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Newcastle recruiter Samuel Knight launches in the US with four new offices

Posted on 24 May 2019

Newcastle recruiter Samuel Knight launches in the US with four new offices

The rail and energy specialist is opening bases in Chicago, Boston, California and Atlanta

A North East specialist recruitment company is expanding its overseas presence by opening four new offices in the US.

Samuel Knight International is a leading energy and rail recruitment firm, headquartered at City Quadrant in Newcastle , which is helping to support some of the world’s most exciting engineering projects in over 30 countries.

The £16m turnover firm already has three other offices in London, Bristol and Iraq, while being well placed to help rail and energy projects in Germany, the US and Dubai.

Now the group is now growing its international presence by opening a US head office in Chicago, which will swiftly be followed by three other offices around the country.

he firm is extending its US operations in tandem with growing need for rail infrastructure talent.

It also plans to roll out the expansion with office openings in Boston, California and Atlanta to support employment, as demand for niche energy and rail professionals increases in the States.

The firm has also welcomed a new chairman, James Barbour-Smith, to help drive this growth.

Mr Barbour-Smith has worked with numerous fast growing businesses to help develop and implement their growth strategies, with almost 20 years of experiece in private equity investment and portfolio management involving over 50 companies.

He said: “There’s huge investment in offshore and onshore energy in the US at the moment.

Given the firm’s global experience in attracting niche talent in these fields, Samuel Knight is undoubtedly well placed to support business across the States and deliver the results that reflect this investment. I look forward to working with the team as chairman in this exciting period of growth.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO of Samuel Knight and president of Samuel Knight Corp, added: “We know from experience that the States offers a wealth of opportunity for rail, energy and infrastructure recruitment and as we’ve seen demand for our services increase in the US, expanding our physical presence across the States made complete sense.

“Now really is the time for excelled growth for us which is why we’re investing in these four new offices - with the potential for more to be opened further down the line.”