Intelligent Partnership, the UK’s leading provider of research and education on alternative investments, has announced an agreement with La Fosse Associates that will see the recruitment specialist take on a newly-created role of ‘talent partner’.


  • Tie-up will champion the importance of talent as an enabler for small business growth
  • La Fosse Associates chosen because of its commitment to recruiting in high growth areas such as technology, digital and change talent

Recruiting and retaining talented employees is widely recognised as one of the biggest challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs grow quickly and often need to be able to attract people with the right skills to help them expand a company’s structure, to take on more customers or to reach a level of maturity that enable it to attract further funding.

Such companies are often instrumental in driving regional growth across towns and cities, but at the same time have to work harder when it comes to attracting, training, promoting and retaining the very best talent. Smaller companies usually cannot outbid larger competitors on salaries and often have to focus on attracting individuals through other benefits and incentives, such as promoting the company’s culture and vision and outlining the opportunity for fast growth.

While the demand for great talent will always be high, it becomes even more challenging when trying to recruit senior executives and leadership teams. La Fosse Associates, winner of the ‘Best Medium-Sized Recruitment Firm’ at the Global Recruiter Awards 2016, is well placed to help smaller companies recruit high calibre individuals and it has extensive experience of helping companies to find talent at all levels, from the boardroom down.

Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership, organiser of the Growth Investor Awards, said:“Smaller companies from all over the UK are continuing to drive economic growth. But right now, there are serious concerns that these companies will struggle to find people with the skills and talents that they need to keep growing. This initiative couldn’t be timelier. Bringing in La Fosse Associates as our talent partner means we can do more to encourage companies to attract, nurture and retain talent wherever it can be found.

James Parker, Managing Director of La Fosse Associates, said: “The work undertaken this year by Intelligent Partnership as part of the selection process for the Growth Investor 2016 awards has demonstrated just how much small and medium-sized companies rely on talent to succeed. We’re delighted to have been chosen as their talent partner and we’re committed to helping SMEs on their journey to hiring the right people.”

Simon Devonshire, Entrepreneur in Residence at BEIS said: “Smaller companies need to be much more strategic when it comes to recruiting talent. We want SMEs to think of innovative ways to attract talented people to fast growth companies, rather than losing them to bigger firms that can pay higher wages, and I see this pairing working well towards achieving that.”

Guy Tolhurst concludes: “We chose La Fosse Associates because it is a specialist technology, digital and change recruitment firm that recognises the challenges faces by SMEs. As well as being an expert in talent acquisition, retention and reward, it is a fast-growing company in its own right. It understands the importance of using capital to secure talent, as evidenced by the fact that over 40% of equity in the business is earmarked for its staff.”

About La Fosse Associates

La Fosse Associates specialises in recruiting technology, digital and change talent from top to bottom. It recruits across the following areas: executive search; interim management; change and transformation; digital and development; ERP & CRM systems; information and cyber security; strategy and architecture; BI data and analytics. Operating from the boardroom down, from senior executives through to technical specialists, La Fosse Associates offers a full service, values-driven approach and operates at all levels on a permanent, contract, interim and executive search basis.

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