Recruitment firm sold to major international player

Terry Barton and Robert Carter

Lincolnshire-based Mercury Personnel Solutions has been bought by Newton-le-Willows Kingdom Services Group in a move that will bring formed a newly-formed company called Kingdom Mercury.

The Spalding firm is a specialist recruiter to the fresh produce, horticulture, warehouse, and distribution sectors.

Managing director Robert Carter and operations director Gary Turner will continue to lead the company, along with the existing senior management team.

Mercury joins a 7,000-plus strong and £200m turnover organisation operating across a UK-wide office network.

Carter said: “I’m incredibly proud of the achievements that the company has made over th­­­e years, and extremely excited that the company has been acquired by Kingdom Services Group. I would like to thank the many clients that we have, the flexible workforce and the talented operations and accounts team that have made Mercury Personnel Solutions such a success and look forward to continuing the success story with Kingdom Services Group.

“The merger will enable us to continue with our growth to the next level, whilst being supported by the Kingdom Services Group and delivering enhanced services to clients and candidates alike. Further investment shall continue to expand our geographical offering and most importantly by joining an independently owned group I’m safe in the knowledge that business will be as usual only even better.”

Terry Barton, CEO of Kingdom Services Group, said: “Mercury has over 20 years of trading and a strong and solid brand. They have an exceptional growth path because of a great team of people and like Kingdom also have a great energy about them. We also really liked that they are a 52-week recruitment business and aligned with Kingdom have a fantastic workforce (900+) and they attract and retain good people. The Mercury acquisition is aligned to our 2022 recruitment business growth plans. I personally welcome the Mercury team into the Kingdom Group.”

Kingdom Services Group has a UK-wide network of 18 offices including Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Belfast with their National Support and Command Centre based at Newton-le-Willows. Kingdom also operates in India.

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