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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...
Continuing our series of 'getting to know' interviews with the team here at DriveLink, I spoke to Mikefrom our Maidstone team to find out what he enjoys about recruitment and what he gets up to outside of the office! What is your Prima...
It is a subject that is discussed frequently in our offices – the cleanliness of our desks and what they say about our personalities or working methods. With the increase in flexible and remote working, as well as of course those jobs which are...
Winter Driving23/11/2016
Below are some of our tips and helpful bits of advice for driving in adverse weather conditions, whether this be for commute, work or pleasure.  More information can be found here. Tips for Drivers Personally and Commercially I am sure mos...
Dangerous driving is a problem that all road users are aware of, with mobile phone use especially still a big problem. The police are working hard to combat this issue still, and have loaned a HGV cab from Highways England to help them film from an e...
Change can be a scary word, but it is an inevitable part of life and, more importantly for the purposes of this article, work. Technology for one is constantly evolving and developing and we need to embrace this, no matter what industry we may work i...
If I were to tell you that your career is a little like a video game then I would expect you might look at me like I had grown an extra head or something, but hear me out… When we enter the world of work for the first time, we often find ou...
Being on time is something that a lot of people seem to struggle with, much to my amazement if I’m honest! I am the sort of (despicable) person who loathes being late to anything and will always arrive at something half an hour early rather tha...
Continuing our series of 'getting to know' interviews with the team here at DriveLink, I spoke to Chris from our Maidstone team to find out what he enjoys about recruitment and what he gets up to outside of the office! What is your pri...
Bridge strikes: one of the lesser discussed driving safety topics but one that is just as important as the more commonly publicised driver distraction, speeding and drink driving. We saw on the news the huge disruption caused by the footbridge str...
Whether you’re driving all day or all night, it can be hard to stay healthy when you’re always behind the wheel. So what can we eat to keep ourselves in shape? There are a lot of different foods out there which can improve our health and ...
It’s Mike here; I’ve been driving trucks for a very long time and I have seen a few things in my time. This month, I have a tale of two cities to share with you. A driver recalled an experience he’d had when he was driving into N...
On Friday 16th September DriveLink are delighted to be attending the Worcester Festival of Business, represented by Mike and Gabrielle from our newest branch here in Droitwich. Worcester Festival of Business is organised by Worcestershire Enterprise ...
We all know that the working day is not just Dolly Parton’s ‘9 – 5’ anymore, with more and more people being required to work shifts. In the UK alone the number of people working a dedicated night shift has risen to over three...
When you’re about to start your shift, there are a number of checks you need to do before you begin to drive. Sometimes, if it’s really busy or you’re in a rush, it’s very easy to overlook these checks - failure to comply can ...
I’m back again, it’s Mike here. I’m an experienced HGV driver, and I have seen and heard a few things in my time on the road. This month, I have yet another tale of calamity to tell you, so brace yourselves. As the song goes, you ai...
There are many factors which affect the fuel economy of a truck. By only tackling one problem, you may neglect other factors which all contribute to how much fuel your vehicle uses – or wastes. As a driver, some of these factors may be out of y...
I’m back, the name’s Mike. We met last month - I’m a driver with over 40 years’ experience. I’ve driven every vehicle you can think of, and I’ve delivered to most towns and cities across the UK too. One of the t...
To keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), every 5 years you will need to undertake 35 hours of ‘periodic’ driver training. What’s more, after the age of 45, you will need to produce a medical report every 5 y...
I’m Mike. I’ve been driving for over 40 years across the UK for a variety of agencies and a well-known postal organisation. As a driver, you’ll know how frustrating it is when you go into a town or city and there’s a complete ...
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...
Visitors to our office will notice that we're currently surrounded by packing boxes and all of our furniture is being moved into a shipping container. Don't worry, we're not fleeing the UK for a warmer climate; we're just temporarily ...
DriveLink Network, 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 Neuro F...
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...
DriveLink Droitwich are hosting a Recruitment Open Morning on Saturday 11th June 2016 between 9am and 13.00pm we'd love to see you, however if you want to come in sooner, give us a bell to arrange. Are you looking for a new challenge? Do ...

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 recently did a day in the life of one of our port workers, to get some actual hands on experience of what it was like. The day started by organising lifts for some of the other staff to help them get to work - something that we do as ofte...
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...
