HR GO extends UK reach as two Southern recruiters join group

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Photo caption:  Jack Parkinson, HR GO Group executive chairman, seals the deal with Stephen Hopkinson, founder of Sussex Recruitment and Gel Resourcing, joined by colleagues including, left, Roddy Barrow, HR GO Group Managing Director.

HR GO plc has expanded its UK regional coverage by agreeing deals with two East Sussex recruitment businesses.

Sussex Recruitment Limited and Gel Resourcing Limited, both based in Eastbourne, are the latest additions to the fast-growing recruitment and business services group.

Sussex Recruitment is a well-established independent recruitment consultancy that has provided employment solutions across the South East and UK since 2007.

The business places candidates in permanent and temporary roles in commercial, engineering, manufacturing and financial sectors.

Company founders Stephen and Margaret Hopkinson have retained a substantial minority stake in the new business and Stephen will continue to manage it under its new name HR GO Recruitment (Sussex) Limited.

Gel Resourcing was set up by Stephen Hopkinson and Chris Rose as a specialist division of Sussex Recruitment and specialises in the recruitment of high-calibre people for permanent and contract roles in occupational health, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences sectors throughout the UK and Europe.

Chris Rose, the firm’s managing director, will continue to run Gel Resourcing and both businesses will continue to operate from their offices in Seaside, Eastbourne.

Roddy Barrow, HR GO Group Managing Director said: “We welcome these two successful consultancies to the HR GO Group. We see both acquisitions as strategic, expanding our footprint of national coverage along the South Coast of England. Gel Resourcing adds to the expertise in pharmaceutical recruitment offered by our long-established RHL joint venture.

“We are sure that the clients and candidates served by these two businesses will benefit from the new arrangements and continue to receive the very best service.”

Stephen Hopkinson added: “We are pleased to join the dynamic HR GO group. We were impressed by its level of resources, sophisticated technology and digital services, a stimulating vision, and rich heritage of recruitment achievements over the past 61 years. We have achieved much to be proud of over the past 12 years and Chris Rose and I look forward to driving our Sussex businesses into an exciting future with the group.”

Jack Parkinson, HR GO plc Executive Chairman, said: “We are committed to seeking new opportunities like the ones we have just announced in Sussex. We have much to offer and we are always keen to hear from other recruitment businesses interested in finding out more.”


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