Now Linear looks to Leeds

Sheffield-based recruitment company Linear has continued to invest in ongoing expansion with the acquisition of Leeds-based recruitment company, Javelin, for an undisclosed sum.

The deal will enable the £17 million turnover company to expand its existing Leeds offering and will see all the staff move across from Javelin to the Linear team in Leeds with immediate effect. The acquisition of the £2 million turnover company includes taking on the existing 110 temporary workers and a diverse client base and will create a new division in Leeds that will be known as Linear Industrial.

Linear’s Sheffield-based industrial director, Rhian Balshaw, will take management responsibility of the new division which will continue to be run by the present operations manager, Sian Williams.

Rhian said: “We already have a successful industrial division operating out of our Sheffield, Milton Keynes and Walsall offices and this acquisition provides an excellent opportunity to extend this into West Yorkshire with proven professionals, an established client-base and an excellent pool of candidates.

“The new division in Leeds will complement the existing construction division already offered from this office and we will build on this new team to help drive further expansion.”

The Javelin acquisition is the latest in a series of recent investment moves from Linear, which has this year opened new offices in Newcastle and Bristol and established a new oil and gas division as well as a rail division.

The company now has seven regional offices across England, all reporting in to its Sheffield HQ.

Linear managing director Adam Turner said: “The expertise of the Javelin team and the clients and workers we’ve acquired will give us a head start in the industrial market in West Yorkshire and we will continue to target growth.