• Maybe you have never used a recruitment agency before? Perhaps you’ve had a bad experience with an existing supplier that’s soured your view of what a recruiter can do. Finding the right people is critical to the success and future growth of any organisation. Leaving things to chance or relying on applications from people who have happened to see your advert is not always the right strategy.

    At Astute our mission is to pro-actively find you the best person for your business. Whether they are currently active in the job market or not.

    To give those who have not worked with us before an opportunity to find out why we are different and the value we can bring to your organisation, we created our Triple-Point Guarantee. This gives you the confidence to try our service risk free and in the unlikely event we don’t manage to fill your position within an agreed period, we will actually pay you £500.

    This is a premium service by application only and to qualify:-

    • You must have a vacancy for a permanent position.
    • We must meet you face to face to take a full role brief and person specification and agree this is a position we can help you recruit.
    • We must be given this on an exclusive/sole agency basis for a mutually agreed period, which must be confirmed in writing.
    • If your current recruitment process with an agency is stalling, that’s fine, just bring it across.
    • Any speculative CV’s received from other sources must be forwarded to us.
    • You agree to interview our initial shortlist of candidates (maximum of 5 for any vacancy).

    In the unlikely event that things go wrong or we don’t manage to fill your vacancy – you’re covered and have the following options available:-

    1. If we don’t fill your vacancy we will pay you £500.
    2. If we have placed somebody with you, who for whatever reason doesn’t work out or leaves within 8 weeks of them starting, we provide a free replacement.
    3. If we are unable to find a satisfactory replacement we will provide a pro-rata rebate of the fee, based on the 8 week period.

    If the vacancy is offered to an internal or direct applicant the £500 payment will cease to apply.

    The Triple Point Guarantee in action…stories from our clients…

    Mayfield Yarns Testimonial


    As a highly regarded SME manufacturing specialist with a reputation for excellence, it was key for my senior management team, Finance Director and I to utilise a local Derbyshire accountancy recruitment specialist specifically working with other SME businesses. With a proud reputation for staff retention having had long-serving staff for 15+ years, I needed a new Qualified/ Qualified By Experience Accountant to assist me covering all aspects of manufacturing accounting including costings. I also needed someone with the experience to provide robust figures across the balance sheet and profit and loss for the Group FD based in Yorkshire. It was also incredibly important to get someone who would understand the quirks of our specific business, office set up and commit to us for the long-term.

    After searching on-line – I came across Astute Recruitment Ltd. Their website, branding and awards convinced me of their pedigree and focus specifically towards SME Businesses and I gave them a call.

    I had a great initial conversation and arranged a meeting with Andy Lilliman – Senior Consultant and Mary Maguire – MD of Astute to understand their service and approach.

    Myself and the Group Finance Director were very impressed, particularly when they explained their unique Triple-Point Guarantee. In return for exclusivity, signing and agreeing specific dates for shortlisting CVs, first and second stage interviews – we were delighted to have the full focus of Astute’s team.

    The Group FD and I did not want to engage with multiple agencies and have a raft of CVs and phone calls from other recruiters. Instead we welcomed Astute’s dedicated approach in only shortlisting and sending us the most relevant, qualified candidates who matched our criteria.

    Scroll forward four weeks and we have appointed a terrific candidate who was immediately available with the breadth of experience we were looking for, who also had the perfect fit for our own team, culture and business.

    I’m delighted with Andy and Mary from Astute and would thoroughly recommend them and their team. Their Triple-Point Guarantee offering also worked beautifully to ensure a smooth, efficient service with a guaranteed outcome.

    Ian Brindley

    General Manager – Mayfield Yarns

    Dale Topco Testimonial


    I’m a partner at a specialist London based Private Equity Investment company. Nearly a year ago I needed a Financial Controller for one of our newly acquired SME Business Investments in Derbyshire. Key was to get someone who was hands on for this small but successful operation. Someone to be responsible for the day to day finance and accounting issues including outsourced payroll, statutory accounts, management accounts, managing a small team and ultimately reporting to the Private Equity partners.

    Without understanding the local Derbyshire/ East Midlands marketplace – I googled a Derbyshire based accountancy recruitment consultancy and Astute Recruitment Ltd were top of the list. Their ethos, core market, and areas of expertise seemed to perfectly fit with what I needed.

    After arranging a meeting with a consultant at Astute, I was confident that their knowledge of my business and the timelines agreed would work. Because I am London-based I only wanted to work with one agency who I could trust would have great local candidates with experience in other SME businesses. This is why I was so impressed by Astute’s Triple-Point Guarantee.

    Agreeing exclusivity, I was able to map out ideal dates for initial shortlist of candidates, first stage interviews and second stage interviews to tie in with my existing diary commitments in London. This also allowed me to have just one point of contact to efficiently manage the entire recruitment process which is what happened.
    As planned, 4 weeks from agreeing the brief, I was able to put an offer to the successful candidate. Nearly 12 months later the person appointed has grown to become a trusted and crucial part of the operation in Derbyshire. I would not hesitate to use Astute again and their Triple-Point Guarantee is a lifeline if you want a smooth process without the hassle of working with lots of different agencies.

    David Jolly – Partner at London Based Weight Partners Capital LLP
    Weight Partners Capital LLP (WPC) is a specialist private equity investor founded in 2009 to bring profit improvement and investing skills together to generate outstanding returns. They invest in the consumer and healthcare sectors where the team has operational experience. WPC focus on businesses capable of transformation but not in deep distress, at the smaller end of the market in the UK and Ireland.