Morson was founded in 1969 by Gerry Mason, the father of our current CEO Ged Mason in the family home in Eccles, just a short distance away from the site of our current headquarters.
With a background as a mechanical design draughtsman, the Salford-born Gerry spent time in Canada managing a branch office for a contract design organisation out of Toronto. It was here he gained valuable experience in the business development and management, and after three years Gerry returned to the UK and founded J Morson & Co Ltd on 10 September 1969.
The company began in modest premises - the office was just a desk under the stairs in the Mason home. The first placement the company made was a structural engineer to ICI in Runcorn, Cheshire. Before long, Morson was beginning to make a mark in the sector providing skilled engineers, designers and draughtsmen on temporary placements across many different industries.
With the signing of bigger clients, in order to continue to grow as a business, the company had to move out of the family home and into a permanent office space and take on more employees. In August 1970, the company moved to Bank Chambers on Church Street, Eccles. Shortly afterwards, Gerry made a bid for larger premises on Clarendon Road, which would be our home for the larger part of two decades.
In 1979 there was a significant development for Morson with the foundation of sister company Morson Projects, our design engineering and project management company, who today are based in Irlam.
In 1985, Morson's first branch office opened in Whitehaven, and the following year Gerry's son Ged joined the business. In 1990, Morson once again moved offices to meet growing demand, this time to Stableford Hall in Monton.
By 1990, the company had acquired it's first Managed Vendor contract with British Energy and in 1995 celebrated a turnover of £50million with 2,000 contractors on the books, some of whom had been with the company since its early days.
In 1999, Gerry retired from the day-to-day running of the business and became non-executive chairman. His son Ged took over the role of managing director. In 2005 he became CEO, with business development director Dr Kevin Gorton taking over as managing director.
In 2006, Morson floated on the stock market for the first time and became Morson Group plc, remaining so until a buyback in 2012.
After once again outgrowing our office, Morson moved to a brand new purpose-built head office building on the edge of Eccles, our current home.
In 2013, the Group acquired Vital Human Resources Ltd and in 2015 reached 12,000 contractors. In June 2015, founder of the Morson Group, Gerry Mason, passed away at the age of 77.
In late 2017, Morson further strengthened our presence in IT recruitment with the acquisition of Leeds-based company The Bridge (IT Recruitment). A further acquisition in January 2018 saw our presence expand in North America with the acquisition of CTSNA.