MET delivers ‘sweet recruitment’ dreams for bed and mattress manufacturer

MET Recruitment has overcome the national shortage of staff to recruit more than 100 employees for the UK’s leading bed specialist in the last few months, with another 50 of them recently progressing to become permanent workers.

It’s a fitting way to bring up a near 10-year partnership that has seen both companies work together to find general production operatives, fork-lift truck drivers, warehouse staff, seamstresses, tape edges and drivers’ mates.

Since the start of 2021, 110 individuals have so far progressed into permanent positions once they have completed a 12-week trial where they can learn the role and see if they fit into the culture of the business.

“MET Recruitment really get what we do and, over the last decade, have built a strong partnership with us,” explained John Botfield, production manager at Dreams.

“At any one stage we could need up to 100 temporary workers across different areas of the business and we know they have the candidate pool and understanding of our roles to find the right people. Importantly, they also put their own consultant on site at the start of shifts, so that is one thing less for us to think about.”

He continued: “We have been very busy since lockdown and will shortly be embarking on another recruitment drive.”

MET Recruitment, which provides industrial and commercial staff to companies across the UK, started working with Dreams in 2012, providing extra labour support in the despatch department after an existing supplier was struggling to find workers.

The relationship has developed rapidly and now stretches across production and distribution at the firm’s sites in Oldbury, Smethwick, Tividale and Wednesbury, with up to 100 temps recruited and supplied during peak times.

Three experienced consultants work on the account and have built a clear understanding of the type of individuals Dreams require and have a bespoke vetting process in place that means a high percentage of temporary workers become permanent staff.

They are also present on site twice a day – at 6am and 3pm – to ensure the right number of people arrive and all new starters are briefed on job roles and health and safety guidelines.

Matthew Hunter, industrial director at MET Recruitment, added: “We have almost become an extension of the HR team, and this has delivered some fantastic staffing results during what has been an extremely difficult environment.

“In addition to our core advertising, face-to-face interviews and job matching services, we also complete induction, site walk arounds and dual advertising to try to raise as much interest as possible. This has been critical in ensuring levels of supply do not drop, even when there are a lot less candidates out there.”

MET Recruitment, which is on course to hit £9 million this year, was originally set up to supply staff to the mechanical and electrical trades and has gone from three people in a small office on the Pensnett Trading Estate to an 18-strong agency operating from a dedicated head office on Wolverhampton Street in Dudley.

The company’s growth has been led by managing director Robin Tong and assisted by two key appointments, with Matthew Hunter joining in 2011 to head up the industrial division and Nella Share arriving three years later to create the commercial recruitment arm of the business.

Investment in its 360 degrees recruitment solution for clients and an industry-best support infrastructure for candidates has helped it secure a strong client base across engineering, manufacturing, professional services and the services sector.

John Botfield, Stefano Ferrandino (both Dreams), Adam Wheeler, Kate Silk (both MET Recruitment) and Sima Tuzinaite (Dreams)

MET Commercial Director Nella Share part of Black Country Think tank announced at conference

A new Black Country Think Tank, which will publicise key economic issues and solutions whilst delivering thought leadership for the region, has been announced by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

The business support organisation welcomed leaders to its major economic business conference and the Think Tank’s inaugural meeting took place for leaders to discuss the key issues and topics the group will focus on over the coming months.

The Think Tank, created by the 160-year-old chamber, will generate awareness and leadership on key economic issues which affect not just chamber members, but the wider region as a whole.

Chamber president and chairman of the Black Country Think Tank, Jude Thompson said: “​This new Think Tank will set focus for our policy work, inform what and how we lobby decision makers on and use the incredible wealth of local business knowledge to seize opportunities. Our Chamber has sat at the heart of the local business community since the 1800’s and this new group will make sure we remain modern, focused and a powerful business led voice for a long time to come.

“The room was energised by our debate during the inaugural meeting this week and as a result, our policy work for next year we will focus on skills, the region’s transport issues and how we work to promote the image of the Black Country. The chamber has a commitment to connecting, supporting and representing its members and this new Think Tank will widen its work and see benefits for the Black Country as a whole.”

The role of the Black Country Think Tank will be to ensure political engagement and play a proactive role to sit in the driving seat whilst using the vast expertise of its membership.

