Startups Marketing Recruitment Agency

We find you the best permanent Digital Marketing talent to help your organisation grow.

At Sapio, we are expert Startup Marketing recruiters who specialise in recruiting the best Marketing talent for ambitious Start-Ups looking to scale.

We are well versed in working with Start-ups across different life stages and objectives from funded seed stage businesses rapidly scaling to acquisition or IPO to bootstrapped Start-ups with a focus on profit.

We help you recruit Marketing, Digital Marketing and communications candidates for startups in various positions from entry level to C-suite, and across multiple Marketing and Digital Marketing disciplines as well as sub-specialities like Content, SEO, PPC, Social Media, Website, CRM, Email Marketing and Product Marketing. –

Businesses we've worked with:

From our experience, many recruiters fall into a numbers game focused solely on filling roles vs the recruiter helping the startup find the right talent or solution. At Sapio, we always commit to understanding as much about your company as possible; you as an employer, the marketing role, and motivations or why of the hire. 

Whether you’re a Start-up, Scale-Up or idea stage founder led business, our recruitment process ensures that we’re best placed to help find the marketer who best fits your exciting Start-up, rather than just the first person looking for their next job.

We provide a fully-managed service and your recruitment consultant handles the hiring process from start to finish – utilising our expert industry knowledge of work in Start-ups, network and relationships to source the best Start-up Marketing candidates, running initial CV screening to ensure we are putting applicants forward on a quality over quantity basis, and managing the interview and offer process.

We won’t stop until you’ve got the right person for the role to enhance your marketing team.

If you are a candidate looking for your next Start-up job, or wider Marketing jobs in London or further afield, get in touch via the link above to work with us on the next stage of your career or have a look through our B2B Marketing jobs on the jobs page.

Startup Marketing roles we recruit for

We specialise in finding permanent staff for Start Up Marketing job roles across both agency and in-house, including:

In-house roles

Agency roles

Which sectors we recruit for

We are specialist marketing recruitment consultants who provide talent solutions across the following sectors:

Quick answers to your Marketing Recruitment questions

Headquartered in London, we work with UK startups, as well as those across Europe, North America and APAC. We have experience supporting clients across the United Kingdom from the South-East to Scotland, North America, from California to New York via Austin and Toronto.

We have worked with startups in mainland Europe including Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Milan and Zurich.

We have also partnered with firms across Asia Pacific including in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

It’s hard to offer definitives around exact timelines without understanding more information specific to your search as there are a number of factors we can’t control (people’s diaries being one of them!).

However, 6 weeks is a good rule of thumb to allow for the entire recruitment process of finding your ideal marketing professional.

This allows 1 week for us to do a good search to find and vet the best candidates for the role as we are always actively search against the brief to ensure best fit versus those CVs we just have to hand. 

Typically, an interview process will then run over 3-4 weeks depending on number of stages – we would advise keeping this as compact and efficient as possible and so are happy to work to tighter time frames.

Finally, around a week from job offer to acceptance with a buffer for contracts and referencing. 

We are able to and are experienced in working across all levels from entry level to senior positions like C-Suite, across all marketing disciplines, but we find we are able to deliver the most value to our partners when they are looking to hire candidates with experience.

We do work with graduates and entry level candidates trying to develop their skill and get into the sector. We are always happy to give them a platform and make time to help, given we feel we have an important role to play as part of the PR, Communications and Marketing industry. 

However, we find it better to open up our networks in the industry, shortlist and then invite candidates to apply on a case by case basis in this endeavour, versus charging our partners a fee as a successful placement is harder to guarantee at this level. 

We want to focus on helping a diverse talent pool of entry level candidates access opportunities instead of our fee being a barrier. 

We are always happy to discuss how best we can help, however,  so get in touch and if it’s not a solution we can provide in house we’ll be sure to point you in the right direction. 

Simply put our process is Scope, Search, Engage, Interview and Offer but a little more detail on each of these aspects of our service can be found on OUR PROCESS page.

Beyond this, a number of our clients rely on our support for onboarding and beyond, which we are always happy to assist with throughout the process and afterwards, however we also understand some businesses have fairly tried and tested processes here. 

Like most recruiters, our fees are charged as a percentage of the first years’ compensation of the successful hire; however, the exact structure depends on several factors.

Given we work across a swathe of clients of differing sizes and shapes, industries and locations as well as distinct volume requirements, we understand that there isn’t one size fits all.

As talent specialists, we endeavour to be solutions orientated and design partnership terms based on each individual client for the best client experience.

