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Winning formula continues paying off for HCIG

Winning formula continues paying off for HCIG

With its newest ventures ewi recruitment and Visir set to add &pound4m over the next three years to HCIG’s (Human Capital Investment Group) portfolio of flourishing specialist recruitment agencies, the strategy of attracting and working with top experienced talent is evidently paying dividends.

By investing in & lsquo;people with passion’ – expert recruiters with the ability and desire to build their businesses – HCIG provides potential partners with a combination of commercial expertise, as well as the financial backing to implement strategy, facilitate growth and maximise shareholder value.

Tristan Ramus, Executive Chairman of HCIG works closely with Joint Ventures (JVs) as part of their boards, and believes their ability to attract, retain and develop the right talent has been integral to their success.

“The importance of hiring top quartile performers is part of the core DNA in all HCIG companies,” he said.

“We empower the management we back trust in their decision making abilities supported by Hamilton Bradshaw’s board-level guidance and we listen closely to our stakeholders and formulate actions based on a combination of front-line and high level expertise and exhaustive understanding of the recruitment market.”

Forming winning partnerships

HCIG’s expert investment management team of highly experienced and professional entrepreneurial talent are focused on adding value to joint venture partners, with a wealth of business specialists, be it in accounting, HR, marketing, IT or strategy.

With the backing and support of HCIG niche market public and private sector recruiter Synergy Group’s profits were transformed after HCIG’s acquisition in April 2011. Under the direction of CEO Philip Poole, Synergy Group went from making monthly losses at the point of acquisition, to reaping monthly profits of &pound56,000 in month three and &pound138,000 in month eight.

Philip Poole says: “Joining HCIG has been absolutely transformational for The Synergy Group. Firstly the ambitions for the business have increased dramatically, with the financial backing of the Group enabling much needed investment in the expansion of key business areas. The workforce feels both secure and inspired by their new environment, and the calibre of the new talent I’ve been able to attract has also greatly improved - under such a well-respected brand.

We have enjoyed a much renewed vigour from the sales team with respect to business development activity – partially due to the renewed sense of pride they have in the organisation they work for, but also due to the broader range of service offerings that joining the Group has afforded them. There really is a refreshing sense of optimism, passion and drive across the business and the future certainly looks very bright.”

Furthermore start-up social care recruiter Caritas went from a standstill to galloping towards a turnover of &pound8m and Gross Profit (GP) of &pound1.4m in the first year, building on this success in 2011/2012 with &pound17m turnover and &pound1m profit.

                                              

Investing in the future

With HCIG’s current ventures performing highly in a range of sectors, Ramus is keen to explore investments in the oil and gas, care, technical, medical, professional services and digital areas.

However he says HCIG’s investment strategy is not just about sector preferences but is “more weighted towards people we find and would prospectively enjoy working with. It is the people that drive the value of all our businesses investments.”

And this commitment to people is demonstrated by the training and benchmarking opportunities HCIG provides to its consultants and various businesses to learn from each other.

Adam Herron, COO, HCIG comments, “HCIG offers all staff a dedicated in-house Learning and Development (L&D) service. HCIG’s L&D Director works directly with clients to provide a variety of programmes including management strategy days, interactive workshops, traditional classroom sessions and innovative inductions. Qualification routes such as NVQs in Sales, an Apprentice scheme and Leadership Academies are also run to ensure our clients get the best out of their people.”

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