MHR is investing in growth after a successful first half of 2019. It has announced it will grow the company by an additional 30 people in the second half of the year. The announcement came after it won 66 new UK customers in the first half of the year.
This includes companies such as Agrovista UK Ltd, foam converter and specialist mattress and bed manufacturer Breasley Pillows, construction company Prater and in the public sector Warwickshire County Council. It has also completed 75 installations.
There are already more than 20 vacancies available on its jobs site. These include roles in software development, implementation, project management, sales, marketing, product planning, market research and finance. The new hires will take the company beyond 700 staff.
MHR Chairman and founder John Mills commented: “We’re naturally thrilled by our flying start to the year and are delighted to welcome our new customers to our growing client base.
“Our strong performance and sustained growth is testament to how we consistently reinvest 20 percent of our annual profit into research and development to ensure our software and services continue to meet the demands of the modern workplace, helping organisations of all sizes improve the way they manage their people and streamline their internal processes by embracing new digital ways of working.
“It feels great to know that our continued success is creating new jobs for the East Midlands, and we are now looking to recruit and develop talented individuals in a variety of roles throughout the business who can help us drive this growth and maintain our position at the cutting edge of HR and payroll software.”
Not just people but buildings too.
Most of the roles will be located in Nottingham. To support the expansion MHR is also investing in its infrastructure. It is investing £10 million on expanding Britannia House located at Ruddington Fields Business Park in Mere Way, Nottingham. MHR has already opened Wellingon House, its development centre and is looking to construct two more buildings to house an additional 300 people over the next few years as it expands further. It also completed a £3.5 million refurbishment program at Britannia House recently to expand the internal space so that it can now hold 350 people.
Additionally, it recently received planning permission to construct a multi storey car park on the site as well. This will provide parking for an additional 190 cars, have solar panels and support fast charge stations for electric cars. The work has started and should be completed in 2020. Mills added: “Despite expanding internationally in the past couple of years with new offices in Ireland, the US and Singapore, we’re extremely proud of our Nottinghamshire roots.
“Our plan to develop our headquarters in Ruddington with investment in new offices and a multi-storey car park underlines our commitment to create a truly great place to work for our employees as we drive forward with our continued growth at phenomenal pace.”
Enterprise Times: What does this mean
MHR is investing significant sums in capital projects to support its existing and future growth. This is often a tough and sometimes risky decision to make. The decision to recruit now was clearly made to capitalise on its success in recent months. With successful projects under its belt it will hope to be listed on more tenders and win more work.
MHR is clearly enjoying success with iTrent. One concern it needs to address is the below average score on Glassdoor. Though its CEO approval score is high. While it has an upward trend it is still below 3. The new buildings will help to improve the working environment. The trend on Glassdoor is upwards at the moment, which is good news for the East Midlands based company.