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Netherlands – Staffing group DPA acquires start-up

03 July 2012

The Netherlands-based staffing firm DPA Group (DPA:AEX) has taken a majority stake of 75% in Gllrmo, a company which works across the Dutch and Spanish borders to help professionals from Spain find work in the Netherlands.  

DPA announced the acquisition this morning and said that this would increase international opportunities, particularly in sectors such as engineering, IT and healthcare.

The firm also said that Gllrmo’s operations will be taken in-house and integrated into a new DPA business unit which will be named 'Spanish DPA Professionals’. The unit will be led by the founders of Gllmro, Sebastian Schreijer and Pieter Loos. Gllrmo was founded in 2011 by the two university graduates.

“We speak with many highly educated young people who do just about anything to get started [in the job market]. They want to gain experience and build a career. In Spain, where nearly a quarter of the workforce is unemployed and youth unemployment is over 50%, this is hardly possible. We are pleased that we can fuel our activities through DPA,” said Mr Schreijer.

DPA’s CEO, Eric Winter, said “now that the transformation of DPA is finalized, we are actively seeking new niches or specific markets and areas with growth potential. We are also looking for entrepreneurs. This new activity fits well into our growth strategy. Furthermore, we have been looking into the possibilities of adding value to the supply of qualified specialists from abroad for a while.”

Gllrmo helps migrants from Spain find work and housing in the Netherlands. The company provides guidance to the workers and offers regular meetings as well as access to courses. Its main objective is to place Spanish professional into local companies to increase the attractiveness of the Dutch labour market to highly skilled migrant workers.

DPA Group is based in the Netherlands and specialises in the provision of staffing solutions. The firm operates in three segments: financial secondment services, IT secondments, as well as supply chain management, procurement and logistics. The firm is ranked just outside the top thirty in Staffing Industry Analysts’ ranking of top staffing firms in the Netherlands.

In the first quarter this year, DPA Group increased revenue to €15.0 million from €14.8 million a year ago, defying the challenging market conditions.

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