Exxell becomes the new name in engineering

NEW technical recruiter Exxell has been developed – thanks to the support of one of the UK’s leading recruitment and training agencies.

Led by well-known technical specialists Peter Cooper and Nigel Rees, London-based Exxell has been created out of the former South East technical recruitment business Oracle Global Resourcing.



Four founder directors of Oracle have stepped aside to allow ex-Reed executive Cooper and Rees, a former Regional Manager at Morson Group, to form Exxell – with the financial backing of major UK-wide recruiter Acorn.

As a subsidiary of the Acorn Group, the new Exxell not only provides Acorn with a strong presence in the South East of England with offices in central London and Woking, but extends Acorn’s national coverage in providing technical recruitment and employment across specialist sectors, such as engineering, rail, facilities management and construction. It also contributes £14m of additional revenue to the Acorn Group.

Exxell has a staff of 25 supplying more than 400 temporary staff each week to businesses across the South East region as well as other parts of the UK. Clients include EDF Energy, Bailey Maintenance, Westinghouse, Alfred McAlpine and Network Rail.


This latest acquisition by Acorn is a further sign of the company’s ability to succeed by growing and developing in what has been a highly-challenging environment for the recruitment industry.

Matt Southall, founder and Managing Director of Acorn, said: “The incorporation of Exxell into the Acorn Group brings a further £14m revenues to our business and, as well as bolstering some of our sector expertise and client portfolio quite considerably, also extends our locations to include the South East.

“This comes at a good time for the Acorn Group. Over the last two to three months we have bucked the general trend in our sector and seen improvement in our overall performance and profitability.

“By bringing the former Oracle team on board, the move continues to help position Acorn externally as a dynamic and ambitious multi-specialist business, and in particular strengthens our reputation exceptionally in the rail, engineering and construction sectors, in which Exxell directors Nigel Rees and Peter Cooper are very well-respected.”

Exxell Director Nigel Rees said: “Becoming part of the Acorn Group and Synergie will help provide us with an increase in resource and, coupled with their considerable experience, will allow us to grow the business significantly in the years ahead.

“This is undoubtedly an exciting development for everyone involved with Exxell and is a real opportunity for all our customers and staff to benefit from.”

The combined Acorn Group will see it deliver at peak up to 6,000 temps into about 850 different client companies each week, as well as delivering training to more than 3,000 learners and placing some 1,700 permanent placements each year through its 34 offices and other numerous on-site locations across the UK.

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