Leeds-based finance recruitment consultancy Headstar has reported record growth of 35% in its latest financial year, driven by a post-lockdown hiring boom in finance professionals.

The business, which recruits all areas of a finance team from entry level to CFO, experienced surging demand for its services in 2021, with growth-focused SMEs increasingly looking to recruit finance professionals to help guide them through challenging times.

As a result, Headstar achieved record revenues of £2,265,592, up £595,000 on the previous year, while its profits also grew by 80% year-on-year.

The business placed more than 200 people in finance roles across the UK last year and added an additional 79 clients, attracting a wide range of SMEs, as well as larger businesses including Capita, Eversheds and A-Safe.

2021 also saw the recruiter expand its own 18-strong team of recruitment experts and associate finance directors, making four appointments and three promotions – with the company planning to grow its team by a third in 2022 as it looks to ensure it’s best placed to meet growing demand for its services.

Commenting James Roach, managing director said: “In the wake of a job market where vacancies reached record levels last year, competition for talented people is fiercer than ever, particularly in the finance sector.

“As a result, our mix of recruitment and finance consultancy services have never been more in demand, with businesses increasingly recognising the importance of having strong finance functions during these turbulent times.

“2022 has started strongly for us and we believe it will be our most successful year yet. We plan on adding six people to our talented recruitment team, ranging from consultants to heads of divisions, as well as expanding our portfolio FD team, as we look to ensure we’re better placed than ever to connect businesses with quality finance people.”