GCS Associates Open Second Office in Loughborough, East Midlands

We are excited to announce GCS has opened our second office based in Loughborough, East Midlands – the team is focusing on Executive Recruitment within our current sectors but also Food and FMCG, utilising the extensive networks of the new team.

We’re pleased to welcome Tony Llewellyn and Steve Schaap who, between them, have over 40 years’ experience in recruitment across Food, FMCG, Manufacturing and Construction Supply sectors. They bring a wealth of experience to the business, with a particular focus on Executive Search & permanent and interim recruitment services across all disciplines; Operations, Sales, Logistics/Procurement, Technical and Finance.

Tony Llewellyn, Commercial Director, GCS Associates comments,

“We have nearly 40 years of recruiting experience between us, we know what good looks like and strive to constantly achieve the very best service to all our candidates and clients. Most of our work is based around exclusive partnerships with our clients and this inevitably results in a higher quality and more transparent experience and result for the candidates, the clients and ourselves as recruiters. Both Steve and I are very pleased to join GCS Associates at this exciting time of growth and look forward to contributing to its continued success.”

Michael Parry, Managing Director, GCS Associates comments,

“The recruitment market, across our current sectors of Builder Merchants, Construction, Hire and Building Supplies, has been extremely buoyant, and we’re pleased to report that these sectors are flourishing post-pandemic after a very uncertain 2020!

This increased level of activity and demand for talent has resulted in GCS needing to increase its headcount and, most significantly, opening a second office location in the East Midlands. Our new Loughborough office, where we are welcoming Tony Llewellyn and Steve Schaap, is focusing on Executive Recruitment within our current sectors, and branching out into FMCG and Food Manufacturing. Both Tony and Steve bring great experience and contacts along with fantastic professionalism & reputations within their sectors.  With their addition and the opening of the new office we are really ramping up our service offering to candidates and clients alike now and in the future.”

For more information on how GCS Associates can help your business recruit the best talent in the market, contact Tony Llewellyn.

e: tony.llewellyn@gcsassociates.com
t: 07809 433 882

Huws Gray & GCS Associates

Huws Gray is the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant, supplying building materials to trade and DIY customers from over 100 locations across the UK.

GCS Associates and Huws Gray have worked together successfully on various recruitment projects and roles. Most recently Huws Gray have been growing their teams even further, and kindly took part in ‘The GCS Pledge’. GCS started the pledge in December 2020 to help the many people made unemployed due to the pandemic. 

Michael Parry, Managing Director, GCS;
“GCS were in a unique position last year where we could genuinely help some of those suffering due to Covid related redundancies. We approached Huws Gray late last year to explain the idea behind the GCS Pledge of 21 and we were delighted they took part. If we were able to get a few people back into employment whilst helping fill critical roles for the likes of Huws Gray free of charge, we were happy to be fulfilling our pledge ambitions.”

Terry Owen, Managing Director, Huws Gray;
“GCS reached out to Huws Gray just before Christmas about their pledge to get people made redundant due to the pandemic back into employment.  To offer up their time and resources without charge I found highly commendable and we were happy to support this worthwhile initiative.  I am pleased to say we have our first GCS Pledge candidate due to start with us soon.”

Chris Joyce, Area Manager, Huws Gray;
We are very pleased to support such a worthwhile initiative in the GCS Pledge. There aren’t many recruitment companies who are going above and beyond to help people back into work, completely free of charge and we’re proud to support this. We’ve now employed two people into the Huws Gray family via the pledge and are really happy with these new employees.”

GCS have gone on to continue working with Huws Gray in 2021 and having ties with North Wales, GCS are pleased to be partnering with a business that originated from that part of the UK.  From humble beginnings, the growth of Huws Gray has been fantastic to witness in recent years and with the news announced on the 1st July about the acquisition of the Grafton brand, it must be the biggest deal of its kind and massive news for our sector. 


GCS Associates are specialist consultancy providing talent acquisition and staffing solutions to the building materials, construction, technical & engineering sectors. With over 15 years’ experience partnering with a wide range of businesses from FTSE 100s to SME’s & smaller independent businesses – we simply provide the right talent to the best organisations.

Sunbelt Rentals & GCS Associates

Creating Consistent Processes and Candidate Engagement

Sunbelt’s team of specialists provide rental equipment and managed solutions into every market and sector, and are part of the FTSE100 Ashtead Group plc, the global leader in equipment rental. Sunbelt has over 500 employees in the UK.

Sunbelt were looking for a select number of recruitment partners that they could trust. Sunbelt are a large organisation and due to volume, timescale and specialist focus they use GCS to help attract the right talent within tight deadlines. GCS became Sunbelt’s trusted recruitment partner by forging genuine relationships and bringing in time and cost efficiencies by successfully finding talent, quickly and efficiently.

Tracy Edwards, Recruitment Manager, Sunbelt Rentals;
“When we tendered for our new PSL, quality was the most important aspect and selecting suppliers who would be our trusted partners, supporting the Sunbelt Rentals employer brand. GCS have worked with our hiring managers over several years to develop an in-depth understanding of our business and culture, ensuring that they place the right person in the right role. We have great relationships with the GCS team and confidence that they will deliver where we need their support in sourcing the best talent, including some of our most challenging vacancies to fill”

Working with Sunbelts internal recruitment function, GCS used the internal processes during
recruitment drives; resulting in increased communication, consistent candidate engagement and decreased time to hire. GCS also ensure ongoing compliance with regulations and employment legislation, and manage screening & vetting for every candidate, giving Sunbelt complete peace of mind.

Phil Leahy, Managing Director, Sunbelt Rentals:
“GCS have been working with Sunbelt Rentals for some time now on a number of key recruitment initiatives and we are very pleased with the outcomes. The team at GCS have a high level of integrity, show a genuine passion for people and, on several occasions have gone above and beyond in terms of their service offering to Sunbelt and we look forward to it continuing well into the future”

GCS have a recruitment fulfillment success rate of 92% across all roles including Sales, Management and Engineering roles as well as support and senior roles. GCS Associates’ expertise in directly sourcing candidates quickly has enabled the Sunbelt to not only achieve significant cost savings but has resulted in several critical hires for key projects.

Neil Driscoll, Regional Director, Sunbelt Rentals;
“GCS Associates played a key role when we were recruiting within my region. To date, they recruited several roles for us and saved myself & my managers considerable time and money by providing great candidates who were right, not only the role, but for our business culture too. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend GCS if you have any recruitment requirements”

David Payne, Service Centre Manager, Sunbelt Rentals;
“Sunbelt have enjoyed a strong partnership with GCS Associates for many years. GCS have supported our recruitment drives and have brought significant improvements to the hiring process, producing excellent talent for us at different levels of the business. GCS is a recruitment partner we can really trust to get the job done, they thoroughly vet the candidates, fill our vacancies quickly and have great communication. If you are looking to recruit I can 100% recommend GCS Associates”

GCS Associates are specialist consultancy providing talent acquisition and staffing solutions to the building materials, construction, technical & engineering sectors. With over 15 years’ experience partnering with a wide range of businesses from FTSE 100s to SME’s & smaller independent businesses – we simply provide the right talent to the best organisations.