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At Meraki Capital, we take pride in nurturing promising ventures that exhibit exceptional growth potential and leadership. Hydro Energy stands as a shining example of our commitment to investing in dynamic businesses poised for success.


Founded in 2018, Hydro Energy quickly emerged as a prominent player in the oil and gas recruitment sector, with headquarters in London and Plymouth. Under the visionary leadership of CEO Ben Burns, the company has experienced remarkable growth and is now recognised as a market leader in its field.


Hydro Energy specialises in providing tailored recruitment solutions across diverse sectors, including Ocean Sciences & Technology, Renewables, and Maritime Operations. By leveraging a deep understanding of industry dynamics and a strategic approach to talent acquisition, Hydro Energy has established itself as a trusted partner for clients seeking top-tier talent.


Driven by a passion for excellence and a relentless pursuit of innovation, Hydro Energy continues to expand its reach and impact in the recruitment landscape. With a proven track record of success and a commitment to delivering unparalleled value to clients and candidates alike, Hydro Energy exemplifies the spirit of Meraki Capital's investment philosophy.


We are proud to have partnered with Hydro Energy and are excited to witness their continued growth and success in the years to come.


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With 18 years of experience in the energy sector, I have distinguished myself as a leader in recruitment, combining my extensive knowledge with a deep commitment to innovation and excellence.


Throughout my tenure in the industry, I have been recognised as a consummate problem solver, an attribute that has been fundamental to my approach to both leadership and operational challenges. This skill has been honed over years of direct involvement in the multifaceted world of energy recruitment, equipping me with the versatility and expertise necessary to navigate the complexities of this dynamic sector.


As a leader, I consistently demonstrate my ability to lead award-winning teams. My leadership style is marked by a collaborative approach, fostering an environment where ideas flourish and individual talents are nurtured.


My career is further distinguished by my global experience. Having worked across various international markets, I bring a wealth of knowledge and an understanding of diverse business cultures to my role at Hydro Energy Group. This global perspective is invaluable in today's interconnected business world and has been instrumental in the company's expansion and success in various regions.


My tenure in the energy sector is not just marked by duration but by the depth of my engagement and the tangible impacts of my leadership. My deep understanding of the energy landscape is both comprehensive and nuanced, allowing me to anticipate industry trends and steer my teams effectively through the ever-changing market demands.


In my current role as CEO, I continue to focus on driving innovation and sustainability within Hydro Energy Group. My forward-thinking strategies are aimed at ensuring the company not only thrives in the present but is also well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the future.


I am a visionary leader whose extensive experience, global outlook, and commitment to excellence have solidified my reputation as a leading figure in energy recruitment. Under my guidance, Hydro Energy Group continues to set new standards in the sector, poised for continued growth and success.


Ben Burns, CEO Hydro Energy Group

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Overview: Strategic Moves Consultancy is a niche executive search firm, specialising in IT and Gaming talent acquisition. With a strategic approach and a global presence, we connect top-tier candidates with leading companies, facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships. Our commitment to excellence, coupled with our in-depth industry knowledge, ensures unparalleled service delivery for clients and candidates.

Mission: At Strategic Moves Consultancy, our mission is to empower businesses by providing them with exceptional talent that drives innovation and growth. We aim to be the premier recruitment partner for IT and Gaming companies worldwide, offering tailored solutions that meet their unique staffing needs.

•    IT Recruitment: We specialise in sourcing highly skilled professionals across various IT domains, including software development, cybersecurity, cloud computing, data analytics, and more. Our comprehensive screening process ensures we match the right candidates with the right roles, helping businesses thrive in the ever-evolving technology landscape.

•    Gaming Recruitment: Recognising the dynamic nature of the gaming industry, we excel in identifying talent for game development, design, programming, animation, quality assurance, and other specialised roles. Whether our clients are established gaming studios or emerging startups, we provide strategic staffing solutions that drive success in this competitive market.
Approach: Our approach to recruitment is centered on understanding the unique needs and objectives of both our clients and candidates. We prioritise building long-term relationships based on trust, transparency, and integrity. By leveraging our extensive network, industry insights, and innovative recruiting strategies, we deliver exceptional results that exceed expectations.
Global Presence, Local Expertise: While Strategic Moves Consultancy boasts a global presence, we remain deeply rooted in the local communities we serve. With offices strategically located in key markets, our team of seasoned recruiters possesses invaluable knowledge of regional trends, cultural nuances, and industry dynamics. This combination of global reach and local expertise enables us to offer personalised service tailored to each client's specific requirements.

