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Bespoke Services in Executive Search

Delivering a personalized service to clients and candidates alike is the foundation of Ashford Benjamin’s success. The executive search firm has decades of experience across a range of industries, with a focus on legal, compliance, risk and business support. Based in Hong Kong, it has one of the largest legal search teams in Asia.

“Our structure and client-centric approach means we are able to offer a bespoke service for every search project,” said Managing Partner Ben Cooper. “Every decision is subject to the test question: does this improve our service to our client?”

Ashford Benjamin operates on a flexible approach, meaning projects can range from anywhere from 48 hours on a contingent basis, to between three and 12 months on a retained basis. This unique approach within the executive search industry has played a large role in the company’s success over the years, Cooper said.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to hiring freezes at many businesses around the world, which has inevitably had a knock-on effect on the recruitment sector. But the pandemic has not led to a downturn for Ashford Benjamin. In fact, the firm has been so busy that it increased its headcount by 30% over the past year, and has moved to larger offices.

“Due to the market shrinking considerably, we made sure we kept in very close contact with our clients to ensure they had the best service possible,” Cooper explained. “At the same time, we were also developing new clients to make up for the shortfall in opportunities.”

Despite the challenges for Hong Kong brought about by the pandemic and the political unrest over the past couple of years, Cooper believes that the city remains full of entrepreneurial opportunities. This can be seen in the constant influx of businesses from Mainland China and beyond to Hong Kong.

The market for professionals here is also extremely dynamic and fast-moving, which makes for a busy recruitment sector.

“The workforce tends to be very ambitious and focused on increasing their remuneration,” Cooper explained. “So a high proportion of them look for new jobs every two years.”

However, the recruitment landscape also comes with challenges for practitioners, including a highly competitive market. “Hong Kong has a high number of recruitment agencies, in-house recruitment teams, and there is also the proliferation of LinkedIn and other social media platforms that try to bypass headhunters.”

As a growing business, Ashford Benjamin is always on the lookout for more clients. Joining the Chamber has given them greater opportunities to meet people from a wide range of sectors and to form personal connections with fellow members, Cooper said.


Company : Ashford Benjamin Ltd

HKGCC Membership No. : HKA0924

Established : 2016

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