GCS Associates Delighted to Support BMF's Sector Awareness Campaign Launch

GCS Associates were privileged to attend the recent unveiling of the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) new sector awareness campaign. This fully integrated program aims to position the building materials industry as a vital, varied, and vibrant sector, offering a wide range of career opportunities for school and college leavers, career changers, and those looking to transfer their skills into a new area.

The campaign, launched under the strapline “Materially Different” and with messaging encouraging people to join the sector to “Make a Material Difference,” is designed to appeal to a diverse audience. It highlights why a career in building materials is unique compared to other industries and showcases the extensive variety of careers available within the sector.

The Transformative Power of Careers in Building Materials

For the first time, the program clearly defines the building materials sector as one that involves the manufacture, import, distribution, and sale of building materials and products through merchants for construction, infrastructure, house building, property, and RMI markets.

Key elements of the program include a dynamic new careers website, which will feature details of every BMF member, and a Toolkit providing guidance and assets for members to strengthen their employer brands. Developed by brand specialist CMDi in collaboration with the BMF executive and a working group of BMF members, the campaign presents a unified front that every member can support and benefit from.

BMF Chairman Richard Hill commented, “We work in a fantastic sector that offers excellent opportunities to the talented people working here. However, when it comes to attracting new talent, we are competing with many other sectors. It is time that we championed the building materials sector to the rest of the construction industry and the public at large.

“By initiating this campaign and investing in the future of building materials, the BMF Board seeks to help and support our members in attracting the best recruits possible, ensuring our sector continues to develop and grow long into the future.”

BMF CEO John Newcomb added, “By working together, we can shape and strengthen the future of our industry. This long-term program will make our industry an employment destination rather than an afterthought. It targets career starters, career switchers, and those already working in the sector. To attract, retain, and grow talent, we must build pride in our sector.”

Building Futures: Unveiling the Opportunities in the Building Materials Sector

GCS Associates are delighted to support BMF’s Sector Awareness Campaign Launch – a fantastic initiative which will help showcase the fantastic careers across the Merchant Sector.

We are a dedicated team of talent acquisition specialists passionate about promoting the Building Materials sector as the ultimate destination for career-minded individuals. With almost two decades of industry experience, we have witnessed firsthand the power of employer branding and talent cultivation in shaping the sector’s future.

Employer branding lies at the heart of our mission and much of the work we do for our clients. To attract top talent, it is crucial to establish companies as employers of choice within the Building Materials sector. Through strategic branding initiatives, GCS Associates aims to showcase the unique culture, values, and career opportunities offered by companies in this field, positioning them as desirable destinations for job seekers, particularly those currently working in other sectors.

At GCS Associates, we work with our clients to find the best recruitment solution for them. If you’d like any advice on recruitment or retention strategy, please get in touch.

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GCS Associates sponsor Builders Merchant Awards 2024

We’re thrilled to announce that we are sponsoring the Builders Merchant Awards 2024!

Taking place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on Friday 29 November 2024, the Awards ceremony promises to be another spectacular occasion for the 800 plus in attendance.

During the past two decades, the Builders’ Merchants Awards have built up an unrivaled reputation for recognising the great and good across the builders’ merchant sector.

The Awards offer the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the amazing people, teams, projects and innovations that have helped our industry grow the economy and helped community safety and sustainability.

The Builders Merchant Awards comments:

“The Builders’ Merchants Awards would also not be the success they are without the unwavering support of our sponsors, who strive to ensure individuals and companies across the industry are recognised for their efforts as they go about their work on a daily basis.”

We’re very proud to support these prestigious awards – supporting a sector we’ve recruited into for the past 15 years.

Managing Director at GCS Associates, Michael Parry said,
“The BMF and many of our clients supported the GCS Pledge, where we helped those who had lost their jobs due to COVID-19 back into employment, so we’re pleased support them by sponsoring this fantastic awards ceremony – celebrating the best of our sector.

It’s exciting time for the Builders Merchant industry with real change happening in terms of diversification, digitalisation, and sustainability. Many of our clients have accomplished phenomenal change since COVID-19 so we can’t wait to hear about the achievements from the businesses who enter the awards.”

