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Edward Manson Compliance, Credit Risk & Analytics, Customer Contact...

MERJE have revealed a record annual turnover of £10.06m in 2019 as our business celebrates consistent year-on-year financial growth since it was founded eight years ago.

The result, based on January to December 2019, marks MERJE’s best performance since the business was established in 2011. This represents a 21% increase in turnover from £8.6m in 2018, a figure we matched in 2017 after reaching £7.05m, which equates to an impressive near 50% rise in revenue in just two years.

Across MERJE’s seven core disciplines, which include Risk and Compliance, Finance and Audit, Customer Contact and Procurement, the business enjoyed an impressive 22% increase in contractor placements.

Andrew Varty, Managing Consultant of the Finance and Audit team, said: “We have observed a continuing demand for our contractor services by our clients, who look to quickly and seamlessly draft in niche expertise to provide support with projects and skills gaps.

“While we anticipated major challenges for clients on account of IR35, the delay has enabled continued stability during present circumstances. We predict that COVID-19 and the current climate will result in organisations furthering requiring the specialist services that contractors are able to provide.”

2019 also saw us increase our employee headcount by 10% as the business launched a Finance Practice division with the purpose of strengthening its position within Accountancy practices.

In addition, we appointed a new Head of Business Development at the start of 2020. The aim of Michael Brennan’s appointment is to assist the business on its financial trajectory amid strategic plans to expand the company’s national reach. Michael is responsible for strengthening relationships with existing clients across the whole of the UK, as well as building new business across all disciplines and emerging markets.

The continued development of our 12-month-old Procurement and Contact Centre Front-Line Talent recruitment services saw a significant volume of business wins too. We are now looking ahead and exploring the addition of a Legal offering as the business recognises continuous demand in this buoyant sector, which compliments its current service provision.

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted for the Recruiter Awards 2020 in the Best Client Service and Best Banking/Financial Services Recruitment Agency categories.

The business is also sponsoring a series of illustrious industry events in 2020, subject to current circumstances. They include the Credit Summit, the Credit Awards, ICA London, the AMLP Forum, CCMA (UK) and FinTech North.

Jonathan Abelson, Managing Director and Co-founder of MERJE, said: “It is a fantastic outcome that we were able to achieve such significant financial success in 2019 and even more impressive despite facing difficult market conditions. They include the inherently competitive nature of our industry, a rise in in-house recruitment teams and high demands of clients around certain skill-sets.

“We are proud to have made good strategic progress, rounding off a turbulent year in a positive position. This is an amazing feat and testament to our unrivalled client and candidate services.

“We were able to expand our offering to include a new Finance Practice arm, while seeing the Procurement and Contact Centre Front-Line Talent teams flourish and achieve strong business results.

“We are also delighted to welcome Michael Brennan to MERJE, who has already made a significant impact in this short space of time. We are confident, given his calibre, experience and track-record, that he will add real value while helping us to realise our ambitious growth plans over the coming years.

“The fact that 2019 was such a strong year was down to the considerable determination and hardworking attitude of our specialist consultants. We have always been very particular about hiring people who share our ethos and values in order to sustain the unique culture that has evolved at MERJE over the years. It is their continued dedication, knowledge and work ethic which will help us to navigate through the unprecedented circumstances of 2020 and ensure that we maintain the highest standard of service, alongside our financial track record.”