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Bluestones Group appoints CEO of professional staffing

Bluestones Group has appointed Trish Stratford as CEO of professional staffing.


The group states that Trish Stratford brings with her substantial knowledge and unrivalled experience gained in numerous senior management roles across the recruitment industry, including director of Brook Street and COO of Blue Arrow.


Stratford also set up Harrison Sands, a permanent, temporary and interim recruitment solutions provider based in Leeds. Upon the completion of the acquisition of Harrison Sands by The Bluestones Group this week, she has joined as CEO professional staffing to oversee the development of the professional/medical division within the group.


Stratford said, “Bluestones Investment Group is an organisation with recruitment at its core, after building Harrison Sands the next challenge is to assist other companies within the commercial division and the opportunity to join the team here is one that I couldn’t miss. In addition to helping to develop the existing companies within the division I will also be looking out for ambitious recruiters looking to set up their own businesses and existing recruitment companies who are aligned with our strategy who can join the business.”


The Bluestones Investment Group is an investment platform in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire that specialises in joint ventures within the recruitment industry. The acquisition of Harrison Sands will be the company’s 27th joint venture.


Group CEO, Steven Pendergast, commented, "Harrison Sands is a thriving local recruitment firm and under the guidance of Trish has excelled compared to other firms in the region. Trish has a wealth of experience and I’m delighted that she will be joining The Bluestones Group as a director.


“I am extremely excited that Trish has agreed to join the group. She has an outstanding track record and will play a significant role in moving our business forward.


“As well as overseeing Harrison Sands, Trish will oversee the commercial division within Bluestones Group which currently consists of six recruitment firms. The acquisition of Harrison Sands is one of a number of acquisitions on the table for Bluestones Group. Steve sees this as an exciting time for the group, he said: “The Bluestones Group is growing at a steady pace at the moment, we’re seeing a real period of growth and the joint ventures and merges we are engaged in are testament to this.”


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