The Builders Merchant Awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to toast all the hard work, commitment, and determination which everyone within the sector has put in to ensure the Builders Merchant sector has flourished over the past few years”

How to Enter
As for the categories themselves, as always no business or initiative is too large or too small to make a difference and we have a wide range of Awards that demonstrate the depth and breadth of the builders’ merchant sector.

Entering the Builders’ Merchants Awards 2024 is a great opportunity to reward the hard work of your company, colleagues and teams across the last 12 months. Nominations can come from anyone in the industry, should you wish to nominate your own company or indeed a client.

For further details, visit the website: www.merchants-awards.co.uk. 

Good luck to all the entrants and look forward to celebrating your fantastic achievements at the awards ceremony.

At GCS Associates, we work with our clients to find the best recruitment solution for them. If you’d like any advice on recruitment or retention strategy, please get in touch.

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Maximising Efficiency and Savings: Why Reviewing Recruitment Processes with GCS Associates is Essential

In today’s competitive world, the success of any organisation hinges on its ability to attract, retain, and develop top talent. However, the process of recruiting skilled individuals can be time-consuming, resource-draining, and costly if not executed well. This is where GCS Associates steps in as your trusted recruitment partner, offering specialised services that not only streamline your hiring processes but also save you valuable time and resources.

As a leading specialist agency in the field of recruitment, GCS Associates brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the table. Here’s why reviewing your recruitment processes with us can make a significant difference.

Industry Insight and Expertise:

Navigating the complexities of the job market requires in-depth knowledge and understanding of industry trends, talent pools, and hiring best practices. GCS Associates’ team of seasoned professionals possesses a deep understanding of various sectors and niches, allowing us to tailor our recruitment strategies to your specific needs. By leveraging our industry insights and expertise, you can rest assured that you’re tapping into the most qualified candidates for your organization.

Access to a Diverse Talent Pool:

One of the most significant advantages of partnering with GCS Associates is gaining access to a vast and diverse talent pool that may not be readily available through traditional recruitment channels. Through our extensive network, we can connect you with top-tier candidates who possess the skills, experience, and cultural fit that align with your organization’s objectives. This access to a broader talent pool increases the likelihood of finding the perfect match for your vacancies, ultimately saving you time and effort in the recruitment process.

Streamlined Recruitment Processes:

Time is of the essence in today’s fast-paced business environment, and every moment spent on lengthy recruitment processes equates to potential productivity losses and increased costs. GCS Associates specialises in streamlining the recruitment journey, from initial candidate screening to final placement, ensuring that your vacancies are filled promptly and efficiently.

Our tailored approach to recruitment eliminates the need for extensive administrative tasks, allowing you to focus on core business activities while we handle the rest.

Cost-Effective Solutions:

Recruitment costs can quickly escalate if not managed effectively, particularly when considering expenses such as advertising, candidate screening, and onboarding. By partnering with GCS Associates, you can benefit from cost-effective recruitment solutions that are designed to maximize your return on investment. From fixed-fee arrangements to scalable recruitment packages, we offer flexible pricing models that align with your budgetary constraints without compromising on quality or results.

Mitigation of Recruitment Risks:

In today’s competitive talent landscape, the risk of making a bad hire can have far-reaching consequences for your organisation, ranging from financial losses to reputational damage. GCS Associates employs rigorous screening and assessment processes to mitigate these risks, ensuring that every candidate presented meets your stringent criteria and standards. Our thorough vetting procedures minimize the likelihood of costly hiring mistakes, allowing you to make informed decisions with confidence.

In conclusion, reviewing your recruitment processes with a specialist agency like GCS Associates is not just a prudent investment but a strategic imperative in today’s dynamic business environment. By leveraging our industry insight, access to diverse talent pools, streamlined processes, cost-effective solutions, and risk mitigation strategies, you can optimize your recruitment outcomes while saving valuable time and resources. Make GCS Associates your partner of choice and experience the difference firsthand as we help you unlock the full potential of your workforce.

