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MVP is delighted to announce the appointment of our latest starter; Elliott Packwood, who has joined our permanent division in Droitwich as Resourcer. Elliott has completed an apprenticeship for the last couple of years where he has been working a...
Flexible working is described as a variation of your working pattern, such as working from home, part-time working, flexi-time, job sharing and shift working. With developments in modern technology it is now easier for employers to agree a departu...
Perfecting and tailoring your CV and cover letter, spending hours searching and applying for your next job…then there’s the interview preparation and feedback - it’s a daunting and time-consuming exercise finding and securing a new...
  Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured...
How do you feel about your boss, ever wondered what it would be like to be able to manage yourself? One company in Sweden has decided that they don't need a chief executive to run the company, and have shared any responsibilities of this role aro...
The telephone interview is a popular first stage of many recruitment processes now – not just with a recruiter but also with the end employer themselves. As such, we thought it would be a good idea to run through some of the things you should b...
Merry Christmas19/12/2016
On behalf of everyone at The Logistics Partnership LLP and all of our recruitment brands; MVP Search & Selection, Drivelink, More Driving and Forward Prospects,  I would like to say a big thank you to all of our clients (both businesses and cand...
Running Late?08/12/2016
Oh dear, you’re running late for work… did your alarm not go off or did you just forget to read our article on the importance of punctuality? You are likely to feel now that you have set off an unfortunate sequence of events over which y...
As hard as we try, we know that unfortunately not every candidate is going to have the perfect experience when they use a recruitment agency. We can’t place every single one of you, as much as we would love to be able to! What we can do though,...
We all know that any manager should want their teams to be as productive as possible in the workplace, working to the best of their capabilities and producing the best quality work possible. This is something that all employees should strive towards ...
It’s always nice when you can get on with your colleagues, I mean we spend more waking hours at work than out generally and a nice friendly environment certainly helps towards your wellbeing. Is there such a thing as too friendly at work though...
The group interview, where candidates get the opportunity to shine among their rivals, so why do some people crash and burn in them? We know that a group interview is set to help examine your performance in a team environment as well as testing yo...
Employee on-boarding is a vital piece of the employment cycle and one that, if done badly, can have lasting damage to your team. So how do you make sure that this joining process is as smooth and reciprocally beneficial as possible? We have put toget...
Social Media can be a very difficult area for employers, both within the company and externally when staff members use their own personal accounts. In recruitment especially we think it is important for us to be around online to be able to speak to o...
Due to the global economy and movement of goods, there is an increasing need for Third Party Logistics (3PL) services across the globe. But trying to explain to a customer that they need to use a 3PL, 4PL or even a 5PL, and you may leave them scratch...
Have you ever been in that situation where everyone seems to know better than you what you ought to be doing? Well-meaning friends and family always wanting to give you their two cents worth, always looking out for you and often becoming armchair exp...
After a dramatic Olympic games this year in Rio, what a summer it’s been for one of the most successful ever British Olympic champions, Mo Farah. In terms of managing people in the workplace, what learnings can we take from Mo in terms of his i...
Here at MVP Supply Chain Recruitment we are delighted to announce that we are award winners again! A big thank you goes to Corporate Vision Magazine, who have named us ‘Best for Social Media Recruitment Strategy (UK)’, an award we are inc...
When it comes to building a successful team, what are the key ingredients which managers and business leaders can use to create a good blend of people who can work together and deliver on their objectives? We’ve put together five of our top ...
What a year it’s been for the Wimbledon tennis champion, Andy Murray. But what can we learn from Andy in terms of useful traits and behaviours to spot when recruiting, and when managing employees?   You can't focus on other peopl...
On 24th June 2016, our nation found a new rhetoric, namely Brexit. Amidst the political mud-slinging and split opinions, how do we handle Brexit in the workplace? What can recruiters learn from managing such a volcanically hot topic with their staff?...
It doesn’t matter if you’re a football fan or whether you support Leicester City, few can deny the incredible rise to the top for this football club managed by Claudio Raineri. With the odds of winning the Premier League at 5000/1, what c...
Every day a baby is born in the UK with neurofibromatosis. There are 25,000 people are in the UK affected by the condition and as yet, there is no cure. This is one of the reasons that we have decided to make The Neuro Foundation our charity of the...
We recently lost a legend, the greatest, ‘The Champ’ – Muhammad Ali. So what can we learn about recruitment from this world famous fighter?   "When will they ever have another fighter who writes poems, predicts round...
MVP Search and Selection, along with our sister companies in The Logistics Partnership, are delighted to announce that we will be supporting a ‘Charity of the Year’ going forwards, and that we are starting this new venture by helping The ...
We are celebrating a very special birthday this month, as The Logistics Partnership is five years old! The Logistics Partnership is different to most other recruitment businesses, in that we have four different brands within our group which provid...
Here in the MVP offices we quite like our football, and one of our consultants Lisa wrote a great piece recently about her beloved Leicester winning the Premiership. This was focussed on how they achieved this as 5000/1 outsiders, and how we can lear...
We are lucky, here at MVP Recruitment, to be based in one of the oldest buildings in Droitwich but with that comes a lot of history. We have held a successful paranormal investigative evening back in December, and Jenny and her team from JP Paranorma...
Just over a week ago, my beloved football team, Leicester City, defied all the odds and became champions of the Premier League.  “Little Leicester” – consistently outsmarting the big guns and progressing in unstoppable fashion ...
Our consultants Zoe Houghton and Lisa Starkey are looking forward to attending the Internet Retailing and EDelivery Expo this Thursday 28th April at Birmingham NEC. They would be delighted to meet up with current or future contacts from the Lo...

