Recruitment Sector Specialism

We have been advising recruitment companies on M&A transactions for over 20 years.

Recruitment Sector Specialism

We have been advising recruitment companies on M&A transactions for over 25 years.

Optima Corporate Finance - Deal Announcement IPE Ventures Acquires Taskmaster Resources

Our Latest Deal

We are delighted to announce that IPE Ventures has completed the acquisition of Taskmaster Resources, a leading industrial recruiter based in Leeds and operating nationally.

“We are grateful to Philip Ellis and the Optima team for their advice, from helping to prepare the initial offer to deal structuring, assisting with negotiations, helping to manage the deal process and working with our other advisors to coordinate through to Completion.”

Adam Fletcher

Group CEO of IPE Ventures

Previous Deals

Rota (June) and a majority stake of MMA Healthcare Recruitment (July) to TTM Healthcare Solutions

Optima Corporate Finance is delighted to announce the sale of Rota (June) and a majority stake of MMA Healthcare Recruitment (July) to TTM Healthcare Solutions, which is part of the Broadlake family of companies.

“I have known Phil for several years. Recently Optima was successful in introducing Rota, where I was CEO, to a successful buyer. Phil quickly understood the business and shareholders requirements, backed up by a depth of knowledge across the sector, ensuring the right Buyer was introduced. The Rota business acquisition went forward after the introduction and has been successfully sold. ”

Steve Segel

CEO – Rota

“We have worked with this Philip Ellis since 2019. To date, our experience has been nothing less than first-class. Philip and his team have been stellar in preparing our business memorandum, their efforts have been relentless. His communication in the process has been key in our relationship. Always accessible, always reaching out to identify opportunities, or just to let me know the status of each of our engagements with potential buyers. ”

Melinda Moolman

Managing Director – MMA International Healthcare


“I am grateful to Optima for their support and advice throughout this transaction. Philip and Andy helped us to navigate some complex areas of the deal, remaining calm and assured throughout and they were a valuable part of the team.”

Chris Short

Founder of Concept Resourcing

“We are extremely excited to welcome the I4 business into the Group. Optima played an integral role in this transaction and I am not sure that we would have managed to complete the deal without Philip’s expertise and perseverance.”

Adam Fletcher

Group CEO of IPE Ventures

“Optima were our corporate finance advisors when we sold Grovelands. I didn’t appreciate how crucial a corporate finance advisor is in a deal process, but having now been through a transaction it is clear that this is a key role. We relied on Philip to guide us, manage some unexpected issues, negotiate some key commercial terms at the latter stages of the process and coordinate the final aspects of closing the deal. He and his team worked extremely closely with us, our lawyers, accountants and tax advisors and their expertise and responsiveness made a real difference to the outcome. I would highly recommend Philip and Optima to any recruitment owners considering selling their business.”

Ben Wilson

CEO of Grovelands

“Philip supported us through the marketing, negotiation of terms, due diligence & contract negotiations when Easypay was acquired by Workr Solutions. His professionalism, knowledge & general calm demeanours during, at times, a very stressful process, were invaluable. I would wholeheartedly recommend Philip’s expert guidance to support any business seeking to acquire or be acquired, especially in the Recruitment sector.”

Amanda Hobson & Sarah Shaw

Directors of Easypay

“….It’s also the first deal we did where a Corporate Finance advisor was involved, and not for lack of trying! I have to give a nod to Philip Ellis of Optima Corporate Finance, who we found to be a man of integrity who understands how to get deals done.”

Stephen Mix

CEO of Workr Group (not our client)

“We engaged Optima to prepare a valuation of Spencer Ogden as the basis for agreeing a share price for the sale and purchase of shares between the two founding shareholders… We were impressed with Optima’s approach and their report, which incorporated a range of valuation methodologies and drew on their extensive knowledge of the recruitment sector… I would happily recommend any recruitment business seeking corporate finance advice to work with Optima.”

Sir Peter Ogden

Co-Chairman, Spencer Ogden Limited

Latest News & Past Deals

Optima present the Talent Tech Leader of the Year Award

Optima sponsor and present the Talent Tech Leader of the Year Award to Ryan McCabe of Odro

Optima acts as corporate finance advisor for the acquisition of Easypay Services by Workr Group

We are delighted to recognise JoinedUp as winners of the Optima Workforce Solution of the Year in the 2020 Talent Tech Star Awards, on behalf of TALiNT Partners.

Zebra People & HW Global Talent Partner

Optima provide corporate finance advice to HW Global Talent Partner as they acquire UK digital recruitment agency Zebra People

Your World Recruitment Group + Healthcare Solution Services

Your World Recruitment Group has completed its acquisition of Essex-based agency, Healthcare Solution Services which specialises in the placement of healthcare staff into prisons.

Optima Corporate Finance win Corporate Finance Advisor of the Year at the Recruitment International Supplier Awards

We are proud to announce that Optima has won The Best Corporate Finance / M&A Provider of the year at the Recruitment International Supplier Awards

Philip Ellis Awarded “Deal Maker of The Year” Award by Finance Monthly Magazine
Optima Corporate Finance - Meet the team
Video icon

Watch our latest webinar

Creating Value and Scale through Mergers and Acquisitions within Executive Search

This webinar, ‘Creating value and scale through M&A within Executive Search’ demystifies the M&A topic within the executive search in a practical way, showing clearly how you can benefit.

What type of deals are being done, with what type of organisations and what is the real value of a search firm? The reality of what is happening in the industry with respect to M&A.

Why has there been an exponential rise in appetite for exit plans and M&A within the executive search industry? Explaining the phenomenal and ongoing transformation of the industry in the last three years in relation to M&A.

How can executive search firm leaders prepare for, identify and negotiate the optimal deal? Providing advice on maximising the outcome and minimising mistakes.

Video icon

Watch our latest interview

Learning from Leaders

In this latest interview, Philip talks about the challenges the sector has faced over the last year. He also discusses the importance of compliance, how it can affect the value of the business and how to prepare a business to optimise value for a potential exit, giving a flavour for the nature of investors that are looking at the sector.

Copyright 2022 Optima Corporate Finance

73 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BJ

Telephone: 020 7164 6664

Website by

Privacy Policy | Cookie Statement