Meet The Team: Tony Llewellyn, Commercial Director

Tell us about your career so far?
I can’t really remember doing anything other than recruitment! My mother tells me my early career was in the RAF followed by a stint in financial services – but maybe she’s just covering for me?

Why did you join GCS?
I was impressed by Mike Parry’s integrity and enthusiasm for the business and his passion for the clients he’s working with in the building products sector. For me, it is important to be working in a business where I feel I’m making a difference and one where I can utilise all the skills and experience I’ve picked up over many years!!

What’s your role at GCS?
As Commercial Director, I am responsible for the opening of our new office in the East Midlands and the continued growth thereafter. I am still dealing with select clients too, some of whom I have know for many years and some new ones that generally come through word of mouth and referrals.

The majority of my roles are executive positions in either the building products industry or the food manufacturing sector. However, most executives have highly transferable skill-sets and so the sectors I work in can vary immensely, I’ve even been asked to place a CEO in a Veterinary practice in the past… the brief was to find a strong ‘commercial’ leader who could double the turnover in a five year period –  I believe he did it in three.

What kind of roles are you working on?
Most of the roles I am asked to work on are highly confidential.

What I can say is that I’m also working with some highly talented executives at the moment, assisting in their search for a new challenge. Leaders that are either transformational leaders and ‘turnaround’ specialists or business builders; highly experienced at increasing the EBITDA through innovative ideas and processes. I also have some very talented Sales, Operations and Finance Directors that currently work in either the food manufacturing or the building products sectors and are looking for a new opportunity.

Tony Llewellyn, Commercial Director

What’s the market expectation at the moment?
There are multiple vacancies at some levels but very few at others. People are surmising that Brexit is to blame for a lack of candidates, others that the pandemic has caused people to migrate away from certain roles and who are not now prepared to return to them.

There is still some uncertainty in the executive market but we are seeing an improvement already with a lot of investment being considered by both business groups and venture capitalists.

At GCS, we are always happy to go that extra mile for our clients and candidates – sourcing the best talent and helping people further their career is what we do!

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

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


Labour and Product Shortages putting Pressure on Construction Industry

This month has been a tale of two halves. With merchant’s value sales up 79.6% in May 2021 compared to May 2020 according to the BMBI report, & plumbing & heating sales doubling in May, sales and demand in the sector is certainly looking positive.

We have recruited into the Construction Supplies Sector for over 15 years, and right now we are seeing unprecedented demand for talent and people looking for new roles. It’s an exciting time for the sector and people looking to advance in their careers.

However, labour and product shortages are putting pressure on the construction industry. With the unprecedented demand for building products which has been reported throughout the year and now a lack of labour, partly due to employees having to self-isolate when being ‘pinged’ by the NHS test and trace app, is a rising concern.

John Newcomb, CEO, Builders Merchant Federation commented in the Builders Merchant News

“The basic trends of the last six months remain, with global demand far more than supply leading to product shortages, rapid and sustained price inflation, long lead times and uncertainty regarding deliveries. It is also clear that the global shipping industry is far from recovered from the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with congested shipping routes, container cancellations and higher costs still evident.

The products most affected are those used in housebuilding and domestic repair maintenance and improvement, including roofing products, timber, insulation, landscaping products, blocks, sealants/PVA, PIR Insulation, kitchen carcassing and products that use plastic, for example drainage, some windows and bagged cement.”

Newcomb added: “The supply chain is extremely stretched on all fronts but our members are pulling out the stops to keep supplies in branches and deliveries out to customers in very challenging circumstances.”

With the expectation supply shortages will continue due to the on-going uncertainty, the other pressure on businesses is the labour shortage exasperated by the ‘pingdemic’

Frank Elkins, Group Chief Operating Officer for Travis Perkins, said “We are disappointed that our colleagues have not been included on the list of workers that can be made exempt from full self-isolation if they are alerted by NHS test and trace.

“Having worked hard to put in place measures that safeguard our staff while they have played such a vital role in helping to maintain essential services that are so crucial to keeping us all dry, warm, safe and secure, we urge the Government to look again at the broader construction supply chain and its importance to the country at large.”