To celebrate European Supply Chain Day we have launched an infographic to demonstrate how, as a group, we can offer a complete Supply Chain Recruitment service. Get in touch with us to find out more: info@tlpllp.co.uk 

I know that there are already articles out there telling you how important it is to proof read before submitting something – be this an application, CV, dissertation or even an email. Given some of the things that we see in our day to day as re...
At MVP Supply Chain Recruitment, partnership is at the heart of everything we do, from our internal business structure to the service we offer our clients. Unusually for a recruitment company, our people have the opportunity to be...
Merry Christmas!17/12/2015
Dear All, Firstly and most importantly on behalf of everyone at TLP, I would like to say a big thank you to all of our clients (both businesses and candidates) and suppliers for working with us in 2015. The improvements in economic conditions h...
Statistically, we receive most offers on behalf of our candidates on a Friday, and this is where the final journey to a fresh start begins.  However, there is the not-so-small matter of a potential counter-offer to consider, something that we ar...
We won!17/09/2015
MVP are proud to have won an award recently which, we feel, highlights the hard work we have put into developing our social media offering and increasing the ways in which we can be in touch with our customers. As such, we would like to thank our ...
UK proposes to use Manston Airport site as lorry park The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has approached former owners of the Manston Airport to use the site as an emergency lorry park during Operation Stack. Operation Stack involves turning ...
Shift working is big news currently, with recent studies proving what’s long been suspected - that shift work (predominately night shifts) is bad for our health, leading to disproportionately higher rates of chronic illness in those working shi...
Warehouse construction receives approval Regeneration group, St Modwen, has been given the green light for its plans to build two new industrial units in Tamworth. The project, on Centurion Park, will see the speculative build of a pair of ware...
Recruitment by its very nature is a people business, whether running a temporary or permanent desk, both clients and candidates want to deal with someone they trust. Unquestionably, the digital revolution has increased the number of ways that we are ...
Highways England has appointed six joint-venture companies to design and build 10 ‘smart motorways’ across England as part of a £1.5 billion investment. Three of these projects will start in autumn this year: 2 in the Midlands &n...
A Leeds brewery which can trace its heritage back to the 1800s has submitted plans for a new larger facility at the site of a former milk distribution depot on the edge of the city centre. On behalf of Kirkstall Brewery, Group Ginger, the design g...
Planning application submitted for employment park in Harworth Barton Willmore, a UK integrated planning and design consultancy, has submitted an outline planning application for a 2.5 million sq ft employment park at 200 acres of land to the sout...
Amazon has been delivering groceries for a few years now now through its AmazonFresh service, but so far it’s been limited to a few markets to the US. According to a report by Recode, the service may soon be hitting the UK as well. Fresh is ...
Rolls Royce awarded two lucrative contracts Rolls Royce’s on announced on 20 July it had won two lucrative contracts worth more than $2 billion (£1.3 billion). A fortnight on from its third profit warning in less than 18 months, the...
Amazon is launching a one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, in London, offering high speed delivery on selected items to customers in east and central London. Customers, who must be Amazon Prime subscribers, can order goods to their home or office...
John Lewis has said it will start charging to use its click and collect service, where customers buy goods online and pick them up in store. The charge of £2 will begin on 28 July, but will only apply to goods costing less than £30. ...
XPO Logistics has launched a major advertising campaign in Europe based on the theme: “Welcome to the next supply chain generation”.  The campaign emphasises XPO Logistics’ European capacity and drive for innovation in Trans...
Travis Perkins has placed a £7m order with JCB for a fleet of micro and mini excavators Travis Perkins is buying more than 500 JCB machines, all made at the JCB Compact Products factory in Cheadle, Staffordshire. Delivery of the excavator...
Construction of new business park Grimsby's economy has received another boost with council backing for a huge business park on the edge of town. Planners have approved proposals to create the Great Coates Industrial Estate, on the former A...
Manufacturers are planning to invest across a range of areas in the next two years in an effort to boost productivity, according to a new survey. The study, compiled by EEF and Lombard Asset Finance, shows manufacturers’ investment in the la...
