Morson acquires

Group take London recruiter Cornwallis Elt

Global talent solutions specialist, Morson Group, has completed the acquisition of London-based Cornwallis Elt as it focuses on scaling its service offering and enhancing its footprint within the capital’s thriving professional services and technology markets.

Cornwallis Elt specialises in providing personalised recruitment solutions to financial services, digital & media and legal sectors by matching its clients with in-demand candidates who possess skillsets spanning technology, change management, business transformation and digital.

The City of London firm’s team, led by MD Andy Johns, COO Russell McIntyre and sales director Craig Album, boasts an enviable client portfolio comprising international investment banks, fund managers and boutique insurance firms, together with global leaders in technology.

The deal, which follows a strong year of trading for both businesses, will further strengthen the Morson Group’s position as one of the largest and most influential talent solutions specialists.

“The chemistry, cultural fit and shared philosophy is visible across both businesses, which was hugely important for us,” said Andy Johns, MD of Cornwallis Elt. “The Morson Group will provide our team with the perfect platform to support further growth whilst respecting the heritage of our brand and the reputation that we have worked so hard to build.”

Russell McIntyre, COO of Cornwallis Elt, added: “Forming part of the Morson Group will provide our clients, candidates and people with unique access to a comprehensive suite of trailblazing recruitment products and services to further enhance our capabilities in delivering quality, knowledge-led hiring.

“They are the right company to help fuel our future growth and enable us to provide exciting new opportunities for our people. The Morson Group’s strategy is underpinned by performance, integrity and a clear vision to put people at the heart of what they do, which are values that very much mirror our own at Cornwallis.”

Ged Mason OBE, CEO of Morson Group, added: “We have a clear strategy to expand our footprint in the professional services and technology sectors. The acquisition of Leeds-based tech recruiter, The Bridge IT, in 2017 was a significant step on the road to becoming one of the UK’s leading providers of STEM disciplines. Bringing Cornwallis into the Group enables us to take advantage of tremendous growth opportunities in London, whilst further diversifying the Group with its complementary offer and a respected team.

“The months ahead will remain business as usual, as our leadership teams work together to add value to one another’s operations and deliver a successful integration,” Mason said. “We’re seeing unprecedented demand for talent across every sector as businesses focus on rebuilding their operations, and our priority is to support this surge in outsourced recruitment as organisations search for the right talent partner to deliver their strategic ambitions.

“This acquisition marks another major milestone in the Morson Group’s 50+ year heritage and we’re delighted to welcome Cornwallis’ team, clients and candidates into the Morson family as we work collectively as one to always place people first.”

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