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Taking stock…..

vacation snap.jpgWe are heading into the fourth quarter for 2017…………… Whilst on vacation, you will recharge your batteries for the final months of the year.

During this precious down time, you will reflect on the year to date…. what have you achieved and what would you like to do differently.  Keep in mind; it is not too late to make some positive changes in 2017 which could impact on the rest of your life.

Most certainly, if you are craving something different and a move from corporate life, we can help you start your own recruitment business from a small office or your home.  With the aid of our franchise system, the barriers to entry are reduced as we have the expertise to overcome these and get you started.

Being a professional recruiter allows you to make use of your skills which you have fine tuned over years – you know your industry, you know what ‘good looks like’ , you know what skills are needed to get the job done.  We will help you blend this knowledge with our recruitment processes to provide world class recruitment service for your clients.

Timing could not be better, we are planning a training class in September and also November so we could schedule you into one of these classes.  We can make it possible for you to launch your own recruitment business, be trained and fully operational before 2018.

So we implore you, whilst relaxing on vacation this year, let your mind contemplate the possibilities of a future with Antal International.  Our model enables you to apply all your commercial expertise back into the market that you know inside and out, as an executive recruiter.

You can end the year on a high and be your own boss…… just contact us on for more information.


Starting your own business…..

Are you at a junction in your career and need to decide which direction to take?

Your choices are:
TURN LEFT – Continue with your career in the corporate world or
TURN RIGHT – Start your own business?

When you decide to turn right and Start your own business, you are faced with a number of choices which include Do I do it alone or Do I buy into a franchise where I receive all the right tools, information and support with high ROI?

These are exactly the decisions our new owners make when looking into joining the Antal Network.

The decision to join Antal is not taken lightly, all owners thoroughly assess the viability of our offering and put the company under the microscope with their detailed due diligence, we would expect nothing less.

Here is a short video clip with Rupinder Dillon, Sheryaar Ahmed and Steve Lyons taken while they attended a training class, they are talking through why they made the decision to join Antal.

Could this be you? Are you serious about making use of your professional knowledge to help people and become a “career maker”….

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to send us an email on and we can start the discussions with you today.

Sharing business – key to success


At Antal International, we strive to share as much business as possible across our international Network and we encourage offices to make use of the power of local knowledge to positively influence the outcome of clients hiring decisions.

Here is a perfect example of how we do this.

Pakistan and The Netherlands shared a retainer this month for a Country Manager in Pakistan with a Dutch multinational: The client had tried to fill the roll before with help of a different recruitment agency, but our competitor did not have local presence in Pakistan. When the Amsterdam office got in touch with corporate HR, Antal’s business proposition – the local presence in Pakistan, our presence in The Netherlands, where global HQ is located and the expertise in life sciences- convinced the client to have an international teleconference with their HR, the hiring manager and Antal’s managing partners Muhammad Akram Malik and Nausherwan Akram regarding the role.

Muhammad and Naush came extremely well prepared and shared their local and global market insights with the client, as well as Muhammad’s Senior Management experience in the life sciences and chemicals industry. The client was impressed a week later the client signed a retainer agreement and handed over all the information from the previous search conducted by our competitor.

In the first week of his search Muhammad already identified more than 30 potential candidates who haven’t been contacted by our competitor. Muhammad has tirelessly been conducting in-depth interviews in the last two weeks and is about to deliver a shortlist with excellent pre-qualified candidates. Moreover, with his experience as a hiring manager and his understanding of local culture and candidates, he is able to manage the candidates in the best possible way!

This is the power of the international Antal Network!  If you would like more information on how to be part of our Network please email us on



It is going to be a big one…..

Illustration of a golden ticket on a white backgroundAntal International is planning a global conference, the size of which will dwarf all other Antal conferences.   What makes the difference this year is the company size and attendance of our China partners and newly reacquired offices in Russia and Kazakhstan.   We will especially look forward to the gala event which will hosts staff from the London head office, Smartmoves and  Parkside.   Combined with the attendance of our Company Owned and Network offices from the four corners of the globe, the conference will be huge.

I for one so love an Antal conference…. my first experience of an Antal Conference was 6 years ago; it coincided with day 1 at Antal as Operations Director….. What a first day…. I got the opportunity to meet over 100 Antal people in one go; the impression that left on me was immense.  I observed people greeting old friends and business relationships being developed over intense networking sessions.  I was in awe. Clusters of people huddled together in conversations about market trends and how to increase market share.  It was clear; each person attending was passionate about recruitment and Antal.  I was delighted to be in the middle of all the action.

The opportunity to listen to the International training guru Stephen Finkle was another highlight and I also heard about the business culture variances across the globe.  This was an eye opener and made me appreciate the extent to Antal’s globe reach.

In my view, this is the one occasion in the Antal calendar when you can get a tangible sense and appreciation how truly international the company is – just walking through the hotel lobby you overhear German, Chinese, English, Spanish, French and even a little Afrikaans.  Client names and industry insights are flying around the rooms as people connect with each other and talk through challenges and common synergies. You also get to the chance to meet all the Antal key decision makers and country heads over 2 days.

