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Client Testimonials

Talarius, John Shaw Interim HR Director - (Best Version People Ltd
"I worked with Guy to help find a permanent HR Director for Talarius who I was working for in an interim capacity. He was thorough,flexible and hugely customer orientated. I would very happily work with him in the future and can whole heartedly recommend him as a recruiter with expertise"

Associated Press (APTN), Nigel Sands - Finance Director, EMEA and Asia, 
"I have just finished working with Guy in placing somebody in a Senior FP&A role. What I really liked was that Guy took the time to understand the business and the key requirements of the role, and as result was extremely selective in putting forward candidates. And of course one of Guy's candidates was taken on. What more do I need to say"

EnServe Group Limited, Julie Downman - Finance Director Freedom Group
"Guy provided an excellent candidate on a recent recruitment and I will continue to use him for sourcing high quality candidates in the future"

Hertz International, Derek Bambrick - Senior International Executive Recruiter 
"Guy Matthews is your true professional recruiter with a excellent customer service and worked with us on a challenging project. Harcourt Matthews are a professional operation and having worked with Guy and Helen Shearman in the past I hold them with high regard and they have a real pulse on the Accountancy Market"

HCP, Andrew Kershaw  Portfolio Finance Director
"I've worked with Guy Mathews over a number of years and I have always found him to be completely honest and to offer sound advice. He has provided the best quality people and really understands his clients"

Mostons (Chartered Accountants) and clients of the firm, Paul Moston - Principal Partner
"Guy gets to the heart of the issue. He finds the right solution and is totally focussed on finding the right person for any role. He has a fantastic sense of business requirements and is a great hole filler. I'd always recommend him and frequently do"

Europa, Russell Muldoon - Group Finance Director
"I have known Guy for a number of years now and have always found his knowledge of the market to be ahead of most of his competitors. I have worked with Guy as a recruiter and as a candidate and recommend him"

Talarius, Liam Dolan-Barr FCIPD - HR Director Talarius
"Guy and the team at Harcourt Matthews helped me secure my current role. I was impressed with the attention to detail - clearly knowing his client and culture, which really helped me decide whether this role would be a good fit. He and his team were impressively quick, the whole process took a matter of weeks!, yet each stage had quality feedback, counsel and guidance. Thanks!"

Mrs Mummypenny (ex Finance Manger - Thresher/Firstquench Retail), Lynn James - Commercial Manager & Founder
"Harcourt Matthews first placed me at Threshers, so I've known them for coming up to 10 years. I have no hesitation in recommending them as a recruitment consultants - placing you or to use for hiring staff. They are brilliant at offering advice when needed and always makes an effort to keep in touch regularly. They would be my first point of contact if I was looking for another role and if I needed to employ a finance professional"

MLex Market Intelligence (ex Electric Word Plc and Informa Plc), Quentin Brocklebank - Finance Director
"I have kept contact with Mark and the Harcourt Matthews team over a number of years as I have moved across several organisations. I have found them to be very good listeners, who will then advise on and attempt to meet your brief in an honest and insightful manner" (Client & Candidate)

Morrison fs, Andrew Goldie - Interim Regional FD 
"Guy is a great listener whose excellent network brings forward the right candidates to interview across a wide range of locations/levels. I was able to recruit for a number of roles in short timescales and saw good alternative candidates to benchmark against. Very reliable and delivers results." Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

 

Peverel, Nigel Howell - CFO (ex CFO Morrison fs)
"I have used Harcourt Matthews many times and rate them highly.  Guy is hugely proactive in finding the right candidate quickly, and knows the market well." (hired more than once); Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, On Time

Linklaters & the BBC, Sandy Clark - Partnership Accounting Manager and Head of Finance (MeDAS)
"I have known Guy for over 15 years. Initially he helped me recruit several staff and we have kept in touch over the years. Most recently, he helped me find a new position. He was extremely helpful to me throughout my job search, from the outset to completion and beyond. From discussions with my new colleagues, Guy listened to their needs, understood well what they were seeking and kept in good communication with them throughout the recruitment process. I have no reservations in recommending Guy and expect to use him for any recruitment needs in the future." Year first hired: 1995 (hired more than once) Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity


