NRG has a rich heritage in the recruitment industry and an unrivalled
Founded by Lorna Dinning (now Moran) the business was established as Geordie Job Finders in 1976 with Newcastle city centre offices. Shortly after opening, the first ever temporary contract with Bristol Myers was won.
In 1983 and after much success, Northern Recruitment Group, more commonly known as NRG, was formed and working with large brands such as Samsung.
NRG won the contract to recruit 100 members of staff for London Electricity in 1997. Such was their confidence to deliver such numbers that it was written into the contract that unless all 100 jobs were filled, London Electricity would not be charged.
In 1997 Lorna Moran was the first woman in the UK to successfully list a business on the London Stock Exchange and NRG became a plc. In 1998 they entered the Scottish market with the acquisition of KFJ Scotland.
By 2001 NRG was an unrivalled brand and moved into new premises on Grey Street in Newcastle, the most beautiful street in Britain as named by Trip Advisor. The new premises had prestigious signage and was unmistakable by candidates and clients.
For the next 5 years, NRG plc continued to win national recruitment contracts, the highlights being 10,000 appointments at Inland Revenue (HMRC), 400 appointments at Home Office Immigration, Marine Management Organisation contract and Highways Agency Traffic Officers.
NRG was delisted from the London Stock Exchange in 2008 and brought back into private ownership. It was also the year that the recession hit which presented an opportunity to establish LEO (Leadership Enterprise Opportunity) and Talent Challenge, to provide redundancy outplacement and leadership training.
2010 saw a national contract won with Santander Operations, formerly known as Geoban, to recruit over 800 heads per year. Then in 2013 NRG supported the opening of Atom Bank, the UK's first digital bank with their first 170 roles.
In 2017 NRG launched the volume recruitment side of the business as a separate brand, and greenbean RPO was born. The first contract won under the new greenbean brand was with Durham University.
In December 2019 Lorna Moran retired and NRG and greenbean were acquired by Galago Group to complement a suite of other recruitment businesses within their portfolio. Being part of a larger group enables us to have more investment and widen our client and candidate reach throughout the UK.
2020 saw us move premises to Quorum Park. Working in beautiful Grade A listed buildings in the city centre was no longer fit for today's virtual world of recruitment and the move allowed our people to make use of modern premises and the social element of an open plan office.
Our story is one of creativity and continuous evolution which doesn't stop there! In 2020 James Carss was appointed to Managing Director of NRG, and Leanne Chambers as Managing Director of greenbean, both focused on growing their respective brands and market share.