Red was formed by three owner partners who were previously each a senior manager for one of the industry’s leading national PLCs. Together, they passionately believed that there was a market opportunity for a professional and regional supplier that would offer an experienced and value for money recruitment consultancy service. With a great deal of business planning and up front hard work which included personal investment, accountancy and legal planning, Red Recruitment Partnership was established in 2001. Subsequently, this pen and paper business idea has grown into a robust, growing and highly profitable company that is now a regional leader. Initially Red faced two major challenges. The first were the legal restraints that were placed upon the partners and prohibited the firm from conducting a vast amount of business in the South Wales area (during a period dictated by previous employers’ contracts). This had to be carefully accounted for in the initial revenue predictions and subsequent cash flow forecasts. The second, and greatest challenge was that of cash flow. On one hand Red’s very fast growth was good news, but on the other it meant that immediate costs were directly affected through the resultant increase in temporary staff numbers. Increasing numbers of temporary staff meant increasing weekly payroll costs that needed to be funded by available cash flow. This combined with general late payment from debtors, meant that only through careful cash and growth management (with a lot of hand holding and invaluable advise from our accountants Haines Watts) was Red proud to quickly overcome those nail-biting times and move into a position where cash was no longer an obstacle for growth.