HSS Hire has celebrated continued growth with the opening of its 28th branch today despite a disappointing second quarter trading performance. The company which has the majority of its workforce based at Trafford Park in Manchester rolled out its ...
Detailed plans for a major new distribution centre at Magna Park near Lutterworth have just been submitted to Harborough District Council. The plans submitted by the owner and developer of the logistics and distribution park, IDI Gazeley, are for ...
A Birmingham manufacturer has secured a £1m cash injection to support a major contract win with luxury car maker Bentley. Radshape Sheet Metal, based in Aston, will purchase essential tools to produce parts for a future Bentley vehicle using...
Liverpool-headquartered discount retailer B&M has confirmed plans to expand its warehousing facilities to support its national distribution network. The company has signed a ten-year lease with Logicor for the 350,000 sq ft Onyx350 building in Run...
UK pallet specialist Fortec Distribution Network is opening a regional hub in Warrington to serve the North of England. The hub will be used by 15 Fortec members currently based in the North and Ireland. Fortec says the launch will help support...
Wind energy firm Siemens has been given approval for a turbine blade factory and other facilities in Hull. Hull City Council's planning committee gave permission for the construction of a 426,251 sq ft factory on Alexandra Dock to manufacture ...
Last month, MVP and our sister companies were proud to support World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day for The Neuro Foundation. This charity works tirelessly to promote awareness and support of neurofibromatosis, and we are pleased to be able to suppo...
Contractors have been appointed to design and plan how the multi-million pound improvement to the A14 in Cambridgeshire will be built. Work will now start to design and plan construction of the up to £1.5 billion A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon pro...
Main Port Engineering which is investing £1.6 million in a major expansion has forecast it will create 100 new jobs when its new purpose built premises in the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone are up and running. Work is well underway on their ...
The car makers have been given planning permission to demolish part of an old building to create the new panel press facility. Expansion plans at car manufacturer Nissan have been approved on Wearside, paving the way for the creation of a new 73,0...
Coventry is set to see a second multi-million pound investment in taxi manufacture following an announcement that an all-new Metrocab is to begin production in the city next year. The £50m expansion of the existing Multimatic factory follows...
I liked the fact that Einstein was considered a great mind in his areas of expertise during his lifetime but, since his death, he has been of great interest to other schools of thought such as psychology and philosophy. As he apparently lacked any me...
The nature of recruitment businesses means that we are faced with challenges on a daily basis, mainly in the form of drivers being unavailable for work due to short notice or personal reasons. As a business, it is important that we overcome these cha...
I came across this article recently on LinkedIn, and thought it approached things from an interesting perspective – things that successful people do NOT do on a daily basis. Basically the article says that to be successful we should never: ...
Anyone who has known for me for a while will have an inkling that I might rather like Star Trek, especially if they have been to my house and seen the very neatly lined-up collection of ships. It would therefore be of no great surprise to them to dis...
Goodbye offshoring, hello reshoring I have recently come across this article, and found it very interesting from a couple of perspectives. Firstly the potential  of £15.3 billion in GDP returning to our shores bring as many as 315,00...
As an English cricket fan, currently in a state of depression after our miserable showing in the World Cup, I found this article particularly insightful, as it demonstrates that an agile creative approach can defeat (at least on a simulated basis) th...
As a company, MVP Search & Selection are proud to be able to support our local foodbank by doing some collecting and donating goods and bits to them, but I wanted to go one step further and see what it what is actually like to live off one of their e...
The recruitment market is driven either by scarcity of candidates, or scarcity of vacancies. Throughout the recession there has been a surplus of candidates on the market in many areas, so for businesses they have had a vast pool to choose from. But ...
I find the results of this poll quite predictable and my personal opinion and philosophy on achieving true happiness in life is that it can only really be achieved when an individual learns to like and accept the person they are and to embrace the he...

Courtesy is not only a virtue; it may help you get a job!

Just imagine how the interviewee in this article must have felt when he walked into the room.

Moral – there are always consequences!

