The Management Recruitment Group was formed in 2007 focused on senior appointments in the Built Environment.
Our team, currently over forty strong, work in specialist teams covering a broad range of activities from Design to Bids, Construction, Estates Management, Property and Infrastructure.
We launched from our headquarters in Twickenham, South West London, in June 2007 and in 2008 we opened an office in London Bridge SE1 to extend our coverage further across the south east later moving to larger space in Monument. In 2013 we expanded our coverage into the North of England opening our Manchester office, based at 111 Piccadilly, in September 2014.
We believe that successful Talent Attraction and Career Management is all about the quality of the recruiter. When you work with MRG you will deal with an expert, someone who speaks your language and will grow with you as your business grows or help you when you need to move to develop your career. Our Leadership team delivers complex and challenging Retained Search Assignments and they act as Account Directors for all of our best clients. They know the market and have good contacts in senior roles across their industry. They can advise and guide and are well placed to deliver results in a competitive, difficult and rapidly changing market.
Our Board has an average of over twenty five years’ experience in recruitment in Construction and Property, our Managers average over twelve years in their specialist fields and our Consultants average over ten years.
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The recent acquisition by BNP Real Estate of the ‘old school’ agent Strutt & Parker has got me thinking about how much of a change we have seen over the last decade within the London commercial property market and the agents and consultants that service it. Back in 2007, there were over 35 commercial agents with > £10m annual turnover. Today there are only 23. Over that period we have seen the likes of CBRE, JLL and co buy up some of the industry’s most recognisable names such as Dalgleish and King Sturge and the DTZ/Cushman Merger/Acquisition?? to name just a few of a huge number of M&A activity in the sector. These acquisitions make sense in theory. The idea being that the Goliaths can offer an integrated, global platform with a wider service offering. This makes sense and is true. However; Does something get lost in the process? There are those that argue that whether it be individual small retailers or large multinationals, clients are increasingly being left with less and less choice between agents and consultants. Is it true that with every acquisition dies another unique business (such as Strutts, King Sturge, Drivers Jonas) with its own culture and methodology and thus the offering to the market, in general, is becoming dull and generic? Whilst the big boys seem to be getting bigger, there are some small, niche practices that continue to offer their clients one or only a few services or cover a small region. I'm talking about the CWM’s and Munroe K’s of this world. These businesses offer their clients a very unique, highly experienced and honed service and level of personality that perhaps can’t be matched by the big boys. For this reason, I believe that there will always be a need for these types of firms. That leaves us with the middle ground. Where do the mid-sized firms sit? Will the Rapleys and Montagu Evans of the world continue to compete against the big boys and the small specialists? Again, it can be argued both ways. These firms offer a unique culture whilst also catering for a number of requirements and tend to have good regional reach. However, can they call themselves specialists? Do they offer a true turn-key service to their clients? They certainly can't offer a global platform. I guess only time will tell but I suspect that these firms as we know them will most likely not exist in another 10 years time and that the property market will go the way of accounting Big Four. Are we about to see property’s Big Four? I'd love to hear your thoughts, feel free to comment below or you can email me, call or visit us here. You can also follow us on Linkedin and Twitter. Or read some of our company blog's like our 10th anniversary here.
On Monday 3rd July 2017 MRG celebrated its 10th birthday (you may recall our blog about this) The Management Recruitment Group celebrates its 10th Anniversary!. We started off the celebrations on Friday with our Summer Conference, held in the City; and attended by everyone from all three of our offices in Twickenham, Monument and Manchester. The conference began with a trip down memory lane from CEO Simon Cheshire and Chairman Rob Smith covering humble beginnings from MRG’s first ‘office’ (the Firestation Waterloo) through the years of recessions and Brexit to record breaking years and our highest ever headcount. Our FD Howard Bridgwater gave us ‘the story so far’ summarising the business’ first 10 years – from the first ever Search assignment, which impressively he managed to present in the form of poetry! We then had updates from our employee engagement programme, Marketing department (including a big announcement – to be revealed soon) and ran through our plan for the next five years before breaking out into groups for some team building challenges – concluding with our Summer Awards. This year we had four awards to give to four deserving team members (which was originally only ‘two’ awards, but we couldn’t separate the remarkable achievements of the candidates): (In 2017) - Most Improved Performance Award - Mel Pye Most Improved Performance Award - Nick Coppard Outstanding Performance Award - Stephanie Howe Outstanding Performance Award - Hayley Mintern After the Conference we took a short walk to Tower Pier where we hopped on the King Edward for dinner, drinks and music courtesy of City Cruises. Taking in views of HMS Belfast, The Shard, The Oxo Tower and the Tate Modern to name but a few, the whole team enjoyed a lovely three-course meal (and specially made MRG cake); all while punting up and down the Thames – to the backdrop of a specially created ’10 year’ Spotify playlist. Happy 10th birthday MRG!
The Management Recruitment Group started trading in July 10 years ago. Since our first day of trading 10 years ago, we have seen some huge milestones. We set out to build something a bit different. A hybrid between an Executive Search business and a recruitment agency. In 2007 we had six Consultants based in Twickenham. We now have a 40 strong team based over three locations (Twickenham, Monument and Manchester). We have invested a huge amount of time and money on core skills training, our social media networks and digital marketing campaigns and we have made huge improvements to our selection processes and systems. We are making more strategic level placements than ever. In the first half of 2017 we completed a record number of Director level appointments. These contacts are hiring managers, and become our key clients. We have grown year on year consistently, have broken records and have some of the best performers in the market. Not bad considering we launched the business the year before the worst financial crisis in history, (we are nothing if not resilient!). We have traded through a recession, a comprehensive spending review, three general elections and a Brexit. We are in good shape for 10 years young and looking forward to the next 10. The future for us is about doing the same again. It’s about continuing to recruit the best people, being kingmakers, following rigorous processes, using sophisticated selection systems and blending well established recruitment techniques with leading edge social and digital strategies that are right for 2017. Many thanks to all of our contacts and everyone who has supported us during the first 10 years. Here’s to the next 10!
The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) held its second charity event of the year last Friday in the form of a ‘Mad Hatters Prosecco Tea Party’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Held across two of its offices in Twickenham and Monument, the staff got their ‘Great British Bake Off’ on and threw the Lewis Carroll-themed cake sale with a strict ‘No Cake, No Prosecco’ policy. Some amazing cakes were baked by the staff ranging from ‘sparkly glitter’ vanilla & chocolate cupcakes, chocolate brownies, mars bar slices, ‘Tooty Frooty twist’ Victoria sponge, various other types of cup-cakes, pistachio cookies, red velvet cake, coffee cake, Battenberg, chocolate cake; and even some monstrous home-made sausage rolls! Charity committee member and marketing manager, Nick Hamilton, said, “We had such an amazingly huge and varied selection that it was hard to tell which were the most popular!.......In fact, that’s a lie – it was the Prosecco. The Prosecco was the most popular. “But the guys outdid themselves as overall we managed to raise a stunning £612.50! Not bad for an afternoons (sic) work, and all in a very good name. “Thanks to everyone who baked and donated and a special thanks also to Leap Legal Software (also based in Regal House Twickenham) who generously donated £100!”