Ford & Stanley Recruitment, which specialises in professional, operational, executive and commercial recruitment within the rail, mechanical engineering and digital sectors, has been bought-out by its senior management.
Owner and entrepreneur Peter Schofield, who remains as overall group chairman, has sold the recruitment arm of the business, to “allow it to grow with the next generation”, to Sam Ford, Daniel Taylor, Chris Jones and Eoin Grindley.
Schofield will continue to head up GENIUS Performance, which works on improving performance through coaching, leadership development, teamwork and occupational mental ‘healthiness’.
Announcing the takeover, he said: “The recruitment arm of the Group has grown so much in the past two years it now needs leadership dedicated solely to that side of the business and the management buy-out of Ford & Stanley Recruitment creates that, whilst allowing me to concentrate on GENIUS Performance, which is also growing at a pace.”
Ford & Stanley Recruitment was set up by Pete and Kate Schofield on Pride Park in Derby in 2008. From a three-man office above a hairdressing academy on Derby’s Pride Park, the company has expanded to take over the whole of that building and the adjoining building next door, which is home to the operational business and the company’s own training academy. The company now also has offices in Birmingham and London, 35 staff and a £13 million turnover.
Having its home in Derby, and on Pride Park, Ford & Stanley is in the thick of its core business – rail, though it also works across a spectrum of sectors, including digital technology and infrastructure.
Using its location and the expertise of its staff, Ford & Stanley has approached UK employers with a recruitment proposition that is genuinely different from many of its competitors.
New co-owner Daniel Taylor said: “Employers and candidates recognised right away we were bringing a different approach to recruitment and one that brought them the results they wanted. It’s been an incredible experience so far and genuinely rewarding that the Ford & Stanley team and our customers buy into what we set out to do.
“Speaking on behalf of the new owners, we are totally committed to continuing the growth trajectory whilst protecting the legacy Pete and Kate leave behind.”