Galago Group makes acquisition of Northern Recruitment Group in strategic move for further growth

Northern Recruitment Group (NRG) has been acquired by fast growing recruitment organisation Galago Group.

The acquisition will see Newcastle-based NRG and its Recruitment Processing Outsourcing (RPO) service, greenbean, become an integral part of London-based Galago alongside its existing portfolio of staffing businesses.  

NRG is a leading staffing business, specialising in executive search and selection and the provision of temporary, contract and permanent recruitment services. 

It launched greenbean in 2017 to provide a full-service RPO, which can be integrated into clients’ operations to support business growth and help deliver efficient and effective recruitment activity.

Following the acquisition, Galago will work closely with NRG’s existing senior management team, led by CEO Therese Liddle, to support the continued growth of the business alongside its other subsidiaries.

Lorna Moran, founder and Chairman of NRG, said: “I am exceptionally proud of what we have achieved over my 43 years at NRG through the outstanding work of our dedicated and talented team.  Galago shares a lot of our values and strategic approach to recruitment that will support the further growth of both the NRG and greenbean brands.”

Marc Stiff, Managing Director of Galago Group, said: “NRG is a highly respected and established business which together with the addition of greenbean RPO presents an exciting opportunity to enhance value to our clients through a full-service national offering.

The shareholders of NRG were advised by Newcastle-based RG Corporate Finance, led by Partner and Head of Corporate Finance, Carl Swansbury, with support from Tony Gillham. Tax advice was provided by RG’s Business Tax Partner Simon Whiteside and Director, Jon Routledge. Legal advice to the shareholders was provided by Ward Hadaway.

Carl Swansbury, RG Partner and Head of Corporate Finance said: “NRG is one of the North East’s most recognised and regarded recruitment companies with a great heritage and positive future.  Lorna and the team have established a magnificent business that will be a valuable addition to Galago and help deliver the next stage of growth for both organisations. 

“NRG’s CEO, Therese Liddle, and the existing management team are exceptionally experienced with more than 30 years combined expertise in the staffing sector, which will be of significant benefit to Galago’s strategic objectives, while providing continuity to the businesses’ extensive client base.”

Galago Group was advised by Castle Corporate Finance, led by Managing Director, Stuart Stepney. Financial due diligence was provided by RSM and legal advice was provided by Gateley Legal.

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