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Accelerating the Growth of Recruitment Leaders 

Gardean Human Capital partner with talented, ambitious owner managers to start, grow or fund acquisitions of recruitment businesses within any professional services vertical. Our experience and track record for success is unrivalled in the sector, a formula and attribute we share with our partners to ensure their success.

Working in partnership, we will help you navigate your way around the many barriers to success. We will ensure you have access to finance for accelerated growth, and we will help you to capitalise on those opportunities only the brave seek.

We harness the best systems and technology across finance, front, and back-office, to give you the solid foundation you need to grow.

The right partnership will be the ultimate multiplier to your success, and this website will explain why Gardean will be your unfair advantage.

The founders of Gardean have already paved the roads with gold for over 30 recruitment millionaires, a map that they will always own and one they are ready to share with all of their investments.

Send us an email or give us a call and we can arrange an informal sit down to let you know how we can help your career dreams become a reality. It will be the best investment you have ever make.

Procrastination destroys the best of ideas, curiosity only kills cats! 

75% of recruitment businesses have 10 or less staff


76% of new recruitment businesses fail in their first four years


85% of recruitment business owners don’t exit positively or at all

97% of agency owners fail to earn more than a top billing consultant

Reasons to Partner with Gardean

We back ambitious recruitment and human-capital-focused entrepreneurs, helping them to maximise growth and realise their ultimate business goals.

We make our investment decisions based on comprehensive knowledge and information about the sector, plus the political and economic climate. Therefore, we welcome distressed, plateaued, and marginal growth businesses. Not just the exceptional performers.

Features

  • Flexible partnership approach

  • Collaborative working style

  • Development, investment and seed capital

  • MBO/MBI/Merger/Acquisition

  • New enterprise, performers, turnaround, plateaued and marginal growth

  • Seed funding with talent academy resource

  • Partner decisions – no investment committee

  • Privately funded 

  • Peer-2-peer learning

  • Seat on Group Board

  • The best tools at the lowest rates


Benefits

So, lets spell out the benefits those features will create for you:

  • Eye-brow raising performance

  • You will be part of the most famous group in recruitment – instant fame

  • Your will increase your brand's equity

  • You will realise more value at exit

  • You will leave a legacy to be proud of


Our investment portfolio consists of businesses that are led by the most dedicated and committed CEOs. Most leaders have approached us for assistance and funding; their reasons include:


  • Incubate and launch a new agency

  • Accelerate the growth of an existing business

  • Turn distress into success

  • Realise a full equity value

  • Scale through merger or group umbrella

  • Improve quality of earnings to exit at a higher multiple


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A Brilliant Start

Starting your own business is one of the most daunting, but exciting experiences of your life. It takes a certain kind of individual to make that leap of faith into the entrepreneurial wilderness. Courage, tenacity, and skill are all great assets, but they need to be refined in the right environment, using the most effective tools and efficient processes.

To become part of our select group and to join this hotbed of talented businesses, you will need to be ready to take that leap.

Your Profile

  • A track record of success and achievement recruiting in a professional services arena.

  • Eg – IT, Tech/Digital, Finance, FinTech, Legal, STEM, Life Sciences & Pharma, Medical, White collar public & private services.

  • You have fresh ideas about recruitment.

  • You are convincing, credible and impressive.

  • Ambitious, tenacious, a strong communicator with the  aptitude to learn quickl on the desire to run your enterprise.

  • A commitment to push yourself harder than you have ever done before and a passion to be the best you can be.

  • If we are going to back you, you must already back yourself.

In Return

If you convince us that you have the winning ingredients to launch a business, then our robust package of support and finance, will feel as if your business has won the Golden Ticket. Our offering:

  • We will back you, your business and your plan

  • You will be a material shareholder

  • You will have instant access to agreed levels of investment  from a fund of several million pounds.

  • You will own full Ordinary class shares

  • You will lead your board and brand as the CEO

  • You will gain a seat on the Group board

  • You will have a timed ‘Call’ option to allow you to buy all the shares at a set date, should you want.

  • You will be the face, leader and decision maker in your business

Interested: if so we want to talk to you. Meeting with us for coffee will give you invaluable advice no matter what you decide to do.

The coffee’s brewing and we’re ready to talk to you.

Women In Recruitment

We are also very keen to assist the female recruitment leaders of the future, that's why we've set up a particular fund – of £1m – for female entrepreneurs.


