Search Reputation

With over 20 years in talent search, we have developed long-term, trusted relationships with many well-known brands as well as some terrific candidates. Here are some comments that business leaders and candidates have been kind enough to share:

“I was introduced to Claire and Sue when looking to fill a senior position within our retail business. I was impressed from the start, from agreeing a brief to running the process, they hit every milestone. They are very well connected within retail and that was reflected in the quality of the shortlist. The communication and follow-up with both candidates and us were outstanding, it felt like a very personal service. We made a successful appointment and have used Court & Spark Consulting again. I would have no hesitation in recommending Claire and Sue to anyone who has a senior retail requirement.”

Neville Moore, Managing Director, Ulster Stores

“I have been working with Court & Spark on the recruitment of our new retail team since 2022, as a new start up it was important to work with an agency who understood us, The Royal Parks and what we were aiming to achieve… Claire and Sue simply got it from the outset which was refreshing and exciting to be working with them so closely.

The knowledge and support Court & Spark were able to give was key in the early stages of defining our retail strategy and as such allowed my team to be more flexible in our overall approach to the resource and timelines necessary to recruit and onboard the team. The end-to-end process they put into place was simply a dream, their oversight and understanding of the market meant no heavy lifting was required of me and my team, one of the main reasons we continue working with them… oh, and the standard of those being short listed was very high, it felt like Claire and Sue really were part of our internal team.

I have no doubt that I will continue working with Court & Spark as our retail channels grow and would thoroughly recommend them to anyone who is considering working with them in the future.”

Jo Fyfe, Deputy Commercial Director, The Royal Parks

“I worked with Claire during an important search for a key member of my leadership team. All the candidates that she presented were of the highest calibre, with a broad mix of relevant experiences, and the search concluded with an outstanding recruit. Claire was professional, flexible and proactive throughout, and I would not hesitate to recommend her.”

Tom Broughton, Founder, Cubitts

“Claire helped us recruit our Head of Retail and the experience for us (as well as the candidates) from start to finish was first class. More importantly the quality of pre-qualified and interested candidates was very high. I hope we don’t have a vacancy to fill anytime soon, but if we do Claire will be first to know.”

Matt Nilsson, Managing Director, Odin Retail

“Working with Sue as a recruitment partner was a very positive experience – partnership, rigour, pace, honesty, high service standards and a personalised approach are all words that describe the service Sue provided on the search briefs for our business. Sue provides a personalised bespoke search service, ensuring that she understands the needs of your search brief; she gets under the skin of your business and its particular ways of working. She will keep you updated on progress along the way and work in partnership with you to find outstanding talent.”

Victoria Hodges, People and Culture Director, White Stuff

“Court & Spark never fails to impress me with their ability to grasp the company culture and our recruitment needs. The calibre of our recruits is testament to their excellent work.”

Head of HR, Health and Beauty International

“Court & Spark’s ability to deliver on highly confidential searches is second to none. They thoroughly understand how we work and were able to source high calibre people from the limited pool with the necessary luxury credentials. We appointed two outstanding candidates to important roles within our business and I was absolutely delighted with the outcome.”

Retail Director, Kurt Geiger

“I have worked with Claire both as a client and a candidate and have found that in both roles the quality of service I received was always of the highest standard. Her level of knowledge, experience and professionalism is exactly what you expect and require when you are making some of the most important decisions you can make in your business life.”

A S Watson, International Healthcare Director

“When the need arises to conduct a confidential search, my first port of call is always Court & Spark. With their extensive network they are always able to put together a high-quality shortlist – I will certainly be using them again.”

CEO, Health and Beauty, London

“Claire Beasley has restored my faith in agencies. From day one, I felt really valued and knew she had my best interests at heart. Claire was very thorough and got to know every inch of my career and experience, always keeping me up to date, well informed and totally supported. It has been a pleasure working with Claire in my hunt for the perfect job and I would 100% recommend Court & Spark to anyone.”

Amy Whittaker, Head of Retail

“My candidate experience with Claire was excellent – honest and open throughout. Communication was clear and timely, with frequent updates and I really appreciated the genuine approach in sharing where I got it right but also where improvements were needed. At offer stage Claire ensured all considerations were reviewed and met and on acceptance the kind touch of a congratulations card really did surprise and delight. Having the opportunity to be supported by Claire was a real privilege.”

Katie Dolby, Managing Director

“Court & Spark has done an amazing job for us on several occasions. They really understand our business needs, our culture and what we are looking for in a candidate.”

CEO, Furniture, London