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DP Connect Completes MBO

Posted: 2017-05-03
DP Connect has been acquired in a management buyout. The company, which has its headquarters in Bromley, Kent with operations in Cambridge and Edinburgh, has been acquired by its current managing director, Aidan Anglin (pictured left) from its founder, Toni Cocozza (pictured right). Employing more than 150 direct employees and on-site contractors, DP Connect was founded in 1990 to provide high-quality IT recruitment solutions. It also provides technology services, including managed IT service solutions and outsourced IT support services to sectors across the UK. The business has enjoyed significant growth over recent years, forecasting turnover of £17m during its current financial year ending 30th June 2017. Anglin joined DP Connect five years ago as an advisor to the board, subsequently becoming managing director. In a 20-year career Anglin has held senior roles within a number of the UK’s major recruiters, particularly in the technology sector, including a role with a global corporate where he was responsible for a team of 400 consultants. Having completed the management buyout, Anglin will work with DP Connect’s existing management team, with support from Cocozza in an advisory capacity, to further develop and scale-up the business. Anglin was advised in the transaction by Newcastle-based Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance, led by partner Carl Swansbury and manager, Alex Simpson, who structured the management buyout and secured funding from Yorkshire Bank (North East) working with associate director, Daryl Peart and Ian Stephenson. Yorkshire Bank (North East) received legal advice from partner and head of banking, Louise Duffy, and corporate finance associate, Adam Rayner, at North East-based firm, Muckle LLP. The legal advisors to Anglin were Andrew Wright, senior partner, and solicitor Arran Brooker from Clarkson Wright & Jakes. Cocozza was advised by RSM with legal advice from ASB Law. Anglin said, “Toni has built a very successful company, which I am proud to have been part of for the past five years and will now build upon DP Connect’s strong position in the market to deliver further growth and a prosperous future. “We have established a strong niche in the tech sector for both recruitment and IT services, which has enabled the business to support a growing client base and work with a large cohort of talented technology professionals. I am really looking forward to working with my management team and our staff to take the business forward.” Cocozza commented, “Aidan has been a real asset to the business over the past five years and is the ideal person to help realise my succession plan for DP Connect. Under his guidance the business will continue to flourish and remain at the forefront of the evolving technology sector to ensure we deliver the highest quality services and candidates.” Swansbury added, “DP Connect is a very well established business that will have a secure and positive future under Aidan’s ownership. His track record in the IT and recruitment market is exceptional and along with his experience working within DP Connect he can ensure the company can go from strength to strength.” Peart stated, "Both DP Connect and Aidan are well known within the industry and we are proud to have provided our support to assist with this transaction. "We have no doubt Aidan will continue to take the company from strength-to-strength, utilising the skills and experience of the current team.” https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2017/04/dp-connect-completes-mbo

Back to the Future – Women Returners in Tech

Posted: 2017-03-13
8th March 2017 DP Connect attends the TechUK ‘Back to the Future – Women Returners in Tech conference’ held at FDM offices in SE1. DP Connect is keen to support this initiative having employed returners and flexible workers within our own business and also having encouraged our clients to do the same. Visit our careers page ‘Working for DP Connect’ for recent commentary from a Returner.

Fundraising for Lennox Children's Cancer Fund - Land's End to John o'Groats Cycle Challenge

Posted: 2016-10-24

As part of our Responsible Business initiative, DP Connect supports a number of selected charities. I am pleased to announce that the team at DP Connect is taking part in a new fund raising event, starting Monday 17th October 2016 and lasting for 4 weeks.

From the comfort of our sales floor, and using an upright carbon exercise bike, we are planning to ride the length of the country from Land's End to John O'Groats - circa 837 miles / 1347 km.

Our chosen charity is Lennox Children's Cancer Fund, who undertake fantastic work in supporting the children and their families. We would really appreciate any contributions to this extremely worthwhile cause.


We will keep you updated with our progress, so please do re-visit our page to see how the team are getting on!

IRP Award's Shortlist!

Posted: 2016-09-30

Extremely proud to announce that we have been shortlisted in the IRP Awards for Best Back-Office Support Team and also Best Company to Work For! Congratulations to all those shortlisted. Wish us luck!