 

 

Nick Hall-Palmer

With smartphones such a norm now it should come as no surprise that the lines between work and life are becoming more blurred. To find someone who doesn’t own a works laptop or phone, which will have emails set up on, is becoming more difficult...
Candidates – don’t let your use of language cost you that dream job! Now I am an acknowledged language pedant, so this strikes a chord with me, although even I might think the response is marginally over the top: https://www.youtube...
This article by Jessica Stillman is an interesting one and makes valid observations, but begs the question on the nature of leadership. The article suggests that introverts (Bill Gates and  Warren Buffet are notable examples) make better deci...
In September 2014 we entered our 30th year of business here at MVP, and to celebrate we advertised for nominations from local charities to support over the course of the coming year. We received some lovely messages and recommendations from a var...
I wrote a piece in November about the rise we have been seeing in the number of counter-offers made to our candidates, with some advice on what to do if you find yourself in this situation (refresh yourself here).  The topic continues to be the ...
The honest answer I can give is that the cost of a bad hire will always be significantly more than the cost of hiring the right person in the first place. That is, the cost of a bad hire will be higher than you expect and more than you can afford to ...
I think this article is fascinating in the context of human work behaviour. On the face of it, you would think speed and quality of decision making might be difficult to reconcile. For those people who agonise for ages before taking decision, does...
Bosses -  kindness is not just for Christmas! Actually this is not some altruistic call to arms, but good business sense. This study appears to demonstrate that an aggressive approach in the workplace significantly reduces performance. So ...
So another year draws to a close for MVP, its clients and candidates. On sitting down to write this article, It seemed scarcely credible to me that we are already approaching Christmas. However on closer reflection, that has as much to do with the pr...
Following our recent client survey, I wanted to firstly thank everyone who took the time to respond to us – your answers are greatly appreciated and we will take on board everything that has been said. Our prize draw winners have all been infor...
A few months ago I posted an article warning of the dangers to watch out for as a job seeker / employee on your personal social media profiles. With the season of good cheer approaching rapidly, I thought it an apt time to remind everyone to make sur...
As a part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations here at MVP, I asked different members of the team to have a think about their tenure with us and what memories stand out. I ended up with some lovely responses, and wanted to share with you some of thin...
Driving Advice in Winter Everyone in the transport industry, particularly drivers, are aware of the dangers of driving during the winter months. The combination of rain, fog, black ice, and on occasion snow, can prove to be the lethal ingredients ...
I enjoyed reading this article. It errs in favour of there being some fundamental but not immutable differences between male and female brains. So are women always empathetic and people orientated whilst men are object and task orientated? I think we...
With the improvements in the job market over the past 18 months, MVP is seeing a sharp increase in the number of counter-offers made to our candidates.  Companies keen to retain their best people are becoming more likely to make a counter-offer ...
As someone firmly in the jeans and tee shirt camp from inclination but suit (mostly) and tie (sometimes) brigade by professional necessity, this article interested me and I think it gets to the heart of much corporate culture. Companies talk about wa...
On 26th September, the team at MVP were proud participants in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, raising money for Macmillan. Within the team we had a good combination of bakers and eaters (and those more than happy to do both) which result...
I saw this on the BBC website and I suddenly become nostalgic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-29219727 Having been born in the late 60’s the industrial landscape I remember of the 70’s and early 80’s  in and arou...
As I read this, I started nodding, but by the end was shaking my head in disbelief. Whilst I am sure many people do it, getting a job on the basis of one or a series of untruths is simply not on. If you encounter a company that is so poorly managed t...
Following on from Avi's piece last week discussing some of the more obscure interview questions that you may face, our engineering recruitment expert, Ian, gives his own thoughts on the subject: Over the years these left field questions which ...
Think Before You Speak! Next time a hiring manager asks you “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year” or “what kind of animal would you like to be”, don't panic. Stay poised, think fast on your feet, and...
It is an unusual thing for a recruitment business to last 30 years. The low bar to market entry, entrepreneurial/mercurial nature of the owners and vulnerability to prevailing economic conditions mean that recruitment businesses spring up quickly, fl...
This piece raises quite a few issues – anger management, bullying and basic etiquette to name but a few. To my mind it is also the wrong time to do it as it achieved nothing. Perhaps the most famous incident of somebody apparently losing contro...
l - r Zoe Houghton, Lisa Starkey, Avi Mann, Elizabeth Moore and Nick Hall-Palmer We are pleased to announce that MVP Search and Selection is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. Yes, it’s incredible to believe our supply chain ...
I have recently read an interesting article that reflects how many people of a certain age fell into recruitment almost by accident. There are some good tips in the article and it also made my reflect on the strides the industry has made even in the ...
