Young Gun's London Draw
By hrbrsd | Monday, February 11, 2013, 15:53
One of Bristol's brightest young entrepreneurs is poised to leave the city to launch a new business in London.
Shaun Potts, who joined G2 Recruitment as a graduate trainee in 2007, will be running his own office under the firm's G2V umbrella.
The 28-year-old's present five-strong team brings in more than £1 million pounds gross each year for the company.
Shaun is set to open his own office in Hammersmith, focussing on the international oil and gas market, engineering and IT sectors.
"It's going to be a big challenge, but I feel very comfortable about it," a Cardiff University history graduate, who lives in Westbury Park.
"I'm thrilled at being given this opportunity. I have always wanted to run my own business and the chance to be entrepreneurial."
Despite the global economic downturn the international, multi-billion dollar oil and gas market is booming, says Shaun.
"We provide candidates for clients such as Shell and Maersk Oil from places as far afield as Mozambique to the Gulf of Mexico.
"It's a fascinating sector, not without its challenges in terms of compliance and tax for each territory, but it's a real burgeoning area for growth."
Shaun, who is taking two of his Bristol team to London, says he hopes to grow the new office as quickly as possible.
"The hardest challenge will be selecting the right staff. It's a great job for someone who wants to earn £60 or £70,000 by the time they are 25. However, it's tough. The first six to 12 months can be sheer blood, sweat and tears.
"But if you're resilient, are prepared to work really hard and to make sacrifices, the sky's the limit in terms of what you can earn."
Shaun's new office in Lyric Square, Hammersmith, looks out across at the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium. A bonus for football fanatic Shaun.
G2 Recruitment was founded by Simon Gillings and James Gorfin in Bristol in 2004 and now has offices in Manchester, Holland and Houston, Texas.
The company, based in Broad Quay House, Bristol, is one of the fastest-growing independent technical recruitment organisations in the UK with a predicted turnover of £50 million for 2013.
"Shaun has done extremely well over the past six years and grown consistently to be the best recruiter within the G2V Group," says Simon Gillings.
"He has already proved in Bristol how he can bring in business and motivate those around him to provide a top-class service in this specialist area of recruitment.
"We know he will rise to the challenge of establishing this new office and enable us both as a business to grow even further and enhance our service to clients."
G2V Careers was incorporated in 2004 and serves g2 Recruitment Solutions, Vivid Resourcing and AC Resourcing.