About 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.

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Interview with Rebecca Hughes, Marketing Director at Talasey: Celebrating International Women's Day

Can you tell me a little bit about your career and how you got into the sector, why you like it?

Absolutely. I started off somewhat uncertainly after leaving university, stumbling into a project management role for a firm in Sheffield. However, I quickly realised that much of what I was doing leaned heavily into marketing, particularly in terms of communication and community engagement. This realisation sparked my interest in marketing, leading me to join a management consultancy in Doncaster through a knowledge transfer partnership. Over the years, I obtained various CIM qualifications and underwent management training, eventually transitioning into a business development role while still overseeing marketing efforts. My journey through different companies and roles eventually led me to Talasey, where I’ve been for nearly nine years now.

Could you share a bit about your experiences at Talasey and how the company has evolved?

When I joined Talasey, the company was relatively small, with just around 20 team members operating out of makeshift offices. Over the years, we’ve experienced significant growth, both in terms of team size and market presence. We’ve expanded our product offerings and rebranded to Talasey, consolidating several brands under one umbrella. Our premises have evolved from those initial makeshift offices to purpose-built facilities, including showrooms and accommodations for customers. Today, Talasey has nearly 100 team members and a state-of-the-art headquarters in Scunthorpe, reflecting our growth and commitment to excellence.

 

Can you tell us about your team and how you’ve built it to support Talasey’s goals?

Building the right team has been crucial for our success. Initially, it was just me handling marketing responsibilities, but as the company grew, so did the team. We’ve brought in individuals with diverse skills and backgrounds, focusing on attitude and aptitude above all else. Recently, we’ve restructured roles to better align with our objectives, creating specialized positions such as Merchant Marketing Manager and Trade Marketing Manager. Our emphasis has always been on finding the right fit for both the role and the team dynamic.

How do you approach diversity and inclusion within Talasey?

Diversity and inclusion are essential aspects of our company culture. We strive to create an environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Flexibility is key, whether it’s accommodating individual needs or fostering a supportive work culture. We’ve seen firsthand how offering flexibility and understanding can lead to greater employee satisfaction and loyalty.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

There are two highlights that I’m very proud of.

The first was being part of the team that oversaw the rebrand of Natural Paving to become the Talasey Group in 2017.

Such was the pace at which the business was bringing on new landscaping products to market that Talasey became the overarching brand, under which there were sub-brands for distinct product groups, including Natural Paving, Vitripiazza, Piranha, Pavetuf and Luxigraze.

The other was implementing a pilot loyalty programme for roofing merchants during my time as Head of Customer Marketing. The pilot achieved fantastic results with a return on investment of 2:1, and significant increases in sales of the customers involved. Just before I left, the green light was given to roll out the pilot nationally.

And if I can squeeze a third highlight in, it’s been building the marketing team I currently work with at Talasey. We have some very talented people who are all committed to supporting our merchant and landscaping customers.

Do you have any mentors or role models who have influenced your career?

While I haven’t had an official mentor, I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with supportive colleagues who have steered me along my journey. One standout individual is Stephanie Bolton, a former Director at SIG. She identified my potential and encouraged me to venture beyond my comfort zone, offering invaluable support and motivation.

Another influential figure is Mark Wall, the founder and CEO of Talasey, whose insights constantly enrich my understanding of the business world’s commercial dynamics. Mark’s guidance, coupled with the opportunities he has extended to me in my professional capacity, have significantly influenced my career trajectory. For instance, Mark entrusted me with the task of supporting Talasey’s sister company in the USA, and last year, he facilitated my transition to the next level professionally by appointing me to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in my current Director position at Talasey.

Can you offer any advice for individuals, particularly women, who are just starting out in this sector?

My journey into this sector wasn’t straightforward, and I understand it may seem daunting, especially for younger women. However, my advice is not to be discouraged by the perception of it being male dominated. While there may have been more men initially when I started, I’ve witnessed a significant shift with more women entering the industry over the years. And I must say, they bring a valuable perspective and are great to collaborate with.