Our MO is to establish long lasting partnerships with the businesses we work with and be seen as their trusted marketing recruitment experts, so charging the highest fee possible at every juncture is not in our nature. 

We work with our partners to ensure that our services are value-add rather than painful expenses and provide a long-term solution to talent challenges.

The fact is we offer all of the above; Contingent search (success based fee model); Retained search (strategic tailored search with an upfront commitment fee); and Exec search (specific to senior and strategic hires for very narrow talent pools) and all have merits, but the truth is that without information as to your specific needs and requirements, and therefore the talent pool in question, it is hard to say which approach may be best for your business.

What we can say however, being MarComms specialists and industry experts, is that in our experience an iterative or contingent search model tends to be effective in around 70% of cases, particularly where exclusivity is agreed.

As ever, there isn’t one size fits all and so we endeavour to be adaptive to each client’s needs and priorities, to improve the strategy to one that is most likely to secure an efficient successful outcome. 

We generally do not recruit for temporary or freelance roles.

What sets us apart from your typical recruitment agency in London is our experienced team of marketing specialist recruitment consultants have deep knowledge of the sectors we specialise in. 

We keep on top of the latest professional trends, requirements, qualifications and qualities required in an individual, so you can make your perfect hire who is ready to hit the ground running in your business to help achieve the growth it deserves.

This makes us a leading recruitment partner for your startup. Thanks to our expertise and diligence, we’re efficient and tirelessly seek the best candidate to fill your job role. We don’t stop until we bring you success in your choice of candidate.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) is a topic that has consistently been discussed and pontificated around, but is still seen by some as a tick box exercise and has made little progress despite the noise.

At Sapio, we realise we have a key role to play in changing that and we actively work to increase DE&I in our sector by influencing some key areas.

Please see our DE&I page to find out how we’re helping to foster inclusive cultures that facilitate the success of ALL employees and businesses.

What some of our clients have said:


Richard has worked alongside Tech, VCs and High Growth businesses for almost a decade, helping grow ambitious businesses from seed stage Start-ups to Multinationals, and everything in between…

Sam Corn


Sam has over a decade’s experience in Recruitment and Talent Consultancy and brings a wealth of expertise in how to support both hiring and talent engagement in complex and nuanced talent markets….


Richard Savage


Richard has worked alongside Tech, VCs and High Growth businesses for almost a decade, helping grow ambitious businesses from seed stage Start-ups to Multinationals, and everything in between. His recruitment specialism expands across Marketing, Communications and C-suite hires for Corporates, Start-ups, Scale-ups, Venture Capital and their Marketing service providers.

He is also an expert in wider Talent Consultancy focusing on Employer Branding, Talent Strategy, Talent Acquisition and Talent Retention. Richard made the leap into recruitment having worked closely with VCs and High Growth businesses in his previous life as a Communications and PR professional.

“Listening to entrepreneurs and investors talk consistently and with passion about the importance of investing in talent and teams, rather than ideas, was the thing that really drove me towards recruitment. I really liked the idea of adding value to businesses by finding them the best talent to help them grow.

Given my knowledge of PR, Marketing, Communications and the Technology Investment ecosystem I thought I’d be best placed to help businesses in those areas and, hopefully, that’s what we’ve been able to do.” Richard’s knowledge and experience is also well valued by the community, having been asked to speak at Tech conferences, contribute to Government reports and support early stage businesses through workshops with Incubators and VC portfolios.

Sam Corn


Sam has over a decade’s Recruitment and Talent Consultancy experience and brings a wealth of expertise in how to support both hiring and talent engagement in complex and nuanced talent markets.

He supports cross sector clients from the largest blue-chip corporates, both private and listed, to the most exciting high growth start ups and scale ups, as well as some of the world’s most reputable communications and global advisory consultancies. Sam’s network stretches from New York to Singapore via London and Hong Kong, across Financial Services and Private Equity, Financial Technology and Capital Markets. 

Sam also brings a deep expertise in wider Talent Consultancy focusing on Employer Branding, Talent Strategy, Talent Acquisition and Talent Retention. Over his decade in the industry Sam has supported client as they build, develop or refine their EVP, hiring processes and structures and employee experience.  

As a long time sports coach, Sam is acutely aware of the interplay between the ‘sum and its parts’ when it comes to team building. His approach balances the big picture strategy behind a specific hire, with the individual intricacies and building blocks necessary to making successful, long term partnerships.