When work finished on the Channel Tunnel, Ron Barron, personnel manager of the British side of the project, watched wistfully as a pool of highly skilled labour dispersed to the four corners of the Earth. So, with colleagues Gerry Moore and John Gidman, he founded Metro Management & Consultancy Services in 1993 to specialise in recruiting for the railway, construction and tunnelling sectors. The firm quickly changed focus when its founders realised there was a gap in the market for the provision of consultancy services. Metro set out to provide this, along with project directors who could manage and measure the performance of the consultants during their assignments. This dual service has won Metro contracts with London Underground, Railtrack and Rail Link Engineering. It is also the driving force behind the firm’s 98% annual sales growth, from £555,000 in 1996 to £4.3m in 1999.
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