Recruitment & HRDeals

Wilmslow-based The Citation Group, the global compliance specialist, has acquired HRdownloads, a Canadian provider of HR software.

This latest international acquisition, which follows three acquisitions in Australia and New Zealand since 2021, provides The Citation Group with a gateway into the North American market

Following the acquisition, Citation now has 2,000 staff, supporting 100,000 businesses across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Chris Morris, group CEO of The Citation Group, said: “We are thrilled to welcome HRdownloads into The Citation Group as we take this major step in further building out our international operations.

“The HRdownloads team have built a highly impressive business which is very aligned with Citation’s HR offerings elsewhere in the world. We’re excited to work with the HRdownloads team to invest further in their success and to deliver a broader range of Citation compliance offerings into Canada.

“I’m incredibly proud of what we continue to achieve at Citation. This is our eleventh acquisition in the last three years, which has both broadened our geographic reach and the range of compliance solutions we offer our clients.

“Over the last 10 years, we have created countless jobs and opportunities, growing from just 250 colleagues to more than 2,000 colleagues based across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

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“What unites us is our unwavering passion and focus to help build safer, more sustainable businesses that power these economies.

“Adding HRdownloads’ technology, team and customers is a strategic step forward, making us an even better partner for businesses around the world.”

Tony Boyle, founder and chairman of HRdownloads, said: “I’m excited about the announcement and see huge further potential for HRdownloads as part of The Citation Group.

“Within HRdownloads we have always focused on engaging employees and empowering leaders to love what they do by providing them with award-winning HR technology, industry-specific HR content, and world-class HR support.

“The same focus and passion is shared by The Citation Group and I have every confidence the HRdownloads team and product suite will go from strength to strength over the coming months and years.”

HRdownloads was founded in 2008 and serves over 6,000 small and medium sized businesses across Canada.

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