Business leaders, academics, and various experts from many fields have joined forces with the Chamber including leaders from a number of Chamber members; CSCM, BCRS Business Loans, Paycare, Walsall College, In-Comm Training, Merry Hill, Wedge Galvanising, Simworx, Thomas Dudley, Lawrence Cleaning, KMB Shipping, MET Recruitment, Nant Ltd, MHA Macintyre Hudson and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

Link to Article – https://www.expressandstar.com/news/business/2021/11/15/think-tank-announced-at-conference/

The launch of the Think Tank

Recruitment firm invests in finding new solutions to solve a growing lack of temporary workers

One of the Black Country’s fastest growing recruitment agencies is pressing the button on further expansion by creating five new jobs.

MET Recruitment, which recorded £5.8million sales last year, is looking to recruit consultants and resourcers to boost its 18-strong team after demand from clients in the administrative, distribution and manufacturing space rocketed.

Specialising in temporary and permanent industrial, commercial and technical staff, the company continues to place more than 500 workers every day and that figure could increase by 200 if there was a bigger candidate pool.

“In the twenty-five years I’ve been involved in the sector, I don’t think I’ve seen such a shortage and it is beginning to cause issues for firms that are looking to bounce back from the pandemic and need access to temporary workers,” explained Robin Tong, Managing Director at MET Recruitment.

“We are having to educate our clients to the current situation as this is a regional, possibly national issue. It’s not all doom and gloom, there are things we are jointly doing to mitigate the challenge, but it takes additional time and more up-front work to really drill down on the detail of the roles and what they involve.”

He went on to add: “Our team of consultants are already working even closer with clients to encourage them to take a longer-term overview of their skill needs and asking them to look at how they make the position more attractive, whether that is actual pay rate or benefits of employment.

“We’re playing our part by investing in expanding our team and introducing a new app that will make managing candidates even easier.”

MET Recruitment was originally set up to supply staff to the mechanical and electrical trades and has gone from three people in a small office on the Pensnett Trading Estate to an 18-strong agency operating from a dedicated head office on Wolverhampton Street in Dudley.

The company’s growth has been driven by two key appointments, with Matthew Hunter joining in 2011 to head up the industrial division and Nella Share arriving three years later to create the commercial recruitment arm of the business.

Investment in its 360 degrees recruitment solution for clients and an industry-best support infrastructure for candidates has helped it secure a strong client base across engineering, manufacturing, professional services and the services sector.

Robin went on to add: “One quick fix for the situation could be the Government relaxing freedom of movement, but I don’t think any of us can see that happening anytime soon.

“So, the emphasis will be firmly on recruitment firms innovating and our clients looking more strategically at how they address demand and future skills requirements. It’s a careful balancing act, but one we’ll get right.”

For further information, please visit www.metrecruitment.com or follow @met_recruitment on twitter


(l-r) Nella Share, Matthew Hunter and Robin Tong

Birmingham Post – Feature Article.

Our Commercial Director, Nella Share featured in The Birmingham Post’s article on predicting how the next 12 months and the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic will change the outlook businesses have on things such as recruitment and remote working.

To read the article in full please click on the link below.

Remote learning, hybrid working and hitting the bars – Birmingham business leaders make predictions for the year ahead…

From top left: Ruth Pipkin from Rewired PR, Tim Pile from GBSLEP, Nella Share from MET Recruitment, David Pardoe from Mailbox, Michele Wilby from Colmore BID and Brian Cape from SIPS Education

MET Recruitment signs Winster deal to support hose specialist’s future expansion

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of hoses and accessories has signed a strategic deal with MET Recruitment to help it meet growing customer demand as the economy emerges from the shackles of Covid-19.

Winster, which serves hundreds of resellers across agriculture, automotive, construction, general engineering and marine, restructured its business to remain operational throughout the pandemic and is now putting in place the foundations for double-digit growth over the next twelve months.

To help it meet seasonal fluctuations in volumes from its nationwide client base, the Willenhall-based firm has turned to the expertise and talent pool of the Dudley recruitment agency to supply temporary staff every month.

All skilled and non-skilled workers are sourced, vetted and interviewed by MET Recruitment ahead of placing them, with full on-site introductions completed and a rapid turnaround agreement in place to find and supply candidates within a few hours of receiving a call.

“In the current uncertainty, we need flexibility in our staffing and this strategic relationship gives us exactly that,” explained Val Gardner, who became Managing Director in 2014.

