Reed Turns 60…

Reed was founded on 7th May 1960, a 26 year old Alec Reed open the first office located on Kingsley Rd, Hounslow (West London). In the early 1960s Reed pioneered specialist recruitment services; a move which fundamentally changed the UK recruitment market. 

Reed has grown organically through great service and ideas to become the biggest family run recruitment business in the world.

Today we help over 18m people find jobs through and we also do so much more… from facilitating national recruitment drives and staff banks to providing community health and wellbeing services.

Today as the business recognises 60 years in the industry, we may not be able to party together, but the sense of achievement and pride of our Co-Members can be felt across social media…

happy birthday reed blog - james and alec reed in 2011 with medal from knighthood

Taking to LinkedIN on Thursday morning, CEO James Reed thanked his father and others on this 60th anniversary,

“I would like to use this moment to thank Sir Alec and everyone who has joined us on this 60 year journey for all that you’ve contributed to REED. It’s been quite a ride! And the next chapter starts now…”

Picture: James Reed with his father, Sir Alec after being knighted in 2011.

Happy Birthday Messages

To celebrate the day Co-Members, including Sir Alec Reed himself, wanted to share some love for REED…

Celebrating #LifeAtREED everyday…

Everyday at REED we get to contribute to our purpose of improving lives through work.

Our people (Co-Members) love working here and love to share their own successes, achievements of colleagues, and inspiring stories.


Make sure to follow #LifeAtREED on LinkedIN and Instagram to see what our Co-Members are up to every day of the year, and follow Careers at REED on Twitter and Facebook for the latest REED news and blogs.