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New year makeover

New year makeover

On the eve of a new year when the search is on for a new seasonal team, it’s the ideal time to improve your business profile.  With more recruitment opportunities becoming available in Eastern Europe, UK farms need to work harder to attract workers. HOPS has...

Christmas contacts

Christmas contacts

Christmas closures will have an impact on pre-paid card services so it's important to take note of key dates and warnings on when to transfer funds. Prepaid Financial Services have asked that funds reach their bank no later than Monday 23 December to allow their team...

Labour exploitation uncovered

Labour exploitation uncovered

Between July and September the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) identified 2,599 potential victims of labour exploitation. The agriculture sector was one of the industries where the GLAA received the most information. Issues highlighted to the GLAA were...

Minimum wage changes

Minimum wage changes

Announcements about new minimum wage rates won’t be made until at least mid-December or even into the new year following the general election, reports the Association of Labour Providers (ALP). The Low Pay Commission (LPC) would normally present recommendations for...

Farm audits reveal highs and lows of 2019

Farm audits reveal highs and lows of 2019

HOPS’ audits have highlighted some of the key successes, as well as areas for improvement, that have been spotted on farms in 2019.  HOPS’ independent auditors assess growers’ farms to ensure they comply with HOPS’ rigorous standards, which include meeting legal...

New HOPS brochure out now

New HOPS brochure out now

HOPS has released its 2020 brochure, which includes detailed information about its services as well as pricing information.  The 12-page booklet will be sent to all existing and prospective growers as a reminder to inform HOPS as soon as possible of their...

Feedback sought from seasonal workers

Feedback sought from seasonal workers

Seasonal workers who have been placed by HOPS on farms in 2019 have been asked to give their feedback on their experience of working in the UK. The online questionnaires are sent to every registered email address for each employee who has been placed on a farm through...

How to engage your seasonal team

How to engage your seasonal team

Investing time in understanding the needs of seasonal workers and addressing their concerns can boost retention.  With labour shortages a key concern, it’s vital that growers go the extra mile to look after their teams to encourage retention.  Here are the...

Pastures new for Celia Joyce

Pastures new for Celia Joyce

After 15 years working with HOPS, Administration Officer Celia Joyce has left the company to pursue new opportunities. Celia started working with HOPS in 2004 and supported farms with labour provision and assisted seasonal workers in their employment in the UK. More...