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Hayward Hawk invests in joint venture business

Hayward Hawk, backed by James Caan CBE, has invested a six-figure sum in female entrepreneurs to launch a new joint venture business.


Led by directors Anthony Stuart, Richard Waterson and Stephen McDowell, the company has invested in a partnership with Lindsey McCracken and Gemma Murphy to create a professional services business operating under the Hayward Hawk Group brand.


McDowell said, “I worked with both Lindsey and Gemma back in 2011, before we launched Hayward Hawk. We kept in touch as they were always the people that Richard, Anthony and I had in mind to help us grow the business. When the opportunity presented itself to invest in two of the best recruiters in Northern Ireland, it was an easy decision.”


Chairman, James Caan, added, “In my recent trip to Belfast, I had the pleasure of meeting the latest members of the team, along with the new joint venture. What struck me most was how rapidly the company has grown since starting out only three years ago. One of the key aspects to continued growth and success of any business is bringing in the right people. It’s evident both with the existing team and with the addition of the new enterprise that they have achieved this in abundance.”


McCracken commented, “Starting our own business has been a long-held vision. Seeing what Hayward Hawk have already achieved with Recruitment Entrepreneur’s backing and operational infrastructure is impressive. Partnering with them made sense for us as our strategy and outlook are aligned. We’re looking forward to getting out into the market and bringing a fresh approach to recruitment”.


Co-founder, Murphy, added, “This Irish professional services market is extremely buoyant with many large businesses recruiting at pace across a range of sectors, including; accountancy and finance, legal and compliance, sales and marketing and HR. Collectively we have over 30 years specialist recruitment experience in this sector, and saw an opportunity to create an offering unique to the Irish market – a recruitment business focused on putting the candidate and client experience at the centre of what we do.”


Stuart said “Although the day to day running will operate independently, we would be foolish to ignore the opportunity for collaboration. Having five senior business leaders discussing company challenges, best practice, global growth strategy etc. is a huge advantage. The new structure also facilitates regular company-wide meetings, incentives and away days, to encourage further knowledge sharing between consultants and ensures we maintain our hawk family culture.”


Advising on how the new partnership will impact existing HH client and candidates, Waterson shared, “The ability to offer clients and candidates wider specialist support as well as access to an expanding and more diverse network of industry contacts, is of significant commercial benefit to us both.”


Pictured: Gemma Murphy and Lindsey McCracken, founding directors of Hayward Hawk Professional Services below, with Hayward Hawk technology directors, Anthony Stuart, Stephen McDowell and Richard Waterson 

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