Future proofing

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In an ever-changing world, business owners must take steps to ensure their businesses remain competitive and profitable.


This isn’t just important for remaining competitive, but also from a valuation perspective, investors and trade buyers will seek target companies that can mitigate against future competitive and market threats.

So, let’s consider what we mean by “future proofing” a business and how best to do it.

Future proofing is a technique used to ensure the business you are working on today will remain viable in the future. For recruitment companies this will typically involve identifying and adopting technology that can streamline and make hiring processes more efficient. This might mean new CRM or ATS systems and functionality, new digital and online communications, CV parsing technology and integration with job boards – or any combination of these and indeed, other factors.

n a competitive recruitment landscape, it is essential to take steps to protect your company’s future. One of the best ways to ensure lasting success is by avoiding certain risks and investing in preventive approaches. Businesses must assess their current situations and plan ahead for potential threats that could arise, making risk management an important part of future proofing a business.


Risks can come in all shapes and sizes, from financial losses, compliance failures or industry disruptions. In order to manage them effectively, businesses need to establish clear processes that anticipate and identify sources of risk. Companies should also create a strategy for preventing these risks from occurring in the first place. This includes everything from reviewing contracts carefully and conducting thorough due diligence on new suppliers; to ensuring employees are up-to-date with data protection regulations or monitoring customer feedback on social media channels.

Innovation is a key factor for businesses to keep up with the constantly evolving trends in today’s market. To stay ahead of competition and remain profitable, businesses must focus on maintaining their current strategies while looking ahead at potential opportunities for improvement. However, it can be difficult for business owners to navigate such a shifting landscape without proper planning and guidance.


The best way to ensure that your business remains future-proof is by having a comprehensive strategy in place that takes into consideration the changing needs of customers and the latest advancements in technology. It’s important to stay informed about trends, so you can adjust your business model accordingly. This may include investing in digital marketing campaigns, developing new products or services, and making improvements to existing processes. Additionally, building relationships with other industry leaders can help you stay aware of ground-breaking developments before they hit the mainstream market.

In today’s tech-driven world, businesses must be prepared to leverage technology to stay ahead of the competition and future proof their organization. Digitalization is the process of using digital technologies to transform a business’ operations and customer experience. This includes streamlining processes, increasing customer engagement, and modernizing data storage.


By embracing digitalization, businesses can take advantage of cost savings while enhancing their services to customers in the most efficient way possible. Automation solutions can save time and money by eliminating manual processes such as paper filing, reducing administrative overhead costs and improving customer service response times. Additionally, updating existing systems with cloud-based technology can improve scalability for rapid growth or increase efficiency when dealing with massive amounts of data.


Ultimately, leveraging technology through digitalization is essential in order for a business to succeed in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Adaptability has become a critical factor for businesses’ success in this rapidly changing and increasingly competitive environment. As companies strive to future-proof their businesses, they must remain agile and flexible in order to respond quickly and effectively to any change that comes their way. This means being able to adjust strategies, processes and operations according to the new market conditions to ensure continued growth and sustainability.


When considering how best to approach adaptability, it is important for companies to understand the value of speed when it comes to responding positively or swiftly mitigating any negative impacts of unexpected changes. Businesses should look at developing an organizational structure that can pivot quickly while maintaining its core principles and values. A culture of experimentation should also be established so employees feel comfortable taking risks, innovating and learning from mistakes. Investing in technology that provides real-time data analytics will enable rapid decision making too.

The future of any business relies on its ability to stay ahead of the competition and anticipate changes in the market. Preparing for success in the future can be a daunting task, but with the right strategies and plans, businesses can ensure their long-term viability.


Businesses must first identify potential areas of growth that align with their company mission and values. This may include exploring new markets or investing in research and development to develop innovative products or services. Companies must also consider how they will adapt to industry trends; for example, if customers are increasingly relying on technology, businesses should consider how they will incorporate newer technologies into their operations.


Once a plan has been developed, it is important for businesses to take action towards implementing these strategies – this includes allocating resources, developing timelines and assigning roles within the organization to ensure goals are achieved in an efficient manner.

Future proofing a business is an important concept in today’s ever-changing digital world. The definition of future proofing is the process of adapting and evolving a business model to ensure its long-term success. It involves taking proactive steps to identify, assess and mitigate risks that could potentially cripple or harm the business. By understanding, anticipating and mitigating risks in advance, you can create a culture of resilience which increases your ability to stay competitive and survive into the future.


Innovation is essential when it comes to future proofing a business; keeping up with trends helps businesses anticipate customer needs before they become mainstream demands. This way, businesses can remain at the forefront of industry changes instead of playing catch up when it’s too late.

How future proofing affects valuations

As you can see, a future proofed business is inherently more valuable than one that isn’t planning for the future. Recruitment agencies are no different to any other business in this regard and therefore future proofing has to be on the agenda for any quality recruitment business, and certainly for a business looking to scale and exit.

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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. 

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