Berwick Partners goes global, launches new practices and bolsters team in scaling drive

Richard Love, MD of Berwick Partners

Birmingham-headquartered executive search firm Berwick Partners has launched a permanent global presence in Amsterdam, introduced a number of new practices and completed a series of hires as part of an ambitious growth strategy.

The opening of the firm’s Amsterdam office follows an increasing number of enquiries from current and potential clients in the EU to support them on their hunt for leadership talent. Headed up by consultant Sjoerd Kooistra, the new office will see Berwick Partners increase its foothold in the European market, as well as strengthen links between the UK and the EU when sourcing senior executives across the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.

In addition to its international take-off, Berwick Partners has introduced two new practices in response to an evolving, complex and increasingly competitive war for talent. A dedicated ‘place’ practice, led by Berwick Partners’ regeneration and economic development specialist Marek Dobrowolski, will serve the local government sector, helping clients to seize emerging opportunities through regional devolution, commercial pressures and changing public service policy.

Berwick Partners has also unveiled Berwick Talent Solutions, a new company set to deliver project and volume recruitment of quality senior and specialist talent for clients as they expand, relocate or undergo change and transformation. Berwick Talent Solutions will also provide market mapping, talent pipelining and RPO services in order to help businesses understand, predict and safeguard their future workforce.

Completing Berwick Partners’ expansion is a series of hires across the business. Claire Stewart joins as a consultant to spearhead the consumer lifestyle team, bringing with her extensive industry experience working for the likes of McCain Foods, Seven Seas and Boots. Alex Henson also joins the higher education team and AJ Marsh the retail practice as consultants.

The latest results follow a successful 2017 for Berwick Partners, which saw record results and the launch of dedicated housing, digital and supply chain practices and expansion of its UK team. The business now employs 73 staff across its offices in Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Amsterdam.

Richard Love, Managing Director of Berwick Partners, said: “As businesses seek to navigate the evolving landscapes in which they operate, securing the best and most diverse leadership talent is what will set them apart. We’ve continued to adapt and expand our practice areas, as well as launch Berwick Talent Solutions to help clients gain a march on the competition by mapping out their future needs earlier on in their recruitment process.

“We’ve always tried to be innovative and obsess about responding to our clients’ needs. We have sustained the success of our well-established practices, whilst bringing in new specialist individuals to help clients meet the challenges they face today. The launch of our Amsterdam office will also be a further springboard into the global market and will enable us to access a larger pool of talent. All of our new practices have already made a significant impact, and this is testament to the quality of our team and the growing strength of our brand.”