About Us

Who we are

We invest in great recruiters, recruitment companies and staffing service organisations. The Bluestones concept is as simple as that.  But our involvement doesn’t just stop at the investment stage.

When our partner companies join the Bluestones Group they instantly gain access to an expanded network of support services, including HR, Finance, Marketing and IT functions – as well as the purchasing power of a larger organisation and an expanded network of recruitment specialists and subject matter experts.

We want to be the first choice investor in our chosen sectors, with a clear vision, well-structured and balanced portfolio, and a compelling narrative that everyone can buy into.

Duncan Gregson, Chairman

Our vision

We will create a balanced portfolio of staffing service brands that collectively produce £10m EBITDA by 2023.

Our strategy

We have a clear, unambiguous strategy that focuses on three core elements: Acquisition. Investment. Operational excellence.

Everything we do is in support of, or aligned with, one or more of these elements. This means taking action and making decisions that support our vision, by engaging in strategically aligned activities in our chosen sectors, but also at the same time not being distracted by undertakings that fall outside of this remit.

From a standing start in 2014, the Group has grown to be a multi-million pound revenue business, with offices throughout the UK and a balanced portfolio of staffing brands.

Trish Stratford, Divisional CEO

Our divisions

We have six core divisions within which our portfolio of brands exist.

This balanced approach ensures that we maintain the breadth of coverage across a diverse range of industry sectors, whilst nurturing a depth of talent within each of the divisional brands.

Our brands

We have invested in and supported a broad and balanced portfolio of brands that predominantly operate within the recruitment and staffing sector.

This approach ensures a balanced risk approach through any sector or market-specific uncertainty and provides a degree of downside resiliency.

Perhaps more importantly however, it allows the Group to capitalise on multiple opportunities simultaneously across the divisional sectors in which we operate.

Our brands have individual identities, yet they collaborate within and between divisions, and are united by our shared vision. They all aspire to be leaders in their chosen sectors.

Paul Broderick, Divisional CEO

Our values

Having clear company values helps ensure that everyone in the Group is working towards the same goals. Our values help support our vision and shape our culture.

As a Group, our core company values influences everything we do; from employee behaviour to encouraging a customer-centric focus.

We have a clear plan, a collective vision and a compelling growth narrative. It's an exciting time to be in the Bluestones Group.

Steve Pendergast, CEO

Our history

To understand our history, it's necessary to first explain our business model.

At Bluestones we believe it's important that our people believe in our vision and feel personally invested in what we do. This shared ownership approach is underwritten by our joint venture model, whereby brand directors have an equity stake in their businesses.

Our approach is unique in that we typically provide 100% funding for new joint ventures that provide a compelling business case and are strategically aligned with our goals and core divisions.

Our people

Clearly our brands will only ever be as good as the people within them.

It's why we value our people and recognise the importance of investing in them, ensuring we give them the support they need and the opportunities they want.

We therefore constantly seek to attract and retain the right talent for the Group; people that respect out values and are committed to achieving our shared vision.

Our senior leadership team

Steve Pendergast

Steve Pendergast

CEO & Founder
Steve is a committed entrepreneur that has built and developed numerous businesses over the last two decades. As CEO of the Bluestones Group, Steve identifies new business opportunities, potential joint ventures and provides the guidance and organisational vision for the Group.
Duncan Gregson

Duncan Gregson

Chairman
Duncan is Bluestones Group’s Chairman, having been Group CEO at Air Energi from 2008 through 2015. With extensive experience of global recruitment, international workforce solutions and consulting across a range of international and SME organisations, Duncan took on the Chairman role at Bluestones in 2020.
Alex Grant

Alex Grant

Divisional CEO
Alex is the CEO of the Support division at Bluestones Group, bringing extensive experience of payroll, funding, finance and compliance across a broad range of recruitment and staffing businesses.
Paul Broderick

Paul Broderick

Divisional CEO
Paul is the CEO of the Technical and Education divisions within the Bluestones Group. He has 20 years’ experience across the full recruitment company life-cycle.
Trish Stratford

Trish Stratford

Divisional CEO
Trish has worked across a broad range of sectors within the recruitment industry and is now CEO of the Professional, Healthcare and Generalist Divisions within the Bluestones Group.
Lynda Kenyon

Lynda Kenyon

Shared Services Director
Lynda has worked in the recruitment industry for over 25 years, now focusing on change management, process alignment & central shared services at Bluestones Group.
Matt Cody

Matt Cody

Marketing Director
Matt has over 15 years' recruitment industry experience, has worked for AIM and FTSE-listed organisations, has an MBA and a first degree in Retail Marketing.
Stuart Gosling

Stuart Gosling

Finance Director
Stuart joined the Group following roles in a variety of businesses, including accountancy practices, SMEs and a multinational NYSE listed company.

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Our values

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The Bluestones Group core values are summed up with the acronym PACE. We work at pace. We grow at pace. And collectively, the attributes of PACE means we’re greater than the sum of our constituent parts.

Passion

We’re passionate about the role we play in helping launch new recruitment businesses, in investing in established recruitment businesses and in staffing service companies. We hope our passion shines through in our everyday interactions both within the business and with our external stakeholders.

Accountability

We empower our teams so that they have accountability, owning their respective processes, parts of the business and brands, and knowing that they can make decisions and have leadership support and backing in their day to day roles.

Collaboration

The nature of the Bluestones Group with its shared support services and infrastructure, shared aspirations and goals, and shared vision for the Group means we all work well together. We’re collaborative in our approach, consultative and rely on the subject matter expertise that our broad network of specialists share.

Enjoyment

And while working in this way, with our shared goals and aspirations, we want to know our employees are happy in their work; that we provide a great working environment, with real opportunities and a balanced environment where everyone’s voice can be heard. We want to see that enjoyment and know that we’ve created and are building a growing business where our teams want to work.

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