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The Middle Group was formed by two experienced recruiters who started their own businesses in the Marine, Insurance, Financial Services and Pharmaceutical sectors, offering permanent, temporary and contract solutions to many clients around the UK. Their aim was to create a work/life balance that couldn't be gained by working in the 'normal' recruitment office environment. 

Whilst running successful businesses since 2017 they have joined forces to create the Middle Group, offering recruiters the opportunity to run their own business with full autonomy supplying all the tools required to hit the ground running.



Sarah Roads



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I started my business around my two small children. I have 15 years experience working in various sectors but my passion is the Marine sector especially as I was a seafarer for many years. I love that I am able to work around my children and still run a busy desk of contractors placing them on prestigious projects around the UK.


Anna Smith



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It started for me after having my first daughter. My motivation was to build a business and work for a company that could offer the flexibility I needed in order be both a mummy and have my career. Fast forward 3 years and 3 children and we are still going strong. Many of the client's I work with will probably say I work weird and wonderful hours but I always get the vacancy fulfilled and that is my aim!'


"We are a Marine Engineering and Ship Repair company, supplying support to defence and commercial work, and have employed contractors through SLR recruitment for many years on a regular basis for both long and short term projects.


SLR provide high quality, skilled labour and Sarah is a pleasure to deal with. Feedback and communication are key strengths and regular contact is made with their staff once posted in a position.


I would highly recommend SLR’s services."

“Anna is my go-to when I have a position to fill within my business.


Not just because of the quality of candidate that she presents, but she really takes her time to understand the inner workings of the business and what sort of person is needed within that. Anna has a rare but incredibly important ‘quality over quantity’ approach, which as a branch manager, saves me a huge amount of time as I’m normally left sifting through hundreds of CVs that have been sent to me.


Over the years, she’s built a consistent track record with me and my branch, and I’ll continue to use her services whenever needed.”

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