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About Us

Unlocking potential
in your business

Kumo Recruitment was founded by Ian Bannister as an antidote to the increasingly high-volume, low-quality approach used by many recruitment agencies. With technology pushing an increasing proportion of the hiring process online, so dehumanising the experience for employer and candidate alike, we practise the lost art of interpersonal relationship building.

We punch above our weight in the specialist field of enterprise excellence recruitment and enjoy an excellent reputation. We are proud of the longevity of our relationships with clients and candidates, and in many cases benefit from exclusive partnerships built up over many years.

It is a commonly held belief that expertise doesn’t come cheap, but it’s also true that price isn’t the best indicator of quality. Our clients pay us for the value we create and the results we achieve, not for a fancy London office. By keeping overheads low, we deliver more, for less.

We take a proactive approach to recruitment and talent search. Our techniques include traditional networking, mapping, head-hunting, network referrals and social media, but at the heart of everything lies personal interaction. Where possible, we like to meet clients and candidates face-to-face (in-person or via video link), allowing us to have a greater chance of matching the right candidate to every client brief.

Covering the UK and various international regions (primarily Europe and APAC), we offer retained and contingency search solutions. In addition to our core recruitment services, we also offer consultancy and coaching programmes in conjunction with trusted partners.

Our specialisms

  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Food Production
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance
  • Public sector
  • Telecommunications
  • Retail
  • Management Consulting
  • Lean
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Operational Performance Improvement
  • Process Improvement
  • Operational Excellence
  • Business Transformation

We work with some big clients

Our reputation is only as good as our last project, but our long-standing relationships with leading businesses are testament to the quality and consistency of our service over many years. Clients value our deep expertise as well as our proven ability to solve their people problems quickly and effectively, streamlining a complex process and delivering a right-first-time service.

Whatever their size or sector, our clients share a drive for enterprise excellence and a desire to work in partnership with us to deliver against challenging objectives. We all benefit from a relationship based on mutual trust, openness and shared success. 

Ian Bannister

Founder & Managing Director

Ian is a passionate mid- to senior-hire head-hunter with over 20 years’ experience. Specialising in Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Process Improvement and Business Transformation, he collaborates with leadership teams to help them find, secure and retain top talent.

Having enjoyed a successful career with larger recruitment organisations, Ian set up Kumo Recruitment to pursue his people-focused vision of excellence and fulfil a long-held desire to run his own business.

Beyond the world of work, Ian has a passion for classic road and racing cars. He is also a keen cook and enjoys a fine bottle of red wine.

“Since knowing Ian I have found him to be highly personable and professional. I have quickly built up a strong relationship with him and cannot recommend him highly enough. He listens carefully to the client and his interpretation of their wants and needs is second to none.”

Food production company

“Ian is excellent at getting to know you as a candidate, what your strengths are and your aspirations. As a result, you are never bombarded with unsuitable roles and instead a long-term relationship is built. He is by far the best recruitment consultant I have worked with.”


“Ian is very personable and has a great Lean network. I always use him when I am recruiting, and he has always come up with the goods.”

Global FMCG company

Get in touch with Ian Bannister to discover more.

Call +44 (0)7583 149243 or email [email protected]