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Recruiter is driving its success with fifth accreditation

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Julian ThompsonJulian ThompsonIndependent recruitment agency 24-7 Staffing is celebrating after gaining an accreditation for excellence for the fifth consecutive year.

The Chippenham-based firm has once again been awarded Driver Agency Excellence, which it has held since the scheme was set up by the Freight Transport Association.

To be accredited, driver recruitment agencies are assessed against stringent FTA standards. A voluntary initiative, the scheme aims to recognise, encourage and promote good practice within the sector.

At the same time, 24-7 Staffing has gained its Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) licence, which endorses its good working practices in placing candidates in the fresh produce supply chain and horticulture industry.

Julian Thompson, founder and director of 24-7 Staffing, which also has branches in Bristol and Salisbury, said he was delighted that his firm was continuing to meet the required standards with the FTA scheme and the GLAA.

“The transport industry is heavily regulated, so to be a recruiter in this sector you have to really know what you’re doing,” he said. “Driver recruitment has been one of the sectors we have worked in since we set up the business in 2004, so we have a vast depth of knowledge about transport and its strict governance, and to be accredited for a fifth time is very pleasing.

“We are also pleased that, on the first time of applying, we were deemed to meet all the stringent standards needed to be awarded our GLAA licence , which now gives us more scope when placing candidates in the food and horticultural sector.”

Julian was among those instrumental in help the FTA to set up the excellence scheme and currently chairs the DAE governance group. He is also a national and international CPC holder in transport management.