Axis Systems UK

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Axis Systems UK's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Axis Systems UK is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Manj Gahir (COO & co-founder),
Raj Singh (CEO & co-founder)
and Steve Grigg (chairman &
CEO of Nestor Services)
Unlock the power of talent referrals – next-
generation recruitment platform for job
seekers, referral networks and employers
Based in Bedfordshire, we are a technology business which
has developed a powerful, mobile app-based referral
platform (AvokoTek) with patents pending, with a unique
approach and limitless applications in all sectors. Avoko has
been the first to embrace this new technology (in-house) in the
recruitment sector. Drawing on the right mixture of expertise
and innovative technological solutions, the company has tackled
head-on the characteristic challenges of the industry with a new
and disruptive model, one which challenges the tired, traditional
way of doing things. Avoko delivers higher-quality resources
and talent more quickly, while also lowering hiring costs. Behind
this drive is a highly experienced team including the co-founders
Raj Singh (CEO) and Manj Gahir (COO) as well as the chairman,
Steve Grigg and non-executive directors Paddy Byrne and Matt
Cooper – all of whom are further supported by an extensive team
of experts and advisers including Matt Alder (one of the world’s
leading talent acquisition thought leaders working with FTSE and
Fortune 100 companies and co-author of
Exceptional Talent
Doing things differently
The goals of a recruitment organisation will inevitably be sourcing talent. The means,
however, can change depending on the vision of the company. Here at Avoko,
we’ve developed new, innovative solutions to the old problems of recruitment. This
requires a greater emphasis on technology to lower hiring costs without too great
»CEO and co-founder: Raj
»COO and co-founder: Manj
»Chairman & CEO of Nestor
Services: Steve Grigg
»Non executive directors: Paddy
Byrne (chairman of Target
Group and 6point6) and Matt
Cooper (chairman of Octopus
Investments and Tandem Bank)
»Established in 2017
»Based in Bedford, Bedfordshire
»No. of employees: 11 to 50
»Various engagement models
include Partner, powered by
and bespoke White Label
Highlighting best practice
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a loss of the human element, whose
input still plays a large and vital role in
ascertaining quality.
It’s universally accepted that referrals
assist in making the very best hires.
They are generally much higher quality,
have the best interview-to-hire rates,
rank number one in hiring speed,
integrate faster, mostly outperform
and create more productive teams.
How we do it
As part of our model, we engage
networks of “associates”, who are
skilled professionals, to use our tailor-
made mobile application. This utilises
an expertly designed referral system,
which brings with it the ability to
access, apply for or share exclusive
jobs and refer peers and colleagues
from their networks in return for very
meaningful cash rewards.
Avoko launched in the IT, banking
and finance sector. When we receive
applications directly from associates
or their referrals, they are all vetted
by our own panel of “subject matter
experts”. Our exceptional experts
truly set us apart by playing a crucial
role in our philosophy by ensuring the
integrity of our unique proposition.
They all have, on average, over 20
years of experience in their respective
specialist fields and of hiring large
teams. Only when they are satisfied
with the calibre do we send a shortlist
of the most highly qualified candidates
to the hiring managers.
Aside from raw functionality, it’s
crucial that our app and entire
platform is clean, intuitive, simple,
user-friendly and accessible. We have
invested heavily in the technology and
partnered with some great companies,
including Tappable, an award-winning
digital agency. As a result we have
incorporated many useful and smart
features such as: simple invitation and
sharing processes; exclusive job lists;
expeditious application processes;
simple notifications, private and group
chat; timelines with live updates
on all network activity, including
status updates, reward graphs and
All of this transparency is crucial, because
the industry is faced with outdated
models, aged databases, ineffective
social media channels and unconvincing
job boards. In addition to this, the
industry is having to deal with a greatly
tarnished reputation and lack of trust.
Benefits to stakeholders
For job-seekers, the benefits are
genuine targeted opportunities that
make finding the right job quicker,
easier and less tedious.
We also utilise a meaningful reward
system for successful referrals from our
associates’ professional networks, even
The mobile app
Source: The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)
rewarding chains. Moreover, being a
part of an exclusive network promotes
genuinely altruistic behaviour. Again,all
network activity is tracked and updated
in real-time for full transparency.
Employers access hidden, higher-
quality talent, saving valuable time
without having to engage external
agencies or use inefficient job boards,
while also lowering their hiring costs.
Larger organisations, agencies,
consultancies and resource providers
can also leverage the platform internally
through our “powered by” or white
label models to make huge efficiency
savings and to cast the nets wider,
leveraging their already large databases
or workforces as a powerfulkickstarter.
Aside from our robust business model,
we have an ethos that underpins and
motivates our company. Sovereign
among our values is transparency. We
live in a world in which our data seems
to be spreading ever wider afield, with
others exploiting for their own financial
gains, sometimes without us ever
knowing about it. We therefore take
seriously the notion that associates’
and our business partner’s data is
theirs and only for them to monetise
if they wish; we are just enablers. In
short, all stakeholder data and privacy
is respected.
Lastly, we value diversity highly
and believe in inclusion and equal
opportunities for all. This is particularly
important in matters of employment,
because many segments of the British
population are left behind for wholly
arbitrary reasons, be that skin colour,
gender or religion. We’re committed
to ensuring that all our candidates are
judged purely on their skills, experience
and ability to do the job.
Moving forward
We are now entering an exciting
phase. We have launched the IT and
Banking & Finance vertical in-house
using this new technology and are
exploring partnership opportunities
with largerconsultancies.
We’re now also offering this unique
cost-effective technology (AvokoTek)
under licence (“powered by”),
enabling all organisations to leverage
the power of the platform to their
own requirements. From this they
reap the fantastic benefits of sourcing
great hidden talent for less in whatever
sector or vertical they are established
in, including education, public services,
legal, compliance, engineering,
medical, transport, agriculture,
hospitality, etc. We have just signed
our first “powered by” agreement
with a large specialist agency in the
retail sector who already sees the huge
benefits of leveraging our platform
exclusively in their ownorganisation.
Furthermore we are now entering
many more interesting and wider
applicable conversations including a
bespoke white label consumer finance
product referral programme. The
opportunities are far and widespread.
All large
or resource
providers can
source talent
and make huge
cost savings in
all sectors
using our
“powered by”
or white label
Engagement models

This article was sponsored by Axis Systems UK. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy