Hirers in tie-up

Primestaff builds £20m business with Direct Workforce deal

danny-mcintyrePrimestaff, the Scottish recruitment consultancy, has acquired Direct Workforce, a subsidiary of the Bibby Line Group.

Direct Workforce provides temporary and permanent staff in the logistics and industrial markets, mainly in the north of England. 

The combined business will have a turnover of £20 million and will provide almost 1,500 temporary staff to 300 clients, as well as an annual introduction of more than 200 permanent staff across a range of sectors.

It is the latest in a series of announcements by Primestaff in 2016 in which it underwent a management buyout. Annual turnover passed the £11m mark and it invested in new premises in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Chief Executive Danny McIntyre said the deal offers “an immediate synergy with Primestaff”. He said it said it was an opportunity “we didn’t want to miss”.

Mike Brown, chairman of Bibby Distribution, said: “As part of a diverse and forward looking family business, we recognise that in a challenging and competitive market, economies of scale and a wide ranging offer are necessary essentials for long term, sustainable growth.”

Janine Hipkiss, managing director of Direct Workforce, added: “We believe that this acquisition will give the business the best opportunity to grow.”

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