Meridian Business Support has appointed Derek Skelton as the managing director of its industrial business unit. With more than 30 years' experience in the staffing sector, Derek joins Meridian from PMP Recruitment which he founded in 1991 and ran for 25 years as managing director.
Derek turned the start-up into a major national player that last year generated £330 million in sales, by winning briefs with numerous national clients operating in the manufacturing, industrial, logistics and food processing sectors. He will immediately join Meridian's board of directors and will be based at the company's Milton Keynes offices.
He will be charged with expanding Meridian's industrial division by developing a compelling sector business offer, expanding the branch network and working with the firm's team of quality consultants to improve client service.
"We have bold plans to grow Meridian into a £300 million business by 2021 and having conducted a strategic opportunity review - expanding our reach in the industrial sector is an absolute priority,” says Mark Mitchell, chief executive of Meridian Business Support. ”With his track record of delivering business transformation and driving rapid growth, Derek's skills and experience are precisely what we need to make our business goals a reality. The Meridian board is delighted to welcome Derek to the firm."
Commenting on his appointment, Derek said: "To me, Meridian has been the best kept secret in industrial recruitment – some would say a sleeping giant. The opportunity to grow our share of the industrial staffing market is huge so I leapt at the opportunity to work with Mark and the team.
"My focus is to grow the business by developing our people and recruiting a focussed sales team to support and enhance our branch network operations. I'm delighted to be joining Meridian at this incredibly exciting time,” he said.