LBU Solutions

Support Received: Workspace and Workshops

Location: Tenant at Harlow Enterprise Hub, Harlow, Essex


Social Media: Facebook & Twitter


Following on from a career working in sales, it wasn’t until 2010 that business owner Ricky Clinton seized upon his first break in the recruitment industry. He was immediately hooked and knew this was a sector where his passion really belonged. In 2015, Ricky took the leap and started LBU Solutions, a specialist recruitment company for the construction industry.

We spoke to Ricky about how he turned his passion into a business.


What does your business do and why is it unique?

LBU Solutions is a recruitment company that specializes in supplying staff to the construction industry, on both a permanent and temporary basis. We have a unique blend within our company of industry experience, coupled with a youthful exuberance that sets us apart from the rest.

Have you taken on business premises, or do you work from home?

I started the company two years ago in my kitchen with just a laptop and a phone. Now we occupy an office at the Harlow Enterprise Hub, with another bigger premise within the Hub planned for 2018.

When did you gain your first customer?  How did this make you feel?

We gained our first customer the week after starting the company, and I remember thinking WOW, now I need to find some candidates!

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“Nwes has steered me and my business in the direction I wanted, and has provided me with the professional environment for my company to thrive.”  

Have you encountered any challenges and how did you overcome these?

Starting a new business can be daunting and there were many challenges to overcome at the beginning, such as where is my next customer coming from or how do I give that customer the best possible service. But I feel with the right process in place and trusting in that process, all these challenges become that little bit less daunting.

What have been the highlights of starting your business?

There have been so many highlights and milestones such as our first placement to our first employee, but as a business owner I am ever the optimist and I truly believe our highlights are all in front of us.

Where do you hope to be in two years’ time? 

The company has grown year on year, so in two years’ time I feel we can achieve real traction in the construction industry, with more consultants to help our already established team. So, watch this space!

What has the impact of support from Nwes been on you and your business?

The variety of courses available at Nwes to propel me have been amazing. Nwes has steered me and my business in the direction I wanted, and has provided me with the professional environment for my company to thrive.

What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out again?

Trust in yourself and your decisions.

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