An international IT recruitment specialist is set to expand its foothold in Manchester to meet the record demand for skilled technology staff among the region's start-ups.

Cathcart Associates expects to increase turnover by 100 per cent year-on-year over the next three years in its Manchester division, taking revenue to more than £4m by 2020.

Headcount is expected to double over the same period.

Since opening its Manchester operation two years ago, Glasgow-headquartered Cathcart says it has enjoyed some “significant” business wins and seen demand for its services grow steadily.

Sam Wason, co-founder and director, said: “The volume of tech success stories coming out of Manchester is impressive.

"Manchester’s technology sector is bursting with potential and we are excited to be part of the tech scene here and to support it as it competes with other tech hubs for talent and business.

"While there are other IT recruitment firms in the area, Cathcart Associates stand out for its quality of approach and service. We are an independent business, free from the constraints of a parent company, and our dedication is now feeding through to the results we are seeing in the business."

To meet the challenge of the new workload, Cathcart has set up a dedicated training programme for graduate recruits who will work on its expanding Manchester-based client list.