A Black Country recruitment agency is expanding after taking on a new specialist to help it break through the £2 million barrier.
Masstemps, based in Dudley, has appointed Scott Strange to launch its new driving division and is already attracting interest from clients looking for a one-stop solution to all temporary staff needs.
The new appointment comes just six months after the management team of Matt Ford, Andy Jay and Ian Bowen completed a successful MBO from the Allied Stainless Group.
Mr Jay said: “We have enjoyed a really strong first two years in business and one of our biggest reasons for the growth is our ability to listen to what customers want and, because we haven’t got the fixed working practices of some of our larger competitors, we are able to be flexible to their needs.
“Driving was one of the areas that kept coming up in conversations and a lot of the clients we deal with on industrial and technical skills said they would prefer to deal with the same agency for everything – you could argue a one-stop-shop solution.
“The appointment is a major step forward and one that will significantly help us reach £2 million by the end of our financial year.”
Mr Strange, 28, has worked with a wide array of clients from within the logistics and distribution sector and for manufacturing businesses with a need for specially trained drivers in all classes of vehicle, ranging from transits and pick-ups to 38-tonne articulated trucks.
He has an eleven-year track record in working for one of the leading high-street recruitment agencies and will be charged with establishing and growing the new division.
“This is a major challenge for me and an exciting opportunity to join a young, dynamic company with a growing reputation,” said Mr Strange.
“I have been tasked with building up a pool of qualified and talented drivers and then matching them with existing clients and new businesses both large and small.”
“There’s a blank piece of paper to go at really, but the long-term aim is to build the division within the Black Country and West Midlands first and then maybe take on a team of consultants to work in specialist branches across the region.”
Established in June 2006, Masstemps has grown from a standing start to an agency turning over £1.5 million and supplying candidates to SMEs and blue chip companies.
The firm currently specialises in providing skilled and technical people to the automotive, general engineering, logistics and construction industries.
Mr Jay said: “Scott’s appointment is an important step in our long-term strategy and gives us the expertise to take our unique approach into a marketplace rich in potential.”