One of our sister companies, MVP Search & Selection, are based in one of the oldest buildings in Droitwich (Worcs). It is an amazing building, but comes a lot of history. As such, on Friday 11th December 2015, they will be opening their doors to JP P...
Organised criminal groups operating in Britain are on the rise, particularly those who are involved in carrying out deliberately induced road collisions. In recent years, the Metropolitan Police area has been highly targeted, with these crime groups ...
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...
Basic Instructions for Digital Tachograph Manual Entries On entering the vehicle check the Tachograph, if the display is reading “Driving Without Card” press “OK” BEFORE entering your card Enter card, with the chi...
The Apprentice is a TV Show where Sir Alan Sugar is looking to recruit and employ one individual from thousands of applicants. The below outlines the stages of his recruitment process and how it also relates to our business: Application ...
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: ...
Everyone’s views are determined by their experiences and unfortunately, when meeting with prospective clients, some of them have also had negative experiences of agency drivers ranging from high accident rates to drivers smoking in sleeper unit...
Through our recent foray in to the world of Social Media, we’ve encountered an amount of negativity toward agency drivers; we’re disappointed that some agencies have let clients believe that drivers aren’t as professional as those w...
“A Day In The Life Of” is something that Drivelink prides itself on and differentiates us from the competition.  This is when a member of the Drivelink staff spends a day with one of their clients.  The goal of this is to provid...
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...
Most temps do as well or better as their permanent colleagues A lot of politicians would like us to believe that temporary workers are poorly treated in comparison to their permanently employed peers. The latest REC survey on temp remuneration ind...
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...
Andy Hall Having been in the recruitment industry for 15 years, Andy has been able to gain a wealth of experience dealing with both clients and drivers on a daily basis. He founded More Driving in 2003, steering the company successfully through ec...
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...
As our new Ilford office begins to develop we thought it was time to introduce you to the people running it, so a very warm welcome to Glenn and Louise at DriveLink Ilford, in their own words: Glenn  At the age of 16 I started off with a c...
Interview with Ryan Jiggens Current Role: National Operational and Transport Manager Location: Tilbury Length of time in industry: 22 years! What he wanted to be when he grew up: James Bond or in the Armed forces What do you think are ...
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 performan...
Firstly and most importantly I wanted to take this opportunity to say a great big Christmas thank you to you all. 2014 has been a great year for us and we could not have achieved all of the things that we have without our clients and the hard work an...
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...
'When I grow up'04/12/2014
We had a discussion in the office recently about ‘what you wanted to be when you were a grown up’, or what would you be doing if you weren’t in recruitment at the moment, and it started some great discussions so I thought it might b...
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 necessary for fatal accident...
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...
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...
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 tal...
‘If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as your own’ Henry Ford. Dale Carnegie wrote this book from his per...
I have been driving for over 40 years, starting in the H M Forces with the Royal Corps of Transport, driving various types of vehicles. Since leaving the Forces in 1988 I have driven for many companies, acquiring many extra skills and qualifi...
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...
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 c...
Hilary “Post-It Note” Andrews Administrator Our Administration Queen and every drivers favourite lady, as Hilary processes Payroll each week ensuring our valued team receive their ‘hard earned’ on time and correct each F...
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 ...
I found the linked 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...
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 context the above statistics in the linked article are shocking. The UK, things are li...
The words ‘Driver Shortage’ are oft mentioned in the corridors of recruitment companies and hauliers alike.  The apparent reality is that 16% of drivers will be reaching retirement age in the next five years and many are not intendin...
After a discussion in branch around decision making processes, we found ourselves in the considered minefield area of ethics. Ordinarily with a sizeable group of people from various career backgrounds, of different ages and many other individuating f...
As a driver with over 34 years of experience in the haulage industry, I made the decision that I wanted more flexibility in my working life and joined an agency. I had tried agency work previously between jobs so it was nothing new to me.  On...
Driver CPC… Are you ready? Over the last couple of years we have been working hard to ensure that all of our drivers have completed the mandatory thirty five hours of training in time for the 10th September deadline. The training is not wit...
Now that we at DriveLink 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,...
I found the article below on Linked In and felt compelled to share it with all of you. The article is written by the CEO of company called Air bnb, Brian Chesky and reminded me of some of the experiences that we have had within our own business over ...
Welcome20/05/2014
Welcome to the new DriveLink website. Since initial discussions began back in late 2012 around improving and updating our websites there has been an awful lot of blood, sweat and tears to get us to where we are today. We now have a new logo, websi...