Mansfield education recruitment agency acquired

Eddie Austin

Teachers UK, a specialist education recruitment agency based in Mansfield, has been acquired by Operam Education Group after it received investment from BGF and HSBC.

Founded in 2017 by resourcing specialists Eddie Austin and Andrew Frome, Operam is an education recruitment agency operating across three branches with its head office in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Teachers UK supplies teachers, lecturers and support staff to academies, schools, colleges and nurseries across the region. The acquisition will strengthen Operam’s regional presence further across the UK and will bring almost 40 years of collective experience to the existing Operam platform.

Eddie Austin, CEO of Operam, said: “We’re delighted to welcome The Education Specialists and Teachers UK to the Operam Group. Both are highly regarded industry specialists and will help us to broaden our reach and continue to provide high quality candidates to more schools in the regions.”

“We have built our reputation and relationships in the market through our intimate knowledge of client needs, our efficiency, and our track record in matching high-quality candidates with the right roles. Our vision for Operam is to drive growth both organically and via acquisition and build a group of real scale over the next three years. I’m excited to enter this next stage of growth with BGF and HSBC’s backing.”

Barry Jackson, who led the deal on behalf of BGF, said: “Eddie and Andrew are well-respected specialists with over 50 years’ experience in education recruitment. They have developed a strong pipeline of acquisition targets and have ambitious plans for organic growth in the coming years, and we’re delighted to be partnering with them at this exciting stage of their development.

“We’re pleased to be bringing another South Yorkshire based business into the BGF portfolio. We’re seeing more and more ambitious management teams in the region with exciting growth plans, and we’re delighted to be on the ground and supporting innovation and development.”

Scott Christian, Relationship Director for HSBC UK, South Yorkshire & Humber, said: “It’s an exciting time for Operam Education Group, with these latest acquisitions adding valuable expertise to this rapidly expanding business. In a short space of time, Operam has demonstrated its in-depth knowledge of the education sector, identifying great opportunities and making bold steps into new markets. We’re delighted to support the group as it continues to grow.”