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Feb 15, 2024 International

SAMUEL KNIGHT INTERNATIONAL: An International solutions-focused approach

At Samuel Knight Energy they understand the importance of having the right talent in place to support their client's Renewable Energy projects that align perfectly with their objectives. Samuel Knight's strategic global office locations now include Newcastle HQ, London, Bristol, Spain, and USA sites with Dallas HQ, Chicago & Boston.

In 2019 after a successful VCT fund raise Samuel Knight launched their US operations in Dallas and over the last few years have expanded into Chicago and Boston, having created long-term partnership relations with their clients to facilitate Renewable Energy projects.

Samuel Knight USA was established remotely from the UK in the middle of the Covid lockdown which came with many challenges however senior management was confident the opportunity within the USA was going to be rewarding so persevered with a strategic growth plan resulting in a record-breaking first-year result achieving $10.7million in sales and $3.9million NFI.

Samuel Knight USA's mission mirrored that of the EMEA business across Renewable Energy markets, Solar, Wind, BESS, and T&D. With their combined expertise and proactive attitude, they knew they could add real value to the USA market sector as one of few specialist Renewable Energy recruiters and they weren’t wrong.

In the year 2021, Samuel Knight Energy established an exclusive partnership with a major operator/developer that was purely focused on providing permanent recruitment services throughout North America. Fast forward to 2024 and Samuel Knight Energy now works with 3 different parts of this global player throughout North America as well as 24 companies throughout their US supply chain.

Samuel Knight Energy USA is led by Steve Rawlingson, Founder and CEO of Samuel Knight Group which turns 10 years old in March 2024. Steve has created a world-class USA leadership team to support him in his mission of becoming North Americas market leading Renewable Energy staffing solutions provider, Kenzie Morris is Co/Founder and VP of Client Relationships, Dave Allen is SVP who relocated from the UK to help lead the business, Jack Roberts is VP of Strategic Partnerships and Carl Moffett acts as Group CFO each playing an integral role in the growth of Samuel Knight USA.

In 2021 Samuel Knight Energy successfully obtained E2 investment status. This milestone enables them to facilitate the smooth relocation of highly skilled specialists from the United Kingdom to the United States which their clients see as a major USP. Their E2 status has secured them long-term contracts with the likes of EDF, Vestas, Siemens, Orsted and AvanGrid to name just a few.

Samuel Knight Energy’s focus remains on bolstering the Renewable Energy sector, addressing critical skill gaps that currently exist throughout North America. With this achievement, they are poised to contribute significantly to the advancement of sustainable Renewable Energy solutions on a national scale.

Creating bespoke, innovative solutions for their USA clients was the key to the successful launch of Samuel Knight Energy USA, not to mention their extensive experience and knowledge of the Renewable Energy industry.

Their clients benefit from a consistent, proactive approach from a globally recognized specialist team, who all work closely with their clients to understand the challenges and needs, giving them access to both in-country and global talent pools.

Over the course of 10 years, Samuel Knight Group has created a global following and CRM database of nearly 2,000,000 Renewable Energy experts which gives them a global reach to support clients with finding the very best candidates possible for their projects across Solar, Wind, BESS, and Transmission & Distribution.

When we spoke to Steve Rawlingson he said: “We are only just getting started in the USA, the last 3 years we’ve been focused on building a specialist brand that stands for Renewable Energy excellence. Fast forward to the present day and we are now achieving economy of scale working with over 50 renewable energy clients who all have a significant pipeline of Renewable Energy projects reaching nearly 100GW of power across the East Coast, West Coast, and Central US. Our time for US dominance is now and I can't wait to see what we achieve in 2024 and beyond.”

Samuel Knight was established in March 2014 by Steve Rawlingson in a 4-man office based in Newcastle upon Tyne, through a mixture of organic growth and a series of raised investments they’re now considered one of the world's leading Renewable Energy staffing solution providers. Over the last 12 months, Samuel Knight has created a world-class senior management team allowing them to scale all operations and revenue streams at the same time. In 2024 Dylan Christie joined the business as Group COO, he comes with 25 years of industry experience, Carl Moffett is now Group CFO and has worked alongside Steve for the last 5 years being instrumental in the growth of the group. Lisa Whitwell, Dan Kerr, Sam Forrest, Kenzie Morris, Jack Roberts, Dave Allen, Ben Townsend, and Jorel Bautista all form part of the global operational board and collectively between this team there are 40 years of industry experience.

Anyone trying to scale a business will understand the challenges that come with growth especially when you’re trying to launch internationally, but with a clearly defined strategic growth plan, the right financial backing, and a team of individuals all rowing in the same direction, you can dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.

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