To balance this intense networking there is time for socialising and enjoying each other’s company, catching up with people who you have not seen in some time.  The fun element of team based activities is just as important.

The power of the Antal conference is so immense especially as in this day and age, with most  communications being electronic  or over the phone…. to see a person and get the chance to interact face to face is not to be underestimated.  It allows relationships to deepen and takes the next telephone conversation to another level.

As you can sense, we are so looking forward to this conference on the 30 November / 1st December and we have a number of special invitations for people that are genuinely interested in being part of our network.  This is the opportunity to lift up the “hood” and check out the Antal engine.

To be invited, message us on and we will see if we can escalate the discussions with team to get you one of those few golden tickets to join us.  

The future of the Recruitment Industry

Tony GoodwinThe Recruitment Industry is in a state of flux, changing on a daily basis. Tony Goodwin, Founder and CEO of Antal International Network, reflects on these developments in a gripping interview with industry training guru, Roy Ripper.   Since 1993 Tony has been crafting the Antal International business into a truly global organisation, through a mix of wholly-owned operations, franchises and joint ventures. He is a well-respected and recognised leader within the International Recruitment world.

Tony says the future is one of consolidation; he feels there are a lot of recruitment companies of medium size, between 3 quarters of a million and say 4 million EBIT. He predicts consolidation across the industry of these (well managed) recruiting companies into large entities through the roll up programs of some of the larger companies. From Antal’s perspective, this is exciting as the company is pulling together a multi brand strategy, through a buy and build basis in Europe. Tony feels that others are likely to follow suit in Europe in the next 3 to 5 years and as always, Antal wants to be at the forefront of both developments.

The impact of technology on the industry is significant and if harnessed can enhance the recruitment process. There are the various recruitment packages on offer such as LinkedIn – which Tony believes as a tool, is not a threat and the increasing numbers of recruitment process outsource companies. Tony argues that we are being challenged as an industry, as a profession, to come up with more and more uses of technology and social media, to make the client more effective in their hiring.

On a positive note, Tony does not believe for one second any of this technology is going to replace the recruiter. He argues that we are very good at reinventing ourselves. Fundamentally what we do is make things happen, we influence, persuade and we will continue to do that – things that cannot be done by computer or a piece of software or social media. Tony is intrigued by this ability to talk to an audience all over the world instantly – it is an incredible thing! But, as Tony says, it does not change the fact that in recruiting consultants provide a valued allied service to our clients and our candidates, which cannot be replaced by a computer. As Tony clearly says, “Let’s not detract from the fact that we add value.”

Read more of about Tony Goodwin and the rise of Antal International in this frank discussion on

Antal is offering an opportunity of professionals and entrepreneurs to join the Network and run their own recruitment company with an Antal franchise. Contact our team of specialists to learn more on how you can be your own boss!”


We are pleased to introduce Laurent Solomé-Genevray, Antal International Owner and Managing Partner of one of our Paris offices. Laurent is leading the way on sharing business internationally having successfully connected countries on opposite sides of the globe – France and China. His main focus is on the automotive industry and in particular the B2B service sectors.

In discussing his achievements, Laurent explained that the process begun when he launched his Antal office in June 2016. Part of this procedure involved Laurent networking with contacts across the Automotive industry in France. It soon became apparent to Laurent that there were many opportunities with French companies expanding to China and these companies required French nationals to relocate. Some companies were struggling in China to attract the right resource due to cultural variances and also time differences. As Antal has a well established and successful office network in China, Laurent was keen to capitalise on this and find a solution for the clients.

From this starting point, Laurent developed his network of potential clients, over a number of months, and identified 10 key decisions makers in French companies which he was able to approach in China. Jonathan Edwards, the Country Managing Director of Antal China was more than happy to collaborate with Laurent and went one step further and funded the business trip. This was in exchange for the introduction opportunities being opened by Laurent for Antal China.

Laurent arranged 8 meetings / conference calls with the highest level of local contacts in China. Each meeting was attended by Laurent and a representative from Antal China offices. Laurent was able to formally introduce the Antal recruitment solution to the clients with a warm and familiar welcome in French and the rest of the meeting being held in English. Laurent said where necessary, he inputted in French to overcome small translation questions which the clients greatly appreciated as this smoothed the flow of conversation.

The result of this international collaboration is an impressive pipeline of international trade with these French companies based in China.

In order to replicate this success, the model of sharing has been extended by Tony Goodwin, Group CEO & Chairman of Antal International; he has pledged to cover the cost the business travel expenses should other Antal offices be able to leverage international contacts at the same high level and scale as Laurent achieved.

The challenge has been set in stone….. we look forward to reporting on the next major success on sharing business internationally across the Antal Network.

Antal awarded Best Executive Recruitment Company 2016 by Focus magazine in Germany

The renowned News magazine FOCUS has awarded Antal International with the title “Top Personaldienstleister/Best Executive Recruitment Company 2016″ in Germany for the second time in a row.

Together with XING, over 1.200 employees in the recruitment sector such as line managers have been surveyed on different criteria such as quality of collaboration, selection of candidates, and price/ performance ratio.


In addition, over 2.000 candidates have also been interviewed on quality of selection of job offers, communication during the placement process and general quality of service.

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