Morrison fs, Stephen Huane - Financial Planning Manager
"I have worked with Guy and his company as both a candidate and as a client. As a candidate I was impressed by his high level of professionalism and knowledge of, not just his clients' needs, but also of their business and issues. This gave me the utmost confidence in using his services for recruiting and Guy delivered very good quality candidates one of which was recruited. I would highly recommend Guy to clients and candidates alike." Year first hired: 2010 (hired more than once) Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Monsoon Accessorize, Darrell Edon - Head of Commercial Finance
"Guy has helped me both find a role for myself and to fill vacancies. Guy provided candidates to the brief specified, to a high calibre. He is easy to do business with, delivers great results and expertise and is extremely personable"

The Girls' Day School Trust, Colin Hawkins - Interim Finance Director
"At The Girls' Day School Trust, we employed Harcourt Matthews as one of two recruiters to hire a Financial Planning Analyst and a Procurement Manager in 2009 and 2010. Both roles were newly created. In respect of both tasks, Guy was successful in providing the winning candidates. The extra you get with Guy is that he takes the trouble to understand the structure and culture of the organisation and he is prepared to ask robust questions that lead to highly valuable thinking. His contribution was valuable, his fees were good value and the service was prompt." Qualities: Great Results, On Time, Creative

AWE and Carillion Andy Kershaw - Finance Director
"I have used Harcourt Matthews as my first choice agency for a number of years. This has allowed us to build a partnership based upon a real understanding of the business needs and is demonstrated in the relevance of skills and knowledge displayed by candidates put forward for interview. Harcourt Mathews have offered salient advice and been proved to be correct on many occasions. They are one of the most trust worthy and professional companies I have come across in very a competitive field"

Land Securities PLC, Matt Kettell - Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management
"I was most impressed by the responsiveness of the team at Harcourt Matthews. From their short-list of four candidates, I have ended up recruiting two excellent individuals. Although this was the first time that Land Securities and Harcourt Matthews have worked together, they quickly understood my requirements and have exceeded my expectations in a number of areas."

Pizza Hut, Fiona Smith - HR Manager and Director of Franchise
"I have personally worked with Harcourt Matthews on a number of assignments. They are always quick to respond and are happy to adapt their way of working to suit my needs. I especially appreciate their desire to understand and match candidates to the company's culture. The process is efficient and I know from speaking to candidates that they are well looked after too, which is key. The high calibre of their candidates and the open, honest and friendly way in which they conduct themselves makes them a definite member of my PSL for the foreseeable future".

Virgin Mobile, Mark Bowden - Manager of Business Cases
"The service offered by Harcourt Matthews stood head and shoulders above many of the big recruitment names in London, it was professional, efficient and honest. Most of the large recruitment consultancies are guilty of giving you all the sales ‘patter' at the beginning of a search and then sending you some thoroughly inappropriate candidates. All the candidates from Harcourt Matthews were of good quality and when opportunities next arise in my team, I would not hesitate to contact them."

Carillion PM, Ian Rogers - Divisional Financial Controller
"Carillion acquired Alfred McAlpine and had to integrate the business working to a very tight timescale. Harcourt Matthews were selected as a preferred supplier to support the recruitment of a range of qualified staff for my team nationwide. They provided high calibre, quality candidates that had been sourced, selected and pre-screened on behalf of Carillion using a fresh honest and flexible approach managing the project in an efficient, professional and consultative manner."

Centrica Plc, Russell George Head of Finance, IS & Corporate Functions
"I approached Harcourt Matthews when I needed to fill two positions in the commercial finance team. They responded quickly with a great shortlist of CVs from suitable candidates and managed the interview process in an effective and timely manner. This resulted in two quality appointments, one permanent and one interim. Harcourt Matthews have since maintained a regular and genuine interest in their progress and, one year on, I am delighted that both appointments have proved to be a great success. I shall be encouraging my colleagues to utilise Harcourt Matthews services when their needs arise."

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