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Compass Recruitment Solutions invests in Carrot Recruitment to accelerate its global life sciences offering

May 30, 2023

Compass Recruitment Solutions (“CRS”) announces an investment in Carrot Recruitment, a leading UK headquartered pharmaceutical and life science recruitment firm. Carrot offers recruitment solutions across a range of skills functions with a particular specialism in medical communications and business intelligence. This complements the research and development focus of CRS’s existing business, Compass Life Sciences, and will help accelerate growth and build scale in the sector.

Both Carrot and Compass Life Sciences offer a premium contingent service for industry clients with mid-tier management, scientific, professional, and specialist roles. With the combination of the two, Compass will be able to deliver recruitment solutions in life sciences across a broader range of markets and geographies, with its offices in both Europe and the US. Carrot has expertise across the entire product lifecycle including healthcare communications, business intelligence, sales & marketing, market access, clinical research, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and manufacturing whilst Compass Life Sciences offers expertise within R&D, clinical, regulatory, medical affairs and data science.

In addition, Compass Executives, a retained senior executive life sciences search practice for C-suite and C- minus one leadership roles, will benefit from referrals from and to both Carrot and Compass Life Sciences.

Sam Leighton-Smith, Group Managing Director at CRS said:

 “We are delighted to welcome the Carrot team into the Compass fold and look forward to realising the benefits and value that our businesses combined can offer. We see many complimentary attributes for our client partners as well as exciting opportunities for staff as we look to continue our ambitious international growth agenda.”

 Debbie Anderson, Founding Director at Carrot Recruitment said:

 “Becoming part of the Compass Group represents an exciting step in our growth journey and importantly provides us with a platform to enhance and extend our service offerings further into European and US markets. In Compass we have found a perfect long-term home for the Carrot Recruitment brand, and we very much look forward to our partnership moving forwards”.

Shawbrook Bank provided the finance for the deal, Blake Morgan represented CRS for the legal undertakings and James Cowper Kreston undertook the financial due diligence.

For further information please contact:

 Compass Recruitment Solutions (“CRS”)

  • David Bland, Head of Marketing
  • Tel:       +44 2392 384 555
  • Email:   [email protected]

Carrot Recruitment (“CR”)

  • Debbie Anderson, Founding Director
  • Tel:       +44 1625 541 030
  • Email:   [email protected]