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The Grichan Whitestone Partnership specialises in Executive Search, Interim Management and Business Consulting, with a deep sector knowledge, gained from over 30+ years recruiting for (or working for) some of the largest, most recognisable business across:

BUSINESS SERVICES

BUSINESS SERVICES

The current climate for providers of Business Services, both to business and government, see’s greater opportunities combined with greater commercial and operational risk.

Outsourcing continues to mature (accounting for over 8% of the UK economy, and growing), and increasingly comes along with demands on streamlining margins whilst providing higher quality results. Cost savings are not the only challenge, with Brexit and regulatory oversight, both domestic and international, impacting the sector. 

Having ‘the best team’ of leaders and managers in-place to deliver on SLA promises to end-Customers therefore securing better win rates in bids and more guaranteed profitability is key.

Despite that, increased automation through digital innovation remains an opportunity for the sector, allowing business service providers to work more efficiently; streamlining their costs while optimising service delivery.

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BUILT ENVIRONMENT

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

With ever-changing skylines in UK cities, and almost constant work in the capital, it’s clear the appetite for construction isn’t going away, despite downward pressure on budgets. 

Similarly, with increased pressure for housing and with governmental targets, construction firms must strike the balance between growth and necessity versus innovation.

While costs must remain competitive the issue of safety is paramount; especially given the recent spotlight within the Built Environment sector, most notably in the social housing space, where they are experiencing problems with cost and accountability of historic decisions made.

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COMPLEX OUTSOURCING

COMPLEX OUTSOURCING

Complex Outsourcing, whether T/IFM, Hard/Soft, or any of the other Support Services has experienced hardship in recent years, with both Covid-19 and Brexit creating new immediate challenges.  However, there are reasons for optimism within the sector.

Changes to the nature of office work for many organisations may see subsequent changes for the sector, and in many instances, businesses will see changes to the way that they operate. Digitised processes offer the sector the opportunity to operate more effectively, those that succeed will grasp the opportunities and adapt business models accordingly. 

Firms that are bold and continue to invest in new technologies are likelier to come out of this difficult period in a better position than their more cautious peers.

The remit of Complex Outsourcing is also broadening, which again provides greater opportunity but also places additional pressure on Executives to widen their skill set, including keeping abreast of the emerging technologies.

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CRITICAL NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

CRITICAL NATIONAL INFRASTRUCURE

Arguably countrywide investment in Critical National Infrastructure will accelerate the UK economy out of the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

HS2, COP26, Brexit, combined with a greater public appetite for new sustainable efficient housing, transport and food production and supply sees a wealth and breadth of opportunity for the myriad of consultancies that will provide the thought leadership for the designers and constructors of these huge schemes. 

Accessing talent to work within these programmes is increasingly competitive and companies would do well to adopt a dual focus on developing early-stage career talent whilst ensuring they source the very best passive industry talent through the application of a very personable content rich approach.

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DEFENCE

DEFENCE

The current economic, political and global climate puts the importance of the Defence industry at a high, both within its traditional areas and more recently cyber security. While this prominence has meant increased investment, innovative solutions to complex problems must still be delivered with value.

With the UK leaving the EU there is continued appetite for growth and change in the defence sectors, with exceptional leaders required to steer organisations through these challenging times, and for interim executives able to deliver on projects.

Professionals must be able to seek opportunity and implement change while mitigating risks and managing cost, whether a permanent fixture in your leadership team or an interim professional engaged to tackle specific projects. 

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LOGISTICS

LOGISTICS

Several factors face the Logistics industry currently – greatly increased competition, regulatory changes, Brexit and its resultant effects and the introduction of new technologies.

While much of this presents a challenge to the industry there is ample room for opportunity, not least the pace of technological advances that will help facilitate improved performance at lower cost.

Professionals must be able to seek Logistics firms that thrive in these testing times will show greater tenacity and bold decision-making, where investment in technologies and adapting business models will result in leaner, more effective operations.

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SECURITY & RISK

SECURITY & RISK

In the early noughties, new businesses flourished delivering secure spaces and transit for Governments and Global businesses in austere environments in the Middle East and Africa. 

These businesses also flourished in areas such as Maritime Security and specialist areas such as Kidnap & Ransom, geo-political risk and ‘country entry’ consultancy.  

The Grichan Whitestone Partnership is arguably one of the top providers of Security & Risk recruitment services into this somewhat ‘closed’ sector maintaining confidential relationships with both Clients and Candidates right across the globe. 

We have filled some of the most sensitive roles down the years that have seen the subsequent actions of our candidates, operating within our clients, deliver tangible results making the world an incrementally safer place.

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