Opus Fest 2017- Opus Annual Summer Party

The 7th July 2017 saw Opus Professional Services Group’s offices gather together from all round the globe to celebrate the achievements from the first half of the year.

The day began with a Conference held at the Watershed where the business discussed the successes of the first half of the year, as well as, what to expect for the second half.

After the conference staff were whisked off to Chew Valley Lake, Somerset for an all day festival, also known as Opus Fest. They were greeted on arrival with glasses of Pimms and local Somerset Cider, in addition to a Lanyard which contained a site map, itinerary of the day and food tokens for a Hog Roast, fish & chips and UNLIMITED Ice-cream. The venue, four giant Tipis had a stunning back drop of the lake and was the perfect spot to set the scene for the day ahead.

The festival also had team building activities for all staff to get involved in; Tug of War, Human Football Table, Bouncy Castle, Rounders, Giant Connect 4, Giant Snakes and Ladders, Giant Jenga, Sumo Wrestling and a Bungee Run. In true festival style, there was also the opportunity for them to camp and glamp overnight. Live music entertainment was provided by up and coming Hip-Hop and Neo-Soul band Population: 7, Bristol based Reggae and Street Soul band Laid Blak, finished off with a DJ set by DJ Bunjy.

Managing Director of Opus Recruitment Solutions, Nigel Ramana said “It was an amazing all day event with no expenses spared, to celebrate a good year so far. With lots of entertainment, fun and games to help build on our already team spirit and collaboration”.

Eanna Barry, Principal Recruitment Consultant at Opus Recruitment Solutions commented “We do things differently here at Opus – we’re not your typical boring corporate”.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s Opus Fest!

You can find more photos from Opus Fest on our Facebook page or find us on YouTube to see more of Opus’ fantastic parties and staff incentives.

Iconic Manchester: 29 facts that put Manchester on the map

From 90’s Britpop to the splitting of the atom, there are a number of iconic things that complement each other to springboard Manchester as one of the greatest cities to live in Britain. We’ve managed to come up with 29 different facts and quirks that truly put Manchester on the map.

