about us


Quite simply, SMG’s recruitment services were born from digital. Over the course of 7 years, SMG went from a one-man SEO operation to a multi-location digital marketing agency providing 100s of clients, national and international, a full suite of services – from SEO, PPC and Web Design to CRO, Content Development and Social Media management.

These clients understood the core values that SMG holds and asked us more and more regularly to help them with their recruitment. Be that temporary or permanent posts or to provide necessary cover for special projects or statutory leave.

With our unique insight into the specific needs of both employers and employees within this dynamic sector, we can offer something no other Recruitment Agency can match – front-line understanding of the challenges our clients face and the best database and relationships in the business.



  • Company formed with half a dozen clients providing SEO services.
  • Predominantly, we focused on link acquisition and content development (including onsite optimisation) with a strong identification with white-hat processes.  Recognising early that Google was shutting down loopholes, it was both a moral and commercial decision to embrace best practice early on.
  • That year saw steady portfolio growth as we broadened the products offered to include design consultancy.


  • Our second year saw a rapid expansion in all areas.  Our portfolio swelled and in order to provide comprehensive solutions we hired a PPC management consultant as well as technical staff to provide both web designer and site development support.


  • Client numbers double in a year.  These include FTSE-listed, international operations and household brands.
  • Given the location split of our portfolio, we open a London branch to provide a base for more dynamic service support.
  • Operational staff now account for over two-thirds of our payroll.


  • We now have 17 staff providing a full service offering – distinct SEO, PPC and web dev teams supporting an ever-growing portfolio of clients.
  • With the location split of our portfolio switching back towards the north, we relocate our London Office to the heart of Manchester.
  • SMG respond to requests for recruitment assistance from various firms and begin to offer recruitment services.


  • Manchester office relocates to Wilmslow
  • SMG roll out a dedicated digital recruitment arm as an extension to its marketing services.
  • Recognising our unique position within the industry to provide objective and experience-backed recruitment support, we continue to grow exponentially – we now recruit nationwide covering all of the major cities and disciplines.
  • We continue to provide digital marketing services and in some cases provide both marketing and digital recruitment services to clients.


Over the years we have not only attended events held by others such as SMX and SASCon but we’ve also held our own events – we have placed some captions below of some of our favourite shots.

gc smxSMG Events at Great Jhon St ManchesterSMG event held at The Hilton in Manchester
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Every member of our staff has a track record of success in digital marketing – from Web Design and Site Development to SEO and PPC; from Email Marketing and CRO to Copywriting and Big Data Analysts.

That is why, in a world of recruiters, we stand out because we have the knowledge that others lack – the knowledge needed to find the best answers to sophisticated questions.

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