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Connecting those curious in technology to create a sustainable, responsible and smarter future

Connecting Curious People

We connect curious people who believe in technology with the mission to build a sustainable, responsible and smarter future.

And with our specialist consultants refreshingly human approach, we're successfully connecting curious talent and businesses across Europe. 

Over the past 40 years', we've developed relationships with a wide community of clients and candidates across Europe, partnering with some of the leading global organisations for more than 15 years'.

Europe's technology staffing partner

We provide specialist technology staffing solutions and career opportunities to people across Europe. But that's not all that is is to us. We care about building long-lasting relationships; supporting businesses from start-ups to giants evolve their talent ecosystem that will see them continue to innovate; helping talented professionals realise their potential; being our consultants go-to for finding the next big project that's perfect for them - that's what this really means to us. 

By building dedicated multi-lingual teams for each region, and specialist consultants on each tech ecosystem – our consultants dedicate the time needed to gain in-depth, real-time expertise on each talent market and in turn, can always deliver the ultimate outcome.

Our History


1978

Montreal Associates is founded by John Bowyer and Louis Alexander

The journey began in the spring of 1978 when John Bowyer decided to leave his engineering career to set up a recruitment business. John saw a fantastic future in enterprise information technology and thought businesses would need support in finding the best talent to shape their IT systems.

Louis Alexander had met John in IT and shared the same views so much so that he joined the business in February 1979 as a partner.

John was leading sales and Louis was heading up support and operations. The Montreal Associates journey began.

1991

MA becomes one of the first SAP recruitment specialists in the UK

By the end of the 80's, MA had become a key player in the UK IT recruitment sector. SAP had emerged as a leading vendor in the ERP space and the decision was made to set up a specialist recruitment practice dedicated to SAP.

MA was one of the first agencies specialising in SAP and it did not take long to demonstrate that employing experts would shape one of the most successful SAP implementation teams in the UK.

1996

MA starts providing SAP experts throughout Europe

Having pioneered the SAP recruitment market and developed one of the most respected brands in the UK, MA was ready to go international.

As SAP was the most successful ERP vendor in Europe and with MA having successfully trained SAP specialist teams of recruiters, the obvious next step was to offer our SAP recruitment services to clients in Europe.

Almost 80% of the best contractors who worked with MA were EU citizens and our goal was to find them the best SAP projects not just in the UK but throughout Europe.

Our European SAP practice was born!

2000

MA becomes a global ERP specialist, providing SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft and BaaN experts

After a decade of SAP specialism, MA was being challenged by customers – particularly large consultancies we had supported – to provide the same service on other ERPs.

It started with PeopleSoft which was popular with many customers on HR technology. This rolled out to become an all ERP practise alongside: Oracle, JDE, BaaN and PeopleSoft specialist recruiters.

2006

Launch of CRM and BI recruitment services

After supporting their staffing needs around all ERP, our customers came back with a new challenge. They asked if we could address their skills shortage in emerging CRM and BI technologies?

Having always built our strategy on partnering with customers and addressing their new staffing headaches, we set out to achieve on CRM and BI what we had done for them on ERPs.

We trained and learned all about CRM and BI technologies and set up two new specialist desks in the same year.

2010

MA starts providing Development and Infrastructure experts

Development and Infrastructure were not new topics to us, but, until 2010 our involvement was only around the ERP peripherical requirements.

Working with the best talent in Europe, we felt contractors as much as our customers expected us to go beyond our comfort zone and roll this service beyond our usual boundaries.

We started supporting key customers in all their Development and Infrastructure strategic staffing bottlenecks. Since then, Development and Infrastructure have grown year on year to become our largest and most respected specialist teams.

2012

Launch of Microsoft specialist services

As an ERP, CRM & BI specialist, we have always kept a close eye on Microsoft strategy within Enterprise Technology. We were also highly involved in Microsoft through our Development and Infrastructure practises.

The presence of Microsoft in our space had become so sizable that we set up a dedicated practise with MS Dynamics and MS SharePoint recruitment specialists.

2013

Permanent recruitment division is established

One of our mottos has always been A client for life. And with us, this is not a philosophy but a business mindset!

Having partnered with the largest consultancies and end-customers for more than 20 years, we have seen some of our contractors making the move back to permanent positions to pursue leadership careers.

To date, our Permanent recruitment services have been delivered on an ad-hoc basis, but it made sense for us to support companies in their talent acquisition. We took up the new challenge of delivering Permanent recruitment services on SAP and Microsoft, setting up dedicated desks.

2015

MA starts providing Cyber Security and Big Data recruitment services

Over the last decade, MA has a proven track record in investing in new and emerging enterprise technologies. Since 2013, we have also developed our own approach and style to Permanent recruitment.

Cyber Security and big data are not new technologies, but they pose a challenge for IT leaders - and we have decided once again to support our customers, setting up specialist desks for each.

2016

Frankfurt office opens

MA has operated the German market from London for almost a decade. In 2015, we decided that the German market needed to be addressed not only from our headquarters but also from a local German hub with a view to get closer to clients and candidates.

In the spring of 2016, Montreal Associates GmbH was set up and our first continental office was opened in Frankfurt.

2017

Barcelona office opens

In October 2017, MA opened its third office in Barcelona.

The decision was based on the fact Barcelona has a strong emphasis on breeding tech start-ups while being viewed as one of the top Tech European cities. Already hosting the World Mobile Congress, Barcelona has proven itself a breeding ground for Tech start-ups.

Sales Director Anthony Blomet relocated to Barcelona in late 2017 to set-up the office.

2020

MA sets its new future strategy

Having experienced substantial growth over the past few years, it was time to step back and take a good look at who MA had grown to become. We quickly established the need for a fresh identity, a fresh strategy and a new mission and vision for MA's next chapter. 

Our client & candidate community and our passion and curiosity for technology will always remain the core of MA. Bringing this with us into the future, our new strategy focuses us to work towards helping create a smarter technological future by doing what we do best - connecting curious people. 

Our Directors

Anthony Blomet
Managing Director - Barcelona
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David Thuillier
Managing Director
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Philip Moore-Williams
Group Finance Director
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We're committed to doing our bit

Here at MA we take Social Purpose seriously. It’s part of being Human. Whether it’s our Ethics policy when working with suppliers, our recycling, or our volunteering schemes, we’re committed to having a positive impact in the communities we work in and the world at large.

We work with Resurgo’s Spear programme to provide paid internships for young unemployed people in MA. Our volunteering programmes with ‘Quiero Trabajo’ in Barcelona and ‘Benefacto’ in London, see us work with small local charities providing much-needed support in the work they do in the local community.

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