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Meridian Business Support is one of the largest privately owned, multi-sector recruitment companies in the UK.  In 2019, we celebrated 30 successful years in the recruitment industry. Our extensive network of branches provides over 4,000 temporary staff on a weekly basis and places over 1200 permanent candidates each year. Employing 210 staff, we fill in excess of 200,000 bookings every year, successfully supplying to over 1,500 companies.

In 2021, Meridian went through a Management Buyout and appointment of 11 new shareholders from the Meridian Senior Leadership Team. The completion of this deal lead Meridian's new owners to invite an addition 100 of its team to become shareholder options, taking part in an EMI scheme, which is a rarity within the recruitment industry.

Our branch network covers the major towns and cities in the UK and we have clear and demonstrable expertise in all delivery models, from Ad-Hoc supply to Managed Service solutions at both single and multiple sites. We pride ourselves on being a service-led organisation and offer tailormade specialist   recruitment solutions. Our professional service ensures that we retain and grow our healthy client and candidate base, which results in high levels of repeat business. We are fully committed to placing the right candidate in the right job.

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  • 1989


    Meridian Business Support founded and run from a small office in Altrincham.

  • 1996


    Six trading names brought under the Meridian banner for the first time

  • 2001


    A sales turnover of £42 million was achieved trading under 13 different brand names across 23 offices.​

  • 2002


    All 13 trading names are re-branded as Meridian Business Support.

  • 2003


    Meridian grows to 58 branch operations spread over 30 locations.​

  • 2005


    Sales turnover hits £100 million, with 70 nationwide branch operations and a flourishing European and International presence. A management buyout takes place. ​

  • 2006


    Sales turnover reaches £110 million, with 80 branch operations and three consultancy operations. Gained quality assurance accreditation; ISO 9001:2000, and GLA accreditation for the food industry. ​

  • 2007


    Restructured into seven specialist Business Units. Sales turnover of £126 million, 90 branch operations, acquired SGM Recruitment and Aspect Personnel.​

  • 2008


    CSCI registration (Commission for Social Care Inspection) as well as CSSIW registration is achieved for Health and ECIA accreditation is achieved for Construction.

  • 2009


    Meridian acquires MRC, a recruitment company based in Shrewsbury. 

  • 2010


    Acquires Westaff, a leading recruitment firm adding 15 branches to Meridian's national branch network. Wins Best Recruitment Innovation at the Recruiter Awards.

  • 2011


    Meridian opens an Industrial branch in Doncaster and wins Best Temp Agency at the Recruiter Awards, Best Recruitment Agency to Work for at the Recruitment International Awards and Best Support Team at the IRP awards.

  • 2012


    Meridian opens two new Industrial branches; Maidstone and Norwich and wins an Onrec award for Best Candidate Care and Best Embedded Recruiting Team at Recruiter Awards.

  • 2013


    Industrial and Office & Professional Business Units merge to create multi-skilled branches.

  • 2014


    Meridian celebrates 25 years in the recruitment industry!

  • 2015


    Meridian wins Recruitment International, Best Recruitment Campaign Award and Global Recruiter, Best Large Recruitment Business.​

  • 2016


    Meridian wins Best Health Company to Work for at the Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards and Best Large Recruitment Company to Work for at the Recruitment International Awards. CJR, a specialist Office & Professional business in Croydon is acquired.

  • 2017


    The company completes its move to new state of the art head office at Trident Business Park near Manchester airport. Derek Skelton is appointed as CEO in September.

  • 2018


    In June, Fred Ewing, Managing Consultant, wins Best Perm Recruiter at the Global Recruiter Awards.​

  • 2019


    In 2019 Meridian celebrated 30 successful years in the recruitment industry. Meridian also won Recruitment Campaign of the Year at the IRP Awards in November. 

  • 2021


    After an incredible five year journey, Meridian successfully completes a Management Buyout, which saw the creation of 111 new shareholders and share option holders, a rarity within the recruitment industry.

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Sittingbourne Office & Professional

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Doncaster Office & Professional

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