Shadow Industrial Strategy Minister visits award-winning specialist recruitment firm

Friday 10 May saw the visit of Shadow Industrial Strategy Minister Chi Onwurah MP to award-winning Venture Capital Trust-backed business Samuel Knight International, based in her constituency of Newcastle upon Tyne Central.

Samuel Knight International is a global recruitment firm providing specialist knowledge and skills to the energy and rail sectors, and in November 2018 the business was awarded the Team of the Year accolade at the Great British Entrepreneurial Awards.

With funding from Venture Capital Trust (VCT) fund Gresham House, Samuel Knight International recently announced plans to undergo rapid expansion by hiring an additional 40 members of staff in 2019.

Ms Onwurah was greeted by CEO Steve Rawlingson, who praised the role of VCT investment in the success of Samuel Knight International – commenting that “securing investment through the VCT scheme is just one way to expand our firm, not only for our own goals, but also for the benefit of the community around us”.

Ms Onwurah praised Samuel Knight International for “widening opportunities and tapping into new talent pools”. As a vocal supporter of increasing diversity in STEM subjects, Ms Onwurah added that she was particularly looking forward to seeing the progress made by Samuel Knight International in achieving gender balance within the energy and rail sectors.

The visit received coverage from the North East Times, with Ms Onwurah tweeting that she was “pleased to meet the great team at Samuel Knight International & hear of their growth plans”.