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National recruitment firm gap personnel strengthens Midlands presence

National recruitment firm gap personnel strengthens Midlands presence with launch of Birmingham office 
National recruitment firm gap personnel has opened a Birmingham office in the latest expansion of its rapidly-growing Midlands operation.
gap, the UKs ninth largest industrial labour provider, already has a network of 30 branches around the country including Coventry, Northampton, Daventry, Stoke and Telford.  
The new Birmingham base, on Stratford Road in Hall Green, will become gaps central hub for the Midlands region. Further expansion is planned, with the North Wales-based firm looking to open more branches across the Midlands next year.
Overseeing the launch of the Birmingham office is new hire James Martin (pictured), a major name in the regions recruitment scene who counts Argos, Somerfield, Walkers Chocolates and global express delivery firm City Link among his previous clients.
The 47-year-old, who lives in Redditch, has 18 years experience in recruitment and joins gap from a rival Birmingham agency.
gaps Birmingham premises will focus on specialised industrial, commercial and driving sectors of industry. James goal is to win recruitment business from the regions biggest companies, including the likes of optical manufacturing firm Aston Laboratories and West Bromwich-based food production giants Allied Bakeries and 2 Sisters Food Group.
gap will also be looking to capitalise on the upturn in the regions car industry by winning business with the likes of Rieter Automotive in Halesowen and Birmingham-based Sertec. Other key target sectors will be retail, distribution and logistics.
James said: gap is an extremely ambitious and dynamic company and I am relishing the opportunity to bolster its already impressive credentials in the Midlands.
gap, headquartered in Wrexham, North Wales, was formed in 1997 and now supplies workers to more than 1,500 companies every year, including Leicestershire-based food manufacturer Samworth Brothers. From its Daventry branch gap already supplies recruits to major operations including Matalan and DHL Avon, while the Shropshire branch recently secured a major new contract with Veolia Environmental Services Shropshire.
gap founder and managing director Gary Dewhurst said: The Birmingham branch is our sixth in the Midlands and this move strengthens our position as one of the regions major recruiters. James has a proven track record as one of the top industrial recruiters in the Midlands. In his first branch manager role he grow turnover from zero to 20m in just three years, which serves to underline his calibre.
The Birmingham office will become the central hub of our growing Midlands presence, and there is potential for further branches to be opened across the region in 2011 as our business continues to grow.


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