ATR have achieved success through unprecedented times

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The team behind an ambitious Stokesley-based recruitment business that achieved great success during the Covid-19 pandemic has aspirations of continued growth and development.

Automation Talent Recruitment (ATR) specialises in recruiting clients and candidates for permanent and temporary positions, from apprentices through to senior management.

Operating two distinct niche business units specialising in technical and skilled trade recruitment, the team supports automation, robotics, process control, electronics and the skilled trade markets.

As a corporate member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, ATR is committed to stringent compliance measures together with a professional commitment to adhere to all values and workplace ethics associated with recruitment best practice.

ATR’s friendly approach helps build teams of highperforming engineers and software developers on a permanent or interim basis through its extensive working history and specialist background.

As a sister company to the hugely successful Applied Integration (AI), ATR was tasked to deliver a broad base of new staff to meet the continued growth of the company.

Since lockdown in March, ATR has increased the headcount of AI from 30 to 46, a testament to its performance in times when, unfortunately, other companies have had to lose staff.

ATR managing director Lindsay Lofthouse says: “It’s been a challenging time, in more ways than one, but I’m extremely proud of the job myself and the ATR team have done in what seemed like an impossible task and I’m excited to see what the future brings.”

AI director Garry Lofthouse adds: “We’ve tried many recruitment companies in the past and always with the same result – very little success. ATR managed to deliver the talent our business needed for expansion and our team have continued to achieve every deliverable on time, which we’re extremely proud of.”

The success of ATR has given it a fantastic platform to grow the business and build the team, having recently brought in Kevin Stokes as recruitment manager. Kevin is an experienced recruiter, specialising in placing candidates within the skilled trades and labour division.

ATR aims to develop this area of the business and has already provided specialist tradespeople for shutdowns and projects to clients within industry.

Kevin says: “It’s a dream to be able to get in on the ground floor of such an exciting and ambitious business as ATR. I’m looking forward to making my mark and finding the workforce solutions that businesses need and deserve.”

System engineer Karthik Parthy was recruited by AI via ATR during Covid. “It was a real pleasure to work with Lindsay and ATR,” he reflects. “She provided me with full professional support through all stages of my job recruitment. Due to Covid, Lindsay adapted the interview process to an online interview and she took care of everything else. The entire process was smooth and super quick.”

Another key area for the business is to continue to pioneer women in engineering, having recently placed Rachel Young on AI’s shop floor as a panel wirer. ATR plans to get back into career events within schools and universities as soon as possible.

Rachel says: “ATR were extremely helpful and ensured any questions I had were answered quickly and I was not kept waiting. It was a smooth and friendly service.”

The future looks bright for ATR as it continues to nurture current clients and develop new relationships with businesses across the UK, with plans to expand into other specialised areas of recruitment.

Kevin adds: “ATR’s specialist background and expertise within automation, together with our network and search capabilities to provide pre-vetted specialist tradespeople, makes ATR a great asset to clients in industry.”

With all the necessary tools and a network of skilled workers, Lindsay is confident ATR can help a range of firms with their recruitment needs and can put those looking for a career change in touch with potential employers.

Call ATR on 01642 717540 or email

  • Pictured above: ATR managing director Lindsay Lofthouse (centre) with recruitment manager Kevin Stokes and new Applied Integration recruit Rachel Young.