Recruitment company reopens two sites in South Yorkshire

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A recruitment company is reopening offices in Doncaster and Sheffield it shut during the recession.

Stafforce Recruitment is expanding, and hiring four staff, after seeing a ‘significant’ increase in business following an upturn in the local and national economies.

The company, which is headquartered in Rotherham, shut its Doncaster and Sheffield offices when the recession led to significant job losses in the industrial and commercial sectors, it says.

It is reopening them to meet growing demand for labour, as private sector hiring reaches a seven-year high.

It recently won a £3m contract with a Sheffield manufacturing company where it already has an on-site office, and has received several new business enquiries.

In Doncaster, the company has had £500,000 growth from existing clients. The new office is budgeting for a £1.2m turnover in its first year with £700,000 from new business, according to founder and chairman Nick Cragg.

Nick, who is also chairman of Rotherham Titans rugby club, said: “South Yorkshire is in many ways Stafforce Recruitment’s spiritual home and as such, we are particularly eager to ensure the region prospers, which in turn will allow our new branches to prosper.”

The Sheffield office, based at Sheffield Business Park, Europa Link, is being headed up by Sue Ashton.

She said: “There are a lot of exciting investment projects in South Yorkshire at the moment and our ambition is to be involved in those and to play our part in ensuring the economic potential of the region is realised.”

Keith Bee, manager of Stafforce Recruitment’s Doncaster office, based on Wheatley Hall Road, said there was a significant amount of development going on in the town as well as a burgeoning call centre industry developing in the Lakeside area.

Stafforce Recruitment is part of Stafforce Personnel Ltd which was established by Nick Cragg, a chartered civil engineer, in 1977 after becoming disillusioned by recruitment companies providing him with inappropriate staff. It initially supplied temporary and permanent personnel to the construction industry.