Our Story

Passionate about recruitment, but even more passionate about getting it right

Jo Smith launched Trapeze Recruitment in July 2016, following 16 years in corporate recruitment. She decided to leave corporate recruitment at the level of Regional Director, to bring something different to the recruitment industry.

Since graduating in Marketing in 2000, she had done nothing else but recruitment. Her passion for recruitment was still so apparent, but her passion for the corporate, pushy, numbers approach to recruitment was not.

Trapeze was launched from home with a few savings in the bank, a very supportive partner, and the desire and passion to put in place all the good things learnt in recruitment and to not implement all the bad practices witnessed. After two quite lonely years of working from home, building the business and very careful cashflow planning in September 2018, the company was in a position to move into lovely brand-new offices in Manston, Kent. Soon after, Trapeze hired its first member of staff in November 2018.

As we move into a new decade, it’s going to be a really exciting time for the company. Recruitment can not be reinvented, but there is clearly a market for what we have to offer the recruitment industry. Trapeze is extremely proud and thankful for its very loyal clients and candidates, and the growth and market share it has witnessed since the company started trading. Trapeze must be doing something right; maybe the slightly different approach is what our clients and candidates desire – so Trapeze will keep doing this, just more of it!

From humble beginnings……

With a few savings in the bank, a laptop, a kitchen table, a vision and a true passion for recruitment, Trapeze was launched.

Our Specialisms

  • Office & Professional
  • Technical & Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Manufacturing & Logistics
  • Management & Executive
  • The Food & Fresh Produce Industry
Key Milestones
  • July 2016 Trapeze was launched from home
  • September 2018, moved to new offices in Manston, Kent
  • November 2018, Emma Hopkins joined Trapeze
  • January 2019, Trapeze launched its Temp division
  • January 2020, Caitlin McCavitt joined Trapeze
Our Values
  • Professional
  • Pleasurable
  • Patient
  • Pride