May 20, 2015 – U.K.-based recruitment business Smart Moves has joined the network of Antal International, which operates from 120-plus offices in 30 countries. The acquisition opens up the opportunity to expand the Smart Moves brand to other locations and supports Antal International’s strategy to build its presence across the U.K.
Established in 2000 by managing director Julia Hale and Louisa Harris, Smart Moves places interim and contract personnel into a cross-section of business sectors.
Following the completion of the transaction, Ms. Hale will continue her role as managing director; Ms. Harris will support business development. The firm will work closely with another member of Antal International, Parkside Recruitment, which operates in similar sectors, to further strengthen Smart Moves’ position in the market.
“Welcoming Smart Moves into the Antal International group is an essential part of our growth strategy across the UK. Through a planned program of buy-to-grow acquisitions we aim to increase our multi-discipline offering by taking advantage of the talent and drive of recruitment businesses outside of London,” said Tony Goodwin, Antal’s group CEO and chairman. “Having a presence in Milton Keynes is as essential as it is to be in Madrid, Moscow or Mumbai. The town is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.K.”
“We are both delighted and excited with our decision to join the Antal International group of companies. Having worked hard to build a strong, sustainable and reputable business, this strategic alliance can only enhance our portfolio and service offering,” said Ms. Hale.
Antal International is a global executive recruitment organization with over 120 offices in 30 countries.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media