  1. Computer science
    Alan Turing, the “father” of modern computing and artificial intelligence, invented the first ever computer and worked directly with the University of Manchester to revolutionise the way in which we communicate.
  2. Technological innovation
    It’s hardly surprising then, that the city has stuck to its roots, having been named the third most active tech innovation city in the UK by the UK Tech Innovation Index.
  3. Music scene
    Manchester has always given us an unrivalled music scene. Spearheading the movement back in the late-70s/early-80s was Tony Wilson, owner of Factory Records (home of Joy Division, Happy Mondays and New Order), founder and manager of the world famous Haçienda club and journalist for Grenada Television and the BBC.
  4. Dance revolution
    Following the demise of Joy Division, the remaining band members went on to form New Order and kicked off a buzzing dance music phenomenon in the UK, and Manchester became known as Madchester.
  5. The Birth of Britpop
    The Stone Roses were very much a part of a new culture that was being born in Manchester in the late-80s. Following on from the Madchester scene of this time, focus started to shift towards the UK’s own shoegazing music division; cue the rise of Oasis.
  6. Actual pop
    Manchester also propelled the British boyband! Take That burst onto the music scene back in the early-90s and the pop world hasn’t looked back since.
  7. Votes for women
    Manchester was at the centre of feminism in the 1900s, with suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst being born and bred in Moss Side. She was a leading British women’s rights activist who lead the movement for equal voting rights.
  8. Vegetarianism
    That’s right; Salford was the birthplace of vegetarianism over 200 years ago. Reverend William Cowherd and his loyal following of Cowherdites formed the Vegetarian Society, all from a tiny chapel named The Beefsteak Chapel. No pun intended.
  9. The library
    Manchester accommodated the nation’s first free public library way back in 1653.
  10. The accent
    The Mancunian accent is certainly one of the most iconic and recognisable in the UK. So much so, that Manchester City Airport actually insist that their call centre staff speak to customers in an authentic Mancunian accent. You sound our kid?
  11. Rolls Royce
    Manchester is in fact where Rolls met Royce. Royce made the Two Cylinder Royce 10 in a Manchester factory in 1904 prior to meeting Rolls in the same year.
  12. The railway
    The first railway line opened in 1830 between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool and Manchester Victoria is still one of the world’s largest oldest continuously operating stations.
  13. Fashion
    The North West was at the core of the industrial revolution. Manchester had a thriving textiles industry and was even nicknamed “Cottonopolis”.
  14. The Harrington jacket
    Everyone loves a Harrington Bomber Jacket. From James Dean to Liam Gallagher, the Baracuta Harrington is a staple in every man’s wardrobe and has been since 1937! You guessed it – born and bred in the city of Manchester.
  15. Manchester United…
  16. And City…
  17. Football League
    In fact, The Combination (the first ever football league) was founded by Manchester United. The rivalry between the two teams has split the city ever since.
  18. Splitting of the atom
    Talking of splitting, Ernest Rutherford split the atom at the University of Manchester in 1919.
  19. Chemistry
    Scientist, John Dalton, practically invented chemistry in Manchester; he did experiments, calculated atomic weights, and invented symbols for atoms and molecules in the 1800s.
  20. Danny Boyle
    Academy award winning Director and Producer and Visionary Director of the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, is Mancunian through-and-through. 
  21. Anthony Burgess
    One of the world’s most prolific authors, Anthony Burgess was also born in Manchester. Without him, cult classic “A Clockwork Orange” wouldn’t have graced us with its presence.
  22. The Guardian
    The Guardian was actually founded as The Manchester Guardian as a means of promoting liberal interest following the Peterloo Massacre in 1821. It remained purely Manchester based until 1959, following increased national interest and therefore circulation and readership. 
  23. Corrie!
    Did you know that Coronation Street is the UK’s longest running soap?
  24. Bees
    You may have noticed the symbol plastered around Manchester. It is a worker bee and is a symbol of the city’s hard-working past, during the industrial revolution.
  25. The Trafford Centre
    You can truly get lost in the UK’s third biggest shopping centre. The Trafford Centre is visited by 30 million eager shoppers annually and Europe’s largest food court – what more could you ask for?
  26. M&S
    What’s more quintessentially British than M&S? The household name was first opened on Stretford Road in 1894.They built a Manchester-based warehouse in 1901 which became the company’s first registered address and head office.
  27. Nobel Prize winners
    25 past and present Nobel Prize winners have come from University of Manchester.
  28. Breakfast cereal
    Manchester’s Kellogg’s Factory has been making family cereals like Coco Pops, Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies since 1938. Manchester is literally home of the breakfast cereal.
  29. Growing economy
    Manchester is a “beta city” thanks to its ever-growing economy.

Opus Professional Services Group open a new office in Manchester

Opus Professional Services Group are pleased to announce their expansion into a new office in Manchester.

Located in the Spinning Fields area of the city, the office will be home to Opus Recruitment Solutions, the founding brand within the Group, with a view to housing a number of our award winning brands beyond 2018.

The new, state-of-the-art office facilitates Opus Professional Services Group’s continuing growth as well as helping to grow the local economy through the provision of a number of new job opportunities. This fast-growth success has already been recognised by the Virgin Fast Track 100, whereby the Group have featured on the list for four years.

This will be the sixth international office for the Opus Professional Services Group, with a view to opening more offices across Europe and the Far East over the next year alone.

Director, Richard Thexton, has been employed by the Opus Professional Services Group to head up the office. With over seven years’ worth of industry experience and a proven track record in building and managing successful teams within SThree, Richard is well equipped to spearhead the next part of the Opus journey.

He comments, “I’m truly excited to start this new venture with the Opus Professional Services Group in the North. Having a physical base in Manchester enables us to be closer to both our clients and our candidates within the region and subsequently build stronger relationships with them.”

“Opus Recruitment Solutions currently service the North from their Bristol HQ, so the new opening will allow us to develop our presence further within the technical and commercial technology sectors, bringing us one step closer to becoming global leaders in specialist niche and innovative recruitment solutions.”