In addition Martyn Coffey, Chief Executive Officer for Marshalls, said: “After the challenges in 2020, no one could have accurately predicted the shape of demand in 2021. This demand continues to grow and the effects of Covid the ‘self-isolation’ practices are now beginning to bite within the Marshalls business.

“Health and Safety has always been our number one consideration throughout this pandemic. We have gone above and beyond government guidelines to keep our people safe.”

Businesses reported that on average 15% of their workforce were pinged last week and had to self-isolate leaving business leaders with an inability to plan for cover for these workers. A sector already pained by labour shortages, business leaders are seriously pushing for the Construction and Building Supplies sectors to be deemed ‘essential’ so double vaccinated workers who are ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace app won’t need to self-isolate. Hopefully, the changes to the isolation rules this month but improve the labour shortages.

Need more talented people in your business? We can help.

e: enquiries@gcsassociates.com
t: 0161 660 2548


Promote your Business & Attract Top Talent using Video Marketing

Video marketing can be used for everything from building customer rapport, to promoting your brand, services, or products. Additionally, video marketing can serve as a medium to help recruit the best talent in the market.

A video will bring your business to life by explaining your products & what it’s like to work in your business. It’s such a powerful tool to use when looking for new business or employees. – video will help your business connect with potential customers & employees instantly.

Video is the bridge that links what you say to who you really are, allowing potential employees to peer behind the curtain and get to know you, your business, and your teams.

  • Videos boost information retention. If your potential customers hear something only, they’re likely to retain about 10% of that information three days later; by contrast, if what they hear is accompanied by relevant imagery, they’ll retain an average 65% of that information three days later.
  • In 2022, video content will account for an estimated 74% of all online traffic. Video content engagement has skyrocketed in recent years. Would-be customers love video, which means good video marketing will engage and attract more customers.

 

  • Email subject lines that include the word “video” see a 19% increase in open rates, and a 65% boost in click-throughs.
  • Four times as many candidates would prefer to watch a job video than read a job description.

If your business or team is growing rapidly or you simply want to explain to potential customers & employees what your business does, creating a company video is the answer.

Contact GCS and we’ll create videos that will bring your business to life and engage & attract new customers and employees.

Need more talented people in your business? We can help.

e: enquiries@gcsassociates.com
t: 0161 660 2548


Meet The Team: Steve Schaap, Head of FMCG Recruitment

Tell us about your career so far?

I spent my early career in print advertising working for major newspapers in the US.  I was a territory manager looking after geographical areas in Colorado, Texas and Omaha, Nebraska – where I was born.

When I moved to the UK in 2008, after settling in, I decided to make a career change to recruitment.  I started working for a generalist agency and really liked the work, however it was clear to me that a specialism was the way forward.  In 2016, I started with an agency specialising in food manufacturing, recruiting interim and permanent managers up to Managing Director level, and I have enjoyed working in that market ever since.

I joined GCS earlier this year, in the newly opened office in Loughborough. I am very pleased to join the business at this exciting time of growth and look forward to contributing to its continued success.

What are your specialist sectors at GCS Associates?

I am currently Head of FMCG. I recruit manufacturing roles, specialising in food manufacturing and have experience across other consumable manufacturing. I specialise in both interim and permanent placement and typical roles I recruit are Development Technologists, Process Managers, Business Unit Managers and Shift Managers (to name a few!)

Tell me about how you help clients/ candidates?

I help my clients by offering them simple, honest and knowledgeable solutions. My clients usually call me because they have an immediate problem that needs an immediate solution.  They expect me to understand their problem whether it be related to Operations, Engineering, Process or anything else related to their manufacturing site.

Steve Schaap, Head of FMCG

My candidates benefit from working with a consultant that knows the industry and has a history of working with integrity.

What do you do outside of work?

When we are not fighting a global pandemic, my wife and I like to travel and spend time with our family and friends.

If you are looking to recruit or considering a new job within food manufacturing, I’d love to hear from you!

CONTACT STEVE IF YOU ARE HIRING IN 2021 OR WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS FINDING A NEW ROLE. 

e: steve.schaap@gcsassociates.com
t: 07309 659 339