Startup PR and Communications Recruitment Agency

We find your Startup the best PR and Communications Talent to help you grow.

We specialise in recruiting for ambitious Startups who are looking for top Communications Talent to drive growth.

Our specialist recruiters can help with your Talent search and find you the best PR and Communications people to suit the needs of the hire.

We recruit experienced candidates into Startups for various PR and Comms roles from entry level to senior appointments, all the way to C-suite.

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At Sapio, our expert consultants in the Startup landscape will always commit to understanding as much about your business as possible; you as an employer, the role, and the ‘why’ of the hire. 

Unlike other Startup PR Recruitment agencies, we don’t perceive this as a numbers game focused solely on filling a role as quickly as possible.

Our aim is to help Startup organisations find the best Comms hire.

Whether you’re a Startup or new brand looking for someone experienced in Public Relations and Public Affairs, wider Communications, Integrated PR including Digital Marketing, or wider Tech industry experience, we will help you find the best person to help grow your business not just the next person.

Sapio’s recruitment specialists provide you with a fully-managed solution and your consultant handles the process from start to finish – utilising our expert Startup sector knowledge, unrivalled network and relationships to source the best people, running initial CV screening to ensure we are proactive in 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 Comms team.

Startups PR and Communications roles we recruit for

Our Communications Recruitment and Executive Search team specialise in finding permanent hires across In-house and agency roles, including:

In-house roles

Agency roles

Quick answers to your startup PR and comms recruitment questions

While our agency headquarters are offices in London, we also provide our marketing and communications recruiting services globally. This includes Europe, North America and APAC.

We have experience supporting clients across the UK from the South-East to Manchester and up to Scotland, North America, from California to New York via Austin and Toronto.

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

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

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 process to identify a top startup  communications professional.

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

Typically, an interview stage 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 salary, contracts and referencing completes our in-depth process to find you the perfect public relations and comms candidate.

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

We do work with graduates and passionate entry level candidates trying to get into the sector to progress their careers and are always happy to give them job opportunities and career advice. We take the time to help with their development, given we feel we have an important role to play in helping with their upskilling to help them land PR, communications, digital and marketing jobs.

However, we find it better to open up our networks 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 we can best help with your recruitment needs, 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 recruitment experience.

Our MO is to establish long lasting partnerships with the businesses we work with and be seen as their trusted PR, marketing and Comms 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).

All have merits when recruiting for startups, 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. We take the time getting to know your business and the challenges you face, to provide an agile strategy that’s most likely to secure an efficient and successful outcome. 

What sets us apart from the typical marketing communications recruitment agency is our experienced team of PR and communications specialist recruitment consultants have deep knowledge across all sectors we specialise in.

We keep on top of ever-changing trends, requirements, competitive salary guides, qualifications and qualities required so we’re fully prepared to attract the perfect hire who is ready to hit the ground running and help your business thrive to achieve the growth it deserves.

This makes us leading startups recruiters for your company to find talent across the startups industry. Thanks to our expertise and diligence, we’re efficient and tirelessly seek the best candidate to fill your job role. We won’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.