Below is a brief history of the key dates within the growth of the Staffline Group.


Staffline established

Staffline was formed and established in Nottingham in January 1986. The branch network was developed over the years that followed.



First OnSite

We formed our first OnSite operation providing a dedicated team to recruit, train and manage a high-volume workforce from within the customers’ premises.



AIM admittance

Staffline was admitted to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Market and our OnSite operations continued to expand to 35 locations.



Employability acquisition

Acquired EOS, a welfare-to-work provider. Entered into employability services for the unemployed on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.



New divisions and diversification

We introduced new complementary divisions: Driving Plus, Ireland and Agriculture as part of the next phase of our growth plan to increase annual sales revenue to one billion in 2017.



Another record year

We acquired Avanta, a leading provider of skills training and employability services for the long-term unemployed. We also acquired Skillspoint, a national training brokerage.



PeoplePlus established

We acquired A4e and integrated this business with Eos and Avanta and re-branded these to become PeoplePlus.   

PeoplePlus became the largest Work Programme Provider in the UK.

We acquired Diamond Recruitment Group in Northern Ireland and also acquired Milestone Operations, a leading provider of LGV drivers, to build on the already strong organic growth of Driving Plus. 



Recruitment acquisitions 

Acquired Oak Recruitment (Republic of Ireland) and Brightwork (Scotland).



Digital strategy, Recruitment acquisitions

Launchs of Recruitment Digital Platforms.

Acquired Vital Recruitment, OneCall Recruitment, UK Distribution, M&B and Grafton.

Acquisition of LearnDirect Apprenticeship business accelerates transition of PeoplePlus from an employability to a skills and training business.



'Enabling the Future of Work’ initiative

Government supported Work Programme supporting the journey from long-term unemployment into work

Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (‘ESFA’) competition secured contracts



New Executive Management Team established

COVID-19 pandemic ‘Feed the Nation’ Government supported scheme

Rebranding of Grafton Recruitment in Northern Ireland under the ‘Staffline’ brand

‘Skill the Nation’ campaign as part of the national recovery and ongoing productivity challenge



Group restructuring raising £46.4m of equity

Restructuring of the Group’s debt

Providing the Group with a strong financial and operational platform

#GetBritain working campaign

ESG report