Sponsors & Developers
This is a market almost unrecognisable from the one which, 10 years ago, One Search started out as an active participant within. Back then in the UK it was all about PFI, with a gravy train of projects in the health and education spaces in particular, not to mention transport. These days it is much more diverse, with some big transport projects, a wide variety of renewable energy technologies coming into play across the UK (offshore wind being a particular strength, with our long, windy coastline) and developments in the regeneration of underfunded and deprived areas. And it is not just about the UK, by any means – One Search is actively working alongside developers globally, from Chinese wind turbine manufacturers looking to make their mark in Latin America, to UK Infra sponsors going to America to get involved in P3. This is a vibrant and industrious marketplace, and One Search is proud to have a strong presence in each of the following sub-sectors:
The core market from which One Search has grown, the early days for us were about PFI/PPP hiring for longstanding clients like John Laing, for whom we have delivered over 20 assignments since 2006. Today we work with a host of the world’s leading infra developers, ensuring they have the right people on board to spearhead projects across transport, social infrastructure and regeneration globally.
Increasingly in recent years our exposure to energy developers has increased, especially those concerned with renewable energy. We aligned ourselves with Lightsource from the very beginning and have made multiple hires into their business as it has grown from 5 to 355 people in 6 years. We also work with major power companies in the UK and abroad as they put in place the power stations needed to support huge demand in developed and developing countries alike.
We have partnered with firms such as Quintain, recruiting positions such as Head of Financial Modelling for them as they took on the task of developing the land around Wembley Stadium and the Greenwich Peninsula. We also work with the likes of GVA, for whom we have placed an entire Financial Consulting team, and a variety of other firms who use us for our links to MRICS qualified investment professionals.