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2018 will be a year of transition. As CP5 draws to a close, the industry is readying itself for the future and the challenges it may bring. Markets are changing – driven by mergers, skills shortages and succession planning shortfalls.

Established in 2011, Advance TRS has grown into a multi-million-pound company operating across four sectors within the built environment throughout the UK. As an expert in providing skilled technical resource to industry-leading infrastructure projects, the company believes its consultative approach will help to meet the industry’s skills needs.

2017 proved to be a landmark year in Advance TRS’s short but impressive history. Two new key senior appointments to the company and a company-wide re-brand mark a step change for the rapidly growing company. The team also marked passing a third consecutive RISQs audit retaining our 5-star status with no observations, no non-conformances and top marks in all areas.

In spring 2017 the Advance TRS board appointed Paul Metcalfe, former founder and managing director of recruitment giant Fusion People in a non-executive CEO role, followed by the appointment of Michael Schruyers, as Infrastructure Director in the autumn. Schruyers joins the business, bringing a huge wealth of experience leading teams to deliver the best results for clients and candidates alike.


To date, Advance TRS’s growth has been achieved organically, expanding into new sectors, following the expertise of the expanding team. Going forward into the next few years the board will be looking to couple this organic growth with a series of acquisitions.

Advance TRS non-executive CEO Paul Metcalfe is responsible for assisting with the businesses strategic talent acquisition. Metcalfe joined Advance TRS in spring 2017, with a proven track record of delivering business growth.

“When I decided to move on from Fusion People I spoke to several recruitment businesses but was particularly taken by Andy’s ambition and energy. His drive, together with Advance TRS’s culture fits in well with my personal vision as it offers recruiters the opportunity to develop their careers by offering a consultative approach to the clients rather than just being job fillers.”

“Personally, I take particular enjoyment from growing and developing businesses and I truly believe I can use my experience to support Advance TRS achieve its ambitious growth plans.”

“We are now embarking on an exciting process of strategic talent acquisition, looking for entrepreneurial individuals, established recruitment teams and small businesses with a shared vision to join the Advance TRS team.”

Future plans

Last year the team doubled their head office space, taking an extra floor in their central Guildford office building. This year Advance TRS are excited to continue their expansion, opening a new Southampton office in March 2018 with plans for a London office followed by a Northern one in the not too distant future.

Company founder and group managing director Andy Ridout explains: “I am thrilled that our growth trajectory has attracted recruitment leaders from across the built environment to the business, further propelling our development. These industry leaders bring with them established networks and decades of experience to supplement our own, enabling our consultants to tap into a rich pool of the industry’s best talent.”

“Each year in business I find myself amazed by the ever growing team of people I am proud to work with each day. These new appointments and exciting strategic talent acquisition plans for the coming year indicate 2018 could be our best year yet.”

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