Posted on: 2/6/2024

Elevate Talent: How we got here and where we’re going


I am delighted to be able to share the news that SRI has been acquired by Elevate and will operate moving forward as Elevate Talent. This is a wonderful moment in the growth and development of our business, and I’m very grateful to the efforts of all of the team at SRI for the hard work and effort they have put in over the years to enable us to have an opportunity to join a business of the quality and ambition of Elevate.

Our journey from a UK-based sports recruitment agency into the largest global executive search and talent consulting firm dedicated to servicing sports as well as the adjacent and converging industries across media, entertainment, consumer, and technology has been a lot of fun. We have been able to attract talented and expert colleagues from very diverse backgrounds, and we have had the privilege of working with a wonderful range of clients around the world. We have seen the impact of our work in helping thousands of individuals find new positions and play transformative roles in the evolution and development of the organisations they have joined. Our focus has always been to provide options for our clients in terms of the diversity and breadth of the candidates we put forward, conscious that as the industries we work in evolve, it is often no longer good enough to look from within that industry vertical for the game-changing talent needed to navigate such a rapidly changing and dynamic commercial context.

We have always tried to approach our work with a real focus on high quality service and with the emphasis on building long term relationships with both our candidates and our clients. We know that we are only ever as good as our last placement and the trust and confidence that our clients place in our work is forever humbling and weighs heavily on our shoulders each time we take on a new project. Going the extra mile is the bare minimum anyone should expect of a talent partner, and we have always had a relentless focus on building our network and connections so that we can access ever more exciting pools of talent.

At the heart of any successful consultancy is its ability to solve the business challenges that their client sface. Talent inherently sits at the core of many issues an organisation faces at any given time – without an engaged, talented, and diverse workforce, businesses cannot build sustainable success. We believe that the next phase of our growth is best served by partnering with an organisation that shares this view and offers a synergistic range of products that can provide our clients with ever more value as they seek to solve the commercial issues they are facing.

From our very first meeting with Elevate, we felt we had found the perfect partner. The energy, ambition, and success of Elevate is apparent to all who have had the pleasure of working with them over the years. In a short period of time, they have proven themselves to be a trusted and valued partner to an exceptional roster of clients. However, for us, there was a more fundamental alignment with Elevate’s conviction around the importance of both “people and technology” being at the heart of a successful consultancy, allied with a firmly held commitment to service and innovation. We are united in our opinion that we are operating in a world that is changing quickly, and we know that what has worked in the past may not work in the future. Consequently, our offering to our clients has to continue to evolve. In line with Elevate’s broader commitment to integrate technology across all of its service lines, we will be doing the same, ensuring that we are enhancing the client experience and providing an ever more robust and rigorous service.

Elevate’s leading position in the North American market, combined with SRI’s international reach, means that by joining forces, we are building an organisation that provides a compelling offering for all of the industries we service. The breadth of our products, the depth of our industry insight, our global reach, and the quality of our people is truly unique. We cannot wait to get started, and we look forward to meeting people around the world in the weeks and months ahead to ask “how we can help?”.