People: Experienced recruit for construction group; new appointment to drive OEM sales; Plum job for partner

Richard Sapcote has joined MCS Group as business development manager

Fast-growing construction contractor MCS Group has appointed Richard Sapcote to target significant growth in new sectors as the Midlands-based company continues to grow.

Earlier this month MCS Group revealed it is on target to hit £150m turnover this year, which will have doubled the business in just two years. It won the Fast Growth Business of the Year award at’s Business Masters awards in March.

Sapcote has the job of securing fast-track projects ranging from £50,000 to £15m.

MCS Group managing director Keir Edmonds said: “Richard is very well known in the construction sector and has had an impressive career in a range of very senior roles over the years.

“I’m delighted to welcome him to the team. He brings his experience and industry knowledge to a new role in which he will target growth in sectors we have identified as being key for the further growth of MCS Group.”

Sapcote previously managed Birmingham-based family regional contractor William Sapcote & Sons and his experience also includes a period as bid manager at Willmott Dixon, and managing the Birmingham operations team at Seddon Construction.

He said: “Joining MCS Group at this point in its development is a very exciting opportunity. This is a new role for the business, which traditionally operates largely in the automotive and industrial sector across UK.”


James Coughlan, SPAL Automotive UK

Worcester-based SPAL Automotive UK is looking for the recruitment of a business development manager to drive its OEM sales.

James Coughlan will be responsible for growing sales of axial fans and blowers that are manufactured by the Italian group. He has joined SPAL UK after 13 years working for some of the leading tier one automotive suppliers.

Matthew Morris, managing director of SPAL Automotive UK, said: “James knows our industry well and understands our product range from an engineering point of view.

“He has spent many years in sales working at the highest level and we’re delighted that he’s come on board.”

Coughlan added: “Unlike some of the well-known brands I’ve previously been part of, SPAL remains something of an industry secret, despite its global scale and strong market position.
“Getting the recognition that the brand deserves will be part of my challenge.”


Recruitment agency Plum Personnel has filled its own vacancy with the addition of Claire Horton to its team in Solihull.

The independent company, which operates across Birmingham and Warwickshire, was the first recruitment consultancy in the UK to achieve the equality standard, Diversity Assured.

Horton has more than three decades of experience in recruitment, most recently with Hamlin Knight, Workforce Recruitment, and Kate & Co Finance. She will be focused on recruitment office professionals in a range of roles.

Susie Ankrett, director at Plum Personnel said: “Her ethos, way of working and values are rooted firmly in offering a dedicated and customer centric service.”