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Recycling Lives - Case Study

Recycling Lives – Recruitment Case Study:

​Roles recruited:
- Head of Commercial Finance
- Financial Controller
- Senior Commercial Finance Manager
- Finance Manager
- Head of Pricing
- Multiple new Qualified & Part-Qualified staff
- Multiple Transactional-level staff

The Business

Recycling Lives are a fully commercial PE backed recycling business famed for their award-winning for-profit social enterprise that has contributed £8m worth of social value in recent years. They operate a fully-integrated business model that provides total waste management for corporates and local authorities and can process a range of material including scrap metals, electronic equipment, plastics and cardboard.

Background to Exercise

Recycling Lives were a rapidly scaling privately owned SME, that grew from £20m revenue in 2014 through to £85m in 2018. We worked with the then FD to help them recruit the right team for this first phase of growth.

In 2018, Three Hills Private Equity invested and took on an ambitious buy-and-build strategy conducting numerous acquisitions that took them to c.£200m in 2019. We then partnered with the new CFO to recruit his new team.

Our Response

Initial briefing – invested time up front to meet with the CFO to understand the vision and core objectives for the coming business cycle. We paid close attention to personality and character profiles that would suit the CFO and began going to market to represent him.

We worked through our extensive candidate and client network for referrals and recommendations and support from our research team to identify and approach the best talent on the market. All candidates were met and interviewed by Axon Moore on behalf of the CFO to ensure they were the right candidates before moving to a second stage interview internally.

Offers and acceptance were carefully managed in a challenging market to ensure a smooth transition and solid onboarding into the business.


Recycling Lives have developed at a rapid speed, accomplishing a lot of large scale projects from M&A, systems upgrades, restructures and further investment, and this has all been underpinned by having the right quality of finance talent.

  • ​“Laura has helped me throughout my career to find a role personally and also helped me to recruit when I have a need within my team. From start to finish, Laura is a pleasure to work with, being very easy to communicate with, being readily available for any queries. She builds relationships excellently in a professional manner. I will definitely contact Axon Moore and specifically Laura again when the need arises.”

    Luke Rowarth, Head of Finance

    NRG Fleet Services

  • ​“I was recently placed in my current role by Axon Moore and found the team overwhelmingly simple and supportive. I was relocating from another country and didn't know the job market so it was really important I worked with a recruiter who knew it really well. Axon Moore's client portfolio was incredibly impressive and they used their experience to help me understand the market and how I would fit into it. The support I received throughout and after the recruitment process was second to none and I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

    Ross Mclellan, Junior Finance Business Partner

    Thornton & Ross

  • “We use Axon Moore exclusively for recruitment into our finance team due to the quality of candidates presented and the proactive way in which they manage the entire process and relationship. ​In the last year they have helped with some highly successful hires who have added great value to the team and wider business. I would strongly recommend Axon Moore for any financial recruitment needs.”

    Dave Potter, Financial Controller

    Calisen PLC

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