New international branches and growth in emerging economies including Malaysia and Nigeria has kept business booming for engineering recruiter NES. The Cheshire-based company posted sales of £252.8m in 2008, helped by office openings in Shanghai, Bangalore and New Jersey. The companymanages about 3,000 white-collar technical and engineering staff placed in the energy, infrastructure, IT and life sciences sectors with clients including Shell, Siemens and BP. In 2006, chief executive Neil Tregarthen led an £86m secondary buyout backed by Graphite Capital.

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Company details
CompanyNES Global Talent
ActivityEngineering recruitment consultancy
Sales £m252.8
Operating profit £m9.8
Main shareholdersGraphite Capital (56%), Neil Tregarthen (11%), management and staff (33%)

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