Mackin Group acquires Greybridge Search & Selection

The Mackin and Greybridge Team (pictured)


International business services provider, Mackin Group, has acquired West Midlands-based, specialist recruitment company, Greybridge Search & Selection. The deal allows Mackin Group to expand its staffing and recruitment services into new sectors and deliver on its ten-year growth strategy.

Mackin Group was established almost two decades ago, beginning with health and safety consultancy and training business, Mackin EHS, which was supplemented ten years later by the formation of sister company, Mackin Talent.

After successfully placing three IT employees with a Silicon Valley technology company in 2014, Mackin Talent scaled rapidly through client referrals and independent contractors’ recommendations and now employs 250 people worldwide, with offices in ten countries. Its clients include tech giants and a diverse range of regional businesses, to which it provides contingent workforce staffing and direct-hire recruitment services. The company is headquartered in Cork, Ireland, with a regional hub in North Carolina, USA.

Mackin Talent takes an employee-centric approach when recruiting highly skilled professionals to staff projects in the technology and engineering sectors. The company offers its contractor employees competitive salaries, dedicated monthly support, access to learning and development, career coaching and benefits normally reserved for full-time, permanent employees, such as health cover and paid holidays. This package differentiates Mackin Talent from competitors. As a result, independent contractors often stay with Mackin for several years, compared to the contingent workforce industry average of six to twelve months.

We were working towards expanding Mackin’s services into the areas of life sciences, pharmaceuticals, data and AI, where enterprises are growing rapidly and need expert support around hiring people with specialist skillsets and niche experience. These would often be for roles such as data scientists, process engineers, lab technicians, and project co-ordindators,” says Andy Mackin, CEO of Mackin Group.

We were introduced to Greybridge Search & Selection by business broker, Chelsea Corporate. We were impressed by the fact that Greybridge shares our ethos of looking after the people that we place with clients. Mackin’s number one value is that relationships matter, it’s not a case of just filling a role for a client. We look after our professionals and support them in planning and progressing their careers over a number of years. We invest in our people so that they stay with us long-term and come back to us when planning their next career move. Greybridge shares those values and is a natural fit for our brand as we continue to grow the overall Mackin Group.”

Greybridge Search & Selection is headquartered in Leamington Spa in the West Midlands, dubbed ‘Silicon Spa’ owing to the cluster of digital and gaming software companies based in the town. The company specialises in talent acquisition and placement of specialist professionals in the fields of change management and digital transformation, data and AI, and health sciences. The company will continue to operate under its own brand, while adopting Mackin’s practices of offering ongoing support and benefits to the professionals they place.

Commenting on the acquisition, the outgoing founder of Greybridge Search & Selection, Matt Neale, said, “The Greybridge team is delighted to be joining the Mackin Group and looking forward to becoming part of a larger team, which will ultimately benefit clients, Greybridge employees, and the many skilled professionals with whom the company works. We were impressed that the ethos of the Mackin Group is always focused on fully assessing and supporting their clients’ long-term needs. Mackin Talent demonstrated how its recruiters go to great lengths to ensure that the right people are placed with their clients, helping them to hire world-class talent for their projects using a variety of recruitment models. Greybridge is excited to be able to extend this to its own clients and specialists.”

Pictured left to right: Andy Mackin, CEO, Mackin Group; Richard Adams, partner, Greybridge Search & Selection; Tom Husselby, director, Greybridge Search & Selection; Fional Donnelly, Global COO, Mackin Group