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Rail recruitment experts celebrate 5th anniversary in style after record growth

13th October 2016

Since establishing 5 years ago in September 2011, Advance-TRS has grown from one man’s idea into a £18 million turnover business boasting 30 staff and some of the best recruiters in the industry. 

Group Managing Director Andy Ridout’s unique energy and dedication has inspired and driven the team to place over 1,170 rail professionals in the past 5 years, helping place the company as one of the sector’s leading suppliers of contractors and permanent staff.

With plans to more than double the workforce again in the next 3 years, the rapidly growing team shares Andy’s commitment to providing excellent customer service to both candidates and clients alike, finding the best candidates for each role.

Building on more than 70 years of combined industry experience and mobilising the dynamism of new recruits, the team are going from strength to strength.

In the last year alone the company has nearly doubled in size, expanding the admin, finance, marketing, compliance and sales teams. In order to accommodate this extraordinary growth, the team recently celebrated an office expansion which has nearly doubled their office space, spanning two large floors in central Guildford.

All of this has been achieved whilst maintaining a singular dedication to excellent customer service. Following a collaborative consultation process with directors and staff, the company’s Core Values of Quality, Commitment, Integrity, Honesty and Loyalty were rolled out at this year’s Annual Summer Conference.

With business development plans firmly rooted in these five principles, Advance-TRS aims to continue this pattern of growth whilst maintaining their strong reputation as dependable, effective and honest.

Advance-TRS’s high standards have also been recognised by a number of awards and qualifications, operating ISO 9001 certification, the world’s most popular quality management system, attaining OHSAS 18001, the internationally recognised hallmark for occupational health and safety management best practice and placing as a finalist in the coveted Recruitment Excellence category at the 2016 UK Rail Industry Awards.

Following success in the rail sector, head chief Ridout identified opportunities to expand into three new sectors in autumn 2015, expanding the business to incorporate the Water & Utilities, Telecoms and Energy sectors.

“Advance-TRS’ success has been proof that hard work and a dedication to delivering excellent service pays off” Andy explains, reflecting on the last 5 years.

“Now the team and I are more motivated than ever to continue this sensational track record of growth and are excited for what the future brings.”

“Together we can all advance”