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Job agency Adrem resurrected

Architectural recruitment agency Adrem has been ‘reborn’ just days after slipping into administration

Earlier this week Malcolm Scott, who founded the agency 28 years ago, and company managing director Del Hossain bought back the business assets from the administrators and will now trade under the Adrem Group banner.

The outfit blamed bad debts in the UK and Gulf as well as practices failing to pay up for its difficulties and has vowed to keep a tighter ship to avoid a similar issues recurring.

Managing director Hossain said: ‘Our problem was that we were regularly paying staff off against our own borrowings at the end of each week but some practices weren’t able to pay us for months later, if at all.

‘We will have  to be stricter about payment schedules to maintain a positive cashflow in future.’

He added: ‘We have obviously been affected by the same issues as those facing practices throughout the country but have endeavoured to ensure that as many suppliers as possible are unaffected.

‘Our commitment to the sector is undiminished, as this is our community, the fact that we put our own personal assets on the line to support the new business reflects that commitment.’

The news that Adrem had gone into administration last week came as a shock to many within the industry (see story below).

Previous story (AJ 05.02.2010)

Shock as jobs agency Adrem plunges into administration

Architecture and design recruitment agency Adrem has gone into administration

The Clerkenwell-based recruiters appointed Harrisons business recovery and insolvency specialists on Monday (1 February).

The 25-year-old specialist firm was hit by the declining job market and failure of firms to pay their bills.

Lindsay Urquhart, owner of recruitment consultancy Bespoke Careers said she was surprised by the news: ‘The timing does seem strange. Things are a lot better than they were this time last year. We have twice as many on contacts and we’ve got jobs and we need people.

She added: ‘Between October 2008 and March 2009 [the market] was like falling off a cliff. But since April 2009 the numbers of jobs have been increasing.’

Meanwhile Alastair Rigden of Solution Recruitment said: ‘It’s the sign of the market and the times – strong relationships are needed in this current climate.’

Rigden said of the architecture recruitment market in general that the ‘decision making process is very, very slow nowadays, and people [are] paying slowly too.’

Del Hossain, managing director of Adrem recruitment was unavailable to comment.

Readers' comments (7)

  • Sorry to hear about Adrem, I am sure these guys will bounce back.

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  • azhar

    Recruiters always say that they "understand" architects / designers. These guys "really" do! and they act with total integrity. In my experience, over many years, the team at ADREM is excellent, and for sure I look forward to seeing whats next...

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  • I feel for the staff of Adrem, it would appear that the management team has failed in their duty to properly manage the company. What I find very frustrating and some people view as fraudulent, is if the old owners perform a phoenix or pre-pack arrangement with the administrator. This allows them to walk away from all of their old creditors, including HMRC. You may not have much sympathy for the taxman but we all end up paying for their mistakes, is this right? Having been a victim of this operation and losing a dramatic sum I have no sympathy with Adrem’s old management team/owners.

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  • This economy has been savage to every one apart from liquidators, as week after week another architecture practice goes bust. I'm sure it cannot have been easy for a company that has been around for a generation and through a few recessions and with a brand like Adrem to enter into such a decision. I hope they manage to steer themselves back. Goodluck!!

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  • I think they deserve it! All the consultants are useless, they never found me a job and fobbed me off. They sent my CV out to clients without asking and never gave me feedback.

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  • Adrem have been synonymous with architecture in London and I have always found them helpful. Good luck

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  • :)

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