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North Wales business gap personnel celebrating a successful year

RECRUITMENT firm gap personnel won more than 800 new contracts in 2010, while hiring 96 new internal company employees, bosses have revealed.

The firm, the largest independent recruitment company in Wales, also saw its sales margin increase 48% year-on-year.

Founder and managing director, Gary Dewhurst, said gap hired more than 70 new recruitment consultants and 20 head office staff during the course of 2010.

He put the company’s success over the year down to a clear growth strategy and heightened demand for temporary workers.

And he is confident gap’s good performance will continue into 2011.

Mr Dewhurst said: “Ongoing economic uncertainty means many employers are understandably reluctant to hire permanent staff.

“As an employer, when you are unsure what’s around the corner in terms of the overall economy but need manpower in the short term, turning to a recruitment agency that can provide temporary workers is the obvious solution.

“We provide our clients with a reliable, efficient service – which is why we have been able to grow.”

Based in Wrexham, gap – which also has an office in Flint town centre – was recently named one of the top 10 industrial recruiters in the UK for the second year running, after achieving £39m in industrial sales.

The company has launched a dedicated website for jobseekers in a revamp of its online presence.

The site, www.gappersonneljobs.com, allows candidates to upload their CV, receive daily job alerts and search for vacancies by sector or location.

The firm is setting its sights on further expansion in 2011, predicting demand for temporary workers will remain strong throughout next year.

A key appointment this year, said Mr Dewhurst, was new finance director Lynne Grigg.

Lynne was one of the four founder directors of Go, the low-cost airline set up by British Airways, where she worked to build a profitable airline from scratch.

Lynne and her co-directors led a successful management buy-out before Go was sold to 3i for £100m. The airline was later taken over by EasyJet.