Think of us as an extension of your team.

Looking for that special someone to complete your squad? We're here to find them.

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So why Lightning, we hear you ask?

Hire the right fit.

Hiring isn’t only about seeking the skills, experience and attitude to get the job done, but finding someone who can contribute to your company culture and growth. Because we work with you exclusively we get to know your business properly, so we can help you fill the gap for good.

Only meet vetted candidates.

We’ve heard too many tales of clients being sent scores of unvetted candidates who don’t fit the brief (or even want the job). We meet every single candidate – whether in-person or over Zoom – before we put them forward, so we’re sure they have real potential. We also actively say no to representing candidates, with a strict no d*ckhead policy in place.

Build your employer brand.

We authentically represent your brand by working with you to write bespoke job specs and adverts, and by helping you plan the end-to-end interview process. After all, a candidate's perception of your company starts with their recruitment experience.

Steer clear of job boards.

Unlike our competitors, we don’t rely on – or even use – job boards to fill roles. Instead, we use our strong industry network to carry out targeted headhunting based on personal recommendations and word-of-mouth.

Get end-to-end recruitment support.

From consulting on role specs, to advising on salaries, to making sure a successful candidate is all set up for day one, we’re here to help with everything from start to finish. So you can get on with doing what you do best.

Get support growing your business (even when you’re not hiring).

We build long-lasting relationships with our clients because we consider ourselves an extension of your team. With our years of industry experience and countless connections, we consult with ideas and insights that could help you develop all year round.

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We partner exclusively with some of the industry's biggest names


We let our work do the talking  

“Lightning were fantastic throughout the whole process of sourcing a Business Development Manager for us at CV Villas. Great communication, a refreshingly relaxed and open approach with no waffle and a shortlist of great candidates, many of whom we could have hired. Any recruiter should take the hard work out, but Lightning went above and beyond”

Tristan Symondson - MD @ CV Villas

“Chris and their team are absolutely amazing! We are a small boutique company that has never recruited outside of our small circle of contacts. Lightning helped us every step of the way with all the patience in the world. The entire process could not have been more enjoyable and successful. Keep on creating the Lightning!! Pura Vida from the Origen team in Costa Rica.”

Ofer Ketter

“If you are looking for talent in the luxury travel sector then Lightning is the perfect platform for you. We approached Lightning a couple of times while on the lookout for candidates to join our business and they managed to introduce us to some amazing people who are currently working with us. The team at Lightning makes the recruitment process easy and stress-free and we would definitely use them again in the future⚡️️”

Alejandro Roca Rivera - Connections

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Awards and recognition

Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards - Best Recruitment Company to Work for (1-19 Employees) - Finalist

British Recruitment Awards 2022 - Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the year - Finalist

British Recruitment Awards 2022 - Rising Star of the year, Thea Bardot - Winner

British Recruitment Awards 2022 - Best New Recruitment Agency - Finalist

The Global Recruiter Awards 2022 - Best Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy - finalist

Business Travel Awards Europe 2022 – Achievement in diversity, equity and inclusion - Finalist

The Business Travel People Awards 2022 – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion - Finalist

The Italian National Tourist Board LGBT+ Trailblazer of the Year Award 2021 - Finalist

The 2022 Queer Student Awards - Judge

Business Awards UK - 2022 Recruitment Awards - Diversity + Inclusion Champions - Winner

Business Awards UK - 2022 Recruitment Awards - Recruitment Industry Leader of the Year - Thea Bardot - Winner

Best Employer Brand - The Global Recruiter Awards 2023 - Finalist


IWTTF Awards 2023 - TALENT AND RECRUITMENT / INDIVIDUAL - Thea Bardot - Winner

IWTTF Awards 2023 - DEI CHAMPIONS / INDIVIDUAL - Thea Bardot - Finalist

Luxlife Hospitality Awards 2023 - Most inclusive travel & lifestyle recruitment agency - Winner

The Bank of London Rainbow Honours Awards 2023 - Small Brand or Organisation of the year - Finalist

Corporate Vision - Corporate Coaching & Recruitment Awards - Best Global Travel & Hospitality Recruitment Specialists 2022 - Winner

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