Empowering high growth companies to unlock their potential  

We work with the next generation of start-ups and scale-ups to power their vision through our world class Talent Acquisition and Culture Development partnerships.

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We specialise in two main areas:
Talent Acquisition and Culture Development

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However, what we deliver is always based on the juicy problems you need us to solve.


A lot of the time, you can find our talent experts establishing and building talent acquisition functions, and helping early stage companies to find and hire the right people at the right time, in the right role.


Our culture and development arm of the business focuses on designing people products that drive high performance and engagement as businesses scale. In practice, this could be establishing (or refreshing!) things like your performance approach, company values, onboarding, or leadership development. 

Our partnerships

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We differ from the traditional agency model, focused on an embedded partnership approach

We become part of your team as we join you in-house on your growth journey: fulfilling your hires, building your talent infrastructure, mapping out your engagement and performance strategies, whilst focusing on preserving and scaling your culture.  

Challenges we see start-ups face

They need to hire really quickly but don’t have the internal team to make it happen​

They want to preserve and scale the original culture, but aren’t sure how to get everyone swimming in the same direction as they scale

They find it hard to get the right talent in the right roles at the right time

They want to balance high performance with high engagement so that their teams can make an impact and grow the company

Our services

Talent acquisition

Hiring at scale, strategic hires, executive and leadership hires.

Performance frameworks

Setting your team up for high performance through effective 1:1s, goal setting, values in action, feedback and performance measurement.

Talent processes & systems

Goal setting, research, talent mapping, onboarding / offboarding, interview processes, success measures, retention, culture and brand.

Learning & development

Building capability in your team and leaders so they grow at the same rate as your business needs.

Employer branding

Forming your employer brand and identity, and taking your message and opportunity to the talent market.


Creating a memorable and effective onboarding experience that speeds up the ramp-up period and generates high employee loyalty even before they join.

Values in action

Designing from scratch, refreshing or bringing your existing values to life through a behaviour framework that guides hiring, promotions and performance.

In-house leadership support & coaching

Your in-house coach, advisor and supporter. A resource to lean on when you’re looking for an extra opinion, some guidance on a tricky situation, or someone to challenge your thinking.


Find out more



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The Lab17 has contradicted a long held cynicism I’ve held around recruitment.
In a profession wrought with mediocrity, The Lab17 brings a humanness that is often overlooked. Every hire is approached with empathy, professionalism and a candour that is appreciated from candidates and our staff alike.

Paul Oram - Group Engineering Manager

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Are you trying to solve a people problem, or forecasting to ensure you minimise these potential problems as you scale?