McGinley Takes First

Acquisition follows aligned values.

McGinley Takes First

UK & Europe

McGinley CEP has acquired First Choice, an established construction recruitment agency based in London. The acquisition was officially made by McGinley CEP after an exhaustive review indicating that First Choice and McGinley CEP’s mission and values aligned perfectly. McGinley CEP felt that First Choice’s outstanding service delivery and established client relationships, built up over their 15-year history, were the perfect business to join them in their ambitious growth plans.

With this acquisition, McGinley CEP recognised the potential of this thriving business and the opportunities that a merger could offer for both First Choice & McGinley CEP’s staff and client base. McGinley CEP feel that this acquisition strongly outlines their ambition and growth not only in London, but on a national basis as well.  

As part of the deal, McGinley CEP will be introducing a new Group Leadership Team to accelerate First Choice’s impressive growth. McGinley CEP will also be implementing their ISO accredited policies, procedures and processes to safeguard the business and its people via their Central Services Team based at their Watford Headquarters. First Choice employees will also join their McGinley CEP peers in enjoying the industry leading company benefits and developmental opportunities that the award-winning McGinley Group offers to all of its staff.  

Grant Henderson, MD of McGinley CEP, said: “First Choice has been a recruitment company that we have been watching for a while. They have impressed us with their commitment to responsible recruitment and we felt now was the perfect time for our two businesses to align, to push both businesses toward greater heights. First Choice’s fundamental values, putting people first, was a principal incentive for our acquisition.  We believe that by implementing a new Group Leadership Team, adding a larger central support function and maintaining First Choice’s business approach will maintain & expand upon the image and reputation of First Choice within its core market.”

Grant Henderson further stated that: “At McGinley CEP and now First Choice, our people are the spirit of our company. We always strive to do the right thing by our candidates, our clients, and our communities. It is who we are and what we respect.

“Moving forward, the day to day operation of First Choice will not be disrupted and their outstanding service shall continue uninterrupted to both client and candidate alike,” he added. “However, behind the scenes, we hope that the greater resource that will now be available to both companies will be an instigator to a sustained period of growth, expansion and prosperity.”



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