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Barker Ross poised for more growth following demerger

Barker Ross poised for more growth following demerger
East Midlands' recruitment consultancy Barker Ross is poised for further growth following a demerger of the business to create three separate operating companies.
The agency plans to create more individual companies focusing on specific industry sectors and professions such as teaching, finance, the legal profession and power generation.
As a result of the demerger, Barker Ross Recruitment Limited will concentrate on the construction and utilities sectors, Staffing Solutions Limited will service the needs of industrial clients and Cardea Resourcing Limited will cater for the social care market.
Barker Ross which intends to grow both organically and acquisitively over the next 12 months is creating 10 new jobs at Cardea and expects to take on additional staff at its other operations.
It is also expanding into new geographical areas in the UK and possibly overseas.
The three demerged businesses will be managed individually by key personnel each of whom will have a stake in the company.
Former construction division director Ruth Appleton becomes managing director of Barker Ross Recruitment, Industrial director Tim Sutcliffe is now managing director of Staffing Solutions and director Tony Woollett heads Cardea Resourcing.
Barker Ross which recently relocated its Leicester head office to Century House in De Montfort Street has branches in Nottingham, Milton Keynes and Lincoln and currently employs around 70 people.
Commenting on the move, company founder and majority shareholder Paul Ross said: Our new structure more clearly defines the individual roles of each operating division within the broader business and gives each company a clearer identity.
It also gives key people within our organisation their own stake in the businesses they manage and represents a key step in Barker Rosss development as we enter our 23rd year.
In terms of overall ownership, the management and funding of the restructured group will remain unchanged.
Although turnover in its construction operations has fallen due to severe recession in the building sector, Barker Rosss industrial activity has bucked the national trend to report year on year growth of around 31 per cent since 2006.
Paul Ross added: Increasing workers productivity and introducing value added services such as biometrics access technology is ensuring that we give our industrial clients what they want.
The challenge now is to keep growing our industrial business and to bring turnover in construction back to the high levels we were experiencing before the downturn.
Paul Ross added: Ultimately we are looking to expand our business geographically and in terms of sector specialisation by creating more new individual companies serving specific industries and professions.
In the course of doing this it may make sense for us to buy smaller recruitment businesses that are already operating in such sectors. Similarly we are not bound by regional boundaries, and might, where opportunities exist, site operations in towns and cities outside the East Midlands and possibly abroad.


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