TECHNICAL recruitment specialists Russell Taylor Group have appointed two new directors as the business focuses on an ambitious growth strategy for the coming year.
Steve McCarthy and Stuart Watson have both been operating as senior managers within the Cheshire-headquartered company. Steve now takes on the role Divisional Director for Construction and Engineering while Stuart becomes Business Development Director for Industrial Trades and Engineering.
Their promotions have reinforced the Russell Taylor Group ethos of training and developing its own “home grown” talent to become major players in the business’ future expansion plans.
Steve joined the company seven years ago and, while manager of the Technical and Engineering Division, built his team up from almost a standing start to become one of the most consistently successful operations within the company.
Stuart joined Russell Taylor Group 13 years ago, carving a successful career from trainee consultant and, rising through the ranks, to heading up business development in the Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors.
Managing director Rob Kurton said: “These two key strategic promotions will put Steve and Stuart at the forefront of our ambitious expansion pathway for the coming year.
“Reflecting on last year’s record-breaking performance, we are now looking forward to a predicted turnover of £30million for 2023.
“Steve and Stuart have worked incredibly hard over the years to further enhance the Russell Taylor brand within their particular markets. We fully expect that, with their expertise and increased responsibility, our Industrial Trades, Engineering and Construction offerings will go from strength to strength.”
Steve’s growth plans focus heavily on the development of his white-collar Construction Management team which, headed by Amanda Winder and with recruitment for high profile regeneration projects, is already having major impact on the region’s economic fortunes. He is also further growing the Mechanical, Electrical and Controls Systems Division while also establishing a Mechanical and Electrical Trades team.
High on Stuart’s agenda is the expansion of Russell Taylor Group’s national sales team. With headquarters at Wirral’s Burton Manor, the business also has regional bases in Liverpool, Manchester, London and Scotland.
He said: “We have proved that having focused sales people to be out there chasing high profile industrial projects to feed into our recruitment specialists is an outstanding business model.
“Following a highly successful 2022, I plan to replicate this across all our regional offices, further increasing our exposure in the national industrial recruitment market.
“However, trades skills shortages are still a nationwide problem so it’s essential for us to channel our energies – via our teams’ personal skills and knowledge, the professional use of social media channels and a large job board presence – to match suitability qualified operatives to employers’ specific needs.”
With the tough challenges of labour shortages still in existence following Covid and Brexit along with issues of gender imbalance, an ageing UK workforce and work/life balance, of prime importance to both Steve and Stuart is securing the best Russell Taylor Group workplace talent to recruit staff and fill skills gaps in the Engineering, Construction, Industrial Trades and Construction Management sectors.
Steve added: “As we expand the business, there’s a constant need for more recruitment professionals to ensure people with the right skills and qualifications are placed into highly-skilled white-collar professional roles that will make a difference to the local, regional and national economy.
“From apprentices and trainees to graduates and experienced recruiters, they will, as a member of the Russell Taylor Group ‘family’, experience their own career growth as well as making a massive contribution to the success of our business.”