Recruiter Maxwell Bruce signals Scottish expansion

Roddy Donaldson: New office support our growth plans. Picture: Contributed
Roddy Donaldson: New office support our growth plans. Picture: Contributed
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EMPLOYMENT agency Maxwell Bruce is to almost double staff numbers and open a new office in the Scottish capital in a major expansion move.

The Dunfermline-based firm, which specialises in engineering, construction and industrial jobs, is taking on 16 managers and consultants to join an existing workforce of 21.

An Edinburgh office will open in July to add to its other existing sites including Dundee and Glasgow.

Roddy Donaldson, managing director of the 25-year-old firm, said the expansion came amid increasing demand for skilled staff across Scotland.

“The expansion and recruitment will support our long-term growth plans. We’re looking to increase our presence within the industry by doubling in size over the next three to five years,” said Donaldson.

“In 2014 we placed almost 1,800 candidates – an 11-year high – and saw consistent revenue growth across all three of our existing offices. The move to Edinburgh reflects our commitment to achieving a presence in locations where our clients most need us.”

The Edinburgh office will initially by staffed by a team of eight and a similar number of additional staff are being sought for the Glasgow office.

Meanwhile, Close Brothers Asset Management yesterday announced the acquisition of Edinburgh-based chartered financial planning firm Mackay Stewart & Brown for an undisclosed sum.

The deal to acquire the firm, which is led by managing director John Mackay and is thought to have around £80 million in assets under management, is subject to Financial Conduct Authority approval. Andy Cumming, head of advice at Close Brothers Asset Management, said the acquisition would strengthen the firm’s Scottish operation.

“We are keen to hire more high-calibre financial advisers as we aim to be the ‘go to firm’ for professional integrated wealth management,” he added.

In November 2011 Close Brothers acquired Scott-­Moncrieff Wealth Management and its offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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