1. June 1991

    Chris Bartlett and Martin Cooper found Grayson Computer Services with the first office on Fulham High Street, London.

  2. July 1991

    Chris Bartlett drew the first ever GCS logo on the back of a client card.

  3. September 1991

    First GCS placement is made - a candidate named Chris Bartlett.

  4. March 1992

    Martin Smith replaces Martin Cooper as Chris Bartlett's business partner.

  5. September 1993

    The company moves from London to Reading, operating from a spare room in Chris Bartlett's house.

  6. April 1994

    GCS moves out of Chris' house into an office in Cross Street, Reading with 5 people.

  7. June 1994

    Angela Dunn joins GCS as Admin Assistant and is still here! Ange is GCS' longest serving employee.

  8. April 1995

    GCS' growth results in a move to a bigger office in Cross Street, Reading.

  9. October 1996

    David Bloxham joins as a consultant and makes 2 placements in his first 2 weeks - David is now GCS' managing director.

  10. May 1997

    The first ever 'Extravagant Lunch' takes place at Topo Gigio in Reading. This is now known as the High Achievers Lunch.

  11. September 1997

    The company moves to its current Reading home in Queens Road with 15 employees.

  12. March 1999

    GCS gains ISO 9001 Accreditation.

  13. February 2000

    The Hall of Fame is created to recognise high performing consultants.

  14. May 2000

    The first ever GCS website is launched.

  15. September 2000

    A team of 11 enjoyed GCS' first ever overseas incentive trip at Munich's Oktoberfest.

  16. October 2000

    GCS joins the recruitment professional body, APSCo.

  17. November 2000

    Named in the Sunday Times and Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100.

  18. December 2000

    GCS opens its first London office in Bedford Row, Holborn.

  19. February 2001

    Investors in People accredited for the first time.

  20. January 2002

    Paris became GCS' first international office (the Paris business was later sold to the French team)

  21. August 2002

    Ben Murphy becomes the first GCS consultant to bill 1 million GP for the company and the 'GP Millionaire Club' is created.

  22. September 2002

    The first 'GP Millionaire Club' lunch takes place at L'Ortalan in Reading.

  23. October 2002

    The GCS Academy is established providing a comprehensive training programme for trainee consultants.

  24. December 2002

    The London office continues to grow and moves to a new office in New Oxford Street

  25. April 2003

    GCS gains ISO 9001:2001 Accreditation

  26. October 2005

    The London team keeps growing and moves to an office in the City, in King Street.

  27. October 2005

    The Elite League is created to recognise exceptionally high performing consultants.

  28. November 2005

    Grayson Computer Services become GCS IT Recruitment Specialists Ltd.

  29. April 2007

    GCS' Irish business is started by Tim Dunne, operating from London.

  30. February 2008

    Named in the 'Sunday Times Top 100 Small Companies to Work For'.

  31. July 2008


  32. November 2008

    After a brief spell working in other recruitment roles, David Bloxham rejoins GCS as Director.

  33. November 2009

    GCS wins 'Best Small Employer' at the National Online Recruitment Awards.

  34. January 2010

    GCS Financial Services is launched.

  35. February 2010

    Named in the 'Sunday Times Top 100 Small Companies to Work For'.

  36. July 2010

    GCS IT Recruitment Specialists becomes GCS Recruitment Specialists.

  37. July 2010

    GCS is featured in the Thames Valley 250 for the first time (a list of the largest businesses headquartered in the Thames Valley).

  38. November 2010

    Winner of "Business of the Year" and "Best Company to Work For" at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards.

  39. November 2010

    Winner of the "Best Agency to Work For" Award at the Recruitment International Awards.

  40. February 2011

    Named in the 'Sunday Times Top 100 Small Companies to Work For'.

  41. February 2012

    Named in the 'Sunday Times Top 100 Small Companies to Work For'.

  42. March 2012

    Chris Bartlett named 'Director of the Year (London & South East)' at the Institute of Directors Awards.

  43. February 2013

    Named in the 'Sunday Times Top 100 Small Companies to Work For'.

  44. February 2013

    Winner of 'Innovation in Engagement Practice' at the Sunday Times Top 100 Awards.

  45. April 2013

    Named in the London Stock Exchange Group's "1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain".

  46. June 2013

    The GCS Dublin office opens with four employees.

  47. July 2013

    Named in the 'Sunday Times International Track 200' for the first time.

  48. August 2013

    A GCS rebrand sees the first major change of company logo since 1991.

  49. September 2013

    Winner of the Thames Valley 250 'Sustained Growth Award'.

  50. July 2014

    Named in the 'Sunday Times International Track 200' for the second time.

  51. May 2015

    GCS achieves its best ever year.

  52. June 2015

    GCS opens its first American office in Brooklyn, New York.

  53. September 2015

    Lisa Forrester is named a "Role Model" at the Business Magazine's 'Women in Business Awards'.

  54. September 2015

    GCS invests in a new CRM system, Bullhorn, moving away from GRIP, the system Chris Bartlett helped design.

  55. October 2015

    GCS' most successful ever consultant, Lisa Forrester, is appointed to the GCS board and named Sales Director.

  56. October 2015

    The GCS London office moves from King Street to Cannon Street.

  57. October 2015

    GCS achieves Investors in People Silver status. Just 2.82% of all organisations awarded a standard accrediation, manage to attain silver.

  58. December 2015

    Awarded the CSR Initiative of the Year Award by the Thames Valley 250

  59. April 2016

    GCS launches a new global website.

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  59. Apr 2016

1991 - 1994: How it all began

Chris Bartlett and Martin Cooper walked out of the bank with the £5k overdraft that paid the deposit on GCS' first office in Fulham. Through the early 90s recession, the directors went without salary as a cost-cutting exercise.

1995 - 2000: Growing up

The IT industry and the economy as a whole continued to grow throughout the late 90s and GCS continued to thrive, resulting in a move to the current Reading office in Queens Road and the launch of the London office.

2001 - 2005: A maturing business

The foundations for further success were put in place. A new London office IIP, ISO and the GCS Aacdemy were all introduced to improve the business as a whole. 

2007 - 2012: Breaking records

Proving resilient to another recession, GCS continued to grow, smashing company records and picking up numerous industry awards.

2013 - 2016: Investment and growth

Investment in infrastucture, systems and office. Growth in our people and locations. Investment in the business for future growth is key and Chris Bartlett remains as excited about the business today, as he did walking out of Barclays bank in 1991.


With offices in London, Reading, Dublin and New York, we connect contract and permanent professionals to start-ups, SMEs and blue-chip organisations within the Technology, Engineering and Financial Services sectors.


We are incredibly proud of the passionate teams we have across our four offices.

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We have been fortunate enough to have picked up a few awards over the years.



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