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Growth Without Speed Cameras

Owning your own business is both daunting and exciting, but it is also a 360/365 role that can stifle the growth and momentum of a SME enterprise . That leap of faith into the entrepreneurial wilderness, showed yourself that you have the courage, tenacity and skill to get things moving, pushing that bolder up the hill.

However, was the environment built for exponential growth. Are you using the most effective tools to bolster your operations. Will the business ever be large enough to consider an exiting, ensuring a minimum bottom line of £3m EBIT+ in order to gain any interest?

To become part of our select group and to join this hot bed of talented businesses, you will need to be ready to take the next step to explosive growth.

Your Profile

  • A track record of success and achievement recruiting in a professional services arena.

  • Eg – IT, Tech/Digital, Finance, FinTech, Legal, STEM, Life Sciences & Pharma, Medical, White collar public and private services.

  • Ambitious, tenacious, a strong communicator with the  aptitude to learn quickly on the desire to grow your enterprise

  • A business that is less than £25m turnover, successful and or flatlined due to rectifiable issues.

  • A commitment to push yourself harder than you have ever done before and a passion to be the best you can be.

  • If we are going to back you, you must already back yourself.




In Return

If you convince us that you have the winning ingredients to grow your business further, then our robust package of support and finance will fast-track your growth. 

Our offering:

  • We will back you, your business and your plan

  • You will be a material shareholder

  • You will have instant access to agreed levels of investment  from a fund of several million pounds.

  • You will own full Ordinary class shares

  • You will lead your board and brand as the CEO

  • You will gain a seat on the Group board

  • You will have a timed ‘Call’ option to allow you to buy all the shares at a set date, should you want.

  • You will be the face, leader and decision maker in your business


Interested: if so we want to talk to you. Meeting with us for coffee will give you invaluable advice no matter what you decide to do.

The coffee’s brewing and we’re ready to talk to you. 



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Application Process
Stage 1:
Coffee

An informal chat where we exchange our plans, hopes and dreams, and see if they match.

You can use this meeting to tap into the best minds in the business to shape your ideas. And if we feel you are right for our group then it's on to stage 2, well done!

Stage 2:
Business Plan

Stage 2 is where we get down to the serious side of creating business plans.

Your plan would include market knowledge, the recruitment methods used, operational costs and performance forecasts.

Stage 3:
Due Diligence

The third stage involves a thorough investigation of your business and plans. We interview key stakeholders and influencers on your business.

We agree on heads of terms

Stage 4:
Offer and Deal

Issue Contracts, sign, handshake and celebrate. And then we get going.

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Reward that Motivates 

If you have the skills, drive and determination to start or grow your recruitment enterprise, we are confident that our partnership structures will deliver you the highest levels of return, both emotionally and financially.

Our ability to choose and back winners, all the way from start-up to profitable exit, will secure your future. We know a rewarding future takes many shapes, and financial abundance is only part of the story.

As an owner, the material shareholder and the leader of your business, you will have full directorship, accompanying Ordinary shares, and you will receive dividend payments in line with your profits.

You may have a ‘Put'’ options within the shareholders agreement. This option will allow you to leverage your equity to buy out all the remaining shares to own 100% of the business; if this is important to you.

You will lead your company board as the CEO, and you will hold a position on the Gardean Group agencies board.

Although we plan with a successful exit in mind, we ensure your reward drives exceptional performance from day one. Your remuneration package will be designed to match your needs and ambition.

Finally, because your business will be fine-tuned for success through our support and backing, healthy profits will continually drive your income over the short, medium and long term.

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Platform to Build an Empire

A Space to Grow

A modern and attractive office space is the clearest symbol of your businesses success and ambition. But the overheads can be immense, and dealing with landlords and their leases is painful.

Gardean’s facilities team will find and manage office space to suit your brand, size, and growth plans. We’ll create a space that you and your team will thrive in. All our offices are located in desirable and central postcodes.

Tools for an F1 Team

Gardean Support Functions will manage all the systems and processes. We will ensure your finances and data are secure, robust and visible.

Finance services include: banking; credit control; invoicing; payroll; insurance; contractor umbrellas, and accounts. All supplied with clear reporting.

Data, the lifeblood of recruitment, will be analysed and managed securely within our finance team and through our CRM, delivering you all the information you need to make fully informed decisions. 

We maintain tight controls on service providers, to guarantee that service standards are met and exceeded. Also, we only buy what you need, and we calibrate our services in line with your expansion plans.

