- International specialist staffing group Empresaria posts a pre-tax profit of £3.1m form the six months to the end of June - up from £2.7m last time and 10% higher at constant currencies.

Net fee income rose to £27.2m from £24.1m and adjusted pre-tax profits of £3.7m were up from £2.8m.

Chief executive Joost Kreulen said: "Empresaria's diversified business model has delivered strong results for the first half of the year with adjusted profit before tax up 30% on the prior year. We continue to deliver on our strategy, driving both organic growth and undertaking further external investments as we develop leading brands that are diversified and balanced by geography and sector.

"The stronger growth in temporary and contract income has progressed alongside further growth from professional and specialist job levels. Our aim is to protect against any particular slowdown in any region of the world or staffing industry sector. So far this has produced twelve consecutive quarters of balanced growth.

"We are pleased to have finalised our recent investment in Rishworth Aviation, the second largest international recruitment company in the Aviation sector and whose revenues are geographically diversified. We look forward to integrating it into our Group and providing a platform for its further growth and development. We expect it to be earnings enhancing on an adjusted basis this year.

"Our focus on continuing to drive organic growth is matched with an invest and develop approach with a pipeline of interesting prospects. We see good growth opportunities across our existing brands and from further potential investments. We remain confident in our ability to meet current market expectations."

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