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UK – Renewable energy powering recruitment firm growth

14 October 2013

Glasgow-based renewables recruitment specialists Taylor Hopkinson reported that as employment in the UK renewables industry continues to expand, company turnover has increased by +124%, year-on-year, reports the Herald Scotland.

The international company, which was founded by Tom Hopkinson in 2009, attributes the rapid growth to the expansion of its renewable energy contractor business, which places individuals into roles on European offshore and onshore wind farms.

Mr Hopkinson told the Sunday Herald: "In the last six months we have grown from five to 11 employees and have moved into our new home in London, in Grosvenor Gardens, Victoria, last month. We are projecting recruitment fee turnover for this financial year at £2.2m and our head count increasing in both locations to take us to 16 in total by year end."

In January, the company will move from its existing base at Baltic Chambers in Glasgow to new premises in the Industry Engagement Building (IEB) close to the TIC (Technology and Innovation Centre) at Strathclyde University "to be among our clients and latest developments in industry".

Together, the IEB and the TIC will form the International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone, a global research and development hub designed to combine business and academia in collaboration in the development of the offshore renewables sector.

Taylor Hopkinson has been increasing the volume of its international work, including placements in India, Russia, France, Germany, South Africa and the US in the last three months, led by the London-based head of international business, Kenny Okoye.

According to a report last month by RenewableUK, jobs in the green energy sector have increased by +74% in the last year, with more than 18,000 people directly employed in the wind and marine energy sectors. Scotland has 20% of all jobs in offshore and onshore wind (compared with England's 60%), and the number of companies reporting ‘hard to fill’ vacancies has increased from one-quarter to one-third over the same period.

Taylor Hopkinson has been appointed exclusive recruitment partner for technical programme and strategy roles at the Offshore Renewable Catapult Centre, also based at the TIC.

Funded by the UK Government's technology strategy board, the Catapult forms part of an elite network of seven technology and innovation centres representing a £1 billion public and private-sector investment over the next five years.

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