About Us

Showcasing Ability | Nurturing Success

A fresh approach to Sales Recruitment

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Recent Awards

Raw Talent Academy, born from a frustration at the lack of fresh talent within the sales industry, is an award-winning Sales Recruitment and Training business with a proven track record of unearthing hidden sales talent, showcasing their ability and nurturing success.

Raw Talent Academy partners with organisations to build and develop internal Sales Academies, as well as helping to grow existing sales teams. Our process is based on our candidates demonstrating in real life scenarios what they can add to an organisation, rather than our clients relying purely on cvs and face-to-face interviews!

Our Ethos is to take the risk out of recruitment, why rely on someone simply telling us they will be good within a sales role… Surely it’s better if they prove it?

Raw Talent Academy identifies new talent who possess the correct attitude and drives for sales, who are mouldable and who have the ability to learn using techniques that resemble real life scenarios.

Raw Talent Academy conducts auditions to assess for the key competencies and attributes that are fundamental to all successful sales people; common sense, determination, intelligence, work ethic, winning mentality, desire to succeed, and confidence. We pride ourselves at Raw Talent Academy on the fact we look past degrees, qualifications and career histories to see the attributes required to be a sales superstar.

Alongside the Academy, we also offer a range of additional services from sales training, sales workshops, mentoring, event hosting and away days including Beat the Boardroom!

About Lee

What’s my background?

Lee McQueen & Lord Sugar

Apprentice Winner Lee McQueen with Lord Sugar after winning the show. (Source: PA)

‘Raw Talent’ himself, Lee has had a successful career in both Recruitment and Advertising, went on to win ‘The Apprentice’ and now runs a successful business to find and develop ‘Raw Talent’. Speaking in 2011 when Lee launched the business he said, “Having previously worked in Recruitment and spent 11 years in this industry, I felt the industry was overlooking a huge talent pool.

“After working my way through the business, I ended my career at Capita as the Sales and Delivery Manager, heading up the IT recruitment division. On leaving (Jan 2008), the division turned over £32million and had around 30 staff; 22 of which were revenue generating. I also set up an academy within my division, designed to recruit staff with limited experience and using strong training and development methods to develop them into fully fledged sales consultants deployed within the business.

“In 2008, I beat 20,000 candidates to land a role with Lord Sugar by winning The Apprentice!

“I learnt so much from the gruelling 12-week process and to win it was outstanding. To set out your goals and achieve them is incredibly rewarding.

“The Apprentice tests you in every way; stamina, business acumen, teamwork, confidence, it was a great experience. Most recently I set up along with Simon Sugar a business for Lord Sugar called Amscreen, a digital media business. As Development Director I was responsible for the development and integration of the business both commercially and internally to enable Amscreen to become the UK market leader in digital signage.

“I was primarily involved with building a team of sales professionals and the development of new and existing customers for both the site acquisition and the advertising sales for the business; ensuring that Amscreen grew the network and the media that is displayed on it. Today my passion is about helping others to realise their potential and provide them with a platform to go on and achieve in business. Having recruited sales people for most of my career I’m convinced that every business should have a Sales Academy.”

OBA-2015-blackNamed Small Business of the Year 2015

Director Lee McQueen named Young Business Person of the Year 2015