HeadFirst Group (“HeadFirst”), the leading technology enabled HR sourcing platform for employing professionals, announces it has secured an initial EUR 75 million investment from Kartesia. The transaction will include the European investment fund acquiring a minority stake in HeadFirst Group, which provides HR services for more than ten thousand professionals at hundreds of clients every day.

The flex market is expanding and for intermediaries and managed service providers, a sector in which HeadFirst Group is a major player, it is growing fast. The company is active with its platform solutions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Poland and Switzerland and sees opportunities to add clients in other European countries as well. CEO Han Kolff of HeadFirst Group said: “The support of a strong financial partner like Kartesia helps to accelerate our growth strategy, both within the Netherlands and across Europe. The focus is on expanding HeadFirst’s role as a full-service HR services provider, innovating with smart online solutions and adding value for our clients with rich data.”

In Kartesia, HeadFirst has found a partner that suits the company and its entrepreneurial culture. Kartesia is a leading provider of capital solutions for mid-market companies in Europe. Recently, Kartesia has invested in a number of technology-enabled business services companies including, among others Sewan, the French market leader in digital telephony, Richardson Sales Performance, the global leader in sales training and performance improvement and Main Energie, a supplier of innovative energy supply solutions focused on SMEs across the Netherlands.

Jean Diercxsens, Director at Kartesia, added: “HeadFirst is one of the leading players in the HR services market in the Benelux, offering innovative, value-added solutions for its extensive client, supplier and freelance base. The group has a proven track record of both organic and external growth, gaining market share through technology-enabled services in a competitive environment. We look forward to working closely with the team to continue to unlock the company’s potential across Europe.”

About HeadFirst Group
HeadFirst Group is market leader in the Benelux in the field of professional organization of external hiring. The Company offers a variety of flex solutions, including contracting, matchmaking, msp-services and business consultancy. Daily, more than ten thousand professionals work for over 350 clients in Europe, with which HeadFirst Group realizes an annual turnover of more than €1bn. HeadFirst Group’s main brands are intermediaries HeadFirst and Myler and managed service provider Staffing Management Services.

About Kartesia
Kartesia is a pan-European, independent and privately-owned specialist provider of credit and capital solutions. They are focused on offering customised resources across the capital structure to leading mid-market companies from a wide range of industries, with the view to accelerate their pace of growth. Kartesia manages over €2.5bn in assets and is operated by a team of 50 experienced professionals across investment and operating teams led by its four founding Managing Partners. The group has offices in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Munich and Paris.

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Do you have any questions or comments regarding this press release? Do you have any questions or comments about this press release? Please contact Bart van der Geest, manager marketing & communication at HeadFirst Group, at +31 (0)23 – 568 56 30 or bart.vandergeest@headfirst.nl.