Regeneration plans entice leading technical recruiter to Teesside

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Keen to continue to develop its technical engineering recruitment expertise across the UK, international award-winning consultancy NRL has established operations on Teesside after recognising the opportunities the region’s transformational plans are creating.

The NRL Group was recently listed in the Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 listing – which ranks the leading mid-market private companies with the biggest sales in Britain – after reporting a turnover of £186m in 2019. Established in 1983 to provide services to Sellafield, over the decades it has evolved through innovation – diversifying into broader engineering sectors and launching new services to continue to meet demand.

In 1990, the business chose the North-East for its first office outside its North-West base, setting up a regional recruitment branch in Washington, before moving to larger office space in Sunderland after continued expansion.

Fast forward to 2021, and the appointment of business development manager Matthew Telling marks NRL’s first solid footing on Teesside – as it recognises the opportunities for local businesses and candidates to come together to help drive regional growth.

NRL’s approach to recruitment is different to high street recruiters, and it’s one that has been rewarded with plenty of accolades over the years – including awards such as Best Engineering Contractor Recruitment Agency and a regular appearance as a top 10 UK STEM recruiter.

For NRL, it’s about more than placing people in roles, focusing instead on how it can support organisations to lay down the foundations to help them grow their businesses – whether that’s advising them strategically on the best approach for their staffing and workforce planning or assisting with regulatory compliance.

NRL’s top 10 clients have chosen to partner with the company for over 15 years, while its North-East regional expertise includes providing workforce solutions to deliver pivotal projects such as TeesREP.

It was Teesside’s ambitious regeneration plans that enticed the business to bring its expertise to the region. Confirmation of Teesside’s freeport status and the exciting news of GE Renewable Energy’s Teesworks investment cements NRL’s own strategy. Plans to develop technology and alternative fuel sources such as carbon capture, hydrogen, renewables and other net-zero initiatives are aligned to NRL’s latest strategic growth plans.

Across the UK NRL has supported key infrastructure projects to deliver state-of-the-art facilities in these emerging new sectors for several years, including offshore wind farms such as Beatrice Wind Farm and its current partnership with SSE Thermal and Siemens Energy to provide all supplementary labour to build a new low-carbon combined cycle gas turbine on Keadby 2.

The appointment of Middlesbrough-based Matthew marks the business’ official footing in Teesside, with firm sights set on growing its regional operations to support the green industrial revolution.

Through active involvements with leading industry bodies such as NOF, Energi Coast, NEPIC and EIC, Matthew will bring his local knowledge to lead NRL’s Teesside development – working with local engineering companies to help them scale up their operations. NRL identifies transferrable skills, develops innovative recruitment and compliance solutions and drives efficiencies through modern technology.

The business is also keen to ensure that its distinctive culture is extended to operations across the region and recently confirmed a partnership with the High Tide Foundation, with Matthew lending his support to young people as part of a recent virtual work experience event. Keen to drive diversity in this sector, NRL is also an active member of the National Association of Women in Construction’s North-East and Tees Valley branch.

Matthew said: “As an adopted Teessider with young children starting to consider their futures,

I’m thrilled to see transformational developments taking place in the region, which are creating rich and diverse opportunities. My colleagues at NRL and I are looking forward to playing a significant part in helping companies deliver a real legacy to Teesside.”

You can contact Matthew Telling on 07702881978, through LinkedIn or by emailing Find out more at