Super 30 Companies of the Year 2019

A specialist provider of Strategic, Operational and M&A talent both on a permanent and independent consulting basis: The Barton Partnership


Our Independent Consulting business offers rapid response and deployment of strategy professionals across all sectors with project duration ranging from one week to twelve months.

The Barton Partnership was established in 2007 as a niche, executive recruitment firm providing permanent recruitment and independent consulting supporting Strategy, Transformation and M&A in London, New York, Europe, and Asia.

The company’s clients include FTSE listed and Fortune 500 companies across all sectors/industries; SME’s, Strategic, Innovation & Management Consulting firms (large and boutique), Global Financial Services, Private Equity, and Venture Capital organizations. Its network represents talent from Analyst to Partner/MD level across all disciplines and sectors associated with Strategy, Transformation & Change, and M&A.

The key to its success lies in the experienced talent it has acquired. The Barton Partnership’s team consists of former tier-one Strategy Consultants working alongside recruiters that have operated in this market for nearly 20 years which gives it a clear and distinct advantage in understanding the needs of the people it works with, whether you are an employer seeking new talent or an individual looking for a career change. 

The services offered

Independent Consulting

The firm provides consultants for projects suited to individuals (often smaller projects big consulting firms wouldn’t get out of bed for) through its curated network of 2200 independents across Europe. Its consultants have a combination of consulting and real-world experience to offer pragmatic advice on Strategy, Transformation, and M&A.

Since starting in 2014 The Barton Partnership has completed over 500 projects for over 250 clients across Europe from junior analytical strategy support through managing transactions to leading major transformation programs. Over 75% of its clients have already returned for further support and 98% say they met or exceeded their expectations.

The firm takes the time to define the project requirements with its clients and suggests two or three consultants from The Barton Partnership’s network it believes could deliver the work but leave the choice to the client to find the best cultural fit. It then keeps in close touch with the consultant and client throughout the project to ensure deliverables are met on time to the satisfaction of stakeholders.

The Barton Partnership’s leadership are themselves former independent consultants with experience from consultancies like Bain and Boston Consulting Group combined with real-world experience in running $100M P&Ls and operational leadership. 

​Permanent Recruiting

The specific goal of The Barton Partnership is to establish key long-term working partnerships with organizations, giving them access to the best talent available in the market. The company strives to fully understand the market in which you operate, your business, the challenges you are facing and your requirements in order for them to deliver the right individuals at the right time. The secret to its success isn’t just in the identification of the right individuals but ensuring the ‘fit’ is right. “When the firm works on any assignment our ethos has always been that we would rather send three profile CVs for individuals that have been met with by one of our consultants and fully qualified to ensure their interest in the position and company, rather than 5-6 profiles of people that could be relevant,” says Nicholas Barton, Founder and CEO.

A testament to this approach is reflected in the fact that in the last 3 years 84% of the individuals it has placed are at the same company with 50% at the same company but in a different role - only 16% are at a different company and different position!

The Barton Partnership commits to only undertake a select number of assignments at any one time thus guaranteeing that it is not diluting its service level offering. The firm’s business has been built on this principle, which is reflected in the repeat business that it receives from its clients.

Belaud the brilliance

Nicholas Barton, Founder, and CEO:Nicholas founded The Barton Partnership in late 2007 and has succeeded in building a niche executive recruitment firm with an enviable reputation within the Strategy, Transformation and M&A arena. From a standing start, he has built a team of professionals renowned not only for their talent acquisition skills but also their subject matter expertise with offices in London, Europe, New York, and Asia.

Throughout his career, he has specialized in, and successfully executed, on over 250 senior retained and contingent assignments across Commerce, Financial Services and Professional Services both in the UK and Internationally.

In his spare time (when such a thing exists) Nicholas likes to spend time with his family, renovating his house (which will be a never-ending project), is an avid film watcher and keeps fit by playing tennis and going to the gym.

“We provide a one-stop shop by possessing the capability to build an entire team or orchestrate a team move for our clients by working across all levels, from Analyst to Partner. This integrated approach saves clients from using more than one search firm and helps us to provide candidates who we know to be well matched culturally and technically.”