It’s essential not to let stereotypes deter you. While there might be a higher ratio of men to women, I believe competence should be the sole determinant for any role. I’ve never let the gender balance affect my performance or sense of belonging. For instance, during a recent forum discussion, some women expressed concerns about standing out or feeling the need to overcompensate. However, I’ve always advocated for focusing on merit rather than gender. If someone, regardless of gender, is the right fit for a role, they should be given the opportunity.

I won’t deny there have been moments where I’ve felt outnumbered, such as when I attended events dominated by men. But I’ve learned to navigate such situations confidently. It’s about recognizing that diversity benefits everyone and ensuring that the best person for the job, regardless of gender, is given the chance to excel.

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Create a Standout CV: Essential Tips for the Construction Supplies Sector

In the competitive job market of the Construction supplies sector, a well-crafted CV can be the key to unlocking exciting career opportunities. Whether you are an experienced professional or a newcomer to the industry, presenting your skills and achievements effectively is crucial. In this blog, we will explore some essential tips for writing a standout CV tailored specifically for the Construction Supplies sector.

Clear and Concise Formatting:

Begin with a clean and professional layout. Use a legible font and organize your CV into clearly defined sections such as personal information, professional summary, work experience, education, skills, and references. A well-structured CV is more likely to capture the attention of recruiters.

Tailor Your CV to the Industry:

Customise your CV to highlight relevant skills and experiences specific to the construction supplies sector. Emphasize your knowledge of industry-specific tools, materials, and processes. Showcase any certifications or training related to construction supplies management.

Professional Summary:

Start your CV with a compelling professional summary. In a few sentences, summarise your expertise, achievements, and what makes you an ideal candidate for the construction supplies sector. Be sure to include any specific accomplishments that demonstrate your impact in previous roles.

Highlight Achievements and Responsibilities:

In the work experience section, detail your accomplishments and responsibilities in previous roles. Showcase your ability to manage procurement, inventory, and supply chain processes efficiently. Quantify your achievements when possible, using metrics and percentages to provide a tangible sense of your contributions.

Emphasize Technical and Soft Skills:

Clearly list both technical and soft skills relevant to the construction supplies sector. Technical skills may include knowledge of inventory management software, procurement processes, and familiarity with construction materials. Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving are equally important in such a collaborative industry.

Education and Certifications:

Highlight your educational background and any relevant certifications related to the Construction Supplies sector. This could include certifications in supply chain management, logistics, or industry-specific courses. Mentioning relevant coursework or training programs can strengthen your profile.

Show Adaptability and Problem-Solving:

Demonstrate your ability to adapt to challenges and solve problems. The Construction Supplies sector often requires individuals who can think on their feet and navigate unexpected situations. Use specific examples from your experience to illustrate your problem-solving skills.

Include Keywords:

Incorporate industry-specific keywords throughout your CV. Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen CVs and using relevant keywords can help your CV pass through these systems and reach the hands of recruiters.

References:

If possible, include references from previous employers or colleagues who can vouch for your skills and work ethic. Ensure that you have obtained permission from your references before including their contact information.

Proofread and Edit:

Before submitting your CV, carefully proofread it for grammar and spelling errors. Attention to detail is crucial in the construction supplies sector, and a well-edited CV reflects positively on your professionalism.

Crafting a winning CV for the Construction Supplies sector requires a thoughtful approach that showcases your skills, experiences, and achievements. By following these tips and tailoring your CV to the industry’s specific demands, you can increase your chances of standing out in the competitive job market and securing your desired position in the Construction Supplies sector.

For help and guidance on your CV, please reach out to GCS Associates who will be happy to help!

If you are looking for a new role contact us: 

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GCS Associates: Tailored Recruitment Solutions for Unmatched Results

GCS are your strategic partner in achieving unparalleled success in talent acquisition and recruitment. In today’s dynamic business landscape, securing the right talent is not just essential; it’s imperative for driving growth and maintaining a healthy bottom line. At GCS, we recognize the critical role that quality talent plays in shaping our clients’ success stories.

