Yesterday, we came together to celebrate 15 years of The Barton Partnership, celebrating in London and our global teams in Paris, North America, and AsiaPac. To mark this milestone, we were delighted to host Sarah Furness, former Combat Helicopter Pilot and keynote speaker. In her talk – Train Hard, Fight Easy – she inspired us with her lessons learned in high-pressure combat and the essential skills developed to drive greater productivity, improved decision making, increased resilience under stress and reduced burnout.
Since Nicholas Barton launched the business back in 2007, we have evolved into a global team of 80+, operating across 6 offices. We have been privileged to build long-term partnerships with fantastic clients and candidates, supporting them across adjacent markets to Strategy and M&A as we continue to evolve our proposition. Increasingly, we are supporting our clients with their ESG and Sustainability hiring, further embedding our Digital and Data Analytics capability, and more than doubling our Transformation and Change team in the last 12 months.
In 2014, we launched our Independent Consulting business. Since then, we have delivered more than 1,700 projects globally through our curated network of more than 5,000 independent consultants, establishing the proposition in North America and, more recently, AsiaPac. We were thrilled to be ranked Gold for Consulting Networks in the UK's Leading Management Consultants 2022 report.
Such growth is thanks to the expertise and commitment of our own teams. We continue to invest in our people, growing headcount and building the best platform for success. In the last 12 months, we welcomed 24 new people to TBP and celebrated 37 promotions across the business. Earlier this year, we were delighted to be awarded a 2-star accreditation from Best Companies, ranking TBP as an 'outstanding' place to work.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has been part of our journey; clients, candidates and employees, past and present. Over the last 15 years, your partnership and commitment has encouraged us to grow, innovate, diversify our business, and expand our global reach. Here's to the next 15!