After 17 years, Seven Stars will operate as part of the Axiom Group. De Axiom Group also comprises other staffing companies, such as Circle8 (formerly “De Staffing Groep”) and FixedToday. The Swiss investment firm had had its eye on this gem in the IT staffing business for some time. With Seven Stars, Axiom acquired a financially healthy player with a proven track record.
Departing CEO and founder Marius Nijland had been noticing that “his” Seven Stars attracted the attention of potential buyers, says dealmaker Jeroen Oldengarm. At the start of 2022, he set the sale process in motion together with Joep van den Enk and Mark Schutte. “Marius and I go back a long time, we spoke frequently and in these conversations, it became increasingly clear that there was targeted interest in Seven Stars. This gave Marius food for thought and it finally resulted in a concrete plan.”
As usual, the Marktlink dealteam compiled a list of potential buyers; which is how Axiom came into the picture. With Seven Stars’ experienced and driven team, located in Zwolle, Utrecht and Groningen, Axiom strengthens its position in the IT staffing market and its Total Talent Workforce position. Axiom’s growth ambitions align flawlessly with Seven Star’s requirements. And for Axiom, which was not yet active in the northeast of the Netherlands, the acquisition means geographic expansion. Also, by acquiring this large player –that is what Seven Stars is, after all – Axiom reinforces its position in the Dutch IT staffing market.