Raising the bar in hospitality

We’re the UK’s leading hospitality recruitment firm behind hundreds of successful businesses.

A Perfect Partner

We provide expert permanent talent to the hospitality & catering industry, tailoring our approach to your individual requirements.

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For ambitious hospitality and events companies, we make recruitment simple, by offering services to let you focus on your core product and customer experience and less time agonising over the smaller details.

Niche Agency

Collins King & Associates are a niche agency, operating in defined markets. Our extensive client base includes many of the UK’s leading restaurant and retail dining operators, hotel groups, contract caterers and event companies. Our comprehensive knowledge and experience of the hospitality industry ensures that we can identify an accurate match between applicant and client.

Motivated & Dedicated

We have a highly motivated, knowledgeable and dedicated recruitment team who have all trained and worked in various sectors of the Hospitality Industry, coupled with over 80 years combined specialist recruitment experience. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest standards of service to our clients and candidates.

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Reach out to us

At Collins King & Associates, we are all former industry professionals, so please be assured that you will be talking to someone who understands the industry, and knows exactly what they’re doing. As virtually no company or role is the same in hospitality, we look to offer a bespoke and tailored approach for our clients, and we will endeavour to give you a completely personalised service.


Let's meet

We want to get know your business, understand your company culture, and the environment you work in. The best way for us to achieve this is to meet-up and conduct a tour of your business, and have an open ‘face to face’ discussion with you about the role or roles you are recruiting for. Conducting this process enables us to ensure a more accurate match between client and applicant. We will endeavour to make it our business to get to know your company, and how the vacant role fits into your current structure.


Let’s get sourcing!

We will go to the drawing board and prepare a recruitment strategy tailored for your business, using our combined years of recruitment experience and industry knowledge. We will look to ensure that we conduct a thorough candidate search within your relevant industry sector, fully utilising our current candidate database, combined with our wide range of industry contacts and recruiting techniques. This process can include advertising, networking, and search.


Our interview process

We meet all our candidates in person or via a video call (if a personal meet is simply not possible). This is to ensure the candidates we are sourcing are also the right cultural fit for your business. We will talk through their CV with them during our interview and discuss with the candidate their reasons for moving jobs, and what they are now looking to achieve in their next role.


Presenting candidates

We will talk to you about the candidates we have interviewed and identified as a potential match for your business and present you their CV(s). You will then decide who you would like to take forward to interview stage. We are all former industry professionals and we take great pride in knowing our relevant recruitment fields. We will endeavour to ensure that you interview only the best available talent so that you’re not wasting your time and energy meeting people who simply aren’t right for your operational needs or cultural fit.


The offer stage

After conducting your own candidate interviews, assessments and trials, you then decide you is your chosen candidate and make an offer. We will then liaise on your behalf between both parties, advise and discuss salary and benefits package and look to ensure that you secure the right person for your role.



We will continue to maintain contact with you after the commencement of your new employee. As a recruitment partner for your business, we will endeavour to find out how our candidate has settled in, and is performing in their new role. We will then give honest feedback to both parties. We only issue an invoice for our services (unless undertaking a retained Search & Selection assignment) once our candidate has commenced employment with our client. You’ve already got a lot to do at the start date, so we make sure you have one less thing to worry about.

We’ve helped leading companies find the right talent.

"We have worked with Vince on several new recruits over the past few months and have found him to be responsive and he completely understood our needs. Vince takes the time to get to know you and understand your business ensuring he only refers people to you who he feels are suitable for the roles you are recruiting too.
I would highly recommend Vince for any of your recruitment needs."

Clare Tyler – Executive Director - Juniper Ventures

"Vince has always been extremely prompt, helpful and professional in assisting me with recruiting for vacancies whilst in London.
He recently recommended me for a position abroad and has supported and expedited the process throughout for which I am grateful. Vince has always been extremely prompt, helpful and professional in assisting me with recruiting for vacancies whilst in London. He recently recommended me for a position abroad and has supported and expedited the process throughout for which I am grateful."

Keir Devine – Area General Manager - Dubai, B&I

"We have worked with Gary King & his team at Collins King & Associates for over 15 years. In that time, they have successfully placed a number of managers & chefs within our business. They understand what we need from a cultural perspective and source the right profile candidates for many of our contracts. Collins King are honest, upfront and a pleasure to do business with."

Phil Roker – Owner & Managing Director

"I admire your honesty as you will inform me if you feel that you will struggle with certain roles, I have always said that being honest and realistic is the best policy. I feel that you are always on the end of the phone for an update or advice which is great support to a busy operation.
Jo and Jenni have fully understood the brief and grasp the fact that timing is of the essence, but also the calibre and quality of the candidates are just as important due to the high profiled and sensitive nature of the work we do.
I would always recommend you to colleagues and I look forward to working with you again in the future."

Neil Satchwell – Compass Group

"We have worked with Gary and Collins King for over ten years and have had some simply wonderful recruits. Gary is tenacious, focused and lateral and has run that ‘extra mile’ to find us the right candidates. No one in London knows the market like Gary and no one is as connected and I would have no hesitation in recommending that you talk to both Gary and his team."

Greg Lawson – CEO
We’re Proud to have helped these companies with finding the perfect candidates


Give us a call to chat through your requirements or vacancies that we may be able to help with.

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