COMING UP FAST: Young meteors - Adrian Wood and Mark Blythe, GTI

COMING UP FAST: Young meteors - Adrian Wood and Mark Blythe, GTI - Since they met on the Reading university rowing team, Adrian Wood and Mark Blythe have set up not one business but two. The first came about when the sculling pair decided to produce secto

by REBECCA HOAR
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Since they met on the Reading university rowing team, Adrian Wood and Mark Blythe have set up not one business but two. The first came about when the sculling pair decided to produce sector-specific career guides for university students.

The idea led to the creation of publisher GTI (Graduates To Industry), and a book on job opportunities in the property sector, published in their second year at university. Another book followed, and today their company, GTI Specialist Publishers, has more than 60 publications covering 11 sectors.

'The first books had articles from people like Sir John Harvey-Jones,' recalls 33-year-old Wood. 'We persuaded them by being very persistent.'

The books attracted several advertisers looking for graduate recruits, which led to the second business, GTI Online Solutions. 'We've been developing online recruitment programmes for some of the UK's largest employers - KPMG, BAE Systems and so on,' explains Blythe, 34.

As well as the books and the online work, GTI has a jobs web site for graduates - www.drjob.co.uk. And the company has published its first books abroad, in France, Germany and Malaysia.

Wood and Blythe employ 70 people and their annual turnover is pounds 5.2 million. 'We want to continue expanding our products and our brand,' says Wood. No time for any rowing, then.

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

How COVID changes the world forever: A thought experiment

Silicon Valley ‘oracle’ Tim O’Reilly imagines how different sectors could emerge from the pandemic.

The CEO's guide to switching off

Too much hard work is counterproductive. Here four leaders share how they ease the pressure....

What Lego robots can teach us about motivating teams

People crave meaningful work, yet managers can so easily make it all seem futile.

What went wrong at Debenhams?

There are lessons in the high street store's sorry story.

How to find the right mentor or executive coach

One minute briefing: McDonald’s UK CEO Paul Pomroy.

What you don't want to copy from Silicon Valley

Workplace Evolution podcast: Twitter's former EMEA chief Bruce Daisley on Saturday emails, biased recruitment and...