Why Choose Us:

•    Industry Specialisation: Our dedicated focus on IT and Gaming recruitment ensures that we possess unparalleled expertise in these sectors, allowing us to identify top talent and deliver exceptional results.
•    Global Network: With a vast network of candidates and clients spanning across the globe, we have access to a diverse pool of talent and opportunities, facilitating seamless connections.
•    Strategic Partnerships: We view our clients as partners and strive to align our recruitment efforts with their strategic objectives, fostering long-term success and growth.
•    Commitment to Quality: Quality is at the heart of everything we do. From candidate sourcing to client satisfaction, we maintain the highest standards of excellence, ensuring superior outcomes for all stakeholders.

Contact Us: Experience the Strategic Moves Consultancy difference and take your recruitment strategy to new heights. Connect with us today to discuss your staffing needs and discover how we can help you achieve your goals.

Strategic Moves Consultancy - Your Partner in IT and Gaming Recruitment.

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Emma Allard, CEO Strategic Moves Consulting

With over 25 years of invaluable experience in the realm of recruitment, I stand as a stalwart figure in the industry, renowned for my expertise, insight, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Traversing through diverse landscapes within the recruitment domain, I bring forth a wealth of knowledge and a remarkable track record of success.


For two decades, I called the picturesque Isle of Man home, where I owned and ran my recruitment enterprise. This venture was no small feat; it was a testament to my entrepreneurial spirit and deep understanding of the intricacies of the recruitment field. Specialising in finance, technology, and gaming sectors, I adeptly navigated through the dynamic and ever-evolving demands of these industries, forging strong partnerships and facilitating countless successful placements along the way.


Recently, I made a strategic move back to the UK, bringing with me a treasure trove of experiences and insights garnered from my time on the Isle of Man. Undeterred by change, I swiftly embarked on a new chapter in my professional journey. Presently, I lead an esteemed recruitment agency headquartered in the vibrant South East of England.


At the helm of this agency, I have refocused my efforts on technical and gaming recruitment, capitalising on my deep-rooted understanding of these niche sectors. My agency serves as a beacon of excellence, bridging the gap between top-tier talent and leading organisations within the technical and gaming realms. My hands-on approach, coupled with a keen eye for talent and a dedication to client satisfaction, has cemented the agency's reputation as a trusted partner in recruitment solutions.


Beyond my professional endeavours, I am characterised by my passion for fostering meaningful connections, both within the recruitment sphere and beyond. I am renowned for my collaborative spirit, unwavering integrity, and genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those that I encounter.


As I continue to chart new territories and redefine standards within the recruitment landscape, one thing remains certain: my journey is a testament to resilience, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Why choose us?

1. Selectivity and Expertise


At Meraki Capital, we don't simply chase every deal that comes our way. As a boutique investment company, we prioritise quality over quantity, allowing us to focus on more complex or unique opportunities. While we are presented with numerous opportunities, we meticulously assess each one, leveraging our expertise to identify potential and growth. We believe in the power of individuals and teams who share our passion for achieving excellence.


2. Core Values at the Forefront


Transparency, honesty, and integrity are not just words to us – they are the guiding principles that drive every decision we make. We believe in putting our core values at the very forefront of everything we do. Our approach is completely transparent, and our interactions are conducted with integrity and respect. We strive to create a fun, friendly, and collaborative environment where ambitious goals can be achieved.


3. Commitment to Excellence


When you choose Meraki Capital, you're choosing a partner who is fully committed to your success. We approach every transaction and investment with dedication and enthusiasm, putting our all into ensuring a positive outcome. With Meraki Capital by your side, you can be confident that we care as much about your goals and aspirations as you do. At Meraki we become part of your team, your vision and your goal


Experience the Meraki Difference


Join forces with Meraki Capital and experience the difference that our selective approach, unwavering commitment to core values, and dedication to excellence can make. Together, let's unlock the full potential of your business and embark on a journey of growth and success.

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