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Handl Group acquires Robertson Cooper

According to Handl Group CEO Graham Pulford, the acquisition is a ‘major step forward’ in the group’s plans to build a leading market presence in the established wellness sector and provide an entry point for new multi-service partnerships

Claims services business Handl Group has acquired organisational health and wellbeing business Robertson Cooper for an undisclosed sum.

Manchester-based Robertson Cooper works with UK and international corporate, public sector and higher education clients to deliver a sustainable approach to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Founded over 20 years ago, it employs a team of wellbeing specialists, business psychologists and data analysts, providing evidence-based, integrated approaches to employee health, wellbeing and resilience. Support packages and online products cover health and wellbeing strategy, measurement, and training.

Handl added that Robertson Cooper team has a “strong track record” in helping its global blue chip clients, including Aviva, Mace, Nestle and GSK.

According to Handl Group CEO Graham Pulford, the acquisition is a “major step forward” in the group’s plans to build a leading market presence in the established wellness sector and provide an entry point for new multi-service partnerships with clients from blue chips to smaller organisations.

Pulford said it comes as corporate management teams now place far more emphasis on the health and wellbeing of their workforce, as the “overwhelming” evidence states companies that do this well reap a wide range of benefits.

Pulford said: “We have been exploring this opportunity with Robertson Cooper for some time, and I am thrilled they have agreed to become part of Handl Group.

“It is a highly reputable, evidence-led business and a great fit for Handl Group. The team will help spearhead our strategy to diversify into the corporate sector, with a new range of services built around a next generation wellbeing platform.”

He added: “Our aim is to utilise the deep experience of founders Professor Ivan Robertson and Professor Sir Cary Cooper, who will continue to be involved in the Group, and provide a complete commercial package for employers.

“The addition of such a talented and skilful team at Robertson Cooper, aided by our commitment to digital transformation across the Group, underscores our determination to marry the best technology with the best people, and provides confidence that our plans to launch a new group wellness division next year remain firmly on track.”

Ben Moss, MD, Robertson Cooper said: “I’m genuinely excited to be leading Robertson Cooper into its next chapter with Handl Group as the new owner. With the support of our Founders, we’ve evolved with the health and wellbeing market and now the business is ready for a new level of growth.

“After 10 years as MD, I know that takes a particular kind of support: the kind that Handl Group brings. We share values around technology, innovation, collaboration and a razor-sharp focus on exceptional client experience. Handl also brings a commitment to invest in its businesses, plus powerful synergies within the Group. For those reasons, and more, I’m confident this is the right change at the right time and look forward to a bright future for Robertson Cooper and its clients.”

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