Birmingham-headquartered executive search company Berwick Partners has opened a new office in Amsterdam.
Headed up by consultant Sjoerd Kooistra, the new office will see Berwick Partners increase its foothold in the European market, as well as strengthen links between the UK and the EU when sourcing senior executives across the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.
The move follows increasing number of enquiries from current and potential clients in the EU to support them on their hunt for leadership talent, the company said.
Berwick Partners has introduced two new practices in response to an evolving, complex and increasingly competitive war for talent.
A dedicated ‘place’ practice, led by Berwick Partners’ regeneration and economic development specialist Marek Dobrowolski, will serve the local government sector, helping clients to seize emerging opportunities through regional devolution, commercial pressures and changing public service policy.
The business has also unveiled Berwick Talent Solutions, a new company set to deliver project and volume recruitment of quality senior and specialist talent for clients as they expand, relocate or undergo change and transformation.
Berwick Talent Solutions will also provide market mapping, talent pipelining and RPO services in order to help businesses understand, predict and safeguard their future workforce.
The news comes as Claire Stewart, who has previously worked at McCain Foods, Seven Seas and Boots, has been hired as a consultant to spearhead the consumer lifestyle team while Alex Henson also joins the higher education team and AJ Marsh the retail practice as consultants.
The business now employs 73 staff across its offices in Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Amsterdam.
Managing director Richard Love said: "As businesses seek to navigate the evolving landscapes in which they operate, securing the best and most diverse leadership talent is what will set them apart.
"We’ve continued to adapt and expand our practice areas, as well as launch Berwick Talent Solutions to help clients gain a march on the competition by mapping out their future needs earlier on in their recruitment process.
"We’ve always tried to be innovative and obsess about responding to our clients’ needs. We have sustained the success of our well-established practices, whilst bringing in new specialist individuals to help clients meet the challenges they face today.
"The launch of our Amsterdam office will also be a further springboard into the global market and will enable us to access a larger pool of talent.
"All of our new practices have already made a significant impact, and this is testament to the quality of our team and the growing strength of our brand."