Acorn drives south east investment with new Portsmouth branch

Acorn Portsmouth, from left, Jemma Dean and Ben Evans.

Leading specialist recruitment agency Acorn has added a Portsmouth branch to its increasing portfolio in the South East following further employer demand in the area.

Staff at the new branch are working closely with leading local businesses to place talented individuals into a variety of roles throughout a range of industries.

The Portsmouth team will be managed by newly-appointed Southampton-based Jemma Dean. Having previously worked within the driving and logistics recruitment industry, Jemma held senior recruitment roles in Brisbane, Australia before returning to the UK, where she worked within the construction recruitment field and as an independent recruitment specialist before joining Acorn earlier this year. Jemma’s unique knowledge of the South East job market will play a big part in Acorn’s ongoing growth across the region.

Speaking about the new branch, Jemma said: “It’s fantastic to see another branch open in this region to build on our increasing success in the South East. Managing Acorn’s newest branch has been an exciting challenge so far, and Portsmouth will help us deliver an even better service for both employers and jobseekers.

“This additional investment reinforces Acorn’s commitment to providing a comprehensive recruitment offering UK-wide and highlights our ongoing strategy for growth in the region.”

Jemma will be supported by experienced recruiter Ben Evans, who has joined Acorn as an Account Manager. Having worked extensively within the gas, petroleum and industrial sector, Ben brings a wealth of recruitment knowledge to the new branch.

Acorn now has a significant presence throughout southern England, with Portsmouth joining existing branches in Barnstaple, Bridgwater, Bristol, Bournemouth, Chippenham, Exeter, Gloucester, Newton Abbot, Plymouth, Tiverton, Truro, Yeovil and Weston-super-Mare.

Helen Harvey, commercial manager for Acorn said: “Here at Acorn we’re very proud to announce this new addition to our growing southern portfolio.

“We’re confident that the new branch, headed by Jemma, will allow us to build on our relationships with local businesses as our Bridgwater and Bournemouth branches have. This addition substantially builds upon the wider success we have secured through our expansion in the region and will help us continue to grow as one of the UK’s leading specialist recruitment agencies and the recruitment partner of choice for local businesses.

“Having been established in the South West for more than ten years, our new Portsmouth location allows us to develop our specialist recruitment offering further into the South East. We have already seen great growth potential materialise across the UK, and we are confident our new Portsmouth location will bring just as much success.”