Tailored Recruitment Solutions for Unmatched Results:

In the fast-paced realm of recruitment, we deploy a diverse range of methodologies to ensure the swift delivery of top-tier talent aligned with your business objectives. We understand the stakes involved – our commitment is to tailor a service that guarantees continuous delivery against clear targets, safeguarding your organisation’s growth trajectory and financial performance.

National Coverage with Personalized Precision:

With a nationwide presence, our recruitment strategy is highly focused and custom-tailored to meet your specific requirements. Our robust processes, marked by responsiveness and confidentiality, forge a service that not only delivers results but also cultivates a confidential yet personal partnership with our clients.

Processes with a Personal Touch:

Our strength lies in the delicate balance between streamlined processes and the personal touch we extend to candidates and clients alike. Beyond validating candidates’ experience, we ensure that our selections align seamlessly with your business culture and ethos, finding the right ‘person’ for the unique role.

Our Comprehensive Service Portfolio:

Executive Search: Identifying and securing top-tier leadership talent.
Retained Search: Engaging in an exclusive partnership to fulfil critical roles.
Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO): Outsourcing your recruitment function for enhanced efficiency.
Flat Fee Recruitment: Transparent and cost-effective recruitment solutions.
Branded Advertising Campaigns: Strategic promotion to attract the best talent.
Managed Services: Efficiently managing end-to-end recruitment processes.

GCS Advantage: Saving You Time & Money:

Let us be the catalyst for optimising your talent acquisition efforts, saving you valuable time and resources. Our bespoke solutions merge cutting-edge technology with the expertise of our experienced consultants, ensuring the realization of your recruitment goals with unwavering consistency.

Your Recruitment Journey Starts Here:

Whether you’re embarking on a recruitment drive, facing an urgent vacancy, pressed for time, or reevaluating your recruitment process, GCS is your dedicated partner. We don’t just aim to meet expectations; we strive to exceed them by enhancing your recruitment processes, attracting top talent, improving staff retention, and fulfilling your unique recruitment goals.

Choose GCS Associates – where innovation meets experience, and success is not just a goal but a certainty.

If you are looking for a new recruitment partner contact us: 

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Reflecting on Success: A Year of Achievements and Gratitude

By Michael Parry, Managing Director, GCS Associates.

As we approach the end of another remarkable year, it’s only fitting to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we’ve embarked upon together. The past twelve months have been nothing short of extraordinary, filled with challenges, growth, and, most importantly, success. As we bid farewell to 2023, we want to express our gratitude to you, our valued clients, for being an integral part of this journey.

Navigating Challenges:

This year presented us with unforeseen challenges, but your resilience and unwavering commitment to success shone through. In the face of adversity, we collectively tackled obstacles, adapted to changes, and emerged stronger. Your trust and partnership have been the driving force behind our shared victories.

Achieving Milestones:

One of the most rewarding aspects of the past year has been witnessing your individual and collective achievements, most recently at the Builders Merchant Awards 2023. From launching innovative projects to surpassing ambitious targets, your dedication to excellence has set new standards in your respective fields. We take immense pride in celebrating your milestones as our own.

Embracing Innovation:

In a rapidly evolving world, embracing innovation has been key to staying ahead of the curve. Together, we explored new technologies, implemented cutting-edge strategies, and fostered a culture of creativity. The success stories that have unfolded this year are a testament to your willingness to adapt and embrace change.

Building Lasting Relationships:

Success is not just about hitting targets; it’s about building meaningful and lasting relationships. Our collaboration with you has gone beyond business transactions — it’s been about understanding your unique needs, providing personalized solutions, and growing together. Your success is our success, and we look forward to continuing this journey of mutual growth.

Expressing Gratitude:

As we close the chapter on 2023, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you.

Your trust, loyalty, and partnership have been the bedrock of our success. We are grateful for the opportunities you’ve given us to contribute to your achievements and for the lessons learned in moments of challenge.

Looking Forward:

As we step into the new year, we carry the lessons of 2023 with us. The future holds exciting possibilities, and we are eager to continue this journey of success together. Your ambitions drive us to innovate, your challenges inspire us to find solutions, and your victories motivate us to aim even higher.

