Tough Market Conditions Can Lead To Job Opportunities Say Belfast’s Newest Recruitment Consultancy

11 February 2009

Lucas Love Ltd, a newly established firm of recruitment consultants, has opened for business in south Belfast. The company, which specialises in the healthcare, accountancy and financial services sectors, has moved into offices in Beaufort House on the Lisburn Road in Belfast, which were secured by Osborne King.

Pic: Checking out the new Lucas Love offices are from l:r Ryan Cleland-Bogle (Lucas Love) and Chris Sweeney (Osborne King)

Lucas Love Ltd is headed up by Ryan Cleland-Bogle, originally from Northern Ireland, who has worked extensively within the financial and legal recruitment consultancy sectors in London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai. Since his return to Northern Ireland in 2007, Mr Cleland-Bogle has launched a number of new business ventures that include Porch Lucas, a property development company and Lough and Quay Residential Lettings Agency. Lucas Love Ltd currently employs seven consultants who have extensive experience within the financial services, accountancy and healthcare sectors.

Commenting on his decision to launch a new recruitment consultancy against the present economic backdrop, Ryan Cleland-Bogle acknowledged that tough times lay ahead stating: "There’s no doubt that the economic landscape is bleak and likely to deteriorate before things improve. We know from experience, however, that in tough market conditions, relationships between clients and recruitment agencies can falter and, in our view, this is an opportunity for young, hungry and professional businesses such as ours to build relationships with clients and help them ride the market in preparation for the upturn that will inevitably come."

Continuing, he added: "We are here to deliver vertically to clients. In other words, we will help our clients to identify and attract prospective employees at all levels be it at Director level requirement or on a temporary basis. Through a process of thorough market-mapping and extensive networking, we are able to deliver targeted and relevant candidates."

"Furthermore, our charging system for our search and selection service for senior hires differs significantly from many of our competitors, which means that we will only charge clients if they actually employ candidates whom we have introduced. We believe that the onus should be firmly on us to deliver, and not on the client to share risks through up-front fees."

Osborne King’s Chris Sweeney negotiated the letting and he added: "Despite being drip-fed a continual diet of economic doom and gloom, it is both encouraging and inspiring to note the emergence of new business ventures such as Lucas Love Ltd, which is proof surely that entrepreneurship is alive and well across Northern Ireland. Ryan and his team are based in fantastic, centrally-located premises that also offer easy access to Greater Belfast and beyond that will allow them to expand as their business grows, which given their combined experience and expertise seems extremely likely!"

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