Acorn Recruitment

The right people

The award-winning Acorn Group is one of the UK's leading recruitment and training companies.

On-going research confirms that over 96% of our clients would happily recommend Acorn to others (industry average is 87%), and 98% of job-seekers find Acorn's service levels to be better than other agencies (industry average is 77%).   These figures are testament to Acorn's philosophy that people are at the heart of our business and why Acorn is the partner of choice for many national and international organisations, and job-seekers alike.   Acorn offers permanent, temporary and contract recruitment supported by a portfolio of training, learning and development solutions.   Acorn is a member of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and is Investors in People and ISO accredited.   Key facts about Acorn
  • up to 6,000 temporary workers are placed by Acorn into positions for both SME and multi-national organisations each week
  • Acorn completes nearly 1,400 permanent placements each year
  • approximately 3,000 individuals receive training from Acorn each year
  • each day Acorn supplies people to up to 850 active client companies
  • Acorn's Learning & Development Division is a lead contractor for the Welsh Assembly Government
  • in 2002, Acorn won the award for 'Best UK Regional Recruitment Firm' at the Professional Recruiter Awards. That same year, Acorn was also presented with the 'Gold Award' - for the best of all the category winners industry-wide across the UK
  • in 2007, Acorn was independently nominated as a finalist for two national industry awards
  • Acorn is fully-licensed with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (reg no ACOR0003)
  • Acorn is the parent company of Exxell (London & Woking) and Concept Staffing (South West)

Want to know more?

If you are a job-seeker looking for excellent opportunities, permanent or temporary, then Acorn can help.  Please click here to register on-line or start searching our latest vacancies.

Architecture and Design Jobs

Acorn works with architectural practices and design consultancies, across the UK to recruit personnel for a range of permanent architectural and design jobs, covering junior, graduate, management and director vacancies.

We have long-established relationships with some of the most prestigious practices nationwide, as well as a diverse range of small-to-medium sized organisations, for which we continually assess their staffing requirements.   Our experience in architectural and design recruitment has helped us develop an extensive database of high-calibre candidates whose details are updated regularly, which ensures that a comprehensive short list of suitable personnel, all of which will have been interviewed and verified by one of our consultants, is available promptly.

Architecture jobs and areas we recruit for:

  • Architectural design 
  • Interior architecture 
  • Project management 
  • Computer aided design 
  • Interior design 
  • Architectural conservation 
  • Landscape architecture 
  • Town planning 
  • 3D visualisation / design 
  • Spatial planning 
Architecture and Design Jobs

Food Manufacturing Recruitment

Acorn's Food Manufacturing Division works with some of the leading food manufacturers and processing companies in the UK, including ABP, Heinz and Brakes Food Service, to support their recruitment needs.

Our consultants source temporary, permanent and / or contract workers for a variety of jobs, ranging from processing and packaging staff to supervisors, QA and QC technicians.   We use competency-based interviewing to clearly identify the candidates most suited to each position as well as identifying transferable skills.   We also offer a unique aftercare service tailored to individual client requirements to provide continuous support as new staff settle into their new roles.  This is also proven to reduce the number of new appointees leaving their posts.   Jobs we place
  • Food development technologists
  • Samplers
  • Laboratory Assistants
  • Chain coordinators
  • Food production operatives
  • Electrical & mechanical engineers
  • Product group managers
  • Line administrators / trainers
  • Technical managers
  • and more
Food Manufacturing Recruitment

Industrial Jobs

Acorn's specialist Industrial Team understands the industry demands of total-quality and efficient production delivered on-time and to budget.

We source experienced workers to meet the staffing needs of a variety of organisations throughout the UK, from small and medium-sized enterprises (sme's) to multinational companies.   We are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to quickly and efficiently provide employers with a range of permanent and temporary, (full and part-time) employees from manual labourers to semi-skilled and skilled workers.   some industrial jobs we can help you with
  • Production  order - pickers / packers / sorters 
  • Assembly 
  • Food production   
  • Mechanical 


  • Solderers


  • Order - pickers / packers / sorters

 Forklift Truck Drivers

  • Counterbalance
  • Reach 

Other Jobs

  • QC inspectors  
  • Labourers 
  • Stores personnel 
  • Cleaners  
Industrial Jobs

Jobs in Sales and Marketing

Acorn's Sales & Marketing Team works with leading organisations, throughout the UK, in a number of market sectors; business services, financial services,  legal services, FMCG, construction, defence, IT among others and support their permanent, interim and consultancy recruitment needs for sales, marketing and business development staff.

As such, we are able to attract the most successful, desirable and performance-driven and creative sales and marketing people who depend on Acorn to identify and place them in the most suitable jobs.   Sales and Marketing jobs we place:
  • Sales & Marketing Directors 
  • Business Development Managers 
  • Regional Sales Managers 
  • Channel Managers 
  • Commercial Directors 
  • Sales Consultants 
  • Bid Managers 
  • Sales Support Staff 
  • Marketing Managers 
  • Marketing Analysts 
  • Campaign Managers 
  • Communication Managers 
  • PR Specialists 
  • Web / e-marketing specialists 
  • Graphic Designers 
Jobs in Sales and Marketing

Management and Development Solutions

Capable managers can add real value to your business but they need the right skills and abilities to deliver effective results.

