The Midland News Association, publisher of Britain’s best-selling regional daily the Express & Star, has launched its own recruitment agency.
Star Employment Services will operate from MNA’s headquarters in Queen Street, Wolverhampton, and will be “committed to placing high calibre temporary and permanent staff with local employers”.
In a statement the publisher said the new business would employ experienced recruitment consultants to place staff with businesses across the West Midlands, offering online ads, candidate screening and CV matching.
MNA managing director Phil Inman said: "We know we are entering a competitive market but we can draw upon our strong experience of local recruitment and the local high regard for our brands.
"The Express & Star has established an unrivalled reach and been a trusted part of life in the region for 130 years.
“We are certain we can establish a successful new business and remain committed to seeking revenue opportunities to complement the core publishing.”
Group classified advertisement manager Lee Smith, who will be managing the agency, said: “We have put in place a three-year plan to generate a significant new revenue stream for the MNA.
"Star Employment Services will be led by Mike Clare, who brings 12 years of experience in local employment agency management to the business.
"We believe we have the team in place to succeed and look forward to placing our first staff with local employers."