Founded on May 7th 1960
Sir Alec Reed, then aged 26, opened the first REED branch in Hounslow, West London. He started with just £75 and worked alone for a year.
Since then the company has grown organically into one of the UK's largest private businesses with over 3,000 co-members both in the UK and internationally in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
In the early 1960s REED pioneered specialist recruitment services, a move which fundamentally changed the UK recruitment market. Today, with over 30 specialist recruitment divisions, the provision of temporary and permanent staff remains a core focus for REED.
The organisation of the Reed Group into six separate operating companies has allowed REED to expand its service offering to encompass the provision of training, HR outsourcing and Welfare to Work services.
Underpinning many of these achievements is REED's leading position online. reed.co.uk was established in 1995 and has since become the UK's leading commercial jobsite.
Over 9,000 recruiters also use reed.co.uk and can post jobs on the site entirely free of charge.
We're proud of our history and if you want to find out more grab yourself a copy of our founder's autobiography, ‘I Love Mondays – The Autobiography of Alec Reed'. Available printed or as an eBook from Amazon.com