Grahame Caswell

Search Consultancy increases turnover by 3% to £178.8m

Glasgow-based Search Consultancy Group Limited has increasing turnover by 3% to £178.8m for the year to 1 January 2017. Profit was down though with EBITDA of £6.2m (2015 - £7.7m)

The business saw continued growth in its permanent business with 2% year-on-year growth, representing a three-year compound annual growth of 8%. Meanwhile its contract business continued to provide a high-quality revenue stream, delivering 60% of the group’s total net fee income, with the contract base peaking at 6,700.

Chief executive Grahame Caswell – who led a successful management buyout of the business in May this year - hailed the performance of the company’s 700 employees and the commitment of the business to invest in its people, reflected in its awarding of Platinum ‘Investors in People’, as key to the firm’s success. He is now firmly focused on further growth of the UK team with ambitious expansion plans, building on the MBO and investment reported earlier in the year. In fact, since May, Search has already seen 30% growth in profits.

He said: “Search is continuing with its positive growth trajectory, and I am delighted we have been able to use our strong mix of business to ensure we are in a position for further growth for the period ahead.

“As always, it is the team at Search that sits at the heart of our continued success. We are passionate about bolstering that team, and we are now looking to grow our operations across the country. We know that our offering is only as good as our people, who on a daily basis provide an exceptional service to our clients and candidates.”
Search employs some 700 staff serving markets in England and Scotland from its 13 city centre locations. It offers specialist recruitment services across six vertical markets – Professional Services, HealthCare, IT, Technical and Engineering, Construction, and General and Commercial Staffing.

This model enables Search to operate a portfolio of highly-successful niche businesses all under the umbrella of the Search brand.