Tuesday, January 14, 2014

News: Local recruiters merge to enhance national presence

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Growing national recruiter, Nicholas Associates, has announced a strategic merger with specialist agency, Trinity Recruitment Group.

Last year Rotherham's Stafforce, consolidated its brands and refocused its strategy to enable the company to offer businesses a clear route to greater productivity, efficiency and success.

In response to market demands, Stafforce now offers an extended range of added-value services to clients through its Stafforce Recruitment and Nicholas Associates brands.

Established in 1977 by local entrepreneur, now chairman, Nick Cragg, Stafforce employs 155 staff nationwide. In 2010, a partial management buyout, led by Ian Anderson, chief executive, and Bruce Allen, finance director at Stafforce, saw the senior management team take ownership of 15% of the share holding of the business. Since then, the group has grown through a number of acquisitions. TEK Personnel and Action 4 Business have been integrated within Nicholas Associates and Relay Recruitment, based in Bradford and Leeds, has become Stafforce Recruitment.

The company believes that with the addition of financial and creative recruitment services that Trinity brings to its portfolio, it can now satisfy virtually every recruitment requirement to all sectors.

With a head office on Percy Street in Rotherham town centre and over 150 staff, Stafforce Recruitment, provides temporary and permanent recruitment. Sister company, Nicholas Associates, which has offices in Sheffield, offers recruitment, learning and talent development, robotics and automation, software development and Lean business services to its clients.

Paul Brammer, director at Nicholas Associates (pictured, left), said: "The deal is very much a meeting of minds. Trinity is a superb boutique firm whose management team has longstanding client relationships based on delivery, trust and integrity - which fits perfectly with our company culture and ethos. With the knowledge and specialisms the team at Trinity will bring to Nicholas Associates, we can bring clients a greater breadth and depth to the existing offer.

"The more capability we have, the greater our ability to partner employers on the whole company life cycle, from inception through growth and development to succession management or buyout – as well as working with their partner companies along the chain that brings the product or service to market."

Sheffield and Doncaster agency, Trinity, and its subsidiary, Hash Creative, a niche regional and national recruiter for the creative sector, will be integrated into the Nicholas Associates brand and bolster its national presence.

The opportunity for managing director, Peter Bone (pictured, right), who co-founded Trinity with his wife, Natalie, is for his team to grow and develop by bringing its specialisms and skills to markets nationwide.

He said: "The merger has come at a great time for Trinity. Natalie and I and the other members of Trinity and Hash Creative are very excited about the future.

"Our clients will benefit from not only a wider range of services but they will also be able to able to draw from a bigger talent pool, while candidates will have an amplified range of career enhancing opportunities on a larger scale."

Stafforce is a £60m business and on track to becoming a £100m operation.

Nicholas Associates website

Images: Nicholas Associates

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