Ethics are a system of moral principles and philosophy dealing with right and wrong. This is often neglected in business due to the moral connotation, which is often seen as not having a place in business and is easily set aside as not going hand in ...
Well done, you have got a great CV which has done its job and got you an interview. It is down to you now, so are you ready? When attending an interview there are many pitfalls and opportunities where you can get things very wrong, but at the same...
I read this in the PRW magazine and at first glance it did make me worry that manufacturing in this country had caught a cold and lost its way in this embryonic economic recovery we are finding ourselves in. On closer inspection it’s worth...
I read this article the other day which does tend to pigeonhole people. However, on closer inspection gives recruiters, employers and to a certain extent candidates an idea of the sort of people we all face and sometimes become at interview.  ...
This article seems to underline that British developers are still leading the way in innovation in sports car design, which is good to see. Hopefully the innovations highlighted here will come into mainstream automotive manufacture before too long.&n...
Difficult managers. I am sure we have all had one of these at one time or another. It can be all to easy convince yourself there is nothing you can do to change or improve the situation, but I have always believed you sometimes need to spend as much ...
In the build up to MVP’s 30th anniversary, I have been asked to share some of my thoughts about my 15+ year career with the business. I joined MVP in 1998 and, if I’m honest, at the time I had never really thought about a long-term car...
This is interesting from the point of view of how manufacturing SME’s budget for future growth. Although seen a controversial approach to staffing, it seems the engineering and manufacturing sectors are more comfortable with zero hours contract...
Driverless Cars06/08/2014
http://www.prw.com/subscriber/headlines2.html?cat=1&id=5406 Following on from a previous post (see here), it seems that the Government is getting behind the driverless car initiative with an idea to develop a regional competition. It will be inter...
Hire the right people! This is a simple and useful summary of the types of hire we make which ones to avoid and how to get more of the right hires. It makes the valid point that many people hire on presentation and personality, rather than an obje...
This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in how engineering revolutionised not only the way we conducted the war but how it was carried through into the early 20th Century peace. It bears out the adage “necessity is the mother of ...
Look - no hands!30/07/2014
An interesting article on the introduction of driverless cars. With a minefield of legislation to go through, it doesn’t look like we are approaching a Jetsons or Total Recall like world any time soon. However, the engineering and technological...
This is a controversial area, but, as this article states, there is evidence to suggest that success in business is linked with having good emotional intelligence. To paraphrase the article the following are good signs of well developed EQ: Can...
I found this article interesting, particularly as it refers to research that indicates there is a significantly higher incidence of psychopathic (and almost certainly sociopathic) traits in business managers than the general population (3.9% vs. 1% o...
http://www.gallup.com/poll/165269/worldwide-employees-engaged-work.aspx#1 Worldwide, 13% of Employees Are Engaged at Work   It is generally accepted that the more engaged your workforce the more successful your business will be. In this...
Whilst the economy is back on track and the future is looking brighter for business, the past year has been another tough one for the 3PL sector.  Many of the UK’s logistics businesses have seen only marginal growth and, on top of this, th...
Since our new website has launched, we thought that it might be a good idea to reintroduce our consultants and explain a little about what they do within our Logistics & Supply Chain sector. So here you are - a brief introduction to each of MVP&rsquo...
I came accross this article on LinkedIn recently, and thought it something to certainly keep in mind with the current climate. With competition for jobs fierce, many employers across our Logistics & Supply Chain fields are in the enviable position...
Now that we have launched our new social media profiles, I thought it apt to think about the correlation between such pages and recruitment or job searching as a whole. Despite all of the advantages of being part of the online community, it cert...
http://marlagottschalk.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/brand-yourself-as-a-high-potential/ “I came across this article via Thomas International and it provides a really good insight into taking your career forwards, that is as relevant for our Supp...
Welcome to the new MVP website.   We first talked about breathing new life into our venerable old website towards the end of 2012, so it has taken around eighteen months to come up with something we all liked. There were plenty of discussi...
A colleague sent me this piece the other day and I really liked it because it spoke to our experience over the past three years. When we did our MBO in 2011, we spent a lot of time during and immediately after the process, thinking about what ki...
It is widely believed that companies which invest well in their own staff training programs have a lower turnover of employees which, in turn, leads to a higher rate of customer satisfaction therefore driving the profitability of the company.  ...
MVP is delighted to announce that we have recently expanded our service to you through the recruitment of our new consultant Ian Powell. Ian joins us with more than nine years of experience within technical and engineering recruitment, nicely complem...
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