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Berry Recruitment acquires The Plus Team

Berry Recruitment Group (BRG) has continued its expansion with the acquisition of London-based The Plus Team.

The purchase comes after last year’s acquisitions of London’s PRC Employment and Mainline Resourcing (including specialist division Express Rail Services).

The Plus Team specialises in both temporary and permanent recruitment across office support, management, HR and marketing roles with a broad range of clients.

It began life in 1975 when Lyn Cecil started Secretaries Plus; it was rebranded in 2013 to take into account its widening area of operation. Cecil is well known in the industry, having been a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) executive committee for more than 30 years and president of its training body.

The new owners have already moved the staff into offices in Hanover Square, Mayfair.

Chris Chown, BRG’s managing director, said: “As one of the country’s fastest-growing recruitment businesses this acquisition is a perfect fit for us.

“We anticipate that The Plus Team will grow organically and we will be looking to expand the team as we develop the business within the capital as part of our wider strategy.

“It is a company with a superb reputation thanks to the values instilled by Lyn Cecil and we have been really impressed with the staff.

“Our presence in the capital is now consolidating, and our plan is to continue to grow Berry Recruitment Group organically and through acquisition.”

Lyn Cecil and The Plus Team’s managing director Tina Rycroft said they were excited by the deal as it gave their team new opportunities.

Cecil said: “Merging with Berry has felt a very natural, easy progression from the very first meeting with Berry’s highly-regarded chairman Tony Berry to the final handover at the beginning of this year, just eight weeks later.”

BRG, headquartered in St Albans, Hertfordshire, now operates from 30 branches across England and Wales, employing more than 150 people.


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