Primestaff opens Edinburgh office as turnover passes £11m

Danny McIntyre

Glasgow-based recruitment consultancy Primestaff has opened an office in the capital, while expansion in Dundee is imminent.

It’s been a big year for the company, which was recently acquired in a management buyout and launched a high profile sponsorship with one of only two Scottish professional rugby sides, Glasgow Warriors.

Turnover exceeded £11 million and profit surpassed £2 million in 2015-2016 – making it the company’s biggest year ever. To support this ambitious plan, five new hires are set to play a key part in Primestaff’s continued growth.

The company has a target turnover of £20 million by 2020.

Technical business manager Derek Thomson will work across Edinburgh and Glasgow after spending more than 15 years at a leading national agency, which recently closed its Glasgow office. His colleague Matthew Bowater, a recruitment consultant, has also been snapped up by the firm.

Robert Muir, formerly of Bibby Factors, has taken on the role of Group Business Development Director, while recruitment consultants Leigh Carroll and Stephen Johnston have joined Black & Black Recruitment and Prime Commercial Ltd respectively.

Chief Executive Danny McIntyre said: “This is an exciting time for our business. There’s a great deal of opportunity across Scotland and we have a talented group in place ready to take Primestaff to the next level.

“Hiring the right people has always been central to our growth and by continuing to grow our team with talented staff, it will help us to adapt to challenges and take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace.“

Group Business Development Director Robert Muir added: “While at Bibby Factors I worked closely with Primestaff for many years. I have always been impressed with their approach and have watched with interest as the company has grown. I couldn’t be more pleased to join the team and help the company take the next step.

“With some rival agencies moving out of Glasgow, and with Edinburgh as an area of growth, I’m excited to work across both cities to create and unearth new opportunities.”

Primestaff’s offices are currently in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paisley.