BDO commissioned research among some of the UK’s most successful companies to understand what was driving success in business. The results offered an interesting insight into the world of innovators, founders, change drivers and owner/managers alike.

One common theme that emerged from our findings was that like highly effective people, highly effective businesses share specific traits and follow common pathways to greatness. One of the five habits of highly successful businesses we identified was recruiting the right team.


Wished they had more wisdom relating to human talent

Talent is a big concern to growing businesses, especially in sectors that rely on people with advanced skills sets, such as technology

The skills gap

ManpowerGroup, in its recent Talent Shortage Survey, reported that employers are experiencing the highest global talent shortage since 2007, with more companies than ever turning to training and development to address skills shortages.


Of UK employers expected a shortage of suitable candidates to fill permanent jobs in 2017, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation

People are looking at work in a different light, and looking for a more balanced, rewarding career. They want companies that offer more than a job: flexible working, creative breakout sessions and ways to invest in the business are common place for new and growing businesses. Companies must look at how they intend to attract the right talent.

Download the full report

Read more about this habit and the other four habits  of highly effective companies. Access the report in Spotlight, our knowledge centre.