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.”

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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.”

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