DP Connect passes REC compliance audit with score of 100%

Posted: 2016-09-28

Shortlisted! Best Contractor Care in Recruiter’s 2016 Investing In Talent awards

Posted: 2016-07-12

DP Connect has been shortlisted for Best Contractor Care in Recruiter’s 2016 Investing In Talent awards. We are extremely proud to have our commitment to our contractors and the quality of our service highlighted through this award programme. Thank you to Recruiter for recognising our achievements, and to our contractors and the dedicated team at DP Connect who are excellent ambassadors for our company. The award winner will be announced on 5th October. http://www.investingintalent.co.uk/2016-shortlist/

Aidan Anglin elected Non-Exec Director of the REC

Posted: 2016-06-16
We are very pleased and proud to let you know that yesterday, at the AGM of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, Aidan was elected a Non-Exec Director of the REC. This is an important role and one which we know he will fulfil with his usual gusto as he helps the REC to set its strategic direction on behalf of the UK recruitment industry that it governs. His appointment is worthy recognition of his achievements and contribution to the industry. We wish him every success.

DP Connect awarded with Outstanding Back Office Support Award of the Year 2015

Posted: 2015-11-19

DP Connect has always been very proud of our back office and support team, who often are the unsung heroes of the business.

Last night DP Connect was recognised with the Outstanding Back Office Support Award of the Year 2015 at the Recruitment International 2015 Awards.

"The judges were most impressed by the comments of our contractors and clients on the services they received"

Silvana, Kelly, Tia, Michelle, Thaya, Karina, Nathalie, Metin and Nicholas thank you for making our lives that little bit easier. Toni Cocozza CEO of DP Connect

More info http://www.recruitment-international.co.uk/news/the-recruitment-international-awards-2015-25356.htm

DP Connect join the sixth iteration of the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace as a supplier of cloud based services

Posted: 2015-03-11
London, Edinburgh and Cambridge, 11th of March 2015 – DP Connect, experts in uniting talent and technology, today announce that they have joined the sixth iteration of the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace as a supplier of cloud based services.
G-Cloud serves as a single online storefront from which the public sector can procure IT and cloud services. As a listed supplier, DP Connect will appear in searches for cloud based services to include:
Technical Design Authority
Business Analysis
Software Support and Development
Enterprise Architecture
Project / Programme Management and Governance
Support Services
Service and Transition Management
Data Recovery, Quality, Storage, Conversion and Migration
Testing Services
Senior Appointments
Pricing, rate card and terms and conditions, along with additional information about the services that DP Connect offer through the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace can be found by clicking on the CCS Logo above.
87% of the total listed suppliers on G-Cloud (1,852) are SMEs, contributing to the 19,966 overall services made available through the Digital Marketplace. The opportunity for SMEs to engage in business with government in turn enables government to capitalise on cost savings and operational efficiencies offered by the cloud to make public services more accessible.
DP Connect CEO, Toni Cocozza, comments:
“Becoming an accredited supplier on the G-Cloud 6 Digital Marketplace is a great accomplishment and business opportunity for DP Connect. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to support a larger group of Public Sector clients – it’s a real chance for DP Connect to demonstrate that our experience and delivery are often better than some of the larger suppliers that have traditionally dominated this space, and that we can offer better value for money.”
To speak to our Specialist Consultants regarding our G-Cloud services, please contact:
Jan Stevens: jstevens@dpconnect.co.uk 0208 466 5666

Anglia Ruskin University – Careers Fair 2015

Posted: 2015-03-04
Last week DP Connect were invited to attend a careers fair for students from the business school at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. The purpose of the careers fair was to give the students an insight into the variety of employers and jobs available in the Cambridge area, and to build relationships with companies to gain an internship or graduate position.
As a business we have a strong ethos of growing our own talent, and we have run a successful apprenticeship scheme in our Bromley office for the last 3 years. Since opening in May 2012, our Cambridge office continues to grow in line with the huge demand in the market and we are keen to build relationships with local Colleges and Universities to start developing a similarly successful scheme here in Cambridge.
The Head of our Cambridge office, Cherry Swayne attended the event and was accompanied by John Bridger, a recent Graduate who joined the Cambridge in November 2014 and has enjoyed great success. They spent the afternoon speaking to undergraduates from the Business Studies and HR degree courses who were interested in learning more about what a career in recruitment entails.
Following the success of this event the DP Connect Cambridge office are partnering with the Anglia Ruskin University to offer a 2 week work experience placement to one of their final year students this summer. We will also be formalising our internship and apprenticeship scheme this spring, to welcome our first new recruits in Summer 2015. We see this as being a fantastic way to bring enthusiastic and ambitious young people into the business, and to give them all the training and support they need to start a successful career in one of the UK’s most important industries.

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