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Hamilton Bradshaw backs former COO of Blue Arrow

Hamilton Bradshaw backs former COO of Blue Arrow in deal to acquire QSG.

Trish Stratford, former COO of Blue Arrow and MD of Celsian Education, Health and Social Care, has acquired QSG, the education, housing and social care staffing business with the backing of James Caan and Tristan Ramus at Hamilton Bradshaw, the leading private equity investor in the UK recruitment industry.

This platform acquisition allows Stratford to develop the business through both targeted organic growth and selective acquisitions. To create the right platform for development, the business will be relaunched with a new brand and new identity, Sagitta Recruitment, from 6th July 2009.

Sagitta will initially focus on the education, social care and social housing sectors, but will look to expand its sector and geographical coverage in the medium term. We wish to retain a focus on our target markets, but one of our key objectives is to meet the collective recruitment needs of our customers, irrespective of sector, Stratford commented. It is of paramount importance to Sagitta to provide an outstanding level of service , responsiveness and expertise to our clients, while also offering high calibre candidates exciting employment opportunities.

Hamilton Bradshaw is the leading private equity investor in the UK recruitment industry, with a wealth of operational expertise in this sector, and we identified early on the exciting opportunity which this acquisition offered us.

QSG is an established platform with a depth of knowledge in its target sectors and a strong existing team of consultants, but has historically lacked scale and a strong brand presence in the market. While a rebranding so soon after an acquisition of this nature is a little unusual, we felt it was crucial for the business and its employees to have a clean break from the past and provide a fresh face to our clients. I am particularly excited for our consultants: through this deal they will have the opportunity to thrive in a more dynamic environment that will offer better career development, training, new management positions and an opportunity to make generate real value for themselves through our new incentive scheme.

This is a fantastic opportunity to create and develop a specialist national brand with a distinct identity and a clear vision to become a lead player in our chosen markets, Stafford added. With the operational and financial support of the HB team we are targeting aggressive growth in the coming years.


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