In conclusion, let’s celebrate the successes of the past year, learn from the challenges, and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. Thank you for entrusting us with your goals and dreams. Here’s to a year filled with even greater achievements, growth, and shared success.

If you are looking for a new opportunity contact us: 

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Embracing Change: The Positives of Redundancy

By Michael Parry, Managing Director, GCS Associates.

The term “redundancy” often carries a negative connotation, synonymous with uncertainty and financial stress. However, as with any major life change, there are positives to be found even in the face of redundancy. In this blog, we will explore the silver linings and opportunities that can arise from being made redundant.

Time for Self-Reflection and Personal Growth:

Redundancy often provides a unique opportunity to step back and reflect on your career path, personal goals, and aspirations. Use this time to reassess your skills, interests, and values. Consider what truly makes you happy and fulfilled professionally. This self-discovery process can lead to a clearer understanding of your career trajectory and personal growth.

Exploration of New Opportunities (or even a career change!)

Redundancy can serve as a catalyst for exploring new career paths or industries that you may not have considered before. This is a chance to diversify your skill set, pursue a passion project, or even start your own business. The freedom from the constraints of your previous role can open doors to exciting opportunities you might not have otherwise explored.

Networking and Building Connections:

The process of job hunting and exploring new opportunities inherently involves networking. Redundancy can push you to expand your professional network, connect with like-minded individuals, and build relationships that may prove invaluable in the future. Networking not only opens doors to job opportunities but can also provide insights, mentorship, and support during a career transition.

Enhancement of Skills and Continuous Learning:

Take advantage of the time between jobs to enhance your skill set. Attend workshops, enrol in online courses, or pursue certifications that align with your career goals.

Acquiring new skills not only makes you more marketable but also boosts your confidence and adaptability in the ever-evolving job market.

Work-Life Balance and Personal Well-being:

Redundancy can serve as a reset button for your work-life balance. Use this time to focus on your physical and mental well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy, spend quality time with loved ones, and prioritize self-care. A balanced and healthy lifestyle can contribute significantly to your overall happiness and resilience in the face of career challenges.

Negotiating a Better Future:

Being made redundant provides an opportunity to negotiate better terms in your next role. Reflect on your previous experiences, identify areas for improvement, and use this knowledge to negotiate a better salary, benefits, or work conditions in your future position.

While redundancy may initially be perceived as a setback, it can be a springboard for personal and professional growth. Embracing change, self-reflection, and actively pursuing new opportunities can lead to a more fulfilling and resilient career path. By focusing on the positives and leveraging the lessons learned during redundancy, individuals can navigate their way to a brighter and more satisfying professional future.

If you are looking for a new opportunity contact us: 

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Celebrating Excellence: A Review of the Builders Merchant Awards 2023

As the year draws to a close, the Builders Merchant sector took a moment to celebrate excellence at the Builders Merchant Awards 2023. This prestigious event, held on 24TH November at the Park Plaza in London, brought together industry leaders, innovators, and dedicated professionals to recognise and honour outstanding achievements in the Builders’ Merchant sector. What a day it was and what great hosting by Rob Beckett!

Award Categories:

The awards ceremony featured a diverse range of categories, reflecting the multifaceted nature of the Builders’ Merchant industry. From Best Customer Service to Sustainability and Best Community Initiative, each category highlighted the achievements and contributions of companies and individuals dedicated to raising the bar in the sector. The careful selection of categories demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the various facets that make up modern Builders’ Merchants.

Winners:

Huge congratulations to all the winners of the Builders Merchant Awards 2023! The evening was a testament to the hard work, innovation, and commitment exhibited by these outstanding individuals and companies. From established organisations to emerging talents, each winner showcased a commitment to excellence that sets a high standard for the entire industry.

