Tracy Welch shares her top three tips to help businesses which offer jobs in Basingstoke, Alton, Camberley, Andover, Winchester and the surrounding areas to build the right team for long-term success
Our home town of Basingstoke is a pretty buzzing place to live and work right now. Given our location just between the M4 and M3 and the easy access the area offers from Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, it is no wonder that so many local businesses are seeing many of the benefits of the overall improvements in the UK economy.
Basingstoke is one of the country’s Business Improvement Districts (BID) under the brand ‘Basingstoke Together’. The BID is designed to encourage local businesses to work together to improve the town’s economy by leveraging their joint buying power and attracting more commercial spend in the area. Investment continues to grow, with several new business ventures in the area.
Our neighbouring town of Hartley Wintney is also getting in on the act, and had its moment of fame with starring role in one of the episodes of the BBC series, ‘Best Bakes Ever’!
However, the potential downside of this prodigious growth is that businesses are finding it hard to source the people they need to help their companies to capitalise on the opportunities that a buoyant market offers.
So how can you ensure that your business will be one of those which benefits from all the inward investment and media attention in and around the Basingstoke area?
Well, as the hundreds of local people who take part in the annual Basingstoke Half Marathon in October will tell you, the secret to success over the mid to long term is to have a strategy that will enable you to stay the distance, as well as dealing with challenges in the short term. Here are our top three tips to help you get the right teams in place so you can stay the distance in the race for growth and success:
1. You need the right team in place to support long-term success, not just for a short sprint. As an employer, you need to plan your recruitment strategy months – or even a full year ahead if you want to secure the best candidates. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation regularly publishes reports on the availability of key staff and over the past couple of years this has consistently shown that businesses around the UK are worried about the anticipated shortage of permanent and temporary staff with many firms reporting difficulties in finding people with the right skills in the technical, logistics and professional/managerial sectors in particular.
2. You need the right resources for every step of the race. Whilst a long-term strategy is key, every business needs to also ensure that it has the right staff to deal with seasonal fluctuations, short-term rushes or to meet tactical business needs. A good plan is to work with a trusted recruitment partner who can help you find agency workers to deliver short-term access to the key skills your business needs, whilst also supporting your long-term goals.
3. You need advice and support from experienced professionals you trust to help you achieve your goals. By working with a local recruitment partner who knows the area; understands your business and has access to people with the right skills, you can maximise your chances of securing the right people for your business for both permanent and temporary posts much more quickly. If you choose a recruitment consultancy that has a strong local reputation, you will also have a much better chance of getting the sort of candidates who are interested in staying for the longer term, helping to save you time and money compared with appointing short-term staff. In a climate where finding candidates for permanent roles continues to be a challenge, it is more vital than ever to work with a recruitment partner who can help you find and attract the right people.
At Priority Appointments, we know about staying the distance: we have been finding great jobs for people in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire for almost 20 years and our knowledgeable team has over 60 years’ combined experience.
Our specialist Office and Industrial recruitment consultants take the time to find out what you need, talking to every candidate and visiting every business we work with, so we can accurately match people to the local permanent, temporary or contract vacancies that are right for them.
For a no-strings chat about how we can help you fill your Basingstoke-based jobs, do contact us on 01256 334575.