With the stated aim of becoming “the 800-pound gorilla” in its chosen markets, this international recruitment company specialises in technical and engineering jobs, and its clients include large multinationals such as BP, GSK and Siemens. NES opened new offices in Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia and Australia during the 2010 financial year, which led to sales climbing slightly to £284.7m. The group is led by chief executive Neil Tregarthen and majority-owned by Graphite Capital, which backed a secondary buyout for £86m in 2006.

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Company details
CompanyNES Global Talent
ActivityEngineering recruitment consultancy
Sales £m284.7
Operating profit £m13.0
Main shareholdersGraphite Capital (63%), Neil Tregarthen (11%), management and staff (26%)

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