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Adam drives recruitment growth

April 17th 2019

Adam Hardy, founder and director of Sourced Recruitment, which operates from Portsmouth Technopole. He started his firm in a flat and moved into the thriving business hub, owned by the University of Portsmouth and operated by Oxford Innovation, just over a year ago. Sourced now employs three people, with a fourth appointed in March, and is looking to upsize workspace on site due to expansion.

A national shortage of HGV drivers has helped a recruitment firm founded by a young entrepreneur to upsize workspace at a thriving business hub in Portsmouth.

Sourced Recruitment, originally run by Adam Hardy from his Fareham flat, now has four staff at Portsmouth Technopole and is looking to double headcount by December.

The business, which moved into the landmark serviced offices building 14 months ago [February 2018], is a permanent recruitment and headhunting specialist.

Permanent recruitment

Logistics, waste management, engineering, IT and contact centres are covered, with the business model focused on permanent recruitment.

Founder-director Adam, 26, is supported by Dale Richards, head of logistics and engineering, and administrator Misha Harding, with a trainee recruitment consultant due to start this month (April).

As part of its competitive service to logistics, Sourced Recruitment provides customers with a permanent driver solution as an alternative to the more common agency driver model.

There is a widely-reported national shortage of HGV drivers in the UK, with up to a reported 50,000 vacancies, and Sourced Recruitment says it has become a trusted recruiter for filling cab seats.

Skills shortage

Adam said: “Without qualified drivers to draw upon, companies can become unstuck, unable to fulfil orders for customers, whether that’s a scheduled haulage job two months down the line for a motorway repair job or a private hire coach trip booked as a part of someone’s holiday package.

“With Brexit, there is potential for supply chain disruption, causing more challenges for the transport and logistics sectors.”

Industry recruitment issues include a skills shortage, an ageing HGV driver population, which is reportedly significantly older than the national average, and a reliance on overseas labour, according to Adam.

“It is against this background that HGV drivers, and mechanics, are becoming increasingly hard to recruit, especially with UK employment at a record high,” Adam added.

Supportive Technopole

“The labour shortage means that qualified drivers are coming to us in droves as they know we are the eyes and ears of the sector, identifying placement opportunities in double quick time because it is a job-seeker’s market.

“Due to popular demand Sourced Recruitment has capitalised on an opportunity to provide a permanent driver recruitment service across the industries we operate in.”

Adam paid tribute to support provided by Portsmouth Technopole, from the friendly reception services and cleaning to the strategic location by the M275 at Kingston Crescent and affordability.

“This kind of back-up has freed me up to focus on developing the business – every hour counts, we are that busy.”

Office upsizing

Robin Sheppard, Portsmouth Technopole’s centre manager, said: “Adam’s company Sourced Recruitment, which he founded in his flat three years ago, is upsizing office space here.

“Having arrived as one, the business is on track to have eight staff on site by the end of the year and is a shining example of a Technopole occupier providing solutions to industry, including the international ports here in Portsmouth and at Southampton.”

Portsmouth Technopole is owned by the University of Portsmouth and run by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading operator of innovation centres.

Supporting businesses within the region .and helping to develop stronger working relationships between students, academics and business, the Technopole is one of the university’s innovation centres.

Headhunting model

Other University of Portsmouth centres are Cell Block Studios, Innovation Space and The Future Technology Centre.

Sourced Recruitment is also looking to provide permanent recruitment for various companies, effectively acting as their resourcing function – known as recruitment process outsourcing.

Adam added: “Our headhunting model is gaining some great traction with our clients because it is a model that breaks the ‘norm’ - we don't charge huge headhunting fees but provide a comprehensive service that matches many of our competitors.

“We put our rapid success down to exceptional customer service and offering a personal service to clients.”

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