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Gravitas Recruitment Group Strengthens Presence in Asia with Acquisition of both Hamlyn Williams’ Hong Kong and Shenzhen Operations

UK-headquartered global recruitment company, Gravitas Recruitment Group, are pleased and excited to announce 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 our already strong 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 & 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 9 offices across 5 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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Note to editors: Gravitas is serious about talent. We are an award-winning, fast-growing, international specialist recruitment challenger, focused on connecting experts in technology and insurance with the best employers in the world. Gravitas Recruitment Group was founded by Jonathan Ellerbeck, Alexandra Naylor and Daniel Wallis, with a clear purpose to create recruitment solutions to empower everyone’s ambitions for the future. Gravitas offers unrivalled services to clients and candidates, and fulfils career ambitions for its people, in a diverse and inclusive way. Privately held and private equity backed, Gravitas started in 2010 from London. Having grown organically and by acquisition, we have eight global offices, across five countries, nearly 350 employees and over £76m in revenue. In 2022, Gravitas appointed Kurt Schreurs as Chief Revenue Officer, to advance and lead the company’s ambitious expansion plans.

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