Name: Adam Bell
Job Title: CEO
Mortimer Bell International: Newcastle Headquarters
Three words to describe yourself?
Ambitious, determined and trustworthy.
Why did you get into recruitment?
After a successful career in real estate for a FTSE 100 property firm in London, I had a friend who worked in recruitment and from meeting him I found it a interesting industry and I could see it growing in popularity as time went on.
Recruitment fascinated me as I loved sales and it was a very high-paced competitive environment to work in. I also liked the fact that you could climb the ‘ladder’ so quickly, and also on the basis of executive search, it allowed me to interact with directors and stakeholders which I wouldn’t be able to do in any other career.
Recruitment can be very heavily rewarded in relation to pay and if you do very well in it then you are able to make a lot of money and that is something that interested me as well. The fact that you can make up to five figures a month in recruitment was of great interest to me and it was one of the main drivers outside of career progression, a fast-paced working environment and it was one of the main things that led me into it.
Why did you start MBI?
After working for a very reputable competitor who were number one in our industry, I believed that I has the necessary skills in the job and believed that I had the capabilities to go and start something myself.
I thought that there was something missing in the niche IT recruitment market, for example, I believed there could have been new recruitment techniques put in place, and also that there could be a spin put on the process that would allow candidates to get jobs quicker and for clients to get access to candidates quicker as well. That was one of the main reasons I started MBI.
What is your favourite thing about owning/ running your own company?
First of all, you don’t have a boss, so you don’t have to answer to anyone. You make the rules. You have the freedom to implement things into your business that you wouldn’t be able to anywhere else. – you can add things that you find interesting.
Running your own company can also be really rewarding on the basis of creating something special and watching it grow in front of your eyes.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by success and being able to reach my goals that I’ve set for the company and for myself personally.
Where do you see the company in 5 years?
I would like to grow the company and open new offices in America, Europe, APAC and Australia, basically create a larger international presence, especially in Europe and USA.
What do you typically do outside of work?
I am an avid golfer and a huge petrol head. Outside of that I like to read books, current book is Richard Branson biography.