Elite Talent Services launches

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Our latest recruitment investment joint venture, Elite Talent Services officially launched on 1st November 2023 – as a professional permanent and contract recruitment specialist business headquartered in central Norwich.

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The business will focus primarily on the IT, Engineering, and Professional Services sectors, and predominantly within the South East of England – but will be opportunistic when it comes to building their business and will support selected clients in other sectors, as required.

Elite Talent Services MD and founder, James Wardell commented on the launch,

“Having developed an expansive recruitment career working for other companies, I wanted to take this opportunity to create my own business. The support and investment I’ve received from Bluestones has helped make that dream a reality.

We’re  now actively signing up and working with new clients and candidates, with the early signs very promising. We’ve got a small team to start with, but big plans to scale quickly.”

From the initial investment enquiry in mid-September, we completed the full business launch within just six weeks – demonstrating our proven investment model, streamlined systems and workflows, and our ability to get new recruitment businesses up and running quickly.

Matt Cody, Investment Director at Bluestones commented,

“As a new business within the Group’s investment division, this is part of our growth strategy to continue building our pipeline of recruitment businesses that can scale at pace and, over time, join our core recruitment portfolio, expanding our offering across a wider range of sectors and geographies.”

Please take a look at the Elite Talent Services website HERE, and follow their company page on LinkedIn HERE.

Elite Talent Services

If you believe, like James, that you have the skills, experience, and drive to launch your own agency – but don’t want to do it all on your own, or require the funding and support to launch, then speak to us. You can find out more about what we do in our investment division or make an initial investment enquiry online.

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Bluestones Investment Group invests in staffing service companies. We operate a balanced portfolio of businesses in specific divisional sectors and are always keen to receive investment enquiries.

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What you need to know

Although our existing brand portfolio operates across five core sectors, we’re not restricting future investments to just those. If you have a good proposition and a believable plan, that’s half the battle – so talk to us today about how we can help.

We’ve refined our start-up process so that we can typically launch a new recruitment business, fully set up with all the necessary branding, systems, and accounts, within a matter of weeks. 

Firstly, we need you to submit your investment enquiry. You can do that HERE.


As long as there’s sufficient detail in there, our Investment Director will review your proposal. All investments submitted will receive personal feedback.


After that, if your investment meets our criteria, our Group CEO and CFO will review and sign off on the investment and we’ll get heads of terms and shareholder agreements drawn up. As an equity stakeholder in your new business, it’s important we get this all agreed up front.

Our investment criteria is fairly simple; we’re looking for the following:


  1. A realistic budget.
  2. Demonstrable knowledge in your location(s) and sector(s).
  3. Proven sales growth and track record.
  4. A structured plan for your new business.
  5. A vision for how you want to develop your business.

We expect you to have at least 3-5 years’ experience in your chosen sector. We need to have confidence that you understand your market and have a well-developed network of clients and candidates.

We offer one of the best all-round investment and support packages available for recruiters and recruitment businesses. From providing all of the upfront funding, guaranteeing salaries, providing office premises, full provision of IT equipment and services, and all the support services you need, including IT, legal, HR, Finance, etc.

We’re focusing on recruitment businesses within the UK right now and already have established recruitment hubs in Birmingham, Chester, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester – with other offices around the country. 


As long as you’re based in the UK, you can trade wherever, and we can support you.

We invest in businesses that we believe can be successful. That means a business that can scale and grow at pace, that is typically break-even in year one of our investment, and ready to exit in year three, or preferably join our core recruitment business portfolio for further growth, increased value, and wealth creation. 

Speak to me about your investment

Matt Cody

Investment Division CEO

“We have a proven approach to investing in the recruitment sector, scaling businesses rapidly, and creating value. Let's talk."

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