UK-headquartered global recruitment company, Gravitas Recruitment Group, have announced the acquisition of both of the Hamlyn Williams’ Hong Kong and Shenzhen operations. This latest acquisition is another major step in Gravitas Recruitment Group’s ambitious growth and expansion plan and will continue to strengthen the company’s presence in its Asia markets.

Hamlyn Williams, a trusted global provider of staffing solutions in the technology, financial services, fintech, cyber security, life sciences and manufacturing sectors, have made the decision to continue to grow their existing presence in the UK, EU and US markets. The next stage in their strategy has been to carefully navigate a process to find the best possible home for their Hong Kong and Shenzhen operations. Hamlyn Williams’ decision was based upon many contributing factors – ultimately convinced that Gravitas would continue to nurture their employees, offering vital career progression, as well as providing high-quality systems, technological investment, and geographical reputation.

Gravitas was therefore chosen as the best-in-class to support the Hamlyn Williams teams to serve their clients, candidates and markets across the Hong Kong and Shenzhen areas – very much aligning with Gravitas’ key purpose to create solutions to empower their clients, candidates and employees ambitions.

The acquisition is another exciting step in Gravitas’ growth strategy, which has included three major milestones in 2022 – the appointment of a new chief revenue officer, Kurt Schreurs, and the expansion into Germany with the opening of new offices in both Munich and Frankfurt under Guido Sieber in September and January respectively. Additionally, the other key expansion into the Netherlands through the acquisition of R2 Group in December, which brought the company’s impressive global footprint to nine offices across five countries.

Daniel Wallis Gravitas Group co-founder and Asia managing director said, on behalf of the Gravitas Group Board: ”We are extremely excited to welcome the employees and clients of Hamlyn & Williams to the Gravitas family. This acquisition is an important step in our ambitious growth plan, and we are confident that together we can provide the best possible support and service to our clients, candidates, and staff in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, an area that is already incredibly important and strategic for Gravitas.”

Hamlyn Williams’ CEO, Brian Van Aken, added: “We are proud of what we have built in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and we are confident that the operations will continue to thrive now as part of the Gravitas family. We have taken great care in our decision-making process, examining several factors and companies in the market, to ensure that we found the right fit and we are excited to see what the future holds for these operations under Gravitas’ leadership. The key factor in deciding was always about who would best look after our people and to set them up for future success. Dealings between all parties have been open and productive and we will continue to work closely with Gravitas post-sale to ensure that the transition remains as seamless as possible.”

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