UK National Living Wage increased and extended

From April, more young people will be eligible for the #nationallivingwage as the age threshold is lowered from 25 to 23.

The increase in the NLW will mean that low-paid workers’ incomes rise broadly in line with predicted wage growth; and modestly ahead of projected increases in prices, meaning low-paid workers’ living standards should be protected.

To find out this how this may affect your workforce, contact Sure Group today on tel: 01482 629797 or email: info@suregrp.co.uk

Christmas Opening Hours

During the Christmas period, our opening hours will be as follows:

  • Monday 21 Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Tuesday 22nd Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Wednesday 23rd Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Thursday 24th Dec- 08:30 – 14:00
  • Friday 25th Dec- Closed
  • Monday 28th Dec- Closed
  • Tuesday 29th Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Wednesday 30th Dec- Normal Office Hours
  • Thursday 31st Dec- 08:30 – 14:00
  • Friday 1st Jan- Closed
  • Monday 4th Jan- Normal Office Hours

 

For support or assistance with labour requirements during the festive season outside of our office opening hours please call the relevant branch number below and this will go to our 24 hour on call helpline:

Hull- 01482 629797             Leeds- 0113 250 2100         Northampton- 01604 320585

On behalf of everyone at Sure Group we’d like to wish all of our clients, suppliers and employees a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!

 

 

Sure Group to remain open for business throughout second lockdown

We’re pleased to announce our branches will remain open for business throughout this second lockdown period.

All our staff will be working either on a rota system in our offices or remotely from home. We’re operating on an appointment only basis and will be strictly adhering to all government advice on social distancing, face masks and hygiene measures.

Contact your nearest branch to make an appointment at Hull 01482 629797, Leeds 0113 350 2100, or Northampton 01604 320585.

Sure Group founder and MD shortlisted for top Yorkshire business award

We’re excited to announce that our founder and managing director has been shortlisted for one of Yorkshire’s most prestigious business awards.

Charles Draper has been shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year at The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business
Awards 2020.

The Yorkshire Post Excellence awards recognise and celebrate the inspirational business people who are bringing jobs and investment to our region during a period of uncertainty.

The awards shine the spotlight on the region’s brightest, bravest and best-performing companies.

In a year that has presented every single person in Yorkshire with significant challenges, the awards will honour the firms which have weathered the storm the best, not just in terms of performance but also how they looked out for clients, customers and staff.

They will be presented by a top class media personality and celebrate the best of Yorkshire commerce.

On his shortlisting, Charles said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected for the shortlisted of Entrepreneur of the Year at The Yorkshire Post Excellence Awards. These awards are an outstanding showcase of Yorkshire’s best business talents and achievements and it is an honour to be featured alongside these high-profile individuals and organisations.

Charles added: “This has been a challenging year for everyone involved in business and this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and recognise the hard work, creativity and resilience of our business community.”

Greg Wright, the Yorkshire Post’s business editor, said: “The awards ceremony has become
one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the region’s corporate calendar.

“The wonderful, dynamic enterprising companies that have earned a place on the shortlist prove that our region is the best place in Britain to do business.

“The judging panel was particularly impressed with the large number of companies who have gone out of their way to protect and support the local community during the pandemic.

“It is more important than ever that we focus on our region’s deep-rooted commitment to enterprise
and innovation.”

The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2020 will take place on Wednesday, November 4 through a digitally streamed event. For more information visit: https://www.yorkshirebusinessexcellence.co.uk/

Sure Group’s Charles Draper

Sure Group’s MD selected to tackle suicide prevention on Amazon Prime’s The Social Movement series

We’re very excited to announce that our Founder and Managing Director, Charles Draper, has been selected to take part in a reality tv docu-series where participants accept the mission to change the world.

Charles will be tackling suicide prevention during The Social Movement, Season 2, an Amazon Prime docu-series where entrepreneurs from across the globe will come together in Montreal, Canada to tackle global social issues in a four-day challenge.

Charles is one of over 60 brilliant minds who have been selected to work together in teams of twelve to take on the world’s most pressing social issues. Participants on the show will also take on education, racism and economic injustices for women.

Charles founded the Sure Group in 2013, starting out as a small recruitment firm operating from a single office in Hull. The business was formed during Charles’ time at university as an idea to make some money to support his studies.

Since then, it has grown rapidly and diversified to become a leading independent one-stop specialist solutions business, operating nationally in the recruitment, logistics, commercial and healthcare sectors, with a turnover of over £10million a year.

Beyond his day job Charles takes part in numerous ventures, including attending public speaking events and sharing his business stories with aspiring entrepreneurs.

On being selected to take part in The Social Movement, Charles says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this journey and to be working on a show with such talented and like-minded people.

“The opportunity came out of nowhere. I was contacted by the show due to my background in recruitment and asked to go through a series of interviews. Before I knew it, I had been told I had been chosen to join the participants, it was pretty surreal.”

With World Suicide Prevention Day taking place on September 10th, Charles says filming of the show will take place at a perfect time to highlight the importance of a huge and growing social issue: “For me, taking part in The Social Movement is about giving something back and using this series as a platform to help people and make a difference in the world.

