Swindon-based recruitment firm Aligra has been licensed by the Gangmasters Labour and Abuse Authority, opening new avenues for the business.
The authority was formed in 2004, in the wake of the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster. The primary purpose of the authority is to prevent the exploitation of workers in the fresh produce sector.
The licence means Aligra – which is well established in the industrial, logistics, automotive and professional and executive recruitment sectors – will be able to supply workers to the agriculture, horticulture, and shellfish gathering industries.
The licensing standards cover health and safety, training, pay, and even transport. The scheme also assesses that labour suppliers meet National Insurance and tax regulations.
The benefits for employers in the agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and associated processing and packaging sectors is that they can be sure their labour is being sourced through a legitimate provider.
Consumers, too, can be assured their food has been harvested and packed in an ethical environment.
MD Mark Neilson, who set up the company in 2007, said: “The award of the new licence means we can now move into new sectors and continue to expand.
"As a business we have ambitious expansion plans and an appetite for growth, and the GLAA licence it opens up a lot of doors for us.”