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Our Corporate Finance team advises Compass Recruitment Solutions on its investment from Cow Corner

9 April 2024

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We are pleased to announce our role as Corporate Finance adviser to Compass Recruitment Solutions, an award-winning recruitment solutions business focused on organisations and investors across the health, social care, and life sciences markets in the UK and internationally, on its investment from Cow Corner.

Compass Recruitment Solutions was founded in 2010 by Mike Jeffreys, Chris Russell and Sam Leighton-Smith and is headquartered in Portsmouth, with offices in London, Manchester and Raleigh (US), employing 150 people. Today it is an award-winning recruitment solutions business focussed on companies and investors across the health, care, education, and life sciences markets in the UK and increasingly internationally. It operates through the Compass Executives, Compass Associates, Carrot Recruitment and Compass Corporate Services brands to provide a full, integrated service offering from retained executive search through to the contingent recruitment of skilled managers and head office appointments.

Cow Corner’s investment in Compass Recruitment Solutions will help the team to accelerate growth through organic growth into existing and adjacent markets, investing in digital capabilities and AI implementation and acquisition driven consolidation of the UK and international markets. Sam Leighton-Smith, Compass Recruitment Solutions, Group Managing Director commented: “We are delighted to welcome Cow Corner as a shareholder and partner to Compass. Their track record of working with founder lead businesses and helping them evolve will be hugely valuable for our next period of growth. Their unique style of trust, friendship and support will enable us to deliver on our strategy faster whilst always focussing on providing customer excellence to our trusted client partners.”

Chris Woolley, Partner at Cow Corner, added: “We are looking forward to working with Sam and the broader team at Compass as we continue to invest in the strong brand and franchise that the founders have built over the last 14 years. We are excited to be backing one of the leading recruiters in the sector, and already have a good understanding of many of the market dynamics through our investment in Person Centred Software, the leading provider of care planning software to the care sector.”

Stewart Lambert, Partner in Corporate Finance at James Cowper Kreston, commented: “We are delighted to have advised Compass Recruitment Solutions on its investment from Cow Corner. Sam, Mike and Chris have built a fantastic business, and the investment will enable Compass Recruitment Solutions to accelerate growth to build scale in the health, life science and social care sectors. We look forward to continuing to work with both Compass Recruitment Solutions and Cow Corner, as they build on their award-winning recruitment solution business focused on companies and investors across the health, care and life sciences markets.”

James Cowper Kreston Corporate Finance advised Compass Recruitment Solutions alongside Blake Morgan (Legal) and Freestone Jacobs (Tax).