In January 2019, we welcomed Neil, Ali and Clint into our partners program, joining the leadership team and gaining a stake in the company for their dedication to our continued growth.
Working in the recruitment industry we understand what it takes to grow a business around our people. The partners group is a major theme in realising our vision to deliver a business plan that cements our position as the world-leading renewable energy recruitment business.
Borrowing from John Speden Lewis, the founder of John Lewis PLC,
The Partnership’s ultimate purpose is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business. – John Spedan Lewis
We believe that placing people in a position that gives them ownership makes us all part of the same movement. The aim is to make sure that the people we ask the most of are fully rewarded for the hard work they do.
As leaders move from operations and in-the-trenches consulting roles into key management positions, the partnership program gives us the opportunity to maintain a strong incentive for those who wish to continue their upward momentum.
In mid-2017 year, we took on funding from our equity partners, SEA Equity, which was a huge vote of confidence from our investors. Our objective was always to deploy that capital to grow the company in a way that preserves the essence of what brought us this far. After introducing the partners group in November 2017 the impact was immediate. The partners meetings have been a key part of our management process and growth strategy. There’s also a lot of excitement around the potential for everybody in the company. It brings a mindset shift where Partners (and future Partners) think and operate beyond the short-term, fostering a sense of longevity in the team.
In some companies, options can be seen as golden handcuffs that don’t amount to anything so we’ve cut a clear path for partners to realise their stakes. Taylor Hopkinson have already concluded our first options scheme which returned significant sums as well as equity stakes for our Directors.
The opportunity to progress and join the partners group is available to anybody who participates in driving the growth of the business, not just those in fee-earning roles. Ali McWalter, Head of Marketing & Digital first started as a freelancer and joined the team full-time in 2018. He has since built a team and established the brand identity and communications for the company, joining the Partners group in January.
“There’s an extra impetus to strive for more and push even harder. The extra level of ownership, responsibility and accountability brings a mindset change too. Now I have a longer-term view of the future and I think more about the business impact of marketing and digital.” – Ali McWalter
We believe that the best way to grow is to grow together.
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together
– African proverb