“Our hoses and assemblies are playing a crucial role in helping construction and manufacturing companies remain operational throughout the pandemic and we had to make sure we were open despite volumes being extremely volatile. This meant looking at more temporary workers that we could bring in quickly when required and this is where the relationship with MET Recruitment has really started to pay off.”

She continued: “MET was recommended to us by the Black Country Chamber of Commerce as a fellow Platinum Group member and we haven’t been disappointed. Its proposal was extremely competitive and, most importantly, we really liked the way Industrial specialist Daniel Alford took time to understand our business and the positive culture temporary staff have to embrace.

“We have over 100 products in our core range and £1m of stock held in our 28,000 sq ft warehouse on Neachells Lane at any one time – combine this with our on-site manufacturing and packaging capabilities for producing customised solutions and there is a significant opportunity for growth with the economy starting to recover from Covid-19.”

MET Recruitment enjoyed a record year in 2020 and this latest deal strengthens a growing reputation for supplying temporary and permanent staff to industrial companies in the West Midlands.

The relationship with Winster first started three years ago and has developed from supplying staff on an ad hoc basis to a more strategic partnership where recruitment needs are mapped out in advance and then supplemented when necessary.

All searches, interviews and checks are completed by the industrial team before placement, with workers usually selected for packing, assembly or logistics tasks.

Matthew Hunter, Industrial Director at MET Recruitment, commented: “This is a really good Black Country success story of two local companies coming together to ensure the consistent supply of high-quality hoses and assemblies.

“The way we work with Winster is a lot more strategic and something we are trying to achieve with the majority of our customers. It means we can tailor our service to ensure the client receives the staffing support it needs and the quality of workers that will have an immediate positive impact on the shopfloor.”

He concluded: “Our sector can sometimes be unfairly labelled for being behind other industries and this is something we want to put right by delivering outstanding service and innovations, including our soon-to-be launched app for streamlining the whole candidate experience.”

For further information, please visit www.metrecruitment.com or Twitter: @met_recruitment

Val Gardner (Winster), Gail Arnold (Black Country Chamber) and Daniel Alford (MET Recruitment)

New contract wins deliver another year of growth for MET Recruitment

A series of new contract wins are helping one of the Black Country’s leading recruitment agencies post an increase in sales.

MET Recruitment, which specialises in placing temporary or permanent industrial, commercial and technical staff, is on course to hit £5.8m turnover after it put in place a number of measures to support existing and new clients to cope with the pandemic.

Free consultancy, workshops, masterclasses, outplacement support and CV writing/interview technique sessions were all provided and this additional assistance helped to strengthen relationships and ensure its talent pool was ready to find new jobs.

It is an approach that has paid off for the Dudley-based company, with over 500 temporary workers currently placed every day and the 100th permanent contract recently secured.

The new contract supporting Public Health England’s Track & Trace campaign has been especially demanding and saw the firm recruit and supply remote working contract tracers in record time.

Robin Tong, who set up MET Recruitment in 2008, commented: “The pandemic has been a hugely challenging time for all companies, but we have managed to remain operational throughout, innovating services to support clients who were both struggling and ramping up operations as they were on the front line.

“Our business was set up to offer something different to the usual high street recruitment experience, preferring to focus on building strong relationships and becoming an extension to our client’s HR departments. This philosophy has definitely made the difference over the last nine months.”

MET Recruitment was originally set up to supply staff to the mechanical and electrical trades and has gone from three people in a small office on the Pensnett Trading Estate to an 18-strong agency operating from a dedicated head office on Wolverhampton Street in Dudley.

The company’s growth has been driven by two key appointments, with Matthew Hunter joining in 2011 to head up the industrial division and Nella Share arriving three years later to create the commercial recruitment arm of the business.

This saw turnover rise from £1.4m in 2014 to £5.8m at the end of 2020 and the trio believe investment in its 360 degree recruitment solution for clients and an industry-best support infrastructure for candidates has helped it secure a strong client base across engineering, manufacturing, professional services and the services sector.

“2020 has been a fantastic effort by everyone at MET and we’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for the next twelve months, including investment in a new app, website and increasing our geographic coverage,” added Matthew.

Nella concluded: “We are also in the final stages of a major recruitment campaign for one of the Black Country’s leading retailers and this should be ramped up in the early part of 2021.”

For further information, please visit www.metrecruitment.com or follow @met_recruitment on twitter