LAURENT HALIMI- CEO
Laurent, a French-born graduate holds two degrees in Business Communications and Marketing which he obtained at University in the South of France. His ambition and motivating personality saw him go from success to success during his early working life gaining experience in recruitment and leadership.
Laurent was based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for 10 years, 8 of which he spent at an International recruitment firm inspiring its success from a start-up to a multinational company.
A visionary leader, Laurent began his own entrepreneurial journey in 2015 alongside fellow director by creating Elitegroup Recruitment which he has grown into a market leader.
Andrew ROBINSON - CEO
Local entrepreneur Andrew, who holds a degree in Modern Foreign Languages from Northumbria University, also began his career in Sales, more specifically at a local recruitment firm. He was one of the initial small group of consultants whom helped to launch the company and build it into the international market competitor it is today.
A natural leader with a flair for sales, Andrew launched Elitegroup Recruitment as one of two founders in 2015, under his influence the business has gone from strength to strength and now holds a firm place as a leader in Microsoft Dynamics Recruitment.
JAMES CAAN - CHAIRMAN
In early 2016 Elitegroup Recruitment became part of James Caan’s Recruitment Entrepreneur portfolio – a leading investor in UK recruitment businesses.
“I am delighted to lend my support and advice to a business as innovative and forward thinking as Elitegroup Recruitment. The opportunity to drive employment and highlight great talent in the North East is much needed, and I believe Elitegroup Recruitment will execute this superbly. Elitegroup Recruitment are definitely one to watch, and I am certain this niche sector will benefit hugely from a new, high caliber recruitment business providing impeccable recruitment solutions.”
He is best known as a former investor on the BBC television program Dragons’ Den, in which he was one of the Dragons from 2007 to 2010. More recently, he has hosted The Business Class on CNBC, a series which sees him joined by experts from a cross section of industries to analyse and advise innovative UK small and medium enterprises. He is also Chairman of the UK Government's Start Up Loans Scheme, which supports entrepreneurs with funding and mentoring to start their own business.
Caan initially achieved success in the recruitment industry. He founded the recruitment company Alexander Mann Group in 1985, and sold it in 2002. In 1993, Caan co-founded the executive head-hunting firm Humana International, in which he sold his stake in 1999. He is also the founder and currently CEO of the UK-based private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw.
In 2013, he was named Chairman of the Year at the International Business Awards.