Growing recruitment business advances north of the border

Alan Wallace

Doncaster firm, ORB Recruitment is taking a further step in its ambitious growth plans by establishing a base in Scotland.

The company, which has grown substantially since setting up in 2018, aims to be the biggest recruitment agency in Yorkshire and to develop a presence UK wide starting with an office north of the border.

Led by Alan Wallace, who has been appointed ORB’s regional director in Edinburgh, the Scottish base will focus on permanent recruitment across all sectors.

Wallace, who has over 14 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, said: “This is a really exciting time for me personally and professionally.

“Initially I will be working closely with ORB managing director Stewart Olsen and have strong growth plans in place to quickly establish the ORB name across the Scottish market place, as well as opening a dedicated office with a dedicated team.

“Edinburgh is an excellent geographical location to set up our Scottish operations, it is our nation’s capital, and has progressed to be a vibrant hub that has an excellent ecosystem of technology SMEs and organisations that require a high demand for quality candidates.

“Given the current climate and future growth for the UK economy, 2021 is going be a big year for a lot of businesses and more importantly, the companies that specialise in key sectors will have the ability to progress and thrive moving forward.

“It is a very exciting time to be part of the journey with Stewart as we explore our new venture to create operations and open our Scottish base.”

ORB has continued to be busy over recent months, supplying key workers into the healthcare sector throughout the pandemic, as well as working with the manufacturing and production, construction and engineering industries.

Last year, the company, which started trading in April 2018, enjoyed a 100% increase in turnover rising from £1m in 2018/19 to £2.4m in 2019/20.

Despite the uncertain climate, forecasted turnover for 2020/21 has recently been amended from £4m to over £6.5m.

Olsen said: “Recruitment is an absolute passion of both Alan and I and it was clear that we share the same values to make a successful business that candidates and clients can trust.

“I knew Alan was exactly what we needed to get our operation in Scotland up and running so I am thrilled we are now starting on that journey and really excited about what the future holds for ORB.

“The pandemic has been an extremely challenging time for everyone but we are lucky to have a fantastic, growing team here at ORB and we are weathering the covid storm as best we can.

“We’ve built a robust business with the right foundations in place which has given us the longevity to not only survive but thrive and our latest figures are testimony to that approach.

“Our Scotland expansion is the next part of our continued growth plans.”

Further growth is expected, with ORB set to recruit three more members of staff to its Doncaster office to work in the care, industrial and construction sectors in quarter one of 2021.