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

Sure Group Coronavirus Business Update

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister last night (Monday 23rd March) we want to offer our staff assurance on how we are handling and treating this situation.

Sure Group supply to key sectors such as Food, Logistics, Recycling and Healthcare.

Therefore some of our workers are treated as ‘key workers’ and are still allowed to travel to their place of work as they will play a crucial role in the country’s fight against Coronavirus.

In these torrid times, there is a lot of concern but we want you to be reassured we are doing our upmost to ensure everything runs like normal for everyone. This includes being paid weekly and on time and having a member of our team on hand should you have any questions.

Do not worry, we are here for you. Although most of our staff will be working from home from today (Tuesday 24th March) we will continue to be available for you as normal. We will be servicing our clients’ requirements and doing our best to ensure everyone has work and keeps a wage coming in until otherwise advised by them or the Government.

Please note our offices will now be closed with immediate effect as from Tuesday 24/03/20 and our teams will be only contactable by phone. Please be patient with your account manager, as mentioned they will be working remotely but may take a little longer to respond. We will be providing vital PPE to all our workers at planned collection times so please liaise with your line manager for your requirements.

We will continue to provide update on a frequent basis so please keep an eye on our website and social media channels.

All that remains is that you listen to the news and follow the advice from the Government.

Stay calm and stay safe.

From all the staff at Sure Group

Coronavirus (COVID-19) company update

In light of the potential impact related to COVID-19, we feel it’s important that we update you on our business continuity infrastructure.

Let me start by saying that at this moment in time and until advised otherwise it is business as usual for the Sure Group. We have business continuity plans in place and these are well tested on an annual basis and are designed to cover many areas including pandemic impact and in the past such measures have been implemented during times of bad weather, with very little interference in our service levels.

We are confident that our plans will mitigate the impact to our clients and workers and have been designed specifically to minimise workflow interruption. Sure Group has secondary back up locations with full operational infrastructure, and our team of consultants and back office support teams can work independently and remotely from any location including their homes if required, this includes full access to our phone and IT systems.

We are confident that any further widespread developments will have little effect on our day to day operations, including; Service Levels, Order Fulfilment, Payroll Processing, Compliance Management, and Recruitment/On boarding processes and that you will continue receiving the quality of level of support and service you have grown accustomed to from the Sure Group.

We are aware that due to COVID-19 some clients are taking precautionary measures and as such have decided to go on lockdown and refuse client visits etc, however due to the nature of our business we will continue our duties as normal with regards to attending site for daily check in, service reviews etc unless otherwise instructed by our clients.

I can confirm that we have preventative measures in place with regards to the health and safety of our workforce and candidates and we have issued everyone with a Coronavirus Fact Sheet which provides them with guidance on how to prevent them from catching or how to proceed in the event of having caught the virus. Furthermore we have introduced a new health questionnaire which has been issued to not only our current workforce, but also to all new candidates who come and register with ourselves and covers the key areas in relation to having the any of the main Coronavirus symptoms, recent travel movements in the last 14 days etc.

We will keep all our clients and workers up to date with the latest government guidance and are here to support any queries you may have.

In the meantime if you require any additional support during this period, then please do not hesitate to contact your account manager via your normal channels If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your account manager or our team for more information.

Kind regards,

Mark Newby

Commercial Manager

IR35 reforms delayed due to Coronavirus outbreak

Reforms to the IR35 tax ruling have been delayed by one year, just a week after they were confirmed in the Budget, chief treasury secretary Steve Barclay has confirmed.

The changes, which restrict tax avoidance by targeting contractors for companies who are, in practice, providing the same service as employees, will come into affect on 6th April 2021 and not this April as originally planned.

Read City A.M.’s full report at: https://www.cityam.com/ir35-reforms-to-be-delayed-for-a-year-due-to-coronavirus/

Government update on drivers’ hours rules during the Coronavirus pandemic

Please be aware of the following temporary relaxation of driver’s hours rules, directed by the government in regard to supporting the logistical recovery of urgent supplies back into shops and supermarkets.

This temporary relaxation applies from 00:01 on Wednesday 18 March 2020 and will run until 23:59 on Thursday 16 April 2020.

As your drivers hear about this, they will no doubt be calling you to clarify these rules, hence the below communication is for your benefit to help you understand the changes. This will also affect the number of days you can plan a driver to work, as long as he is fit and willing to do so.

Please remember the health and wellbeing of the driver and other road users is paramount and must always be considered as number one priority.

In response to requests from Industry, the Department for Transport has agreed to a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals when undertaking the following journeys:

1) Distribution centre to stores (or fulfilment centre)

2) From manufacturer or supplier to distribution centre (including backhaul collections)

3) From manufacturer or supplier to store (or fulfilment centre)

4) Between distribution centres and transport hub trunking

5) Transport hub deliveries to stores

This exemption does not apply to drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers.

The department wishes to make clear that driver safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired – employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

 

For the drivers and work in question, the EU drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:

a) Replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;

b) Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;

c) Lifting the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly driving limits (90 hours) to 60 and 96 hours respectively.

d) Postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period, although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight.

e) The requirements for daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours driving replaced with replaced with a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours of driving.

 

Drivers’ must not use relaxation ‘a’ and ‘d’ at the same time. This is to ensure drivers are able to get adequate rest.

The practical implementation of the temporary relaxation should be through agreement between employers and employees and/or driver representatives.

The drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits. This is usual practice in emergencies and is, of course, essential for enforcement purposes.

If you need any further guidance on information regarding this matter then please do not hesitate to contact your Sure Group representative.

 

EU Jobseekers unclear on status following Brexit

Today (Friday 31 January), on Brexit Day, the Recruiter has reported on the uncertainty surrounding status for EU jobseekers coming to Britain.

A director from hospitality recruiter CJUK told the publication that European workers seeking to come to the UK are not clear at all over what their status will be:

“There is a lot of concern as to what the hell Brexit is all about and they’re scared that they will be regarded as second-class citizens and treated badly. They’re going to be forced to buy medical insurance and they have no idea as to what the costs are and all the rest of it, so there’s a huge nervousness about coming to the UK.

“That started probably 18 months ago and got progressively worse until the elections … but there is still a lot of nervousness and in certain sectors it’s very hard to find people willing to come to the UK at this juncture. If it’s handled smartly… then that will quickly go away.”

The Recruiter also spoke to international law firm Dorsey & Whitney, which said there will be no immediate changes for EU workers and it is unlikely wholesale changes will be made.

To read the full article, click here: https://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2020/01/eu-workers-fine-brexit-day-eu-jobseekers-unclear-status

 

 

 

‘Jack’s Law’ to give bereaved parents two weeks’ statutory leave

Parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory leave under new UK legislation.

The government has announced the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, known as Jack’s Law in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother Lucy campaigned tirelessly on the issue, will come into effect from April.

Jack’s law means all employed parents will have a statutory right to a minimum of two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, irrespective of how long they have worked for their employer.

Parents will be able to take the leave as either a single block of two weeks, or as two separate blocks of one week each taken at different times across the first year after their child’s death. This means they can match their leave to the times they need it most, which could be in the early days or over the first anniversary.

For more information on Jack’s Law, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-set-to-introduce-jacks-law-new-legal-right-to-paid-parental-bereavement-leave