The effectiveness and efficiencies of scale, which our back-office function delivers, will improve your revenue and profit.

Invaluable Advice and a Bankable Board

The support and advice you will receive from our advisory board will transform your business from day one. Having access to experts that want you to succeed, but also have considerable ‘skin in the game’, will guarantee your business plan is watertight, that your infrastructure is scalable, and your foundations for growth are rock solid. 

The range of advice you’ll receive includes:

  • Mentoring and coaching for you and your leaders

  • Design and development of your business plan

  • Strategy and delivery concepts

  • Operational efficiencies

  • Staff development and training plans

  • Wide range of commission and incentive structures

  • Access to international growth accelerators

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Marketing Great Brands

The Gardean Group will build some of the leading recruitment brands in the market. Increasingly, to build great recruitment brands you need a clear brand strategy, a striking and relevant brand identity and slick marketing that will position you as leaders of your sector.

Our team of sector experts will give you the brand you want, and the form marketing that boosts sales teams. We will help you harness marketing technology, data, analytics and best practice in B2B marketing to eclipse old-school recruiters.

The clearest statement of your business and brand is your website. Our comprehensive approach to brand, marketing and technology will give you a powerful online presence. A presence that will generate the strongest candidates in your niche, and valuable client leads.

Also, we’ll develop a culture of thought leadership across all our brands to ensure that they dominate the social media landscape with content and communities that draw in talent and clients.

The world of recruitment is changing, and Gardean partner brands will have access to the skills, technologies and practices that will elevate them above the competition and in-house teams.

Also, we expect our CEOs to be the spokesperson for the brand in their sector; you will always be the face of your brand. And you'll be instantly famous by being a leader within the most exciting new group in recruitment.

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Clear Commitments, Strong Relationships​

Trust and success will be built through each of us agreeing and delivering to our obligations.

Strong relationships are essential; commitment is mandatory. We, the founders, fund the investment capital personally; with a typical startup needing access to a cash facility of at least £250k, our personal exposure runs into many millions, so our commitment to the partnership is absolute. And we expect the same level of commitment from each partner.

The mutual commitment needed to succeed is what we've termed the Success Sandwich. At the base is Gardean’s finance and infrastructure to launch or grow your business. On top of this solid base is you and your commitment and skills. You are responsible for the whole talent lifecycle across your team; from attraction, on-boarding and training through to driving exceptional performance. And managing under-performance.

The final layer, provided by us, is the comprehensive and potent advice you'll receive to help you manage your team. We'll help you avoid or eliminate any problems that may arise, and we'll help you maximise all the opportunities you’ll receive.

We will be actively involved in your business – literally on hand 24/7 – to ensure our advice guides you through every crucial decision you make. Result: no bad decisions, no mistakes.

Full Profit and Loss (P+L)

Business owners will take full responsibility for their P+L. However, working with our high-level finance team and expert advisors, the process will be made simple and accurate, with levels of measurement and forecasting that will focus the business on the matters that count.  

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ABOUT US

Gardean owns a unique position within the recruitment investor space.

We are an investment group that is owned, directed, funded and delivered by two of the industry's best-known Recrupreneurs' 

The combination of skills and experience creates an unrivalled recruitment resumé, one that encapsulates the whole recruitment business lifecycle. The founders of Gardean have touched upon more professional sectors than any other team.

A multi-awarding partnership that is unique in its support and assistance to help structure the partner agencies for exponential growth. Involvement that is hands-on enough to aid, nurture and accelerate growth, but also detached enough to ensure the business leaders grow to their full potential.

The founders have originated and developed several start-up agencies, turning them into highly profitable multinationals. Merged, acquired, listed, de-listed, and turned around a range of recruitment enterprises. Finally, exiting these businesses, which have turned over anywhere between $20m and $1b over the last 15 years.

With an eye for successful exits, they have constructed a legacy that can be traced through a long line of respected managers and Directors. Leaders who are now ‘high net worth’ individuals because of our support.

The selection criteria are clear and simple. First, we assess the individual, his or her experience, performance and career wins. Next, we gauge whether we can all work together as a team. Finally, we look at whether the plans, dreams, and ambitions are high enough: we are not interested in pedestrian or lifestyle businesses.

For those with established businesses, the criteria are the same, but the selection will be enhanced through a simple form of due diligence.  Although strong performance is preferable, we will consider a business that has plateaued or slowed due to market conditions or recoverable circumstances.

The founders’ collective experience in turning around recruitment businesses has been recognised across the sector.