Acorn has developed a portfolio of open, bespoke and accredited courses tailored to meet the needs of all types of organisations, from SMEs to large corporate companies we can deliver programmes across a wide range of areas.   All courses are written to national management standards allowing all delegates to progress to accredited qualifications such as NVQs and ILM.  The type of delivery can be varied to suit an organisation’s needs and can include workshops and in-house activity as well as formal classroom learning.   Acorn is one of only a small number of companies selected by DCELLS to support their management development initiative across the whole of Wales and can provide guidance and advice on the most appropriate ways of developing your key people.   Management training could help your managers;

  • Create Successful Teams
  • Introduce New Skills
  • Handle Succession Planning
  • Demonstrate They Value Staff
  • Lift Performance and Job Satisfaction
  • Increase Motivation and Loyalty

To view full outlines of our courses please click on the links below, however, many of our courses are bespoke to individual needs therefore if you do not find the course you are looking for please contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • advanced negotiation
  • advanced presentation
  • Assertive Behaviour
  • Business Planning
  • Business Report Writing
  • Coaching and Mentoring, plus much more...
Management and Development Solutions

Apprenticeship Programmes

Acorn is a leading provider of training, learning and development solutions with 1000 plus individuals receiving training from Acorn each month.

We design, deliver and evaluate a comprehensive range of training and development solutions to service both business and individual needs.   Acorn will complete a total assessment of the workforce (temporary and permanent) and produce a detailed training plan and budget forecast for clients. Assistance to secure appropriate funding support forms a key part of our service. Additionally as a Welsh Assembly Government approved training provider, with access to our own funding support, we can manage a range of available funding options based on learner eligibility.
Apprenticeship Programmes

Temporary Jobs In North West England

As an Acorn temporary worker you should have already read and signed to confirm your understanding of the Acorn Group's Contract for Services. This page provides you with further information on the Acorn Group's services.

Welcome to the Acorn Group
The Acorn Group consists of Acorn, Concept Staffing and Exxell. As one of the UK's leading recruitment and training specialists, we have a great deal of experience in all types of recruitment and will always be on hand to give you the advice and guidance you need to succeed in your role.   You will have a dedicated team of consultants, who will take time to get to know you and your requirements. When working with the Acorn Group we make it our business to listen. We will ensure your pay rate, training and support are the best so you will give us your best. All of our services are free and tailored to your individual needs.   The Acorn Group works with many of the country's leading companies and is able to offer you quality assignments, with good working conditions, in all types of settings from general industrial work through to commercial office and management.

Flex-Temp Scheme

The Acorn Group now offers guaranteed hours contracts of employment to eligible temporary agency workers. You will have been notified by your consultant if you are eligible.

Benefits of being a flexible employee include:
  • The Acorn Group guaranteeing that you will be offered at least 336 hours of work on Assignment over the course of any full 12 month period, subject to you being employed for a minimum of 12 continuous months

If eligible for flexi-temp payments you will benefit from:

  • A flexi-temp allowance of £5 / £10 per day in respect of a shift at a client site, providing your shift is a minimum of 5 / 10 hours respectively; and / or
  • A flexi-temp travel allowance per day, the amount of which is dependent on the number of miles travelled in line with current HMRC rates.  This allowance will only apply if you personally drive to work.

Construction, Technical and Engineering Jobs

Recruiting tradesmen, craftsmen and professional and technical specialists can be a costly, time consuming and complex process. This is why so many companies rely on the advice and support of Acorn’s qualified consultants, who are ideally equipped to match the most suitably experienced workers you need for your permanent and temporary construction, technical and engineering jobs in the UK.

Acorn’s specialist Construction, Technical & Engineering Division covers a wide range of sectors including:
  • Mechanical 
  • Technical 
  • Trades 
  • Construction 
  • Engineering 
  • Civils
  • Manufacturing 
  • Electrical 
  • Automotive 
  • Nuclear 
  • Steelworks 
  • Aerospace & defence 
  • Power Stations 
  • Inspection / quality / testing / safety 
  • Design 
  • Maintenance / shutdown / outage 
Construction, Technical and Engineering Jobs

Employer Recruitment Services

Making Your People Our Business

A company's most valuable resource is undoubtedly it's people. Acorn is wholly committed to helping you grow your business through the recruitment, support and development of your staff.

For many organisations, recruitment can be a costly, time consuming and complex business. Acorn is ideally equipped to find you the people you want, we offer our clients a bespoke service applying high-level expertise to address your individual staffing needs. We can handle every aspect of recruitment, from sourcing talent to training and developing your existing workforce.   We make your people our business, providing you with a complete recruitment and training service to meet your needs.   Sourcing the Right People
Our fully managed database gives you access to hundreds of potential employees. Initial searches are carried out free of charge by experienced consultants, who carefully profile your ideal candidate and provide a closely matched shortlist.
  Search & Selection
Where search and selection is required, we can act for you locally, nationally or internationally. We apply tried and tested solutions to your campaign that can include recruitment advertising, selection, response handling, psychometric testing, assessment centres and personality profiling.
Temporary / Contractors
Acorn will work with you on both a tactical and strategic level, from assistance at peak periods to key person requirements and workforce development. We place up to 6000 temporary workers and contractors a week with national and local clients, sourcing workers from both the UK and the EU. Visit our sector pages to see the industries we work in.
Contract Management
Acorn has the expertise and capability to design and deliver a complete recruitment outsourcing solution. We boast many contract management agreements within the public and private sectors.
Acorn's specialist Permanent Division covers a wide range of sectors across the UK and work closely with our Executive & Management Division for high profile positions.


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Acorn Recruitment Overview