New joint venture, Cogent Staffing launches

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The Bluestones Group is pleased to announce the launch of its latest joint venture, Cogent Staffing – a Yorkshire-based recruitment specialist business headquartered in Halifax and servicing the local region, covering Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Bradford. Sam Gaukroger, managing director of Cogent Staffing, has launched the business after a decade of working in recruitment in the region, specialising in industrial, technical and commercial recruitment.

On the launch, Sam said, “I’ve built up a large network of clients and candidates over the years, and have loved being able to find the right roles for people, and the right people for businesses – but I’ve always been working for someone else. With the investment and support of the Bluestones Group I’ve finally been able to realise my vision of starting my own recruitment agency and putting all my experience to good use in building that business”.

Sam has been working with the Bluestones Group team and benefiting from all the shared services that joint ventures have access to – including marketing, finance, HR and IT – so the proven Bluestones approach to investing and supporting start-ups, both from a financial and operational perspective has meant the turnaround on the new brand launch has been quick and seamless.

Bluestones Group board sponsor and divisional CEO, Trish Stratford, commented, “Sam has a fantastic background in his sector and region, and is well regarded by both clients and candidates alike. He’s exactly the sort of person we look to invest in, that can bring that wealth of experience, enthusiasm and capability to a new business venture”.

Cogent Staffing officially launched on 3rd July 2017 and is open for business now. The business focuses on commercial, FMCG, engineering, manufacturing and logistics sectors across Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Bradford. If you’re interested in contract, temporary or permanent work, or need support in your hiring requirements, then please visit to get in touch or find out more about the business.

For more information about the Bluestones Group and how it can help get your start-up recruitment business off the ground, please visit

About Bluestones

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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