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One of the worlds leading providers of welfare to work, which offers training, support for the unemployed and recruitment services across Teesside, has announced the appointment of a new group CEO.
West Midlands-based businessman Colin Birchall has been appointed CEO of Employment Services Holdings Group (ESH). ESH has a turnover of 150 million and holds contracts both in the UK and Australia to tackle unemployment and social exclusion.
The global business includes Teesside-based Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), which was acquired by ESH in September 2008 and has an annual turnover of 40 million. 
ESH board chairman Greg Smith said he was delighted with the appointment and that he was confident that Colin was the ideal choice to take ESH forward into the next decade.
As the founder and CEO of our UK operation, Colin has successfully led Pertemps People Development Group for the past 13 years, he said. The organisation has a growing reputation in the industry for delivering business excellence for the benefit of local communities and broader society through a highly competent and engaged workforce.
This appointment will enable the ESH Group to develop from a strong platform and will undoubtedly have a positive impact upon our ability to secure additional contracts in the future.
The move comes at a time when PPDG is tendering for the opportunity to deliver new contracts on behalf of the Department for Work & Pensions and the Ministry of Justice.
In Australia, ESH merged IPC Employment, PVS Workfind and IPA Personnel to create a national group which is now the largest private employment services provider in the country.
Commenting on his appointment, Colin Birchall said: There are opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for ESH both here and in Australia. In the UK, the group is excited about the new coalition governments welfare reforms represented by the proposed Work Programme. We are up for the challenge and are fully committed to work alongside the government to ensure value for money delivery. In Australia, welfare reform and opportunities for unemployed people are high on the politic and recently published outstanding star ratings reveal ESH to be the highest performer for organisations that have five or more locations.
There is incredible potential for us to grow on both sides of the globe and I am proud to be given the responsibility of leading the group during this exciting phase of its development.
In the UK, PPDG works in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and other organisations, to deliver employment and training initiatives including Flexible New Deal, Employment Zone, Lone Parent mentoring, and Learndirect training programmes. More than 100,000 job seekers have been helped into sustained employment by the company since the projects began.  It has trained 130,000 people in vocational skills, and over 175,000 people have benefitted from professional information, advice and guidance services.


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