This is my first sales job

We have a
90% Success

Placing graduates and trainees into their perfect sales or recruitment roles is our speciality.

As market leaders in this space, we’ve achieved a 90% success rate since founding in 2014.

Prime is nowhere near what a traditional recruitment agency looks like. We understand the stereotypical pitfalls that come with partnering with a recruiter. Finding a new opportunity should be exciting, which is why our process has been tailored to leave you feeling confident that we can help you find the right career.

Are you a graduate or trainee currently looking for your dream career? Well, you’ve come to the right place.


Candidate focussed approach

Our approach is centred around getting an in-depth understanding of your soft skills and technical skills, so we can successfully match you to a company that will allow you to thrive and achieve your goals.


Unique training process

Our training process makes us unique, equipping you with the essential skills to succeed in your first role. Our award-winning training is delivered by industry experts and covers in-depth interview preparation as well as one-on-one support throughout the first 12 months in your new role.


Prestigious Partners

We currently represent some of the best known and innovative companies across the UK, all of whom are currently recruiting graduates and trainees for their sales teams.

The Prime

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    Our process begins with a simple phone call. Whether we have found you ourselves or you’ve submitted your CV to us, we will schedule a conversation to understand what you want from a career. We’ll also introduce ourselves and talk about our process, with a specific focus on our training. If the first stage goes well, we will invite you for a face-to-face meeting.

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    Depending on your location, you’ll be invited to meet a team member at either our Manchester, London office or even a Zoom Call. This team member will be your mentor throughout this process and provide you with all the necessary preparation. Our face-to-face meetings are intentionally more informal, as we want you to feel comfortable talking to us. This approach gives us the best chance to get to know you better and figure out if we are the best agency to support you. If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to one of our free training days.

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    The Prime Training Day is our unique selling point and is what makes our process so unique. Unlike ‘assessment days’, our training day allows you to learn the skills needed to thrive in a sales role. Our fantastic team host each session, including our co-founders: Apprentice 2013 finalist Neil Clough and The British Excellence in Sales Management Awards 2018 Sales Trainer of the Year Nicole Plinston.

    Our Training Days are incredibly helpful as we get to see your talent, you get to enhance your skillset and give you the opportunity to meet potential employers who are actively recruiting. All of our sessions are group-based and provide you with in-depth training specific to the roles you are looking for.

    Many of our clients recruit straight out of our training days. Some may invite you to an interview. If you make it into the “Prime Zone”, we will put you in front of numerous successful clients, giving you the best chances of landing your first role.

    If you don’t make it to the “Prime Zone”, – please don’t worry! If we think you would still be a great fit for one of our clients, we will invite you back for further training. However, if you are unsuccessful after this stage, you would have benefited from our team’s tailored training.

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    Training and development does not stop at our Prime Training Days. If successful, we will invite you back in for interview preparation and help you nail your interviews to land your dream role. We have a 90% success rate in placing candidates, so we’re confident you will shine when meeting our clients.

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    Starting a new career can be daunting, which is why many of the companies we work with will invest in our Prime Sales Academy—allowing you to have 12 months of award-winning training to support you through your first 12 months. This way, you can have the confidence that you are starting a role with great foundations and a supportive team to guide you.

Our latest vacancies

Senior Sales Executive

£35,000 pa

The Business This company has IT and Cloud innovation at its’ heart and they harbour an inspirational and exciting place for sales professionals to grow their careers. Based in the heart of Manchester, they have now launched their presence in…

Sales Development Representative

£22,000 pa
Altrincham, Manchester, UK

Job Title: Sales Development Representative Location: South Manchester (Moving to the City Centre) Salary: £28,000 + uncapped commission structure Start Date: ASAP The Company Prime are currently partnered with a global technology business, that are looking to add the best Sales…

Account Executive

£48,000 pa
Newcastle upon Tyne

The Business  This company is disrupting the the sales software world and they’re now on the hunt for their next Account Executive to join a successful sales function, led by 3 of the industry’s most knowledgeable sales professionals.  By building…

Lesley Lucarelli

“This Is Prime have been amazing. They are really quick to respond. My consultant was fantastic through out the whole process. They were so attentive and engaging. They made sure I was ready for all my interviews. The company’s Training Day was incredibly useful, and fun. I would highly recommend This Is Prime. Thanks so much for the advice and help to secure my new role!”