Suicide is a major issue in our society at the moment, particularly among males, who account for three-quarters of suicide deaths in the UK. It is a subject I feel very strongly about and I want to want to take part in The Social Movement to make my voice heard and to work on a project that will help people who are struggling in their daily lives. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a real difference which I simply couldn’t turn down.”

Following a rigorous selection process where he was interviewed by the show’s production team, Charles was selected as a participant on Season 2, which he says was largely due to his positivity, drive and background in recruitment:

“The producers were looking for purpose led people with ambition and the ability to take a look at the wider issues surrounding society. They wanted people who can work together and use their knowledge and experience to tackle socio-economic issues in a high-pressure reality environment.

Charles added: “This really is an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait to take part. I’ll be flying the flag for the recruitment sector and anyone who has overcome adversity to achieve their dreams. I want to show that together we are stronger than the sum of our parts and help us achieve something special.”

The Social Movement will be aired on Earth Day 2021 and will be shown on Amazon Prime, H2Htv, Apple TV and Roku. To see the trailer visit: https://redknight.tv/title/socialmovement/

Sure Group expands operations with £250k Leeds base investment

We’re delighted to announce  that we have invested £250,000 in opening our new facilities in Leeds as we expands our services along the M62 corridor.

Our new base, located at Howley Park Business Village in Leeds will be home to our staffing, logistics, commercial and healthcare divisions and will expand operations across our existing offices in Hull, Leeds, Northampton and Wakefield.

It provides further state-of-the-art facilities for staff, including a new training space and areas for recruitment inductions.

The expansion follows our increasing growth following several notable contract wins in Yorkshire and will further support Sure Logistics’ operations by providing excellent links to the M62 corridor.

It will lead to the creation of several new internal roles as the demand in Sure Group, which already employs more than 300 people nationwide, increases.

Charles Draper, founder and Managing Director of Sure Group, said: “The opening of the Leeds office is the next exciting chapter in our story.

“From being set up in East Yorkshire just over five years ago, we’ve achieved year-on-year growth and more than doubled the turnover from £1.2 million in 2015 to £10 million today.

“A quarter of a million-pound investment is an expensive and ambitious move, but one we believe is essential in realising our ambition to become one of the country’s leading recruitment, logistics and healthcare service businesses.

“The new Leeds base allows us to expand our services and recruit new talent in the West Yorkshire region. We are already in discussion with several organisations and will be announcing some exciting new contracts that will be serviced from the Leeds base soon.”

It was Charles who transformed his innovative idea to make some money to help during his university studies, into a leading recruitment specialist with a multi-million-pound annual turnover.

Our new base at Howley Park Business Village in Leeds

We started from humble beginnings in logistics recruitment with just a few drivers but have since expanded into different service sectors. We now operate under four divisions:

 

  • Sure Staffing – which works in the FMCG and agriculture; transportation and warehousing; industrial and manufacturing; construction and engineering; and hospitality and catering.
  • Sure Logistics – supplying LGV C+E 44T vehicles down to 3.5T multi drop vans that operate a multi-drop courier service nationwide.
  • Sure Commercial – working in the accountancy and finance; business and office support; human resources; health, safety and environment; procurement and supply chain; engineering and manufacturing; information technology.
  • Sure Healthcare – providing a range of workers including healthcare assistants; community care workers; support workers; registered general nurses; auxiliary nurses; locum GPs; registered managers; chefs/cooks; domestic and catering staff.

Charles added: “As a company we pride ourselves on providing a professional recruitment solution and over the years we’ve built a strong reputation through the ability to meet clients’ every need, providing them with the right workforce solution.

“The opening of our Leeds base is a specific focus for our healthcare division to strengthen its outreach in local communities where we will provide the highest standards of homecare support for the vulnerable or less able.

“The new office will also house a team of highly-trained and experienced recruitment consultants, who work tirelessly to find and place people who will make a positive difference to clients, and to connect them with only the very best candidates who have the right skills and can-do attitudes.

“It’s an exciting time for us- we’re expanding into a new city and increasing our efforts to offer reliable employment opportunities as the economy pushes through this turbulent period. Sure Group is going from strength to strength and I can’t see that changing any time soon.”

Visit www.sure-grp.co.uk for more details.

Construction and Hospitality postings rise as UK jobs recovery continues

We were pleased to learn UK job postings rose again by 990,000 in the last week of June, according to data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

As pubs and restaurants in England re-opened their doors over the weekend, there was a notable increase in job postings in the hospitality sector.

The biggest increase in adverts for these hospitality roles was in London, but there was growth across the whole of England. However, the number of job postings in the sector remains low compared to before the lockdown, and many firms will start by bringing back staff who had been furloughed.

Other occupations which saw increased numbers of job postings in the second half of June were skilled construction roles such as glaziers (+21.0%), bricklayers (+5.5%) and roofers (+5.3%), as more building sites continue to open.

The full stats from the REC’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker can be found at: https://www.rec.uk.com/our-view/news/press-releases/jobs-recovery-tracker-job-postings-grow-key-sectors-open

 

UK job postings increase by 64% as recruitment industry recovery begins

As lockdown measures gradually begin to be lifted in the UK, at Sure Group we are cautiously optimistic that the recruitment industry is slowly but surely on the road to recovery.

