GradTouch in Telegraph article 'Case Studies: Britain's entrepreneurs of the future'
GradTouch co-founder Zac Williams was interviewed by the Telegraph for a piece on young entrepreneurs and the young business-people that will help our economy grow again. GradTouch has many clients, including CreditSuisse, AstraZeneca, Deloitte and the Co-operative. The company is less than a year old and we are excited to have such recognition so early on and we hope this is just the beginning!
- (1888PressRelease) November 15, 2011 - From The Telegraph article 'Case Studies: Britain's entrepreneurs of the future' on their website on 13/11/11.
'Zac Williams, GradTouch
When Zac Williams reached the final year of his theology degree at Durham University, he applied to every graduate scheme going.
"Every other person I knew had some flashy internship, and I hadn't done anything like that," he explained. "It was pretty scary. Because everyone else was applying, you get dragged into it as well."
He accepted an offer from management consultancy Accenture, but narrowly missed out on the 2:1 grade the job required. Undeterred, he set up his own business, GradTouch, to offer students practical support for job applications.
The idea was to eliminate the "fear factor" by introducing students to relevant graduate employers at small-scale events, more targeted than the usual campus-wide recruitment drives.
Students could submit their CVs to GradTouch and get phone consultations and advice, free of charge.
Using their database of students, Williams could then provide a tailored recruitment service for firms - such as Accenture.
"They called me up [to rescind their offer] and I was on the phone to them a week later asking them if they wanted to be a client," Williams says.
He secured a meeting to discuss his idea and, just over a year later, he says Accenture is set to become one of his customers.
In the "very crazy" time since graduating he has already worked with firms including Deloitte, Credit Suisse and The Co-operative Group.
The business which began with just a mobile phone and a bedroom now has an office in Manchester, operates in seven universities and plans to expand to 15 campuses by next term.
It's going so well that Williams, now 23, and his business partner are able to draw salaries. "Everyone we spoke to said: 'Don't expect to pay yourself for the first two years'," Williams recalls. "But we're doing it now."'