Success stories
We're confident that we can help startups and scaleups hire great talent.

That confidence comes from our experience building teams for some brilliant companies, helping them maximise their impact.

We know each business is different, but here's more on how our recruitment parternships have helped other startups and scaleups find great people. 

Clue Software

Clue were looking for a supplier that could offer a trusted, all-encompassing talent solution. Listening to their needs, we proposed our Build_up plan. Offering a true long-term...

RoleMapper Technologies

We initially advised and guided them, for free, to directly recruit their first product hire. After their positive initial experience with us they had no hesitation in engaging ...


Our success with RoleMapper led to a connection with Mercia, an investor who value our strong startup community presence. This relationship resulted in referrals to an...

Overwatch Aerospace

Overwatch Aerospace partnered with ISL via our Build-up solution, our Talent as a Service product. The solution offered a transparent, fixed monthly price, along with a host of ...


Knowing that salaries in the current market can fluctuate as candidates are increasingly receiving multiple offers and counteroffers, we wanted to alleviate CyberHive’s risk of inc...


Through the Exec Foundation Peer group in Bristol, fellow Founders Alan (CEO of ISL Talent) and Ben (CEO of Insphere) built a relationship over the course of 5 years. Ben expected ...


Howells have been a client of ISL's since 2017, long before our Base_down and Build_up partnerships existed. On the traditional contingency model (%-fee paid on placement) we helpe...

Hope Tech+

As a fledgling startup with a first-time founder, HopeTech needed help building its entire talent strategy from the ground up. As Brian only needed a handful of first hires, he cho...

Third Dimension

An SME with a consistent need to hire key roles, Third Dimension partnered with us on our Base_down model, so we could support them across the entirety of the recruitment process. ...


Responding to initial budget constraints of a startup, we started working with Yapily on our on-demand plan (our version of traditional contingency recruitment). Spending time t...


Frustrated with the old model, Amdaris reached out to recruiters hoping to work in a better way.  Responding to their needs, we offered them an exclusive partnership. We were ta...


Based on the forecast hiring volumes and the need for an in-depth understanding of candidate fit, we offered Floww a talent partnership based on our Build_up plan.  The Build_up...

A perfect match

Gin & Tonic, Fish & Chips, Coffee & Cake - they’re all better together. And when you partner with us, it's a combination that goes way beyond recruitment.

Our Partnership plans:



Our Talent as a Service subscription plan is the future-proof way to scale, building the best team.

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Our retained service plan gives you the assurance that we’ll be your proactive partner.

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