Gearing Firstport up for sale

Firstport get ready for sale to Emeria with 26 new hires in three months

Firstport get ready for sale to Emeria with 26 new hires in three months

of target achieved in first quarter
Cost saving achieved
candidates of diverse representation


Firstport is the UK’s largest property management company, supervising over 300,000 properties across England, Scotland, and Wales.

As they geared up to be acquired, Firstport wanted to ensure their highest standards of service were underpinned by market leading technology capabilities.

Preparing for an event

Before being acquired, Firstport needed to get sale ready.

As part of the strategy, the CDO was mandated with driving digital transformation, focusing heavily on modernising the business through the delivery of new digital capabilities. With the prsopect of an upcoming sale, keeping tight control of spend was also a priority.

Bringing skills in house

Firstport had historically outsourced Digital to a Managed Service provider and for in house technology roles worked with a handful of agencies providing both contract and permanent resource. In order to achieve the business aims within budget, the decision was made to move away from MSP and address the internal skills and capability gap.

To build a quality team of mixed resource quickly meant Firstport needed to completely rethink their current recruitment model. They needed better ROI and improved attraction of the best candidates with the necessary capabilities to meet their digital transformation objectives.

  • Managed service partner failing to deliver on ideal candidates and ROI
  • Outdated resourcing model holding back the digital transformation strategy critical for future growth

Increasing supplier accountability

Firsport’s executive team made the decision to bring in a single accountable partner to replace the old resourcing structure, providing both permanent, contract and managed resource for the entire technology delivery function.

Qurated Network were selected for the project in December 2021, with a view to hiring circa 20 roles in the first quarter.

  • Replaced multiple resourcing partners with a single, critical partner that can deliver the highest quality candidates at pace
  • Plans to hire circa 20 roles in Q1

A complete overhaul of Firstport’s CDO function in under three months 

Successfully placing and onboarding candidates in 26 new roles throughout the CDO function in just three months, our experts at Qurated Network surpassed our initial goal of 20 new hires for Firstport during the first quarter.

The acquisiton was successfully completed and Qurated's contract was successfully renewed with the new management.

  • 26 roles hired in 3 months
  • 48 hour turnaround on shortlists
  • Contract renewed after sale

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