Rowan Akers

“Incredibly helpful and extremely knowledgeable. Not only did This Is Prime talk me through every step of the application but offering constant feedback ensuring I was promoting the best version of myself. This coupled with the training day that This Is Prime offered meant that I was confident of my abilities to get the job throughout. Couldn’t ask for anything more from This Is Prime.”

Robbie Crease

“The Prime Sales Training Day was extremely useful and educational, diving into sales/business development psychology. They sourced some fantastic opportunities tailored entirely to my interests and priorities when looking for a role. Prime are different to every other recruiter out there, finding roles that exactly fit my CV. Throughout the process of interviews, they provided me with a wealth of support in many areas in a constructive way which helped me develop my skills and ultimately secure a role. I would immensely recommend Prime.”

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This isn’t
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It’s time to take your career to the next level.

What are you looking for?

Is it an increase in your earnings, a new challenge, or a better career progression opportunity?

Whatever you’re striving for, we can help you find a company that meets your expectations.

Although we are the best in the business when it comes to graduate recruitment, we don’t stop there. Our talented team within our Mid-Senior division can offer you a variety of enriching career opportunities.

Our latest Mid-Senior vacancies

Account Executive

£48,000 pa
Newcastle upon Tyne

The Business  This company is disrupting the the sales software world and they’re now on the hunt for their next Account Executive to join a successful sales function, led by 3 of the industry’s most knowledgeable sales professionals.  By building…

Business Development Executive

£30,000 pa
London, UK

Working with an exciting, global tech company who sell a SaaS product into the Food and Beverage industry! They have recently launched in the UK and have disrupted the market, selling their innovative product into individual bars, restaurants and cafes,…

Account Executive

£48,000 pa
Newcastle upon Tyne

After year-on-year revenue growth of 100%, and being recognised as one of the market leaders in sales conversation intelligence, this company is looking to go into a phase of imminent expansion.  Headquartered in the centre of Newcastle (but embracing remote),…

Neil Clough

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Having worked in sales environments for over 15 years, Neil’s passion and natural talent for selling has seen him progress through the ranks and achieve great success in his career. Neil quickly became a highly experienced individual within recruiting and developing sales talent, which led him to be an Apprentice Finalist in 2013.

This experience saw him achieve top salesperson status throughout, as well as breaking the record for the most high-ticket sales ever on a task! Neil is a huge fan of anything football related, but his sporting activities are not confined to just that. He is a regular gym-goer and has taken part in several endurance events, most recently the Gaelforce 64k challenge!

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Nicole Plinston

Co-Founder & Director

With over 20 years’ experience working in sales environments, Nicole has worked across many sectors for some of the best known global brands such as Virgin Media and Apple. She started her career selling car insurance, and quickly realised she had a natural flair for selling, and turned her skills to a career in recruitment.

During this time, Nicole’s passion for training and development grew, and she decided to study for her CIPD. Training has since been at the core of her expertise, and now she works developing the careers of salespeople and managers, both internally and externally. In her spare time, Nicole is an avid football fan, holding a season ticket at the mighty Crystal Palace! She also claims to enjoy running (but for the record, she really does hate it).

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Kyle Gallagher

Associate Director

Kyle joined This Is Prime as a graduate of Business and Marketing. He was the first-ever employee back in 2014, and has progressed to become an integral part of the team. He is now an Associate Director at This Is Prime and manages the team in Manchester. Kyle is also focussed on managing our key client and candidate relationships. Unfortunately, he is the only Gallagher brother that has no musical talent, but his wit in the office makes up for it!

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Chris Thompson

Sales Manager

After completing his Marketing Management degree at Manchester Metropolitan, Chris joined us in 2018. Within that time Chris has been promoted to Sales Manager, managing key clients and candidate relationships simultaneously. Chris is a huge fan of his hometown football team, Middlesbrough FC and doesn’t stop talking about it! He’s also the office comedian, keeping us all entertained (even virtually over Zoom).

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Christina Brooke

Mid-Senior Sales Manager

Graduating with a 2:1 in Journalism from Salford University, Christina made her way to Prime in 2016, and has already been promoted twice since joining! Now a Principal Sales Recruiter in our Manchester office, her focus is on bringing fresh talent into the business. As well as recruiting candidates and managing client and candidate relationships, she also looks after our key accounts on our sales desk. Christina’s favourite song of all time is Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths (cracking choice).

