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Bluestones Investment Group acquires Harrison Sands

Bluestones Investment Group has secured the acquisition of Harrison Sands.


Harrison Sands is a Leeds-based recruitment solutions provider, which Bluestones says has a proven track record of working with leading UK and international clients.


Headed up by Katie Coates, Harrison Sands will continue to operate as its own entity with the support of the Bluestones Investment Group back office systems, marketing and financial services.


Formed in 2011 by Steven Pendergast, the Bluestones Investment Group is an investment platform for specialist recruitment businesses. The firm has grown rapidly through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions.


Pendergast said, “With Harrison Sands joining the group we continue with our ambitious growth strategy. We are continually looking for recruitment organisations that are aligned with our strategy and dynamic recruitment consultants who are looking to establish their own businesses. Our innovative approach to investment enables them to become owners of their own business with the support and systems of a much larger organisation behind them”.


As part of the acquisition, Trish Strafford will be joining the group as CEO of professional services. She commented, “We are delighted with the approach taken by Bluestones Investment Group. Their involvement in the business has already added value and I am looking forward to working with them as part of the senior management team.”


As part of her new role, Strafford will be responsible for looking for new businesses and ambitious individuals to join the group, in addition to heading up the Professional Services division which currently consists of brands such as PRN People, Quality Locum Solutions, Bluestones Medical and LGT Recruitment.


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