Rosebud backs growing recruitment and training agency

By Tim Aldred

20 May 2024

HBM Learning

A Lytham-based recruitment and training agency launched in 2022 which has already set its sights on expansion has received backing from Rosebud.

HBM Learning, founded by husband-and-wife Frazer and Deborah McAlister, aims to attract, train and recruit candidates in the education and skills sector.

The business is an approved training centre under the awarding body TQUK and offers a range of sector-specific qualifications.

One of the biggest in demand roles across education and skills is for tutors. They are addressing a candidate shortage by training industry professionals to become qualified tutors and placing them into new roles.

They work closely with training and apprenticeship providers to source and recruit talent for a variety of roles, particularly for those in demand roles.

HBM Learning accomplished strong initial success and now in its second year of trading will have a six-figure turnover and is working with some of the biggest training providers in the market to provide recruitment services. They have trained hundreds of tutors and have registered thousands of candidates looking for work in this sector.

The company has recently appointed a new managing director Sarah Weightman to oversee the recruitment operations.

The £15,000 loan from Rosebud Finance, managed by GC Business Finance, will provide the business with the working capital required to run the business while the new director supports operational growth.

Using the Rosebud Finance support, Frazer and Deborah have recently formed a holding company, that will be used to acquire and invest in more training and recruitment businesses. They have just launched their first joint venture which is a new recruitment agency, and will come under this new holding company.

The business has strong ambitions for the future and is looking to continue increasing its headcount and expanding into different sectors wherever an opportunity has been identified.

Frazer McAlister, director at HBM Learning, said: “Within just two years, HBM Learning has achieved so much, and we are already building on this by expanding our team and services. We want training to run throughout our recruitment operations and I am proud that we are able to support people with their careers through specialised training and recruitment’

“The new funding from Rosebud Finance will give us a platform to continue to do this and to also diversify operations across multiple sectors. The simple loan process and the support provided gave me the confidence to push forward as we enter the next stage of our business journey.”

Coun Aidy Riggott, cabinet member for economic development and growth at Lancashire County Council, said: “HBM Learning is playing a key role in helping the further education industry flourish by placing highly skilled candidates into roles across the sector.

"It is a great example of a Lancashire-based business that is having an impact on the wider community, as it continues to grow and expand its services. I look forward to seeing what the business achieves next.”

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