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Remote audits during Covid-19

Remote audits during Covid-19

Due to the disruption of Covid-19, HOPS is conducting remote business and farm audits until government guidelines are changed but farms still need to prepare in advance. Once an agreed audit date has been set, farms will need to upload relevant documentation online...

Are you Covid-secure?

Are you Covid-secure?

While restrictions are lifting further throughout the UK, it’s important to stay vigilant and step up precautions to prevent outbreaks of Covid-19 on farms. Ensuring social distancing, encouraging ‘fixed teams’ and providing more handwashing stations and washroom...

The Farm Work Welfare App

The Farm Work Welfare App

A new app is helping to tackle modern slavery in farming, horticulture and food production. The Farm Work Welfare App has been designed to support employers and workers and the content has been translated into eight languages to support migrant workers (Albanian,...

Spot signs of Modern slavery

Spot signs of Modern slavery

HOPS works closely with its overseas partners and UK host employers to ensure its workers are not victims of modern slavery. There are physical and behavioural indicators they may mean someone is being exploited and these signs which have been taken from the Clewer...

Seasonal workers exempt from quarantine

Seasonal workers exempt from quarantine

The government has confirmed that seasonal workers will be exempt from the new 14-day quarantine rules for international arrivals to the UK.  Quarantine measures, which came into effect on 8 June, are being implemented to guard against a second wave of...

Welcoming new teams

Welcoming new teams

Social distancing restrictions and new processes could impact the way teams are welcomed when arriving on farm but it’s important to invest time in getting it right. Anxieties about the virus will be impacting employees as well as employers but farms should take a...

From festivals to farm work

From festivals to farm work

When Emma (22) and Edward (24) from North London gave up their paid jobs in January to spend the year catering at music festivals across the UK, they were unaware that a virus would kill off their plans – and their income.  As the impact of Covid-19 took hold, the...

Support for managing Covid-19 measures

Support for managing Covid-19 measures

Farms may be continuing to operate during the Covid-19 crisis, but all businesses need to do what they can to safeguard workers and stop the spread of the virus. Public Health England has issued new guidance for farms on the Government website, which provides more...

Why I want to help feed the nation

Why I want to help feed the nation

Up until a few weeks ago, 34-year-old Matt Traver from Kent worked for a small business in the adventure travel industry, arranging bespoke trekking trips to various destinations around the world. Now, after being laid off due to Covid-19, he’s started work on a farm...