HR GO plc has expanded its UK regional operations by acquiring a majority stake in a prominent South West recruiter.
Red Berry Recruitment Limited is the latest addition to the international and business services group.
HR GO, founded in 1957, has acquired a 51% shareholding in the business with branches in the Somerset towns of Yeovil, Shepton Mallet and Bridgwater.
Red Berry Recruitment, founded by Helen Lacey, is an independent recruitment consultancy that has provided employment solutions across the West Country since 2007. It provides temporary and permanent staff to many key sectors, including office and administration, customer service, engineering, finance and accounts, general industrial, IT and technology, manufacturing and technical, marketing, public relations and advertising.
Under the terms of the new joint venture, the Yeovil and Shepton Mallet branches will continue trading as Red Berry Recruitment, with the strapline “part of the HR GO Group.” HR GO’s branch manager Leanne Sheppard will look after the expanded Bridgwater office, while Helen Lacey will manage the Yeovil and Shepton Mallet Red Berry Recruitment business as part of the HR GO Group.
Roddy Barrow, HR GO Group Managing Director said: “We welcome Red Berry Recruitment to the HR GO family. This joint venture expands our coverage of the South West and West Country, enabling us to provide a wider range of services with excellent customer care to Red Berry’s clients and our own.”
Helen added: “I’m delighted to be teaming up with HR GO, a dynamic and ambitious independent group that offers Red Berry Recruitment a high level of resources, sophisticated technology and digital services.
“I’m grateful for the support from our clients over the years and look forward to continuing to serve them and new ones with the added benefits and resources that the larger group can offer.”