Newport-based Acorn Recruitment has branched out further into Australia.

The recruitment firm, which has nearly 40 branches across the UK, has acquired Entire Recruitment and will take over all its assets, including three branches in Sydney, Brisbane and Rock Hampton, the agency’s team of more than 20 staff and all of their current contracts.

The acquisition has been made through Acorn’s subsidiary recruitment business in Australia, Synaco.

Group managing director of Acorn Recruitment Matt Southall said: “This is another significant milestone in the development of Acorn and the growth of our global operations.

“Led by our managing director in Australia, Mike Otty, the team in has made superb progress in only a few years. They have grown the business organically during this time, and it’s to their tremendous credit that an established operator like Entire has put its faith in them directly and in us across the wider Acorn group, to join us in this way.

“Make no mistake, this is a significant move in the Australian recruitment industry and we’re looking forward to an impressive 2019 and more exciting times to come.”

Synaco Global Recruitment was set up by Acorn in Australia in 2012 in response to the increasing demand for international recruitment for various mining companies.

Following the success of this venture, Acorn identified an opportunity for local recruitment services and as a result, has grown into three states and territories.

As well as its new offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Rock Hampton, Acorn also has bases in Adelaide, Perth, Geraldton and Darwin.