Former Forest star puts trust in local recruitment firm

(L-R) James Calder, Michael Dawson and Distinct chairman Paul Macildowie

A former England football international and Nottingham Forest star says he invested in a local company because of his “trust” in its staff.

Michael Dawson, who played for Nottingham Forest between 2001 and 2005 and has won four caps for England, says it was the people at Distinct Recruitment that led him to pump cash into the business.

Dawson, who is currently playing for Premier League Hull City, invested in West Bridgford firm Distinct when it was set up at the beginning of the year. Distinct was set up by James Calder and Arran Jaiswal – former colleagues at recruitment business Macildowie.

Dawson said: “Being involved in this business is completely different to being involved in football, but it’s opening my eyes to a new world.

“Investing was a fairly easy decision – it’s all about trust and I trust James and Arran to run the company and help it grow and putting resources in the right people.

“As a footballer you get a lot of offers from businesses or individuals asking you to invest your money into a business or venture, but it has to be the right decision and it has to stack up financially.”

Dawson, who is Calder’s brother-in-law thinks that recruitment offers him “a great opportunity”, although he stopped short of saying he would join the business full-time when he retires from football.

“Coming along to sit in the office at Distinct is a different world to being involved in football. But my career in football is short and this is a great grounding for me.”

Calder said: “When people in our industry hear that Mike has become involved they’re intrigued. I’m pleased Mike’s on board – it’s not every top player who has the chance to experience life outside of football whilst they’re still playing at the the top level.”