Managing Director of Opus Recruitment Solutions, Nigel Ramana, comments, “Richard comes with a wealth of experience, so we’re all very happy to have him on board.”

The Opus Professional Services Group will be hosting a number of hiring assessment centres and interviews over the coming weeks. You can learn more about the new job opportunities at or contact for further details.

View the article here:

Recruitment International


Bristol Business News

Sales Manager, Daniel Young, joins multi-award winning Opus Recruitment Solutions

We’re pleased to announce that experienced recruitment professional, Daniel Young, is joining Opus Recruitment Solutions as the new Sales Manager for the recently refurbished Bristol HQ.

Daniel Young has an extensive professional scope of Management, market knowledge and recruitment experience.

During his 7 years’ spent working within the technology sector at Computer Futures, Daniel’s entrepreneurial flair saw him propel his career to reach Management level in record time. This saw him successfully place over 250 candidates and win the Sales Team Manager of the Year accolade in 2014.

His exceptional client focus, teamed with his ability to penetrate an array of business areas and deliver effectively at all levels will allow him to spearhead Opus into the embedded engineering sector and provide a new offering to the markets in which we are already established.

Plans to hire across the technology arm of the Opus Professional Services Group in Bristol throughout H2 2017 will be executed with the help of Daniel Young’s long-standing and successful career within the recruitment industry.

Starting with a team of three working the embedded engineering space UK-wide, ambitious plans to more than double headcount have been put in place by H1 2018. Bristol Perm’s growth this year has seen them remain the largest division of the Group, and Danny’s arrival signals intent to continue.

This growth will be facilitated by the new Bristol HQ which provides 30% more space than the company’s previous office. The fast-growth success of the Opus Professional Services Group has not gone unnoticed, having been recognised by the Virgin Fast Track 100 for four years.

Daniel Young comments, “I’ve chosen to join the Opus family as I’ve been impressed with their growth plans over the last 5 years, as well as their projected growth for the next 5 years. Everything about the company indicates a successful business; from the training programme, the back office team, the structure, right through to the Consultants on the floor. They are growing company who are only going one way!”

“The opportunity for me to set up the engineering division was too good to turn down and I’m honestly excited about the prospect of growing the team to compliment with the already well established IT business.”

Nigel comments “Daniel brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, putting him in prime position to lead the engineering division to success.”

View the article here:

Recruitment International



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Bristol Business News

Opus Group Features on Cambridge Innovation 800

Opus Professional Services Group, a global recruitment firm, is featuring in the Innovation 800 published by Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU), in partnership with St James House.

This new publication tells the story of eight centuries of innovative thinking from one of the world’s most prestigious universities. It includes contributions from industry pioneers, such as Opus, whose article provides unique career opportunities, insight and advice to students.

The publication is being released in October 2017, but the digital version can be found online: CUSU President Amatey Doku said, “As a showcase for innovation across a variety of industries and career paths, we’re thrilled to be publishing this new and valuable resource for our students.”

CEO of the Opus Professional Services Group and multi-award winning entrepreneur, Darren Ryemill, said, “As a forward-looking recruitment company, Opus Professional Services Group is proud to be featured in innovation 800. We look forward to working with the University of Cambridge Student’ Union to encourage more students to be the world’s next generation of innovators.”

Innovation 800 covers a range of subjects and features contributions from industry pioneers and commentators, as well as informative features, engaging insights and expert advice for students and alumni. Innovation 800 connects students, recruiters, innovators, educators and the wider world of business.

Opus Professional Services Group will be supporting the publication across social media with the hashtag #innovation800 launched by CUSU and St James’s House platforms.

If you demand innovation in your career or simply want some careers advice please email or call on 01173006421.

View the article here: onrec, Recruitment International

Opus working in partnership with Cardiff Met

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Opus Professional Services Group are very proud to become the official sponsor for the Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Graduate Fair.

The global specialist recruitment firm is excited to be working in partnership with Cardiff Met, offering better employment opportunities for graduates.

Opus will open the employment prospects for both undergraduates and graduates through working in partnership with the University.

