On November 8th, we welcomed Jamie, Lesley, Lucas, Leo, Dan, and Brian as the first partners in our brand new partnership program, giving them 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. Introducing partnerships is a major theme of our vision for the next 5 years – to deliver a business plan that will make us the best pure play renewable energy recruitment business in the world.
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 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.
Earlier this year, we took on equity funding, which was a huge vote of confidence from our investors. Our objective now is to deploy that capital to grow the company in a way that preserves the essence of what brought us this far.
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
Partnership is potentially an open opportunity for anybody in the company. Those who clearly participate in driving the growth of the business can develop to Partner level based on merit, not just those in fee-earning roles.
For example, this first round of partnerships includes Dan, who has established the Learning & Development program which is a core component in fostering our internal talent and culture, and Lesley, who is Head of Finance.
The impact has been immediate. There’s 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.
Options can often 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 has already concluded their first options scheme which returned significant sums as well as equity stakes for our Directors.