GLASGOW-based recruitment technology firm Candidate.ID has appointed a prominent human resources industry figure as its chairman as it targets rapid growth.

Doug Sawers has taken on the role after holding senior positions with companies ranging from HR technology firm Ceridian to the lastminute online retail business.

The Glasgow-born chartered accountant said Candidate.ID has put the foundations in place for considerable growth.

Led by Adam Gordon, the company has developed software that allows employers to use social media to identify people who could make good employees and to foster links with them.

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It achieved £1 million revenues last year. Customers include IBM and Specsavers.

The company also raised £1 million investment in a success that suggested its technology has generated international interest.

After winning six-figure funding from Berlin-based technology specialist Jacobo Invest UG in April, Candidate.ID raised £500,000 crowdfunding in October from 550 investors. These include former RBS global human resources director Neil Roden and influential US recruitment industry commentator Tim Sackett.

Mr Sawers said he became interested in Candidate.ID when the firm undertook a very professional and effective investment raise, adding: “The team and their vision are impressive.”

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Mr Gordon said: “The Candidate.ID team have been inspired by the time we have spent with Doug so far. He has challenged our thinking and explained alternative strategies we should consider.”

Mr Gordon founded Candidate.ID with Scott McRae in 2016 after working in recruitment, human resources and marketing for a range of firms including Norman Broadbent and PwC. Mr McRae trained in marketing at consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble before launching a consultancy.

Mr Sawers is a partner in the Prime Advantage Capital Partners advisory firm.