Matt Collingwood

Managing Director

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0121 227 8200

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Our MD Matt started his first business at the tender age of 18, installing luxury marine and tropical fish tanks in large houses and hotels across the UK – he even had a couple of celebrity clients on his books!

In 1997, Matt decided to leave his ‘fishy business’ behind to see what the recruitment industry was all about… back then recruiters relied on pagers and fax machines, today they couldn’t do without emails and job boards, but the core of the industry is exactly the same and Matt’s just as passionate as he was at the beginning of his career!

After 17 years working his way up the corporate recruitment ladder, earning many acknowledgements along the way including being named Computer People’s first £1m biller, Matt started VIQU in 2014. Since then he’s volunteered as the Midlands Chair for APSCo and acted as a non-executive for a number of local recruitment companies to support them with super growth. In 2018, Matt co-founded the Recruitment Canaries – a network that encourages West Midlands recruitment agencies to collaborate and network together, upholding the standards and ethics of the recruitment industry.

Matt is an extreme traveller – his idea of a holiday involves hiking up Machu Picchu in torrential rain and fog so bad that he couldn’t see further than a metre in front of him or ascending Mount Everest (granted, he did take the easy way out, and got a helicopter halfway up).

If you’d like to find out more about Matt’s background, his passion for the recruitment industry and why he started VIQU, why not listen to the episode of ‘The Recruitment Rollercoaster’ that Matt took part in in December 2019!

Getting a little deeper…

  • What’s the best and worst thing about your role?

  • The best thing is when we genuinely get to make a difference to a candidate or a client, or when we see recruiters doing well and progressing their careers. Worst thing is the lack of hours in the day!

  • If you weren't in recruitment, you'd be….

  • Growing up, I always wanted to be an airline pilot. So, I'd like to think if I wasn’t working in recruitment I'd be flying passengers around the world on an Airbus A380

  • Favourite place in the world?

  • I've been lucky enough to see lots of the world, so choosing one place is going to be very difficult. I've travelled through Mongolia and China on the trans-siberian express, visited base camp at Mount Everest and tracked Machu Picchu, but my favorite place in the world would be Brazil. I love the Amazon, the beaches, the food and the people

Matt's latest articles

Tech Job Seekers… Have You Considered How Important Your Online Presence Is?

Whether you’re actively or passively searching for a new job, knowing how to set your best foot forward will set you apart from other job seekers.

How the Off-Payroll IR35 Reforms Will Impact Private Sector Contractors

This week, the chancellor Philip Hammond announced that tighter tax rules for those working in the public sector will be extended to those working for private firms.

Could VIQU be the Recruitment Company of the Year?

As an active member of APSCo and winner of the ‘Client Initiative of the Year’ award in 2017 for our Tier 2 Worker Program, it is an honour to see VIQU being acknowledged once again.

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