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Support for struggling growers

Support for struggling growers

HOPS is urging growers to contact them for support in finding labour after the NFU revealed that the equivalent of 16 million apples has been left to rot in UK orchards due to the shortfall in labour. The issues surrounding recruitment of seasonal labour are well...

Happy Halloween for pumpkin growers

Happy Halloween for pumpkin growers

While Halloween might be a nightmare for some, it’s a massive boost at the end of a busy season for Jono Smales and one where he relies on quality labour. In the last 20 years PD Smales & Son’s pumpkin sales have tripled in size and the farm now supplies large...

Celebrating 30 years in business

Celebrating 30 years in business

HOPS will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in November with a free gift for all of its customers to support them through future seasons.  The gift is a new guidebook called HOPS’ Little book of Happiness that is being produced to help support growers with retaining...

Agent audits ensure ethical labour sourcing

Agent audits ensure ethical labour sourcing

A positive audit of HOPS’ agent in Romania has ensured that the team is complying with the correct processes and ethical sourcing of labour.  HOPS carry out annual audits on its representatives in Romania and Bulgaria by visiting their offices and checking the...

Advice for businesses with an EU workforce

Advice for businesses with an EU workforce

The Association of Labour Providers (ALP) is hosting a number of free ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ workshops across the country in October.  The events are open to all UK recruiters, HR professionals and employers, and will provide specific, practical guidance on the...

Are you prepared for the new season?

Are you prepared for the new season?

Growers are being urged to think ahead to their next season to help secure returnee numbers, especially with the uncertainty that Brexit may bring.  Completing important administrative tasks, updating processes and following advice on encouraging returnees are...

Proudly supporting YFC

Proudly supporting YFC

Knowing that HOPS’ profits are invested back into Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) is one of the reasons why Lincolnshire-based Staples has remained a customer and is helping to celebrate National Young Farmers’ Week.   The company is a proud supporter of Lincolnshire...

Be prepared for working in the UK after Brexit

Uncertainty over Brexit and the impact on seasonal workers is increasing and HOPS has issued guidance to help growers understand what happens after 31 October 2019. Growers are encouraged to support current workers to apply for pre-settled and settled status but to...

Support National Young Farmers’ Week

Support National Young Farmers’ Week

HOPS will #GiveitSomeYFCWelly from 30 September to 4 October to help promote National Young Farmers’ Week 2019 and to show its support for Young Farmers’ Clubs across England and Wales. The week-long celebration invites supporters and YFC members to get involved on...