Huddersfield-based Hands On Consultancy and niche recruiter ProCore Recruit, based in Warrington, have merged to create The Staffing Experts.

The combined business will be based in Warrington and will operate across the UK and internationally. The Teesside and Yorkshire teams will continue to work in these locations. 

Jo Hand, award-winning North East recruiter has taken up the role as CEO of the business. Ms Hand’s appointment follows 35 years in the recruitment sector starting with 18 years at Manpower UK, where she was regional manager for the North of England.

She then ran her own agency, Hands On Consultancy, building up a strong reputation and a turnover of £13m. In 2013 she won the coveted Susan Dobson Northeast Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the first Teesside businesswoman to ever win it.

Working alongside Jo is director Lee Narraway. Lee spent over 20 years working in the pulp and paper, mining and manufacturing sectors before setting up ProCore in 2007 and is a highly regarded recruitment specialist in the pulp and paper sector.

The two directors have ambitious plans for the future and are looking at further acquisitions alongside their exciting strategic growth plans. 

Deborah Baker has been appointed as business development manager to work alongside Jo and Lee, and will build new relationships to help fuel the growth plans to meet these ambitious targets.

Tom Greaves will be supporting Deborah on marketing activity.

Ms Hand said: “I am thrilled to be leading The Staffing Experts into an exciting phase of growth as we move forward as one joined-up business.

“We have already seen sales up by 53% in the last quarter and are really excited for what we can achieve.

“Our collective expertise is second to none and more clients are engaging with us as a result.

“With our three offices in Warrington, Huddersfield and Teesside, our coverage continues to widen and we are ready to take advantage of the strong market.”

Mr Narraway added: ”The combined forces of Jo’s business and ProCore is going to give us a huge advantage in terms of what we can offer to clients.

“Recruitment can be tough for many businesses right now but we know our sectors inside out and know the value of building relationships with people.

“This is how we stand out and we’re confident that our combined expertise and partnership style of working will supercharge our growth.”

The Staffing Experts offers permanent and temporary roles in the engineering, manufacturing, public and voluntary sectors.

For any further information please contact Jo Hand or 01925 506009.