Stokesley recruitment firm reveals ambitious expansion plans

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Stokesley-based multi-sector recruiter MSS People has increased its headcount, opened a new base north of the border and rebranded the business as part of its long term ambitious growth plans.

The move will see it place ‘people’ at the centre of all that they do for their clients, candidates and themselves.

The rebrand also serves as a strong signal of intent for the Teesside-based business that in 2015 was recognised by The Telegraph as one of the 1000 Companies To Inspire Britain.

MSS People is already moving forward with plans to expand its operations throughout the North of England and across the border in Scotland.

Headquartered in Stokesley, MSS People, a part of the Marske Machine Company group, provides innovative, high quality and ethical recruitment services into a variety of sectors and roles has been on its own recruitment drive since the turn of the year.

Team leader Allan Stevenson has stepped up to the role of operations manager and has since recruited Dona Collingwood, an occupational psychologist with 17 years’ in the field, as a consultant in the Stokesley office, and Gary Morris as regional manager to head up the company’s newly launched Scottish office in Glasgow.

MSS People director John McCullagh, pictured above, said: “Our group started life as engineering services business over half a century ago, providing equipment, maintenance, project management, consultancy and design solutions for major blue chip organisations, both in the UK and internationally.

“One of the greatest challenges that our clients faced was finding and attracting high calibre technical and engineering staff they needed and the frustration over the lack of real industry knowledge and experience among many other staffing providers.

“Being engineers ourselves and having that first-hand understanding of what great engineering talent looks like, we saw there was an opportunity to expand our existing range of services to our customers to include the recruitment of permanent and interim staff.

“As demand for our very unique brand of recruitment services has grown, it was felt that a rebrand and change of name for our recruitment activities was essential if we are to fully realise our growth ambitions over the next few years.

“It needed to better represent the business we have become and reflect the way we wish to be perceived by the people we interact and work with.”

While the company has remained true to its engineering origins and developed its position as a leading provider of engineering and technical recruitment services throughout the North East and North Yorkshire region, it also expanded into new a number of high-growth sectors, including sales and marketing, finance and administration and commercial recruitment.

“Unemployment is at its lowest in the region for over a decade and employer hiring intentions remain positive,” added McCullagh.

“Against this backdrop, we are confident that MSS People will continue to grow our client base, increase our own headcount and take a step closer to realising the ambition of securing our position as one of the leading recruitment businesses both here and across the border in Scotland.”


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