Investment: Recruitment company to open new office in Derry

Aine Brolly. Cpl
Aine Brolly. Cpl

Cpl the Belfast & Dublin based international recruitment company which employs 22 people across Northern Ireland has announced it is opening a new office in Derry.

The only indigenous recruitment company listed on both the London and Dublin stock exchange, Cpl recently appointed a new Northern Ireland CEO and the company sees the opening of the new office in Derry as part of a wider plan to significantly grow its market share in Northern Ireland.

Cpl is confident that there will be solid growth in the northwest through it being recognised, promoted and developed as a hub for several business sectors including digital creative, tourism, life sciences and engineering.

According to Áine Brolly, CEO, Cpl Northern Ireland and former Senior Vice President (SVP) with Invest NI in San Francisco, the business has targeted both expansion in the northwest and the acquisition of a locally based recruitment company as part of its strategy of rapid growth.

Commenting on the new opening and Cpl’s growth plans Áine said, “At Cpl we believe in developing our network regionally across Ireland and in Derry we see considerable opportunity for the labour market to evolve and grow.

“In our first month here we have been positively encouraged by the client meetings that we have had, by the size, scale and growth plans of some of the local companies and we have secured several new clients with active roles in the technology, professional services, legal and financial sectors.”

Cpl has 36 offices across 9 countries and recently acquired London based Clinical Professionals Ltd, a leading UK based pharmaceutical and Life Sciences recruitment company. The company which also has an office in Newry enjoyed its strongest ever month in the Northern Ireland recruitment market in October with its new Derry office being located in the Northwest Science Park.

Áine commented, “There is a real buzz and energy in the Northwest Science Park with a really diverse group of companies operating from it. More international businesses are starting to look at Derry as the Belfast market becomes more saturated across certain sectors and we anticipate more FDI going into the region. When this happens, we want to have a strong presence in the City to be able to position ourselves to partner with a lot of these larger international companies”

The company has cited the joined up approach between academia, government and industry in the City as being integral to the development of the local economy & as being part of its increasing attractiveness.

Commenting on Cpl’s wider growth plans in place for Northern Ireland, Áine continued “We are committed to developing our economic footprint across Northern Ireland and this will be through building on our three offices and reviewing opportunities to acquire a local recruitment business that is line with our dynamic approach within the marketplace.

“As the Northern Ireland economy develops around knowledge-based industries like ICT, Agri-food, Health and Life sciences, financial services and professional services it is becoming increasingly dependent on higher level skills. By 2020 over 50% of the local workforce will require these higher level skills and shortages will be particularly acute in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines, areas in which we have considerable experience. Our unique global connections paired with our insights and expertise will enable us to match local companies with our strong talent base across Northern Ireland, Europe and further afield.”