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Outsource company takes over Grafton

Staffline Group managing director Tina McKenzie. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye
Gary McDonald Business Editor

RECRUITMENT firm Grafton, which has been operating for more than 30 years, has new owners.

The £80 million-turnover firm has been acquired by the Staffline Group for an undisclosed sum.

Staffline is a leading outsource company providing recruitment, training and HR services to both government and commercial customers.

It has acquired Grafton’s Recruitment and HR businesses in Northern Ireland and the Republic, which have specialised in outsourced recruitment solutions and FDI projects since the 1980s.

Staffline Group established its new Ireland division in Belfast and Dublin in 2013 under the direction of its current group managing director Tina McKenzie, and the business currently has revenues of more than £100m.

The addition of Grafton will see Staffline Group's sales in Ireland rise to more than £150m and give it a permanent staff of 350 and a contracted workforce of up to 10,000 people across Belfast, Dublin, Derry and Cork.

Ms McKenzie said: “Following five years of significant organic and acquired growth, welcoming Grafton Recruitment to our group is an exciting step on our journey to becoming the largest recruitment business in Ireland.

“As a respected brand among employers and candidates both north and south of the border, Grafton will continue to run independently from Staffline Group companies, delivering an expert recruitment service with professionalism at the forefront.”

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