A Time Of Turbulence Could Also Be The Right Time To Launch

Friday, October 24, 2008

An Antal International Recruitment Franchise with growth at nearly 70% so far this year may be the Answer!

A downturn is often seen as an opportunity to start out on your own and many people now facing redundancy will do just that, says Marc Shoffman, of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). With this statement Marc provides a warning: "of the 500,000 small businesses which will start this year, 300,000 will fail within 12 months". The success rate is much higher through launching with a franchise business as proven by a survey conducted by Natwest bank which states that 93% of franchisees were still trading profitably by year 5, compared to 80% of other business start-ups failing within the first 2 years. Liz Kilford, Franchise Development Director at Antal International says "we have found that the main banks are still lending money to franchisees, as long as the franchise proposition is sound and the business plan is realistic. Here at Antal International we have been a finalist for 3 years running for the BFA sponsored Franchisor of the Year award, which gives us credibility with the banks." Doug Bugie, CEO of Antal International Network, has more than 25 years experience in franchised global recruitment (google Doug Bugie) and has helped lead franchise owners through 4 downturns helping them to increase their profitability throughout. Doug says, "I know many people become disheartened when faced with a downturn, but we at Antal International get excited! This is the time to really help companies compete and gain market share through placing high caliber candidates that have the ability and drive to help companies grow and thrive. Because of this, it is a great time to launch a recruitment business with a proven system!" Tony Goodwin, Chairman and Founder of Antal International and one of the most successful people in global recruitment, was quoted at the start of 2008 on how a recruitment company can protect themselves through a threat of a downturn in what he called a downturn resistant business model: "To be downturn resistant, recruitment companies must have the ability to adapt quickly to market needs and seek out and leverage supply and demand gaps" (review this article in full).

This advice has been crucial to Antal International's success in 2008 where they have seen a business increase of nearly 70%.

"There are literally hundreds of thousands of skills shortages globally", says Tony, just look at the Home Offices National skills shortage list at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk and we took this concept a step further and held a global brainstorming exercise, which surfaced nearly 500 professions globally experiencing notable skills shortages internationally." This is further supported by the conclusion stated in the Antal International recently published ‘Global Snapshot' which states that ‘whilst the ‘War for Talent' as defined by McKinsey & Co, may rage in one nation, whilst in another, individuals are almost literally queuing for work.' 2008 is shaping up to be one of the best years ever for Antal International.A strategic partnership deal with USA recruitment company SearchPath International (SPI) has more than doubled the number of offices we have globally and taken us into the USA, which accounts for 25% of global business. Just two days ago we were delighted to announce that our first assignment was signed with SPI and Antal from our Amsterdam office worth a total fee of $150K for placing an Account Manager with RES Software.

Antal International have launched 12 new franchised offices this year, new offices have been launched in the UK and into new countries including the Philippines, Brazil, Ghana, Egypt and Singapore – just this month! Doug, who was the business partner of Dragons Den, James Caan and features in James's latest book ‘My Story: From Brick Lane to Dragons Den'. Doug and James built their business and went on to launch 200 offices starting in 1992 when the UK was going through the worst recession, since the Second World War. Doug continues by saying "it is essential that recruiters look closely at the industry sector they are working in, diversify if necessary and mitigate risk by operating globally." "One of the reasons, I made the decision to become a major investor and shareholder in Antal International", says Doug, "is because I truly believe that it has the right platform for success. There is no doubt that some of our competition will suffer during this period, but Antal International has such a robust business model it cannot fail to come out on top!" The Antal downturn resistant model is built on the following philosophy: * Strong sector focus– which can be adapted to industry trends to gain more placements which equals fee * Specialists in placing high impact mid to senior level individuals who have the capabilities to help companies grow through tough time * Together with SearchPath International with 70 offices in the US takes us to a global count of 120 offices across 28 Countries and 5 Continents – sharing around 30% of busines * Exceptional award winning training, continuous professional development and ongoing support for our franchisee * In business for 16 years and has a strong team of international business leaders with 200 years plus aggregate global experience.

Contact us to find out how you can launch a profitable global recruitment business with Antal International.

Liz Kilford, Franchise Development Director Tel: +44 (0) 870 774 5464 Mob: +44 (0) 7899 252 742 [email protected] www.antalfranchising.com

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