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Gi Group UK Announces Appointment of New MD

Award-winning recruitment consultancy, Gi Group, which is one of the UK’s leading HR solutions companies, has announced the appointment of Pete Taylor as Managing Director of Gi Group Staffing UK & Ireland.

Following the acquisition of Encore Personnel, an established and thriving Midlands and North recruitment agency established in 2002, of which Pete was MD, Gi Group has now successfully completed the merger of the two businesses.

Pete will now step into the role of MD Gi Group Staffing UK & Ireland, succeeding Paul Smith who dedicated almost two decades of his career to growing and cementing Gi Group’s presence across the country. Like Paul, Pete is an industry veteran who has spent 26 years working in the recruitment sector —the last 17 of which involved building Encore into the dynamic company that Gi acquired at the end of 2022.

Pete, who is known for his impressive track record in managing and uniting teams to achieve the very best of their potential, said: “I’m honoured to be taking the baton, as it were, from Paul who has demonstrated in the short time we have worked together how investment in and dedication to the people of Gi Group is the key to success in this very important role.

“Having steered the Encore ship through some of the choppiest waters in our history, during the pandemic and its aftermath, I feel prepared for, whilst also incredibly humbled, to be taking on the responsibility of the position of MD for our now much larger, united business, which has the combined potential to change thousands of lives for the better.

“Gi Group is one of the most respected and forward-thinking HR and recruitment businesses in the world and I know that with the added talent, passion, diverse skill sets and experience of Encore’s consultants, we are now truly a force to be reckoned with. Our mission is simple: to help candidates find fulfilling and rewarding work, while supporting our customers to grow their businesses through, always evolving industry-leading recruitment and HR strategies and practices.

“The future is bright for Gi Group and I’m delighted to be playing a key role in mapping out the next chapter for an ambitious, bold and pioneering business with much potential to drive impactful change and innovation in the labour market.”

Gi Group operates more than 26 branches and 60 sites across the UK, employing 650 people nationally. It has established a branch in every major city in the UK with plans for further expansion over the coming months.

Paulo Canoa, Country Manager Gi Group UK, said: “This is a time of great change and great opportunity for our award-winning business. We wish Paul the very best and thank him for his 18 years’ service, having been with us from the very start and being instrumental in the development of the business from a small independent recruiter to where it is now, the second largest country in Gi Group globally.

“I am delighted to announce that Paul will be succeeded by Pete Taylor as MD Gi Group Staffing UK & Ireland. Pete is very experienced in both branch and site delivery models and comes with a wealth of experience in both blue and black collar recruitment across multiple disciplines. Pete is also a respected member of the industry who has been heavily involved with the REC and currently serves on the Exec Members Group of the ALP.

“This will be an exciting new chapter for Gi UK, and the whole business joins me in wishing Pete every success in his new role.”

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ENDS For more information, contact Emily Winsor-Russell at Eden PR [email protected] or call 0115 958 8850. About Gi Group Holding Gi Group Holding is one of the world’s leading providers of services for the evolution of the labour market. Through a global staffing and recruitment business ecosystem that counts four brands – INTOO, Marks Sattin, Grafton, Gi Group – the organisation provides a full suite of staffing and recruitment services. Gi Group Holding offers a comprehensive array of services for recruitment and talent management through its four brands. INTOO facilitates career development, coaching, and outplacement initiatives; Marks Sattin specialises in finance, technology, legal recruitment and executive search related roles; Grafton’s expertise lies in securing employment for qualified blue and white-collar professionals. Gi Group UK extends its temporary or permanent staffing for blue and white-collar workers, as well as semi-skilled professionals, reach throughout the United Kingdom. About Gi Group Gi Group is active in more than 100 countries, thanks to its direct presence and strategic partnerships. Through its key brands, the company provides a full and comprehensive suite of recruitment and HR solutions to more than 20,000 companies worldwide, generating revenues of €3.2 billion, and making it both the 5th largest recruitment and HR Services company in Europe, and the 16th largest worldwide. Gi Group is uniquely committed to the creation of social and economic value for both employers and candidates alike. Called “More than Work”, the Group’s aims are two-fold: firstly, to ensure that employees experience enjoyable and life-changing work environments; and secondly, to enable a sustainable, streamlined, and harmonious labour market for employers and employees alike—one that reflects the ever-changing needs of candidates and companies.

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