Foyne Jones, the executive recruitment agency specialising in the KBB, Builders Merchant & Construction Supplies Sector, has announced a new partnership with Buttle’s to provide a bespoke and outsourced recruitment solution.
Peter Jones, Managing Director of Foyne Jones Recruitment Group said: “Independent businesses are the backbone of builders’ merchanting in this country, and I am thrilled to play a part in the future of an industry which I love so much. We do this by partnering with well-established brands and businesses, and Buttle’s is our latest partner already benefitting from an outsourced recruitment process created exclusively for them.
“As pent-up demand returns to the housing market, I am a firm believer in having honest conversations about talent attraction and onboarding, and we need to make the world of merchanting far more attractive to job seekers so that we can ensure our partners find the right people, at the right time.”
He added: “Identifying, sourcing, screening, shortlisting, and interviewing candidates in person and on video is a real skill, just like the practical nature of a builders’ merchants, and so being able to offer a custom package that is specifically tailored to Buttle’s is a huge benefit for us and them moving forward.”
Ian Church, Managing Director at Buttle’s, commented: “Everyone in our industry knows of Peter and his team as they are renowned for telling it like it is, and so when it comes to sharing both time and knowledge, we are fully on board with this new strategic partnership.
“With customers including national house builders, local developers, general contractors, public sector organisations and home improvers, we are taking a pro-active approach to the skills shortage and supply chain issues by investing even more in our people and team. We are finding that the market is an increasingly candidate-driven market, so teaming up with a disruptive recruiter like Foyne Jones is going to give us the edge to make fundamental progress.”
The news follows Buttle’s being recognised by Investors In People (IIP) as a great place to work and for its ongoing commitment to its team of 60 employees. Investors In People reported: “Buttle’s handled the pandemic well, which was evident in terms of their management support and understanding for the differing situations that their people were facing, by working together to find ways to balance working and managing caring responsibilities during challenging times.”
Jack O’Connell, Partnerships and Projects Manager at Foyne Jones, said: “I am very impressed by how close-knit, positive, professional and high-energy the team at Buttle’s are, following several site visits with Peter last month. The leadership team has a clear focus on delivering outstanding customer service in a high-pressure environment, and it was a privilege to speak with the MD, Ian Church, so we can better understand the company’s ethos and bigger picture behind today’s trading environment. As account manager, I will be supporting the branch managers and HR team by sourcing the best possible candidates to grow the Buttle’s family, as we all continue to shape the future of Britain’s built environment.”
As the Builders Merchant industry begins to focus on the next generation of talent and showcase the extensive career opportunities available, Foyne Jones says it “continues to influence the future of recruitment through video, digital storytelling, and more recently, Season 5 #BackToBusiness of The Foyne Jones Show – a specialist industry podcast with Peter Jones talking all things business and football. Buttle’s MD Ian Church and Head of Commercial Hannah Brunton joined Peter in the podcast studio for Episode 16.
For more information on the services available from Foyne Jones to help your firm’s recruitment needs, in addition to discussing the latest live vacancies at Buttle’s and elsewhere in the sector, visit www.foynejones.com
The image shows Foyne Jones MD Peter Jones with Ashley Wood, Branch Manager of Buttle’s in St Albans.