Consultants Expand As North East Businesses Look To Recruit

Recruitment consultants who opened a North East office on Teesside less than a year ago have seen demand grow so fast that they have now doubled their office space to accommodate a growing team.

Kevin Edward Associates set up in UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre on the Kirkleatham Business Park in Redcar. The company, already well established in London and Liverpool, specialises in executive recruitment for a growing number of companies across the UK and internationally.

The additional office space at the Innovation Centre has enabled the North East office to take on two more recruitment specialists with the three-strong team expected to grow further in the near future. New clients include Procomm Site Services in Redcar; Vp PLC, the Yorkshire based group with six operating divisions, Symphony Coatings Group, Trad Group, Kiem Paints and Sims Metal Management.

“We are continuing to grow and expecting to take on a fourth recruitment specialist soon,” said Director Shaun Muir, who has particular expertise in the construction, engineering and industrial sectors. “Our growth is a positive sign for the region and the UK as it shows that businesses are looking to the future and seeking out the best people at a senior level. Making the right appointment and finding the expertise and experience needed to drive businesses forward is vitally important.

“The Innovation Centre has been an ideal choice for our North East office. We have all the facilities we need and have been able to concentrate fully on the business as the UK Steel Enterprise team is here to sort out any problems”.

Kevin Edward Associates was founded in 2009 and boasts a high retained service success rate. Its consultants work specifically in selected sectors, from technology, construction, engineering and facilities management to medical, legal and finance, in order to build up expertise in those fields.

Sarah Thorpe, UK Steel Enterprise’s Area Manager, said: “It is always satisfying to see new companies arrive at the Innovation Centre and start to grow quickly, especially when it is an established company like Kevin Edward Associates opening up in the region.

“We make every effort to provide the facilities and support that new and growing businesses need without high costs or long leases and to help with additional office or workshop space so they can take on extra staff with the minimum disruption.”

Details of UK Steel Enterprise’s support for businesses with finance and managed premises from 01642 777 777 and at Kevin Edward Associates is on 01642 777 913 and at

Photo: Sarah Thorpe, Area Manager, UK Steel Enterprise, at the Innovation Centre with Shaun Muir of Kevin Edward Associates.