Data published by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation recently has shown that the number of new jobs advertised in the first week of June was up 64% compared to the last week of May.

The REC has launched a new Jobs Recovery Tracker, which aims to help recruiters, businesses and policymakers see how the jobs market is evolving as the economy recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This research uses job postings data to spot signs of growth in different local areas and occupations across the UK.

The latest Jobs Recovery Tracker reveals that the number of active job postings in the UK has been rising slowly over the course of May – increasing from 950,000 in mid-May to 963,000 in the first week of June.

The number of new job adverts in the first week of June was 112,000, a significant 64% more than in the last week of May. This could indicate more companies starting to hire again as lockdown measures are eased, and that the recovery is starting to pick up speed.

At Sure Group we are hopeful this trend will continue as we aim to continue to provide our partners with capable and skilled personnel across the sectors we operate in.

To see the full figures from the REC’s latest Jobs Recovery Tracker, visit: https://www.rec.uk.com/our-view/research/recruitment-insights/jobs-recovery-tracker

To find out how Sure Group can support your recruitment needs, get in touch by calling 01482 629797 or email info@sure-grp.co.uk

PPE Kit response- Thank You from Sure Group

We received an amazing and overwhelming response to our PPE kit delivery offer in the last few weeks.

Unfortunately we’ve now donated our last remaining batch of kits but we’d like to thank everyone who has got in touch and provided such kind feedback. We hope the kits have helped you during these difficult times and enabled you to make your essential trips.

From the whole team at Sure Healthcare and the wider Sure Group, stay alert, stay safe and look out for each other.

Image: Our PPE kits were delivered direct to peoples’ doors by our friendly team!

Sure Healthcare to make FREE PPE delivery for elderly and vulnerable

Our team at Sure Healthcare is on a mission to support elderly and vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic with PPE kit home deliveries.

We will be transporting hundreds of PPE kits to people in need, totally free of charge, as part of a campaign to support vulnerable residents in the region.

The kits, which include gloves, masks and hand sanitisers, will be delivered personally by Sure Healthcare’s team and will be transported using distribution links from its sister company Sure Logistics, which operates vehicles across the UK.

The initiative has been launched by Sure Group after its directors made the decision to allocate funding to Sure Healthcare to purchase additional PPE supplies that can be used in the community.

Sure Group Managing Director Charles Draper explains:

“In light of the current unprecedented situation, our board held a meeting to discuss how we can help the community as a business. We quickly realised that with Sure Healthcare’s supplier contacts and access to PPE provision, there would be no better way to support people than to pull together as a group to provide funding for additional PPE which we will then deliver to the elderly and vulnerable in the region.”

“These kits will be made available to provide peace of mind to anyone who feels vulnerable and still needs leave their home to make essential trips. People can apply for a kit via email and our team will respond to arrange deliveries.”

While NHS England continues to manage the procurement of PPE in hospitals, access to equipment in the community is currently limited for many.

Sure Healthcare’s Director, Will Draper, explains how the business will utilise it’s stock and contacts to make a positive impact in the community:

“During this difficult time, we are aware of the higher risks of infection to the elderly and people with existing medical conditions. As a business that works primarily in care environments, we require regular access to personal protective equipment, and we will now be purchasing additional PPE that we can donate in kits to those who need it most in the community.

“We are lucky to also have good supply chain relationships and we have been working with our suppliers to provide these kits and will be distributing them over the next few weeks when we have identified the residents that are most vulnerable.”

Will added: “Healthcare is the foundation of our business and a large proportion of our customers are elderly and vulnerable, so we wanted to do something to show our support in these unprecedented times.”

“We are now able to offer this support in the community as procurement teams have fully supported our Care Teams with all required PPE including new full face visors. Our suppliers have assured us that other clients and care providers have caught up on their back log of orders and do not urgently require re-stocking, although if any do, they are welcome to get in touch with us. Therefore, we believe whilst we have our professional bodies fully stocked with PPE, it is time we looked to the community to offer peace of mind to those who do not have access to these basic amenities.”

As well as delivering the kits, Sure Group’s transportation business, Sure Logistics, has been supporting the fight against COVID-19 by delivering hospital beds to several new NHS Nightingale Hospitals that have just opened in the north-west of England.

Sure Logistics received a call from the bed manufacturers requesting two urgent collections from Milton Keynes the following morning. Given the urgency and importance of the loads, the team moved around its delivery schedule to free up two vehicles at short notice.

The firm made deliveries to hospitals the following day in Carlisle, Kendall, Barrow, and Whitehaven, meeting all delivery targets.

If you are or know someone that is vulnerable and would like to apply for a PPE kit from Sure Healthcare, get in contact by emailing ppe@sure-healthcare.co.uk.

Sure Group Managing Director Charles Draper (left) and Sure Healthcare Director Will Draper (right) pictured with the group’s branded PPE kit bags, containing gloves, masks and hand sanitisers. (Both are observing social distancing by keeping 2m apart)