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Major appointment will underpin Acorn expansion plans

Major appointment will underpin Acorn expansion plans

Wales leading recruitment and training specialists Acorn has appointed one of the best-known names in business in Wales to help drive the companys expansion plans.

Adrian Davies, formerly Wales top professional squash player, has been made Business Development Director at Newport-based Acorn, which has branches throughout the UK.

Adrian, 43, who lives in Llanelli, moves to Acorn from the Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort at Hensol where he spent 12 years in charge of sales.

In his new role he will be responsible for the development of key accounts and attracting new business, with a particular focus on the development of national and multi-regional accounts as Acorn continues to expand its geographical reach UK-wide.

Carmarthen-born Adrian, who rose to seventh in the world squash rankings in a sporting career that saw him win 18 world ranking events and two European championships, also holds the proud record of being the first Welshman to win an international squash fixture against English opposition.

Describing his new position as a big change of direction in a highly challenging market, Adrian said: I have joined one of the very few well-run Welsh companies that are continuing to expand on a national basis.

Clearly the downturn in the economy is providing businesses like Acorn with some interesting and exciting challenges. But I believe that in any situation like this there are always excellent opportunities for quality companies like Acorn to grow.

Acorns group marketing and communications director Dan Langford said: We are delighted that Adrian has joined us in the business of people where developing relationships and trust are key. He is one of the best in the business at doing this and to be able to attract someone of his ability and expertise is testament to the pull of the Acorn brand.

We are currently witnessing unprecedented challenges across the UK recruitment industry and, although in 2008 Acorn achieved its record turnover, 2009 will continue to prove difficult. Adrians contribution to the company will be a vital factor in not only sustaining revenues at current levels, but particularly in attracting new accounts nationwide.

Established in 1992, Acorn has its headquarters at the Celtic Springs Business Park, Newport, has 34 branches across South Wales, North Wales, the West Country, Scotland and the North West of England.

Acorn places up to 5,500 people into about 750 different client companies each week, The company delivers training to more than 3,000 individuals and makes 1,500 permanent placements every year.


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