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Staffline completes third acquisition in a year

Staffline's Tina McKenzie with Hugh J O'Boyle director Francis Tumelty

ONE of Ireland's largest recruiters Staffline Ireland is expanding again with yet another acquisition.

The company, headed up by Tina McKenzie has taken over Hugh J O'Boyle Training in Downpatrick.

It is the third acquisition for Staffline in the north this year, where it is parent company to PeoplePlus NI.

The business acquired Paragon Training in February and Diamond Recruitment Group last October.

Headquartered in Newtownabbey, Staffline Ireland began operations in February 2013 with a mission to reach £100m turnover by the end of 2017.

And the latest acquisition puts it well on the way, reaching an estimated turnover of £65m for 2016.

Staffline group managing director Tina McKenzie said: "We are pleased to welcome the Hugh J O’Boyle Training business to the skills division of PeoplePlus NI.

"Complementing our existing skills division in east and west Belfast and our employability division in the north coast and north west, this investment in the Downpatrick area represents PeoplePlus NI’s dedication to providing all regions in Northern Ireland with high-quality skills training and employment support," she said.

"We are dedicated to empowering people, particularly young people, on their journey to work so we look forward to working with the Downpatrick community to boost employment and skills in the region.

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to our talented new members of staff to the Staffline Group in Ireland. They are a fantastic team with over 25 years’ experience in delivering high quality skills training so we are looking forward to building on this success."

The acquisition means Staffline has 200 corporate staff while it now has 5,000 employees on its books.

“We are excited for the opportunities ahead with PeoplePlus NI and Hugh J O’Boyle Training working closely together to empower the people of Northern Ireland on transforming their lives through employability support, justice services, and employment training," added Ms McKenzie.

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