Below is a brief history of the key dates within the growth of the Staffline Group. If you require further detail about the history and growth of the business, please contact us.


Staffline established

Staffline was formed and established in Nottingham in January 1986 and 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.



114 OnSites

Our OnSite network increased to 114 locations and our high street branch network continued to perform well.



Employability acquisition

We acquired EOS, a welfare-to-work provider and entered into employability services for the unemployed on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Both the OnSite and branch network saw significant expansion during the year.


Treble the Treble

We achieved Treble the Treble (our strategy of trebling turnover for a second time to £360m) one year earlier than planned. OnSite locations continued to increase to 179.



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. This growth plan is known internally as ‘Burst the Billion’. Sales revenue increased to £416 million and the number of OnSites increased to 194.



Another record year

Sales revenue increased by 20% to £503 million as the new divisions gained momentum The number of OnSite locations increased to 235 and our peak day number of temporary workers on assignment exceeded 35,000. 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.



Continued success

Sales revenue increased by 40% to reach £702 million for the year. The OnSite business continued its rapid growth, operating from 305 locations. 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.

We were awarded the Fair Tax Mark



Sustained growth

Sales revenue increased by 26% to £882 million with another record year for our OnSite division, now operating from 357 customer locations. During the year, we supplied 74 million hours of temporary labour with a peak day’s supply of 51,100 temporary workers to over 1,600 clients.

Strong results, underlying operating profit hits £40 million. Most successful bidder on Work and Health Programme Framework Agreement.



Sustained growth, acquisitions 

Sales revenue increased by 9% to £958 million with another record year for our OnSite division, now operating from 395 customer locations. During the year, we supplied 76 million hours of temporary labour with a peak day’s supply of 52,400 temporary workers.

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



Digital strategy, Recruitment acquisitions

Launch of Recruitment Digital Platforms.

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

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