Fi­nan­cial ser­vices and in­sur­ance re­cruiter Eirkoo in MBO

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Sa­man­tha Mc­caugh­ren

THREE Ir­ish­men have com­pleted a man­age­ment buy­out of a re­cruit­ment busi­ness spe­cial­is­ing in in­sur­ance, wealth man­age­ment and ac­count­ing from the Aus­tralian par­ent com­pany.

Re­cruit­ment com­pany Stir­ling Mansell was founded by Ir­ish­man Niall Hamill and has of­fices in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Ire­land and the UK. In a re­struc­tur­ing, the Ir­ish busi­ness is be­ing ac­quired from the group by di­rec­tors John Mansell and Dar­ragh Ever­ard, as well at Hamill.

The Ir­ish busi­ness is be­ing re­named Eirkoo, which is the pho­netic spell­ing for the Ir­ish word for re­cruit­ment.

Said Ever­ard: “We placed lots and lots of Ir­ish peo­ple who moved over to Aus­tralia. The brain drain eight years ago dur­ing the re­ces­sion was ac­tu­ally good tim­ing for us as we placed a lot of th­ese peo­ple. When I moved back here three years ago, we placed a lot of those peo­ple back here.”

He said the com­pany now plans to ramp up ac­tiv­i­ties in the area of fi­nance cap­i­tal­is­ing on op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by Brexit. It cur­rently em­ploys 12 peo­ple and plans to dou­ble this num­ber over 12 to 18 months and open new of­fices in Lim­er­ick and ei­ther Cork or Gal­way.

Eirkoo Re­cruit­ment man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dar­ragh Ever­ard and di­rec­tor John Mansell are tar­get­ing Brexit op­por­tu­ni­ties. Photo: Tony Gavin

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