Great news that we have a thriving sector. The recruitment sector attracts driven and proactive people - particularly on the sales and consultant side of things, so it is not a surprise that many forge ahead, take the plunge and decide to try and make their own future, doing things their own way. This poses challenges for existing businesses  - the loss of key staff, the risk of candidates and contacts following leavers and increased competition. Protecting your assets  with effective restrictive covenants and making sure all staff are aware of your data protection and social media policy will help, but think also about staff retention by means of share options - employee engagement and business  ownership.