Corporate Excellence 2019

CORPORATE VISION / Global Excellence 2019 133 , CORPORATE VISION / Issue 4 2019 29 Feb19419 GRI in theUK is formed of Geometric Results’ UKoperations and recent acquisition of de Poel. Following their CEO –UKand COO– EMEA&APAC, Geometric Results International (GRI), AndrewPreston’s continued success inCV’s Corporate Excellence Awards 2019, this time as the Most Influential CEOof the Year –WorkforceManagement, a spokesperson for the company provided us with a detailed insight into the innovative solutions they provide. GRI : Achieving Positive Change GRI in the UK – and beyond GRI provides out- sourced solutions to the hiring, manage- ment and engagement of non-per- manent workers in both the public and private sectors. Formerly known as de Poel, the business went through an acquisi- tion with MSX International in 2018 which resulted in the creation of the world’s largest neutral vendor – GRI – managing over $5bn in recruitment spend across more than 70 countries. Andrew Preston: At the helm of GRI Andrew Preston, CEO – UK and COO – EMEA & APAC, was instru- mental in the acquisition and also led a multi-million pound MBO two years earlier in 2016 – when he was initially formally appointed as CEO after overseeing a period of impressive growth as Group MD. Andrew has worked in the health- care and wider public sector for over 20 years, starting his career in the NHS. His track record has seen him grow and develop various businesses, work in FTSE 100, PLCs, Private Equity-backed and Private organisations and un- dertake and deliver the successful integration of numerous M&A projects. In present day, Andrew is totally focused on building GRI’s con- tinued success as the world’s leading recruitment outsourcing expert and repeatedly delivering record results year-on-year. Driving positive change for leading UK organisations and global brands As an independent intermedi- ary (or what you call a ‘neutral vendor’), GRI works with over 150 clients across all sectors including Virgin, Sainsbury’s, BUPA and Royal Mail. GRI manages 3,750 recruitment agencies and offers talent pool/bank solutions to help both UK organisations and global brands gain visibility of millions of pounds of recruitment spend. Whether GRI is empowering their clients to manage their own communities of bank workers or revolutionising their clients’ commercial relationships with recruitment agencies, they use a blend of account management and technology to drive positive change. This, combined with an 18-year track record, is exactly why GRI is entrusted with over £1bn worth of recruitment spend every year in the UK. The ever-changing employment landscape In what is a time of unprecedented change, the recruitment outsourc- ing industry faces a set of complex challenges including navigating legislative and regulatory changes, evolving client expectations and looming Brexit, to name but a few. In this changing employment landscape, Andrew’s vision is to continue to innovate and lead in workforce solutions, as we em- brace the gig economy. A new chapter in the ‘GRI UK Story’ The 2016 MBO and subsequent 2018 acquisition marked the beginning of a new chapter, written by Andrew. The introduction of step changes, supported by strong staff engagement and open, transparent communication, has been key to Andrew transforming the business. Andrew’s mantra is “ Win More. Do More. Be More. Together More ” which, distilled, encompasses win- ning new business, continually go above and beyond for clients and recruitment agency stakeholders, inspiring employees to be the best they can be and working together toward a common goal. Results that speak for themselves Andrew has worked tirelessly to deliver on his promises, in a relatively short amount of time – the positive changes that have been introduced are palpable. This is not just in terms of financial and operational performance, but also in respect of GRI’s company culture, continued work to support their client, agency and charity partners and belief in their proposi- tion and business model. Additionally, the delivery of retained Investors in People, Investors in Customers and ISO accreditations are a testament to this, along with a string of awards and accolades for GRI and Andrew – including National Outsourcing Association (NOA)’s Excellence in Procurement (Public Sector) 2016, Health Service Journal (HSJ)’s Best Procurement Support/Service 2018 and 2019, Staffing Industry Analysts’ Europe Top 100 Leaders 2017 and of course Corporate Vision Maga- zine’s Corporate Excellence Award for the 2019 Most Influential CEO of the Year – Workforce Manage- ment and Most Influential CEO of the Year – Health. Web Address: Contact Email: [email protected] Telephone: 01565 682 020