Hunter-based talent management firm, Forsythes Recruitment & HR, has acquired Western Sydney’s largest independently owned recruitment and consulting firm.
Managing Director, Geoff Crews, said the purchase of Penrith Personnel is part of its continued expansion plans beyond the Hunter region.
Geoff said Western Sydney is a natural extension of Forsythes’ regional city roots and the acquisition positions the firm on the doorstep of significant population growth, regional development and Australia’s largest infrastructure projects including Western Sydney Airport and a long line of employment opportunities.
“The pace of the Hunter and Central Coast right now is outstanding, and we need to ensure we’re accessing emerging candidate markets and bolstering HR expertise in growth industries to proactively support local clients,” Geoff said.
“We aren’t ones to let the grass grow under our feet and our business is poised for further growth over the next three years and beyond,” he said.
Geoff said the cultural alignment of the acquisition was the most pleasing.
He said Western Sydney people are like Hunter and Central Coast people. They want passion, responsiveness, roll-up-the-sleeves service and the sort of pride in your work that comes from within.
“We were nervous that our team-focused culture and financial rewards through group profit share (rather than traditional agency commissions) wouldn’t fly down there,” Geoff said.
“But the retiring Penrith Personnel owners agreed that the approach would work with their staff because it’s in the best interests of clients.”
Forsythes Recruitment & HR has branches in Singleton, Newcastle, Tuggerah and a serviced office in Macquarie Park in Sydney.
Geoff said that the Sydney office will remain to service a growing number of Sydney clients in the tech and digital sectors.
The expanded firm will now employ fifty specialist recruitment and HR consultants as well as a thousand contractors across a range of employer sites and projects.
Forsythes Recruitment and HR is a locally Hunter owned business that has been operating for more than thirty years.
Geoff said the firm’s membership of the NPA worldwide cooperative means it can also offer clients the global reach of its multinational competitors.
IMAGE | Forsythes Recruitment and HR Directors – Paul Sneddon, Chris Cork, Geoff Crews, John Gallagher and Scott Henshaw (left-right)