Spencer Ogden opens first super-hub in Houston
Spencer Ogden opens first & lsquo;super-hub’ in Houston
02 October 2012, London - Spencer Ogdenis celebrating the opening of its new 4,000 square foot designer office in Houston. The recruitment & lsquo;super-hub’, decorated in a celebration of British and American culturemarks the next step in the company’s international expansion, following the opening of an office in Singapore.
Located in the impressive 46-story BG Group Place in downtown Houston, the Spencer Ogden office has capacity to host 50 energy experts to source candidates for the local oil and gas, renewables and nuclear industries under the direction of Edward Ogden and Jon Macaulay. The company has been harnessing local recruiting talent, hiring 20 of its promising recruiters from the Houston area through the Spencer Ogden Graduate Academy, its industry-renowned intensive career development programme.
The new office will use the local expertise of its consultants to service Houston’s flourishing energy industry. "Houston is the energy capital of the world, and was a natural but exciting & lsquo;next-step’ in terms of developing the Spencer Ogden brand," says Edward Ogden, director of Spencer Ogden Houston. "Opening an American office offers us the chance to tap into a region which is exploding with talent while giving us the ability to service clients in these time zones as well as Europe and the Middle East.”
The establishment of the Houston office marks another important step in Spencer Ogden’s international growth strategy, which has seen the company launch offices in five different countries over the past three years. It also follows this year’s addition of a mining division to the range of sectors that the company services, further reinforcing its position as the only end-to-end recruiter in the energy recruitment industry.
The design of the Houston office is consistent with the attention-grabbing brand that interior designer Bonita Bryg first created for the company’s London HQ. Blending the modern with the traditional, the American with the British, the bespoke office has open ceilings, Astroturf carpet, earthy round tables, a basketball hoop and a fully-equipped American diner. The open-plan workspace sits alongside a lounge-style meeting room which celebrates the US with furniture sourced from the local area including armchairs upholstered in the Stars and Stripes.
While Spencer Ogden’s focus in Houston will be the oil and gas sectors, the agency plans to expand its US offering shortly with the opening of bases in San Francisco, where renewable energy is increasingly prominent, as well as New York, which is a major hub for energy trading and finance.
Spencer Ogden has been nominated for numerous awards in the past year, including the upcoming Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year at the National Business Awards, the business equivalent of the Oscars.