YORK-headquartered Charterhouse Recruitment Services has been acquired by a recruitment industry specialist who plans to expand its operations into additional regions, starting with the North West.

Emma Ceballos has acquired the 20-year-old business from former owner Donna Green, who had owned it for the past five years.

The company currently serves clients across the county, notably in Leeds and Sheffield. Following acquisition, Charterhouse aims to establish a new office in the North West in the coming months.

Ms Ceballos was one of the founding shareholders of Gap Personnel, which has grown into one of the UK’s largest training and blue collar workforce providers with a nationwide network of 39 offices.

She sold her share in the business in 2013 and has since provided consultancy services to a number of recruitment companies, including Gap, before making her first acquisition.

Charterhouse operates in the six key business markets - accounting and finance, office support, human resources, marketing, procurement and supply chain and medical devices and healthcare – and employs ten people from its base in Low Petergate in York.

It plans to recruit additional staff in the near future, while long-standing employee Gemma Carney has been promoted to the position of branch manager.

Emma Ceballos, owner and director of Charterhouse Recruitment Services, said: “Charterhouse has a really good reputation in York and the surrounding area and I am aiming to build upon its track record to develop the business further.

“I have inherited a talented and experienced team that I am keen to add to so we can bolster our services to Yorkshire clients.

“There is real growth potential in this business, both in terms of the markets we serve, but also geographically.

“Replicating the quality of service we offer and expertise in the business sectors we support in new regions is the natural next step for the business and the North West is our first target location.”