Colleague was developed in-house for Arena Resources in 1994 by Mike Granger and has been honed and shaped by niche recruiters ever since.
When Arena Resources Ltd was acquired by Lorien PLC in 1996 Lorien’s management were so impressed with Colleague that they persuaded the Managing Director, Will Minns, to help them implement it across the group and Mike Granger, Colleague’s creator, was permitted to sell Colleague to other recruitment businesses. After finishing his project with Lorien, Will founded online recruitment businesses Hy-phen.com in 1999, selling it to the Spring Group in 2001, and eventually returned to Colleague in 2002 after acquiring the IPR and setting up Colleague Software Ltd.
Since then our experience, flexibility and close relationship with recruitment leaders has put us ahead when it comes to understanding your needs. We’ve worked closely with our specialist clients, and thought leaders, to ensure we continue to remain innovative and adaptable in a rapidly evolving environment.
More recently we have more closely aligned with Microsoft’s vision to reinvent productivity to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more – or in our case, recruitment businesses and recruiters.
To do this we, as a Microsoft ISV partner have been utilising Microsoft’s best-in-class platforms and productivity services for our new cloud based CRM, Colleague 7 – fully integrated with Microsoft’s Office 365 business applications, and hosted within Microsoft Azure.
In 2017 we were also appointed a Microsoft Tier 1 Direct Cloud Solutions Provider, enabling us to offer Microsoft cloud licenses and support to businesses, alongside our CRM applications – including Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics 365 licenses.
More recently we have also been developing our Microsoft Dynamics 365 recruitment application, Engine – targeted recruitment enterprises looking to seamlessly unify their CRM and ERP capabilities and transform their business for the digital age.
Today we have 3 UK offices and Colleague is used by hundreds of specialist recruitment businesses who value a partner that is knowledgeable, trustworthy, reliable and indispensable.