraction process.

Oct 2022.

We hit 10,000 followers on LinkedIn and celebrated with a montage of our most reacted posts from 2022!

Oct 2022
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