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The people

We have either made or seen and learned from most of the mistakes you can make in building a new start up recruitment business. We also know what goes into making one work. Together we provide a strong combination of industry, business and financial knowledge that will help our business partners build successful recruitment companies and avoid many of the potential pitfalls along the way.

Ian Holford

Ian has been in recruitment for over 20 years, most of it at senior management level, starting as a highly successful consultant and soon moving into management. In 1998 he set up DriveLink as a JV with the Empresaria Group plc. DriveLink soon became one of the Group’s most profitable businesses. Ian subsequently took on all of the Group’s UK Logistics operations, where he led a number of acquisitions and restructuring initiatives, culminating in the MBO of the Logistics Partnership from the Group in 2011.

Nick Hall-Palmer

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Nick worked in a variety of financial roles for FTSE companies before moving to the recruitment sector, joining Empresaria Group plc in 2000. As Finance Director and later Head of the Group’s UK Businesses, Nick played a major part in the Group’s growth from a collection of UK recruitment businesses with sales of less than £10m to an AIM listed International recruitment Group with Operations in nearly 20 countries across 4 continents with revenues of over £200m. He played a major part in a large number of business acquisitions and disposals, the initial AIM IPO and a subsequent fundraising before leading the successful MBO of The Logistics Partnership from Empresaria.

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