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Our history

A history of the Fusion People group of companies

From a standing start in Jan 2004, Fusion People entered the market strongly achieving a first year turnover of just over £7m. This was a phenomenal achievement, dwarfed only by our Y2 achievement where turnover increased to over £16m, to £22m in year 3 and an incredible £34m turnover by the end of 2007. 2008 to 2010 proved to be very challenging for all businesses but we emerged from the downturn in an even stronger position with a string of acquisitions increasing group turnover to £72million for 2011 and £90m for 2012. In recent years, turnover has continued to grow reaching £140m last year. According to Recruitment International's "Top250" index, that ranks us in the top 40 largest recruitment businesses in the UK.

But while tunrover is a useful way of showing how we've grown over time, our real pride comes from the people we've helped along the way; the hundreds of candidates we now find new and exciting jobs for every month; the clients we help to develop their own businesses by securing the key personnel they need; and our own people, providing the environment and opportunities for staff to be successful.

Milestone: 2015

FP acquire CHC Global Search and Collingwood Associates, both based in London. CHC gives group high level executive search capability whilst CHC bolsters IT division with SAP focus.

2015

In September, we relaunch our new website with first significant interface change since 2008.

 

2014

Turnover for year 11 is £141m

Milestone: 2013

Portsmouth based recruitment business, Lane Global is acquired. Addition gives FP boost into market for Data and Electrical.

2013

IT Specialist Etica is merged into Fusion People and Hillman Saunders brands

Turnover for year 10 is £125m

Milestone: October 2012

Fusion acquire rail specialist Prima Services Group. Inheriting offices in Epsom, Kent, and Ripley, the group open a new office in Glasgow in October.

2012

In July ATRfusion are rebranded as Fusion People Trades.

Turnover for year 9 is £90m

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Milestone: May 2011

In May Fusion People acquire Redwood Professionals, including specialist divisions in engineering, publishing and steel. Engineering is incorporated into ATRfusion whilst Redwood Publishing and Steel supported.

2011

ATR is rebranded as ATRfusion to reflect synergies with technical business.

Turnover for year 8 is £75m

Milestones: 2010

January

In January Compass Global Resourcing is launched from Birmingham office and focused on serving the Construction and Engineering market in MENA region.

July

In July, Fusion acquire IT specialist Etica. Originally operating from Reading, Etica recruiters are established in London and Bristol locations.

October

Insurance and FS staffing firm Hillman Saunders are acquired in October. Serving the London and Northern markets, recruiters are moved into London and Mancheter offices.

November

In November Active Technical Resources (ATR) are acquired. Specialising in blue collar and trades recruitment, the Portsmouth office is absorbed in Whiteley while Chiswick is added to the Fusion network.

2010

In May, north eastern operations are moved to Wetherby with Yorkshire Office established.

Turnover for year 7 is £54m

2009

New Chairman is appointed to the board. Substantial investment is made in the company for growth and fund is set aside for acquisitions.

Turnover for year 6 is £37m

2008

Birmingham office move to larger premises in November. Named the UK's 38th fastest growing private company in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list in December.

Turnover for year 5 is £43m

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2007

In March the recruitment team split from head office at Eastleigh and relocate to Whiteley forming new Solent Office and Sydney move to larger premises in the CBD.

Year 4 turnover is £34m

2006

Commended in the "Best Newcomer" category at the Recruiters Awards for Excellence in April. 6th UK office opens in Leeds in June.

Year 3 turnover is £21m

2005

5th UK office opens in Manchester in January followed by first overseas office in Sydney in December.

Year 2 turnover is £16m

Milestone: May 2004

Fusion acquire social and care specialist HERA Recruitment in May 2004. London based HERA was established in 1986, and served the needs of Local Authorities, Housing Organisations and Charitable Trusts.

2004

3 UK regional offices open in London, Birmingham and Southampton in January, followed by Bristol in March.

Year 1 turnover is £7m

2003

Board of Directors is formed comprising of Paul Metcalfe, Chris Fenn, Mark Swain, Paul Scott, Steve Fisher & Steve Harper. UK head office in Eastleigh opens.