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Steve Lowndes

Head of Sales Training

Since joining, Steve has set up and run our successful Prime Sales Academy, enabling organisations and their sales team to deliver better results, ramp up faster, and improve their retention. Whenever he gets the chance, Steve is straight on the bike and off into the hills. In his spare time, he likes to write. He has almost finished writing his book, “Selling in the New World: The Rise of the Transformational Seller.” We can’t wait to read it!

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Lizzie Formisano

Sales Recruiter

Graduating with a First Class Honours in History from The University of Birmingham, Lizzie has an extensive background in recruitment and works placing top graduate talent into the best sales and recruitment opportunities across London. Lizzie joined us in 2020, and within 6 months she was promoted to Senior Sales Resourcer! Lizzie used to channel her inner Jimi Hendrix in a rock group, but has since swapped the 6 strings for a pair of CDJ’s and a drum & bass mix.

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James Salamon

Sales Recruiter

James, aka “Salzy”, is a testament to our training and progression here at This Is Prime. Following on from his placement year with us, James has continued to stay on after graduation and is already carving out an excellent career. When he isn’t working, James pulls up the laces and is straight onto the football pitch, having played for the Manchester Met football team in the past.

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Charlotte Morris

Senior Sales Resourcer

Charlotte is tasked with searching high and low to find the top graduate talent and place them into the best sales and recruitment opportunities across Manchester. She describes herself as an absolute chatterbox, and we couldn’t agree more! Since joining us in our Manchester office, she has not stopped talking about bottomless brunches, and is an avid fan of prosecco.

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Adele Patel

Senior Sales Resourcer

Adele joined us with excellent experience under her belt in retail, marketing and communications, which has set her in good stead here at This Is Prime. She plans to progress with us as well as having aspirations to travel the world. She loves cooking and reading, and her favourite book is Outliers by Michael Gladwell. In the future, she’d love to live in France and be fluent in French!

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Toby Davies

Sales Resourcer

Graduating with First Class Honours in LLB Law from the University of Nottingham, Toby headed for the big city of London with one goal in mind. To be THE top performer within Prime enabling him to afford a Mercedes-Benz! From an early age, Toby has been a goalkeeper for several clubs and continued to play at University. He is a massive fan of Arsenal FC and hopes to see them lift the Premier League trophy very soon!

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Akiel Johnson

Sales Resourcer

Akiel is currently on Placement at Prime from Manchester Metropolitan University, studying Marketing Management. He has been a fantastic member of the team and always looking to learn! Akiel enjoys anything competitive and is currently part of the 1st team Football team at the University. His goal is to be so successful within his career he can afford a Lamborghini Urus!

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Liam Curry

Sales Resourcer

Graduating with a First Class Honours in Accounting and Finance from Newcastle University, Liam heads back to his hometown of Manchester and looks to make a fantastic career within recruitment! He is a massive fan of anything football, playing from 5 years old and reaching regional team within his teens. Liam has an incredible goal to run a sub 1:40:00 time within a half or full marathon next year!

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Mica Burke

Sales Resourcer

Graduating from Nottingham Trent University in English and Philosophy, Mica enjoys playing the guitar, steel drums and binge-watching a good Netflix series! She is always up for socialising and having a few tequilas with her friends. Mica aims to hit every continent in the next five years and be on the property ladder within the next three years.

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Holly Wilson

Sales Resourcer

Holly graduated from The Manchester Metropolitan University with a first-class in Event Management, and during her time at university, she competed with The Electric Cheerleading team and represented Wales within Gymnastics. She enjoys listening to music and seeing her favourite artists at events such as Parklife and The Warehouse Project. Holly has worked in numerous event type roles throughout her career but realised that she could turn the skills she has developed within those roles into being a force to be reckoned within recruitment.

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Beth Clacher

Sales Resourcer

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David Lennon

Digital Marketing Executive

Graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a 1st class degree in Marketing Management, David works to create impactful content that will help Prime connect with new and existing candidates and clients, as well as helping us grow our brand into new markets. He is a massive fan of anything sporty, playing rugby, handball, cricket, and dodgeball to name just a few. He is currently training to return to American Football as a Wide Receiver.

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