Recruitment firm, Encore Personnel, has relocated to new and larger offices in Spalding in order to serve its expanding client and candidate base in the region with a team that has doubled in size since the start of lockdown.
The Spalding office was one of the few branches in the group to stay entirely open throughout lockdown. This was due to the sheer volume of work requiring team members be on hand to deal with increased demand for flexible labour.
Expansion in the region for the recruitment firm has been driven by a strong base of food production and horticulture clients, with support for firms that have faced increased demand for products during the Covid-19 lockdown and well-publicised challenging labour issues.
Ed Vigars, Operations Director at Encore, comments: “We’ve more than doubled team members based at our Spalding branch and moved to new premises far ahead of our scheduled strategic move. Since March we have sourced and placed over 1000 workers in key industries in the region, and under the guidance of Divisional Manager, Martin Knowles, the Spalding branch has been supported from our Peterborough office in order to recruit from two labour hubs, allowing a wider geographical coverage, to fulfil clients’ needs.
“Those businesses that specialise in harvested goods, food production and packaging have been particularly busy throughout lockdown, including those that specialise in food and recipe delivery boxes. These are the firms that kept our shelves and store cupboards stocked throughout the lockdown months and Encore believe that our support was equally as vital. So, we had to keep our doors open, be on hand and do what we needed to do to ensure that there were enough recruits available to keep these businesses operating at a maximum.
“We’ve taken the opportunity, as lockdown has eased, to move the team to more appropriate premises in Spalding, so that we are in the best position to continue to assist these businesses moving forward.”