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LYNDA BARNES

Director, 360 Search

360 Search Ltd is a leading talent and recruitment consultancy, set up in 2010. We specialise in general insurance, life and pensions, asset management, accountancy and finance, compliance and risk markets.

Private office member at The Garrison

“With remote working and a blended week, we found a number of solutions at Iconic, meaning we could trade profitably and in a safe working environment for our 360 Search Team”

Before 360 Search, what did you do? 

My first job in the corporate world was in insurance. While changing roles, I became interested in my recruiters, the skills they developed and the processes they followed. So, I pivoted and applied for a technical insurance and reinsurance recruitment role. At the time, the insurance and reinsurance markets were not well serviced. Most firms only had light insurance acumen on board to ‘get by’. No one dominated the space.

How is 360 Search different from other recruitment agencies? 

360 Search’s ethos is to provide strong, credible and workable advice to our candidates and clients. To make this possible, we chose to build a team from the actual industries we serve.

Our insurance team are ex-insurance people, our life and pensions team are all QFA qualified, our accountancy and finance lead is an ex-banker. We believe this adds an extra level of gravitas to the 360 brand.

What is the greatest benefit of working at The Garrison for you and your business? 

The Iconic portfolio is extensive in terms of location, style, and costs. As we grew, we were afforded the option to scale our offices. However, during Covid, we were able to downsize our office space, which kept costs in line and allowed us to trade profitably in a safe working environment.

How big is your team at 360 Search? 

Three years ago, we went through an MBO to enable us to capitalise our business. Shortly after the MBO, we met Recruitment Entrepreneur (RE).

RE is the brainchild of James Caan CBE. It’s a vast recruitment entity with a turnover of €50 million STG and growing all the time. Today, we have our Dublin team, an office in Liverpool and the wider RE Executive Team in London. James Caan CBE sits as the Chairman of 360 Search.

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