The Creative Emporium, TCE for short, is a specialist recruitment agency focusing on user centred design (UCD) both in the UK and abroad. Launched in central London in 2009, it was one of the first UCD-focused recruitment agencies in the UK.

Our approach

Our strength is in the long-term relationships we have with our clients, with the candidates we place, and with the user-centred design teams we help to build. For us, our 90% success rate is our most valuable asset and we don’t believe in compromising it for the sake of filling a position. We’re in it for the long run and whether you’re a business or a user centred design professional, we want to understand where you want to go in the long run too.

Our people

Founding Director, Simon Routs began his working life in television production after learning the craft at the famous Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. He spent the first two years of his career behind the camera before becoming a creative producer for the History Channel UK in ’99. While Simon worked on some of the first web video projects for BSKYB, he also travelled the UK interviewing interesting Brits for TV broadcast.

In 2002 Simon took a bold step, opening a wine and tapas bar in Barcelona’s Gracia district, and realising a life-long ambition to indulge his love of food and wine. In 2006 Simon moved into design recruitment in London, and in 2009 he founded TCE. He has since worked with some of the UK’s top UX/UCD teams, and believes that listening closely to people to understand their motivations and business issues is one of his greatest strengths. Luckily he enjoys people.

Commercial Director, Carla Tognetti brings with her considerable experience managing a wide variety of business processes. Her previous roles have included account management and management positions in procurement for large multinationals including American Express, Siemens and Premier Automotive. Carla is responsible for keeping TCE’s payroll and paperwork shipshape. She never misses anything, ever.