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Staffing 360 Solutions executes agreement to acquire Poolia UK

Closing of the acquisition is expected to occur on or about March 7, 2014.

Poolia UK operates its professional staffing services from its office in London. The company focuses on providing temporary, contract and permanent qualified professionals to various banking, financial and commercial clients across the United Kingdom.

"We are pleased to report yet another acquisition for Staffing 360 Solutions since the start of 2014," stated Brendan Flood, Executive Chairman of Staffing 360 Solutions. "Poolia adds additional size and services to our existing operations in Europe. It's a great addition to Staffing 360's recent Initio acquisition and complements our Longbridge Recruitment operations in the UK."

Established in 1989, Poolia UK did business under the name Parker Bridge until August 2005. Following its acquisition by Poolia AB, the company became Poolia Parker Bridge, a combination of both names. It was finally re-branded to Poolia UK Ltd. in January 2007.

"We are thrilled with the opportunity to join the Staffing 360 Solutions team," stated Tim Hedger, managing director of Poolia UK. "The timing and our long-held vision of becoming a leading staffing firm in the UK matches well with Staffing 360's expertise in the field of permanent placement and temporary staffing across both the US and UK. We also look forward to leveraging Staffing 360's capital markets expertise, which has allowed them to grow through acquisitions so rapidly."

Staffing 360 Solutions' existing UK operations were part of the company's recent acquisition on January 3, 2014 of Initio International Holdings Limited (now Staffing 360 Solutions (UK) Limited) and its Longbridge Recruitment division. Longbridge was established in 1989 in London, and is an international multi-sector recruitment company, with a long history of success catering to the sales & marketing, technology, legal and IT solutions sectors. Both the CEO of Longbridge, Darren Carroll, and the managing director of Poolia UK, Tim Hedger, will report directly to Matt Briand, co-CEO of Staffing 360 Solutions.

"This acquisition represents another validator of our successful M&A strategy," commented Matt Briand, co-CEO of Staffing 360 Solutions. "As we continue to extend our presence in countries around the globe, we look forward to relaying our latest developments and important milestones, all while growing Staffing 360 Solutions into a formidable international public company."

Staffing 360 Solutions believes that a consolidation strategy is ideally suited for the highly fragmented temporary staffing industry. The management team has been engaged in the development of a comprehensive program to create a robust pipeline of prospective acquisitions, with a longer term objective of driving annual revenues to $300 million.

Pictured: Brendan Flood, executive chairman of Staffing 360 Solutions


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