James Caan CBE is pleased to announce the acquisition of architecture, design & built environment specialists Beeken Reeves by property recruiter GKR London, both members of the award-winning investment firm Recruitment Entrepreneur. Through several years of strategic partnership, the two businesses have built a close alliance and this acquisition will serve to strengthen both of their offerings to clients and candidates alike.
During the past six years of working in their respective businesses within the Recruitment Entrepreneur portfolio, GKR founder Grant Kaveney and Beeken Reeves founder Michael Beeken struck up a firm friendship. After collaborating on a number of roles, they saw an opportunity to provide a greater service to the market through a permanent partnership. Over the last 12 months GKR have expanded into Europe and the Middle East and by joining forces with Beeken Reeves, they have their sights set on becoming a truly global brand.
Mike Beeken, Founder & CEO of Beeken Reeves said of the acquisition: “We’ve partnered with the GKR team on projects in the past but now is the right time to take this partnership to the next level. The Built Environment is going through one of the biggest changes globally and our clients require a deep, specialist knowledge to find them the best talent. One business with one shared goal: be the most effective talent partner in the Property & Built Environment globally. We can’t wait to integrate with the new team and expand our service in the Property sector.”
Grant Kaveney, Founder & CEO of GKR, added: “I am absolutely delighted by the news! Following a fantastic 12 months of performance and several successful years of establishing the GKR brand across the Real Estate market place, the acquisition of Beeken Reeves, who are specialists in the Architecture, Design and Built Environment talent attraction field, is a clear message regarding our ambitions and what we are looking to do in the years to come”.
CEO of Recruitment Entrepreneur, Abid Hamid commented, “We are incredibly excited about the journey GKR are on as a business and now is the perfect time to form this partnership, with Michael bringing his team from Beeken Reeves and their deep, specialist knowledge of their market place. Both businesses are perfectly aligned in terms of values and appreciation for the candidate and client journey. I’m looking forward to seeing the new global approach provide clients’ with more efficient access to the range of services they require and greater responsiveness to their needs”.