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Coronavirus has changed business – it will be people that change it back

Skyscrapers in the morning light

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all. Life — and work — are very different. Our primary thoughts are with anyone affected, their families and the countless people that no doubt will continue to be impacted. We are in awe of the selfless people who work in our NHS, world-wide health professionals, emergency services and social care across the world. Not to mention those in vital industries such as infrastructure, transport, and the food supply and distribution chain, which are all sectors we’re very familiar with and which are keeping the country and the economy going through this tumultuous time and will continue to power it as we start the process of easing lockdown. 

As a business we at Howgate have acted quickly, and prudently. Our priority has been people — both those who work for us and those we work with. We’ve dramatically streamlined our outgoings in order to protect our own people, who are the lifeblood of our company. Our business is nimble; we are adaptable. It is of the upmost importance to us that our staff have been treated respectfully and fairly. Every member of the team is working together and acting in a manner that we, as a board, are humbled by and we would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them for their efforts. As we move into this next stage of lockdown, we are confident that our amazing team will continue to surpass our expectations. 

Why are we telling you this? Well, because we plan to continue to support each and every one of our clients and business partners as they work to climb out of this crisis. By taking immediate steps to save our team and our business, we’ve made sure we will be around in future to support those we work with as they face the challenge of rebuilding what has been lost. And we know that businesses across the globe will only do that with excellent decision making and even better people on board to deliver their plans.  We want to let you know we are here, as your partner, to find the right people to support your recovery or continuing success. Many of our clients have already begun the process of seeking new talent for their boards and we’re sure that many more will follow. Business has changed and executive committees will need to reflect this. 

We have a 35-year history in finding and connecting people to businesses. We have some of the best connections in aviation and transport, EMI, consumer and life sciences and healthcare of any search firm across the globe – we are not limited by the geography of a capital city, we are researching, assessing, interviewing and placing decision makers in countries around the world. For many years now we have been using remote technologies to identify and interview candidates for our briefs; social distancing is not a new concept at Howgate Sable! We’ll be continuing to operate under the best practice advice given by the Government. 

Some of the sectors we work in are taking a battering currently, but right now is the time for future-proofing and understanding how to do that in a very different world market. People are going to be the ones who drive that strategy. And we know that we are the firm to deliver those very individuals who will adapt to the new business climate and lead the change programmes required.

We are positive about our future; we’re even more confident that we can help your business recover or continue to grow. It’s all about people. With the right people on board, you can do remarkable things. 


Neil Humphreys and Nick Irving

The EMI Practice at Howgate Sable really took the time to understand our situation and find exceptional candidates who could fulfil challenging international leadership assignments for a truly global company with a history that spans well over 200 years.

It was a first class experience and positive outcome on many levels.


Barry McDonnell – Director of Manufacturing at De La Rue International

I have worked with the Howgate Sable team on several occasions whilst hiring mission-critical executives. Partnership is the byword for this organisation – they act as an extension of my team and work hard to support me not only in the technical solution, but in the sense of a deep understanding of my specific requirements. Delivery is the key measure of our talent partners and Howgate Sable have always achieved what was asked of them.

Jesper Berg – SVP HR, ABB

Having worked with Howgate Sable as a client and as a candidate I can confidently say their ability to deliver on complex searches is second to none. They not only have a detailed knowledge of the marketplace but also understand the importance of cultural fit. 

Bridget Lea – O2

I was particularly impressed with Howgate Sable’s knowledge and network in the aviation sector, the quality of the candidates provided at shortlist and the availability of Nick and the team to provide us with advice and guidance on candidates when required. Nick was particularly effective in understanding our needs as a Company and being flexible in adapting requirements and plans.

Paul Hutchings – Thomas Cook Group Airlines

I have recently worked with Nick from Howgate Sable to recruit a new Head of Aircraft Operations for Thomson Airways. I was particularly impressed by the wide-reaching search undertaken and the quality of the candidates put forward. The skills match to the brief was excellent and I am delighted with the individual we selected.

Dawn Wilson – Thomson Airways

From their initial call to me the Aviation practice team at Howgate Sable demonstrated a significant difference. Straightforward and to the point, the extent of their network and deep insight into the industry was immediately evident. The added value I have received as a candidate is tangible. An almost instant rapport quickly developed into a focused business relationship which is open, honest, respectful and above all trustworthy.

Carl Gissing