Training Initiative of the Year: Travis Perkins
Trainee/Apprentice of the Year: Harri Owens, LBS Builders Merchants
Timber Merchant of the Year: Howarth Timber & Building Supplies
Sustainable/Environmental Initiative of the Year: Bradfords Building Supplies
Supplier Account Manager of the Year: Rebecca Fortescue-Halliwell, ForgeFix
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ian Haldane, The Haldane Group
Online and Digital Strategy of the Year: Howarth Timber & Building Supplies
Supplier of the Year: K Rend
Merchant Achiever of the Year: Nathan Arthur, IBMG
Marketing Initiative of the Year: Bradfords Building Supplies
Lightside Showroom of the Year: C & W Berry
Bathroom and Kitchen Showroom of the Year: C & W Berry
Heating and Plumbing Merchant of the Year: City Plumbing
Health and Safety Initiative of the Year: Highbourne Group
Hard Landscaping Display of the Year: Cartmore Building Supplies

Diversity and Inclusion in Merchanting: Travis Perkins
Community Initiative of the Year: JP Corry
Civils Merchant of the Year: JP Corry
Builders’ Merchant of the Year 51+ Branches: City Plumbing
Builders’ Merchant of the Year 21-50 Branches: LBS Builders Merchants
Builders’ Merchant of the Year 6-20 Branches: Lords Builders Merchants
Builders’ Merchant of the Year 1-5 Branches: C & W Berry
Branch Manager of the Year: Reina Reeves, Lords Builders Merchants
Best Customer Service of the Year: Cowal Plumbing & Heating Supplies

Key Highlights:

Several key highlights made the Builders Merchant Awards 2023 a memorable and significant event. The emphasis on sustainability and environmental consciousness was evident in categories such as the Sustainability award. Winners in these categories demonstrated not only business acumen but also a dedication to building a future that is environmentally responsible. The speech by Ian Haldane upon winning The Lifetime Achievement Award was very moving as was the standing ovation the event guests gave him.

Furthermore, the event served as a platform to showcase the latest technological advancements in the Builders’ Merchant sector. From digital solutions streamlining supply chains to innovative customer service applications, the Awards highlighted the industry’s forward-looking approach to embracing cutting-edge technology. May this long continue!

Networking Opportunities:

The Builders Merchant Awards 2023 also provided an invaluable opportunity for professionals in the industry to connect, share insights, and foster collaborations. The event’s networking sessions facilitated rare face to face interactions between the Builders Merchant community. The relationships formed during this event really have the potential to drive positive change and innovation within the sector. Collaboration is key!

In conclusion, the Builders Merchant Awards 2023 was a resounding success, celebrating the accomplishments of the Builders’ Merchant sector and setting the stage for a dynamic and innovative future. Congratulations once again to all the winners and a sincere thank you to the hosts, sponsors, and organisers who made this event possible. As we look forward to the continued growth and evolution of the industry, let us carry the spirit of excellence and collaboration all the way in into 2024!


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GCS Team Proud to Raise Money for UK Charity, MIND

This Summer, GCS Associates Recruitment Consultant, Kimberley Hollis took part in Spartan 5K obstacle race at Belvoir Castle in Grantham to raise money for the fantastic charity, Mind. Joined by our Managing Director, Michael Parry, Kimberley completed the race of 20 tough obstacles as well as finishing within 40 minutes!

Kimberley said,

“I am currently undertaking my Level 3- Recruitment Consultant NVQ with Apprenticeship Connect, as part of my Course I was asked to carry out an extracurricular activity! So, I chose to do something that I really hate 1- running, 2- obstacles (I have no upper body strength)! 3- MUD!

It was a really tough obstacle course, but MIND is a charity close to my heart and has really helped me and my family previously. I am so happy with the amount I raised and can’t wait to do another one!”

Kimberley is currently in this process of completing her qualification at Apprenticeship Connect and their apprentices and employees have been taking on several fitness challenges across the summer of 2023 to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind.

Apprentice Connect commented

“As a training provider, we believe in supporting our apprentices’ mental and physical well-being. Poor mental health impacts everyone and doesn’t discriminate; 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem every year in England*.

We’re passionate about contributing to social change and we encourage our employers, apprentices, and employees to get involved and help support us in giving back to the community.”

Well done to all and good luck at the next event!


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