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Capital2 in the news.

A piece on our plans to develop the local market around Sophia Antipolis and Monaco (no apologies made for the cheesey photo):


June 15, 2010 Posted by | Banking News, Jobs, Success Stories, Technology News, The Team | Leave a comment

What we’re listening to……….

It would be great if this was a post about us listening to regular economic podcasts straight from CNN or listening to some self improvement tapes, but it isn’t. Here’s a selection of bands getting playtime in the Capital2 Solutions offices:

Kings of Leon

The Cribs



Vanessa Paradis

Joy Division

The Jam


The Ramones

The Streets

Happy Mondays

LTJ Bukem

Arctic Monkeys







March 13, 2009 Posted by | random, The Team, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Capital2 bosses speak at HEC Paris

February 12th, Capital2 Solutions founder Sam Kirby gave a talk to the 2009 MBA class at  HEC Paris (France’s top business school). The subject was the Hiring Markets for 2009 / 2010 and the hour long presentation gave rise to some healthy questions and debate at the end of the talk.

February 17, 2009 Posted by | Banking News, Capital2, Interview Technique, Macroeconomic News, random, Technology News, The Team | 2 Comments

Recruitment Market 2009

So how are things shaping up for 2009?

Well, there’s overwhelming consensus that hiring will slow down across the board. Profits are down, therefore budgets are down therefore hiring slows….. logical. Our core markets of banking and high technology are broad enough to enable us to react effectively to this, but we’d be stupid to think that next year will be easy.

How does this affect the way we work?

Well generally in tough economic periods, there are a lot of candidates on the market (redundancies etc), and fewer new jobs being created. The inverse is roughly true in boom times, where there are lots of jobs compared to the number of suitable candidates. This means we as a company have to do 3 main things:

  1. We work harder to find new roles to fill, and try to keep tight hold of our existing (hiring) client base.
  2. We have to ensure that the ratio between being asked to hire a role and actually filling it is as close as possible to perfection.
  3. We need to maintain an accurate and large database of active candidates to ensure we react quickly in the event of being retained by a client. This can even take the form of partnerships with 3rd party researchers or RPO companies.

So we will be affected. We service the banking and technology markets, both of which will be squeezing suppliers (ie us) hard over 2009. That said, our management team have already come through one serious recession – no reason they can’t come out the other side of this one smiling too!!!!

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Capital2, Macroeconomic News, The Team | , , , , | 1 Comment

Update on Capital2’s progress

So, here we are at the end of July 2008, and given our ambitious growth plans outlined in an earlier blog, it would seem a good idea to have a check as to how we are performing against expectation.

The company began trading in February 08, although the first few months involved more administrative work and preparation than actual hiring!! The French SARL came into being in April 08 and this is really when we were able to shut the door on the bureaucracy and focus more on our clients.

Since then we have sourced candidates for roles in: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Germany and the UK. We have received job offers in Germany, Portugal, France, Spain and Italy…. not bad going considering!

These first few months have also been extremely useful in teaching us how to run a business, and we have extended our international network massively… 6 months in and we are much better prepared to take on executive search assignments and multiple job assignments anywhere in Europe. Our business is much more robust and better established.

Billing: Things are on track although we are behind out initial (ambitious) forecast… hopefully a strong second half to the year will get us back on track.

Growth: on track for 2009, nothing major planned for the rest of 2008, which is to be used to consolidate.

So things are looking positive, in a period of economic instability, we are performing to expectation. Our low overheads enable us to be flexible to meet the needs of various clients and the future is looking extremely positive.

July 28, 2008 Posted by | Capital2, Success Stories, The Team | | Leave a comment

Euro 2008

No England, but our French offices are rooting for les bleus!!!

Viera’s potential loss through injury is a worry though, as playing with Makelele + one other defensive midfielder leaves France with only 3 attackers on the field. Not to mention the group of DEATH!

June 8, 2008 Posted by | random, The Team | Leave a comment

New Look Website!

OK so it isn’t a massive change, but still…………………

  1. The spinning musical brain has been taken off. Although we liked the concept, a lot of people on WANs or with limited memory PCs found it took a long time to load.
  2. Improved search capability….. we were previously limited to 3 jobs per search…. not enough. You can now search our entire live job database worldwide.
  3. Link to french version… our home page is in english, with a link through to the version française

Visit us and feel free to give us your comments:

June 1, 2008 Posted by | Capital2, The Team | | Leave a comment

Paris office up and running……..

Well finally we have sorted our offices out in Paris and have opened the HQ of our french operation in the über-trendy 18th Arrondissement, Montmartre.

We are therefore within easy striking distance of La Défense and the 8th Arrondissement where the vast majority of our french clients are based, but we’re still able to situate ourselves in a building with ‘cachet’ and in an area in which we can put down roots i.e. not being based in 25m² of charmless business suites somewhere!

Next stop Germany on our way to global domination (cue maniacal laghter) mwa ha ha ha haaaaaaa!


May 15, 2008 Posted by | Capital2, The Team | | Leave a comment

Environmental Issues / Carbon Footprints / Green Stuff

We here at Capital2 Solutions are a fairly committed bunch; committed to success and committed to delivering to our clients and candidates. We are also committed to running our business ethically and in an environmentally friendly way, here’s a list of some of the ways in which we try to limit the impact we have on the world around us:

1) Travel. Our international markets mean that staff often have to travel to meetings in other countries across Europe. Sometimes these meetings are called at short notice which necessitates the use of air travel. However every trip on the plane is off set by the next one being done via public transport… train usually.

2) Company car policy….. all company vehicles are to be as low on emmissions as possible. No 4X4s or Ferraris unfortunately.

3) All waste paper products are re-cycled and printing is kept to a minimum, all our paper products come from sustainable forests.

4) Any hardware is sent to specialists in order to be re-configured and sold on, rather than dumped.

5) Our research team use the internet extensively. However instead of the ubiquitous Google we endeavour to use which is comparatively more energy efficient.

6) We endeavour to use suppliers with a similar level of commitment to the environment as we have.

These are small steps, but every little helps and whilst we are far from being activists, we feel that everyone and every company has a duty to minimise the negative physical impact they have on the world.

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Capital2, The Team | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Congratulations from all associated with Capital2 Solutions to Mathieu Bruckert and his partner Sabrina who have recently had a baby boy called Lucas.

All well wishers feel free to email Mathieu direct as he will be picking up emails whilst on parental leave….. that’s dedication for you! However given the fact he will be surviving on little sleep, we take no responsibility for the sanity of his replies.

April 2, 2008 Posted by | Capital2, The Team | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment