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North East digital and marketing recruiter expands through Milton Keynes merger

Specialist North East recruitment firm Concept Personnel has embarked on an ambitious expansion programme – beginning with the merger with another recruitment business.

The North Tyneside based recruitment consultancy is led by Jo Carter and specialises in recruiting for marketing, creative and digital roles, employing a team of seven. It has merged with Milton Keynes-based Onyx, which specialises in recruiting senior interim and temporary people in accountancy, finance, HR and operations.

Both businesses are celebrating their 20th anniversaries and joining forces to broaden their offer to existing and prospective candidates and employers.

The new business will be known as Concept Onyx Recruitment and aims to scale-up and grow rapidly in the next three to five years, with each office staffing up to handle growth.

The new business will continue to focus on its specialist areas from its offices in North Tyneside and Milton Keynes, while also starting to offer the broader range of sector experience.

Concept’s Carter said: “We have both operated successfully in our niche areas, but this merger allows us to combine skills and resources, expanding the range of services we can offer existing and new clients.

“I have known Michelle [Theuma, Onyx MD] for several years since Concept opened an office in Milton Keynes. We have a likeminded, ethical approach to business, and are both committed to providing a professional, supportive service to candidates and clients. We want to be the best in our sectors.

“The plan is to build three teams in each office offering specialist support in digital and tech, marketing and creative, and HR and finance sectors.”

Both firms believe their two client bases will have cross-over requirements that can be met by the new business. Concept’s clients are agencies and in-house teams within large corporate organisations and the public sector, from start-ups to established businesses. Onyx services corporate clients in London, the Home Counties and around the UK.

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