Our History

A brief history of Advance TRS

September 2021

Advance TRS celebrates 10th Anniversary

July 2021

Summer Social provides the first full company get together since the start of the pandemic

November 2020

Advance TRS team completed a virtual ‘triathlon’ in aid of the charity Railway Children

September 2020

Expanded South Coast office and doubled floorspace

March 2020

Start of the COVID 19 Pandemic, Advance TRS adapted quickly and successfully introduced 8 new members of staff in 2020

February 2020

Advance TRS were awarded Alstom RPO

November 2019

£3,681 are raised for children’s charity Railway Children at the annual IRSE Scottish Section Dinner in Glasgow. 

November 2019

Advance TRS are shortlisted for the Perkbox Workplace Culture Awards, which recognise the businesses who go above and beyond to ensure employees are happy in their work-life balance.

October 2019

Advance TRS’s new company charter is presented company-wide. It covers values that are important to us as a business and which we believe should be reflected in our day-to-day work and interactions with clients and colleagues. 

October 2019

Advance TRS colleagues braved the firewalk for World Mental Health Day 2019 and raised an amazing £536 for Surrey-based mental health charity Oakleaf Enterprise.

October 2019

Advance TRS are shortlisted as finalists in the Property Management Awards 2019 for the Recruitment Company of the Year Award. 

September 2019

September 2019 marked Advance TRS’s 8th birthday, and the business has come a long way since its humble origins in 2011. Starting as a one-man band, Andy, Group Managing Director quickly grew the business from strength to strength.

September 2019

We hosted another successful Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Advance TRS Guildford office. Everyone supported the fundraising morning by bringing in delicious bakes and generously donating for a great cause. 

September 2019

Advance TRS are shortlisted as finalists in the Solent Business Awards 2019 for the Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing Award. 

April 2019

Matt Bray joins Advance TRS as Managing Director of Construction.

December 2018

Advance TRS retain RISQS 5 star status. 

September 2018

Advance TRS celebrate 7 years of trading!

September 2018

Advance TRS Property team sponsor IRPM Regional Seminar Series.

August 2018

Advance TRS open South Coast Office

July 2018

Winners of the Toast of Surrey Business Awards, Employer of the Year and Leadership Team of the Year.

June 2018

Team complete 3 Peaks by Rail for Railway Children

March 2018

Advance TRS team complete #WalkAllOverCancer Challenge for Cancer Research UK.

November 2017

Michael Schruyers joins Advance TRS as Infastructure Director.

October 2017

Following many months of customer experience research and development, Advance Training & Recruitment Services rebrands as Advance TRS. Along with the rebrand, Advance TRS unveiled a new corporate identity and website reflecting the new brand.
Advance TRS

February 2017

Paul Metcalfe, formerly of Fusion People and AndersElite, joins Advance TRS as Chief Executive Officer.
Paul Metcalfe joins Advance TRS as CEO

December 2016

Advance TRS launches ‘Advance Interim’, an interim recruitment service aimed at executive level professionals.

November 2016

Advance TRS wins both the High Growth and Overall Winner awards at the 2016 SME Surrey Business Awards.

September 2016

Advance TRS celebrates 5 years in business as the company grows to more than 30 employees.
Advance TRS celebrating 5 year anniversary

March 2016

Advance TRS records £12.5m in annual turnover.

November 2015

Advance TRS nominated for the Recruitment Excellence award at the 2016 UK Rail Industry Awards.

September 2015

Advance TRS is inducted into the Recruitment International Top 500, which details the UK’s biggest recruitment consultancies by annual turnover.

June 2015

Advance TRS achieve ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certification after a rigorous auditing process.

September 2014

Advance TRS becomes a member of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

March 2014

Advance TRS records £4.2m in annual turnover.

February 2014

Following extraordinary growth, Advance TRS moves into new offices in central Guildford.

September 2013

Andy successfully completes Ironman triathlon, raising £12,777 for children’s charity Railway Children.
Andy Ridout cycling during his 2013 Ironman triathlon

April 2012

Long time friend and former coworker Paul Merton joins Advance TRS as Operations Director.
Paul Merton joins Advance TRS as Operations Director

September 2011

Carolyn Kaye joins Advance TRS as Finance Director.

September 2011

Andy Ridout establishes Advance Training & Recruitment Services and sets up in a small office in Guildford.
Andy Ridout in the early days of Advance TRS