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About REED

Sir Alec Reed opened the first REED office in Hounslow, West London on 7th May 1960. In the early 1960s, he pioneered specialist recruitment services, a move which fundamentally changed the UK recruitment market.

Today, REED is the largest family-owned recruitment company in the world and has been recognised as the number one recruitment Superbrand every year since 2000. We have grown organically, rather than by acquisition, and we are committed to ensuring that people are at the heart of everything we do.

Our vision and values

Our vision is to deliver the best recruitment experience anywhere, through Human Energy, Market Expertise, Great Technology and Service Excellence.

We achieve this vision by living our values every day:

  • We are fair, open and honest
  • We take ownership
  • We work together

Read about our commitment to you as a customer in our charter.

Charity and the environment

18% of REED is owned by the Reed Foundation, which has provided seed funding for a number of charities including Ethiopiaid, Womankind and Women at Risk. Since being founded by Sir Alec Reed in 2007, the Big Give has helped to raise £82 million for UK-registered charities.

In 2005, we became the UK's first major recruitment company to go CarbonNeutral®, and we have maintained that status since.

Accreditations and awards

We continuously strive to exceed industry expectations and over time have received a number of accreditations and awards. These demonstrate that we have reached a particularly high standard in quality that has been independently reviewed and verified by external bodies.

Find out more about our accreditations.

The other key business areas of REED are reed.co.uk, Reed Learning and Reed in Partnership.