Latest acquisition expands recruitment portfolio for Kingdom Services Group

Terry Barton

International operator Kingdom Services Group has swooped for a Lincolnshire specialist recruiter, focused on the fresh produce, horticulture, warehouse and distribution sectors.

Kingdom Services Group, based in Newton-le-Willows, said Mercury Personnel Solutions, from Spalding, will now be branded as Kingdom Mercury.

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

Kingdom said it will be a soft transition and business as usual for the Mercury customers and colleagues.

These include wider ‘one stop’ service capabilities, working synergies and specialist knowledge, and added value that come from being part of a 7,000+ colleague and £200m turnover organisation operating across a UK-wide office network.

Robert 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.”

He added: “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, Kingdom Services Group CEO, 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 its national support and command centre based at Newton-le-Willows. Kingdom also operates in India.

Last month Kingdom announced the acquisition of Eastbourne firm, Colvin Cleaning Group, for an undisclosed sum.

And in March this year, Midlands-based healthcare staffing specialists, Brindley Medical, merged with the Kingdom Group of companies.