A year on from a management buyout, Bristol-based change management specialist ea Change is going from strength-to-strength.
In just over 12 months, the business has doubled the size of its team, trebled its interim numbers and significantly increased turnover, with monthly revenue increasing by 135 percent.
Despite taking over the business in the midst of a global pandemic, owners James McNicol and Andrew Oliver were confident from the outset that the business was prime for success and have stuck with their ambitious growth plans, building on the company’s already strong reputation.
James said: “There was a period, not so long ago, when business seemed to stop spending in any meaningful way. Brexit uncertainty coupled with the impact of Covid led to a lot of hesitation but, touch wood, things seem to be moving in a much more positive direction with clients investing in a way we haven’t seen since 2018.
“It is incredible how quickly things can change and we wanted to make sure that we were in a prime position to take advantage of any shifts. After a period of uncertainly, we are finding that lots of people are moving jobs again, the market moved very quickly from being client to candidate led.”
James and Andrew have invested heavily in training, technology and a new CRM system to ensure that business systems are robust while the company itself is agile and able to adapt quickly to any changes in the market.
Andy said: “Even though ea Change is a well-established, well-respected name within the industry, since the takeover we have endeavoured to run it with a start-up mentality, making changes and ensuring that we’re agile and able to pivot as and when required.
“From the outset we’ve worked to build a positive culture for our business. Recruitment can be a challenging industry and we want to make sure that we nurture our talent, creating an exciting and supportive environment.
“Our team is at the heart of what we do. Of course, experience is important but so are enthusiasm, energy and drive – subsequently we employ people based solely on their talent and have a young, diverse, passionate team. We put a lot of effort into our people policies, ensuring that we reward and incentivise our staff for the work they put in.”
Ea Change was established in 1998 and underwent a management buyout in 2021.
Ea Change specialists in all aspects of business and IT transformation, including interim and permanent hire placements, executive search, as well as being expert at managing larger, statement of work driven projects.