Harts Farm, Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire
Tim Pratt has owned Harts Farm at Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire for over 25 years so to say he’s an experienced farmer may be a bit of an understatement! With a dairy herd of 220 cows, as well as several other business interests including an arable enterprise of some 200 acres, Tim has continued to be very busy over the last few years.
To concentrate on management, Tim decided to look for another person to help out with the dairy side of his business.
“I needed to take a step back from the day to day workings of the dairy herd to focus my activity elsewhere and so I began looking locally for a suitable candidate. After several failed attempts trying to find someone with the skills and personality that would fit in to Harts Farm, I finally gave up the search in the local area.
“I’d heard of Europeople, mainly as they are based only 10 miles down the road from me, and so I thought it couldn’t hurt to give them a call. Over the last two years, Europeople has provided a good service. At the beginning they came out to the farm and assessed what I needed (and wanted) in a candidate and then provided me with some options. I’ve built a really good relationship with the Lucy Parker, the Farming Team Business Manager and that has helped her find the right people for me.
“I’ve had three candidates in all from Europeople, the first two were short term and then my most recent worker (Marcin Olechowski) has been with me for more than 12 months. Marcin is a great candidate because he’s got just the right mixture of previous experience, a good attitude and exceptional English. I have done some training with him, but not a lot, which means he could operate efficiently pretty much as soon as he started.
“At first I was wary about using an agency as I expected it to be far more expensive than recruiting an additional employee, however, I’ve found that using Europeople is no dearer than employing someone direct. I’m pleased to say that I have already recommended Europeople to other businesses.”
Europeople’s Farming Business Manager Lucy Parker says:
“We have placed more than 2,000 candidates in the agricultural sector over the last seven years and we have over 150 current clients. We enjoy an excellent relationship with our clients as they know that we have a track record of placing successful candidates throughout the industry.
“We pride ourselves in giving clients a personalised service and tailoring our candidates to their needs. Building long lasting relationships with our clients means that we can better understand and service their business and ensure best value for businesses like Mr Pratt’s.
Europeople are always on the end of the phone if you would like an informal chat so don’t hesitate to give me or one of my team a call on 01827 839 260.”