Nicola Bailey, Group People Director Greggs plc
“With two key senior appointments to fill during 2009 we engaged Harling Menzies on the strong recommendation of a colleague. From the first meeting it was clear that we were dealing with a firm that cares deeply about the needs of the client, and works hard to deliver a first class service. The range of their search was very comprehensive, the selection of suitable candidates precise in meeting our needs and the service given throughout the recruitment process was outstanding. I would not hesitate to use them in the future or to recommend them highly to others.”

Glenn Caton - MD, HISCOX Direct
“Well done to you and Suzanne. Some rare positive feedback on agencies and recruitment process in my experience!”

Ian Ainsworth – Yoplait, Commercial Director
“Harling Menzies were introduced to me originally through personal recommendation & I must admit I was not disappointed.

We instructed Harling Menzies on a very important senior commercial role at a time when there was sensitivity internally so it was critical the search was conducted confidentially. The Harling Menzies approach worked well for me- it was timely, professional and interactive and as a result we hired someone who has already exceeded our expectations.
I would have to say that my previous relationships with recruitment suppliers have never been more than purely business-like. With Harling Menzies I could describe it as warm, trusting & thoroughly enjoyable.”

Alain Germiquet – Lindt & Sprungli (UK) Ltd, Managing Director
“We initially set off the process of hiring a Marketing Director through our Head Quarters in Switzerland which for many reasons failed. In hindsight, I think using a UK-based recruiter who really understood our culture and needs was the main reason we then succeeded with Harling Menzies...

...The search produced 3 candidates all of whom we could have selected and it was down to my preference on personality which ultimately influenced our decision. The search was conducted at pace and despite the time lost previously, Harling Menzies caught up with our projected start date and overall we were really pleased.

Shortly afterwards, I had no hesitation in instructing them on a Sales Director position which again was successfully completed….I wouldn’t hesitate using them again”

Eleanor Cannon – Group HR Director, Scottish & Newcastle Plc
“ During the last 12 years, we have received excellent results using Harling Menzies to recruit senior commercial managers, notably Tim Seager who has excelled and recently been promoted to Managing Director, France. Harling Menzies are clearly a small boutique brand and we have found the benefits in comparison to many larger search firms to be significant. As a small firm, their search manoeuvrability is considerable without the problems of off-limits restrictions that larger firms face and furthermore their customer service levels have never fallen short of exceptional. I would strongly recommend them. ”

Robert Halton, Global Chief People Officer, DLA Piper
"My experience of using Harling Menzies compared to many other head-hunters I have to say was a great pleasure. Time after time we presented them with unusual recruitment challenges often in difficult locations including Russia & Central Europe but also for unconventional support roles.

I have no hesitation in saying that they excelled both in terms of the quality of candidate, speed of execution and most importantly the way in which they handled us as a client. I learnt that by using a niche head-hunter, you get superior service with people that genuinely care."

Mark Comley, Development Director - Hospitality, Al-Futtaim Group
"As Director Hospitality Development for Al-Futtaim Group I used Harling Menzies on 3 occasions for executive recruitment assignments. They have proved to be a very insightful, tenacious, professional and well managed firm who always do what they say they are going to do, and deliver on their commitments. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any organization wanting to handle a recruitment assignment in a highly professional manner."

John Kettle – Dubai Properties, Strategy Development Director
“After a ‘non-starter’ with another recruitment firm that shall remain confidential, Harling Menzies reacted with vigour and enthusiasm to the challenge and produced a high quality & diverse short-list for this key role. Feedback from both ourselves and candidates can be summed up as exceptional!”

Paul Keenan, CEO, Bauer Consumer Media
Great service, Excellent shortlist, Brilliant appointment. Would happily work with the team at Harling Menzies again.

Simon Curtin, Managing Director, Frontline
"Peter, you deserved the business, two things were always in your favour;
1. You delivered the "goods" every time
2. You're a nice guy, and it's better doing business with people you like"

Andrew Gillespie - Group Marketing Operations Director, Barclays Plc
"It is always a temptation to go with a big named headhunter but my experience with Harling Menzies has proved the exception to the rule. The reality is one of comparative scale. I have found the level of commitment far greater when working with a smaller recruitment company, not to mention the ease of communication, the matter of fact approach and ultimately their hunger for results. Furthermore being small, their "off-limits" restrictions are minimal and their search penetration far greater. I would not hesitate to use them again and thoroughly recommend them."

Julie Higginbottom - Head of Resourcing and Development, Scottish & Newcastle (UK)
"We faced significant business transformation involving considerable organisational change and a need for new talent. Rapid change meant we couldn't be role specific to our recruitment supplier but we knew exactly which capabilities we needed. We needed a flexible supplier who could represent us in a professional and persuasive manner. Harling Menzies provided just what we needed and over a six month period identified a talent pool of high quality managers. I would not hesitate to recommend them."

Rona Yard - European HR Director, Nestlé Powwow Waters
"I must thank you for all the great work you have done for the business over the last two years. 11 out of 12 assignments completed is the best I have ever experienced. It has certainly helped me be as successful as I have been. I have had fun working with you, and hope if the opportunity arises we can work together again in the future."

Brian Woodhead – Retail Operations Director, BAA
“ I was originally recommended Harling Menzies by an ex- colleague, Mike Banks as we were looking to forge strong partnership relationships with a recruitment supplier to handle a sizeable volume of ongoing recruitment. Harling Menzies invested considerable time to really understand our business which paid dividends. This was reflected both in the quality and suitability of candidates which exceeded our expectations. Their international search capability attracted a mix of nationalities to the team which dramatically enhanced our cultural diversity and international way of thinking. We greatly value this true partner relationship.”

London office

Tel: +44 (0)207 917 1711

Hong Kong office

Tel: +852 2297 2883


Email: peter@harlingmenzies.com