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Curzon Holdings (previously known as Stockval Holdings) has acquired the business of well-known career advisor and outplacement company Career Energy and is re-branding the business as Curzon (incorporating Career Energy). It is also launching a new recruitment agency Curzon Recruitment to create a one-stop-shop HR service combining recruitment, career management, training and outplacement.
Focussing on middle to senior roles in financial services, medical, sales, marketing and media as well as graduate recruitment, Curzon Recruitment has already signed up 30 employers including contracts to recruit bankers for the private banking arm of one of the largest investment banks in the world, private client stockbrokers for a top three multi-branch UK broker, financial advisors for a major accountancy firm and senior sales executives for a major data provider. Meanwhile, Curzon (incorporating Career Energy) has recently won two outplacement mandates for a quango and a local authority.
Curzon Recruitments package includes free psychometric profiling for employers and candidates, in depth pre-screening of candidates and ongoing support to placed candidates, ensuring that it is well placed to successfully match vacancies with candidates.  It is able to offer employer clients outplacement services, while candidates can access specialised interview training, career advice, CV writing and CV on CD services and online market research.
The team behind Curzon Recruitment includes highly-regarded recruitment sector veterans Stephen Anderson (financial services recruiter and founder of, one of the UKs first and most successful recruitment dot com companies) David Baker (founder of Meta-Morphose (which became one of the UKs biggest graduate recruitment agencies and a specialist in medical, sales & marketing recruitment) and Ben Giesbrecht (former fund manager, corporate financier, CEO of financial valuation company Stockval Limited and CEO of Career Energy since he bought it out of liquidation in 2009).
Curzon CEO Giesbrecht continued:
Our aim is for Curzon to be the pre-eminent financial, medical, sales & marketing, and graduate recruitment agency in London and other major UK cities within 5 years, offering clients a unique, seamless recruitment, career management and outplacement service.   Some of the biggest names in the UK financial services sector trust Stockval, Curzons sister company, to carry out critical functions for them, and we will bring the same level of expertise and professionalism to the recruitment sector with Curzon.
To emphasise Curzons confidence its ability to place the right people into the right jobs it is offering retained clients an extended fee safety net period on every placement, with a full refund during the first six months and a sliding scale for the second six months.
Giesbrecht continued:
Recruitment is a major headache in the current economic climate too many candidates with excellent on-paper qualifications are chasing too few jobs and, in some cases, are too keen to get a job, rather than the right job.  From an employers point of view the process can be incredibly time consuming and all too often doesnt work out as required.  It can prove to be a costly mistake.   Our emphasis is not just on filling vacancies, but getting the right people in to the right positions.
As well as the extended refund period, employers that wish to reduce the risk associated with employee attrition even further can take advantage of insurance to cover a 100% refund over the full first 12 months of employment.


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