Yorkshire headhunting business on track to grow by 112%

Emma Robinson

Founder, Emma Robinson, is one of the UK’s leading headhunters, supporting clients with some of the most challenging issues facing businesses and its people, including the global relocation of personnel, replacing legacy staff and succession planning.

Red Diamond specialises in the financial services, construction, pharmaceuticals and aerospace sectors – working with some of the world’s largest organisations in those industries – but also supports some of the Yorkshire region’s leading family-led and PE-backed firms. These include manufacturers and retailers; specialising in helping firms grow from £20m turnover to £100m+. The firm often places CEOs and financial directors on salaries of hundreds of thousands per year.

Emma said: “The last two years have been incredibly testing for many people in the C-suite, who have been faced with both opportunities and challenges – many of which have been people-related, with remote working, The Great Resignation and the four-day week coming to the fore.

“What a lot of people might not realise, is that a head-hunter’s job goes far beyond ‘just’ finding people. At Red Diamond, we’re involved at a strategic level, and we have strong business acumen, meaning that we use niche techniques which help our clients to see gaps in their skill sets and develop new market opportunities.”

This strategic stance has helped the business to grow organically year-on-year, and it now has plans to open locations in London and APAC and grow its Middle Eastern operation by 2023 – the very place the business was founded by Emma and her husband, Simon in 2008.

Last year, they launched Red Diamond Recruitment to support businesses with middle-management recruitment, after CEOs who they’d placed in positions were increasingly asking for help recruiting people at different levels of their organisations.

With plans to hire three additional recruiters / headhunters by Q4 of this year, Red Diamond will also launch its London office in the immediate future, enabling it to take advantage of the capital’s strong financial sector – recognised by the business as a growth market. Tech, engineering and aviation are other key sectors for Red Diamond over the next five years.


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