Astute Technical Recruitment was set up in 2006 by Terry Buckel, 41, a former Royal Navy engineer on nuclear-powered submarines. The Portsmouth company supplies technical staff for the energy and power industries and has completed projects in more than 20 countries. It helped Mitsubishi build a power station in Holland, for example, and managed all the recruitment needs for Britain’s largest energy-from-waste plant. Sales rose to £6.3m this year, with a fifth of turnover generated overseas.
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