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The CV-Library Timeline

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


The idea for CV-Library came as founder Lee Biggins was on his own job search and recognised a gap in the market. Taking advantage of the dot com boom, Lee thought up a website where people could upload their CV and employers could go to source the staff they needed. With the help of Brian Wakem, the CV-Library website was built.

With low budgets and emerging competition, Lee and Brian counted on support from family and friends and hands-on marketing strategies such as local flyer distribution to get the business under way.

The BBC became CV-Library's first official client in 2001, leading to business growth and a move away from bedroom offices to the "shoebox" offices at Grove Farm, Crookham Village. Lee and Brian soon realised they needed some employees, with the first brought on board to assist with Sales and Marketing.

In 2008 the job board took on its 20th employee and the affiliate network grew to over 150 different job boards.

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

British Jobs

CV-Library launches British Jobs on site.

New Office

CV-Library, Fleet

CV-Library purchases office building on Waterfront Business Park, Fleet.

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.

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, Fleet to accommodate their expanding team.

CV-Library is officially the leading independent and fastest growing job board in the UK according to the ABC Electronic (ABCe) audit.


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 becomes sole director of CV-Library.

In September 2013, Lee Biggins became sole Managing Director of the company after completing an internal buyout.


7 Million CVs
Launch of Resume Library


Internet Business Awards

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
115 Employees

New Office

CV-Library acquires new office on Waterfront Business Park, Fleet.

CV-Library continues to go from strength to strength, now offering 9 million candidates access to over 120,000 live job vacancies. Over 3 million unique users visit the site each month, with 16 million job searches and 2.5 million monthly job applications being delivered.

New Office