Opus will be the primary sponsor of the Cardiff Met Careers fair in October, inviting companies to showcase their graduate programmes to find suitable opportunities for students. Opus will also assist with educating students and alumni on how to prepare themselves for their professional future; with workshops on personal branding, CV writing and interviewing techniques.

Group Talent Director, Katie Dowling, comments, “We’re really excited to be working in partnership with Cardiff Met, I feel that there is an alignment in terms of the values, attitudes and motivations of the two organisations. With a student population of 12,000, we want to add value to their higher education experience by providing them with relevant employment training, preparing students for their journey into the world of work.

“We also want to encourage students to apply for a role working with the Opus group. Opus have a diverse range of professional services brands from IT, Finance, Architecture to Public Sector and Energy and Power. We have international opportunities across 4 continents.  Opus also have some of the most impressive career progression and professional development in the industry. 50% of our Directors joined Opus as Consultants and we want to help Cardiff Met students aspire for and achieve success.”


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Meet our new Bristol HQ

  • By Astrid Hall
  • Published 24th May 2017
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Global recruitment firm, the Opus Professional Services Group, have relocated their Bristol HQ to a newly refurbished office space in Portwall Place near St Mary Redcliff Church.

The 15,000sqft office space has undergone a stunning transformation. Designed in conjunction with Wylde Interior Architecture, the renovation offers creative co-working space for an agile working environment.

The extensive fit out, provided by McFeggan Brown and Artworks Solutions Ltd., features modern breakout space and complementary gym for employees.

The open plan office houses 180 employees, a 30% increase on the company’s previous space. This is to accommodate their talent hiring drive, which will see more global expansion over 2017 and 2018.


Bristol is quickly becoming one of the most popular cities in the UK to live and work in. If you’d like to express an interest in joining the Bristol office, please call 0117 9689 292 or email your CV to


View our video here and images below for a sneak peak into the HQ of a global recruitment service provider.


JDR Energy win Recruitment Agency of the Year at the Recruiter Awards

JDR Energy win Recruitment Agency of the Year at the Recruiter Awards

JDR Energy have been named Recruitment Agency of the Year (up to 10 employees) at this year’s Recruiter Awards, recognising their stand-out series of accomplishments since their inception.

Having only been founded in March 2015, this award is a testament to the incredible achievements that JDR Energy have attained in a short space of time.

Not only did this award acknowledge financial stability and profitability, but also considered JDR Energy’s contribution in enhancing the recruitment industry’s reputation in the wider UK business arena. Under the leadership of Managing Director, Jack Rawcliffe, JDR Energy’s drive and ambition teamed with their knowledge and passion for the evolving energy market make them a force to be reckoned with.

In attendance at last night’s awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Rawcliffe said: “We are absolutely ecstatic to have won this award – it’s overwhelming to think that just two years ago, JDR hadn’t even started trading. I feel very privileged to have won such an accolade that recognises the efforts of the team, who are continuously grafting, day in, day out to surpass their own high standards.”

Over the past 18 months, JDR Energy have achieved unparalleled exponential growth, seeing turnover increase by 1,200% and gross profit rise by 377% year-on-year. As a result, they have begun strategically expanding their reach by opening their first international office in New York in February of this year.

With these ambitious expansion plans, they have more than tripled their headcount and continue to look for passionate and ambitious individuals to join their global teams.

For more information on openings with JDR Energy, you can reach the team directly on or visit

Join our Amsterdam Grad Scheme

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We are holding our first ever Graduate Scheme in Amsterdam starting this summer!

We will fly UK Graduates over to Amsterdam, pay for your accommodation and provide you with 2 days of fun!

Whether you’re a UK graduate looking for an international opportunity, or a Dutch Graduate, we would be interested in hearing from you.

Please contact Rebecca Blackmore for more information-

Our Group CEO, MD and COO feature in new series of Top Recruiter

  • By Astrid Hall
  • Published 28th March 2017
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Watch the trailer for the latest series of Top Recruiter featuring our Group CEO, MD and COO!


To find out more about working about working for the Opus Professional Services Group have a look at our careers page or get in touch!