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The CV-Library Timeline

From a young carpet fitter's struggle to find a new job, to the fastest growing and largest independent job board in the UK - learn about the history behind CV-Library.

In 1999 Lee Biggins had the idea for CV-Library when he was looking for a job himself after leaving his father's carpet fitting business. He saw a gap in the market and taking full advantage of the dot com boom, Lee imagined a website where job hunters could upload their CVs and employers in turn could search for the staff they needed.


Lee partners with Brian Wakem


Building Blocks

Building blocks

Lee and Brian concentrated on building the CV-Library platform before bringing it to the market.

Competition was fierce, and budgets were low. Lee and Brian's friends and families supported the pair by helping them distribute flyers to get the business off the ground.


The BBC becomes CV-Library's first official client, leading to massive business growth.


First office

First office

Lee and Brian open their first "shoebox" office at Grove Farm in Crookham Village.


First employee

First employee

Rob Forkan was hired in 2005 to help with Sales and Marketing. Rob has since moved on to start his own business, Gandys; a lifestyle brand which donates 10% of its profits to the Orphans for Orphans foundation.


Sales team

Sales team

By 2006, the sales team was established and today's Head of Sales, Mike Powell, joined the business.


Customer Service

Customer Service

The customer service team was established - this is now the largest team in the entire business and the reason that 96% of CV-Library's clients rate the service they receive as good or excellent.


20th employee joins the team
Growing network

Growing network

Partner Network grows to over 150 different career sites.

Hitwise 2008

CV-Library is listed as one of the top 10 websites in the UK.

1 Million CVs



CV-Library is listed as one of the top 10 websites in the UK.

2 Million CVs


CV-Library 10th Anniversary

CV-Library launches the BritishJobs network.

3 Million CVs


Mobile App Launched

CV-Library mobile app

Free mobile app becomes available for download on iPhone & Android.

4 Million CVs

'Best Boss' award

Lee Biggins wins Kestrel FM 'Best Boss' 2011 award.

Fastest growing CV database

ABC officially lists CV-Library as the UK's fastest growing job board.

Deloitte Technology Fast500 EMEA 2011 Winner

Deloitte Technology Fast50 2011 Winner

In June 2011, CV-Library moved from the converted barns to the Waterfront Business Park in Fleet to accommodate its expanding team.


Barney the owl

Barney the owl

Barney was created to star in CV-Library's television campaign.

TV Campaign

First nationwide TV campaign

CV-Library television adverts aired across a multitude of channels.

5 Million CVs
National Rail

First outdoor campaign

Website of the Year


Deloitte Technology Fast500 EMEA 2012 Winner

Deloitte Technology Fast50 2012 Winner

6 Million CVs
Website of the Year 2013
Internal Buyout

Internal buyout

Lee Biggins completes an internal buyout of CV-Library by buying co-founder Brian Wakem's 50% share of the business.


7 Million CVs
8 Million CVs
Launch of Resume Library


CV-Library's sister company, Resume-Library, is launched in the US.


CV-Library job figures overtake TotalJobs.

CV-Library job figures overtake TotalJobs
Largest Ever Marketing Campaign
Our website is given a makeover.

CV-Library website update

Our website is given a makeover.

Record 2.49 Million Job Applications Monthly
9 Million CVs
115 Employees
Amazing stats Amazing stats

New office

As the teams continue to grow, CV-Library acquires a new office on the Waterfront Business Park in Fleet

New Office


London Office

London office

CV-Library opens its first regional office in London.

Birmingham Office

Birmingham office

CV-Library opens its Birmingham office.

onrec award 2016
10 Million CVs
Manchester office

Manchester office

CV-Library opens its third regional office in Manchester's Media City.

GR award 2016
Birmingham Office

Mobile site for clients launched

Providing our clients with the functionality of our desktop site but on their mobile devices and tablets, giving a consistent and more effective user experience.

National radio campaign

CV-Library launches national radio campaign

The campaign saw some of the UK's top radio stations, such as Capital, Kiss, Heart, Absolute and Smooth, air the new 30 second advert, promoting the 'easy way to find your perfect job'.

NORA award 2016

New branding launched

Our logo and Barney the owl are given a makeover!

170 Employees
11 million CVs
Amazing stats Amazing stats


New London office

New London office

New London office up and running, accommodating a growing team in the city.

Onrec awards winner


CV-Library expands into Ireland.


British Jobs is re-branded

Contributing to a significant increase in job applications across the network!

54 award wins to date!

More quality candidates!

November 2017 reported a 45% increase in candidates within the £30k+ bracket


Lee Biggins on The Apprentice

CV-Library's MD joins Sir Alan Sugar and an industry-leading judging panel in the final of The Apprentice 2017

Amazing stats Amazing stats


Favourite Job Board

The UK's favourite job board!

Recruiters and candidates vote us as their favourite job board! Read more…

Acquired industry-leading sites

Education-Jobs.co.uk, EngineeringJobs.co.uk, JobsRetail.co.uk and JobsMedical.co.uk. We also relaunched IT-Jobs.co.uk, Scotland-Jobs.co.uk and Sales-Jobs.co.uk

Southern Tech 100

Southern Tech 100 Awards

Lee Biggins wins Business Leader of the Year

BCoC awards

Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Awards

CV-Library wins Excellence in Customer Service at the Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Awards

New coffee cups

New advertising

Advertising on over 200 buses across London and new recyclable coffee cups launched

Global Rec

Global Recruiter Awards

Named 'Best Job Board' at the Global Recruiter Awards for the fourth year running!

Google Jobs

Google Jobs

One of the official launch partners for Google's new job search in the UK


office opens

Trust Pilot

#1 Rated job board
on Trustpilot

Mobile App Update

Mobile app updates

Candidates can search and apply for jobs, even when they don't have an internet connection!


OnRec Awards 2019

OnRec Awards 2019

Winners of 'Best Candidate Experience' and 'Technical Innovation' at the 2019 awards!

Global Recruiter Awards 2019

Global Recruiter Awards

Winners of 'Best Job Board' for the fifth year running!

14 Million CVs
South Coast Business Awards

South Coast Business Awards

CV-Library is named 'Employer of the Year'!

Exciting new features

Exciting new features

The launch of our CV Search Builder and Quick Apply Feature!

231 Employees