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Jimmy Davies

Staffline Group plc has launched Staffline Agriculture to provide “a new style of labour and training solutions into the agricultural and horticultural industries.”

Staffline already supplies some 30,000 workers daily to major supermarkets and sectors regulated by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, but with the launch of Staffline Agriculture it aims to change the way growers and farmers recruit, train, develop and plan for succession in their workforce.

The company has recruited specialists to help it establish a sustainable, ethical and long-term labour solution for producers. Divisional director Jimmy Davies joins Staffline Agriculture after 10 years as executive director at HOPS Labour Solutions. And development manager Laura Savage has been recruited with a strong training background gained during 10 years at Warwickshire College, where she specialised in establishing national training programmes for the agriculture and horticulture sectors.

Andy Hogarth, Staffline chief executive, said: “We are confident that launching Staffline agriculture is our next natural step to serve businesses within the food supply chain. We have a proven track record within the food industry and are committed to continuing to provide an excellent level of customer service, enhance efficiency and worker welfare with the new agricultural division.”

Staffline Agriculture will provide a bespoke service to employers based on three core areas - sourcing and co-ordinating labour for direct employment, agency recruitment and payroll management, and training and development.