Standing out from the crowd: Q&A with entrepreneurial award winner David Spencer'Percival30 Sep 2015
Spencer Odgen wins in 2015: David Spencer-Percival left, with Edward Odgen right.
Standing out from the crowd:
Q&A with entrepreneurial award winner David Spencer–Percival
Smith & Williamson catches up with David Spencer-Percival, co-founder of Spencer Ogden, a global energy recruitment specialist and 2013 winner of the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year award at the National Business Awards. He tells us what’s been happening in his business since he won the award and what sets his company apart from the competition.
David Spencer-Percival co-founded Spencer Ogden, a global energy recruitment specialist, with Sir Peter Ogden in 2010. The company employs over 300 recruitment professionals worldwide, working across oil and gas, power generation, nuclear, renewable, smart energy, mining, finance and trading. On winning Smith & Williamson’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the judges commented: “With his infectious energy and passion, David has built a fast-growth, game-changing company… an inspirational character.”
It’s been a couple of years since you won the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the National Business Awards. Tell us how you felt on the night.
It was an amazing evening and a fantastic compliment to be handed the accolade. The competition was tough and after four years of hard work and a nomination in 2013, there was a great deal of pride as I collected the award.
What’s changed for you and the business since winning the award?
Our global expansion has been key to our continued growth and success. We have placed over 6,000 people in energy roles and now have 15 offices around the world and a big presence in all the energy hubs. This allows us to have a local presence on a global scale and supports our customers, as 70% of our business is now international.
How have you leveraged your win?
Some fantastic opportunities came as a result of the award win, and it gave us the chance to enter the company in a different category in 2014. Spencer Ogden was named as the Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year at the National Business Awards, as well as being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
The NBA judges described Spencer Ogden as a “game-changing company”. How would you define this?
Since our inception we’ve been doing things differently. We were the first recruitment company to provide end-to-end coverage of the entire energy landscape, we’ve set the bar high in office design to create the best environment for our consultants to work in, and our industry-leading graduate academy attracts some of the best young talent in the world.
How will you maintain this approach for the company?
In an energy landscape that is always changing it’s essential to never stand still. We will look at further expansion opportunities, whether it be into regions or new and evolving energy sources. We’ll also use technology to drive the business forward, using cloud-based software, integrated mobile solutions and further develop our suite of apps to empower all areas of the business – for everyone, from candidates and clients to staff.
Where next for the business?
In 2015, we are focussing on developing our global hubs in Houston, London and Singapore, as we have recently doubled our capacity in these regions. Our success over the past five years has been based on the principle that we will adapt to the energy landscape and grow into regions and sectors as our customers need it. This is how we will continue to develop as a business, as well as ensuring that we are constantly improving our services and holding on to our position as the industry’s game changer.
The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognises an enterprising individual who has achieved the highest and most sustained levels of growth and financial performance through a culture of innovation, market knowledge and talent development.