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Julian Young

Initially as part of HCIG, this exit was significant as James’ hands-on approach helped scale a business from the point of no value, to a $32m MBO 4 years later.

The Matrix business provided an electronic platform on which its clients could specify their staffing requirements, before sending out the requirements to staffing agencies who are able to ‘bid’ for the work by reverse auction

Success Identified

Matrix was acquired as part of the Eden Brown business in 2007. The nascent Matrix business was promising but had no real value and was therefore ascribed no value for the purpose of the acquisition

Having identified the potential of the business, we hived Matrix out of Eden Brown; James took this project on quickly formed a clear view that the main issue was that Matrix was treated like a recruitment company, while it was actually in supply chain management. James himself hired a new management team from Comensura and this new team were instrumental in turning the business around

Our investment team saw the potential to apply the Matrix concept to government procurement processes and local authorities quickly become the core client base of the business

Matrix grew significantly over the investment period and in 2011 the management that James hired at the beginning, led an MBO at a headline valuation of £24m


We look for exceptional recruitment professionals with relentless ambition. We partner with people around the globe and across all sectors. Once your application has been received it will be reviewed by our investment team. If successful, we’ll contact you to discuss launching or scaling your business and possible exit strategies in more detail.

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