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HOPS to suspend labour supply for 2021

HOPS has informed growers of its decision to not recruit seasonal labour for the 2021 season in light of current market conditions. HOPS, which has been providing seasonal labour for more than 30 years, has said the uncertainty about what would happen with the...

End of season goals

End of season goals

Planning for the end of the season is vital for growers who want returnees back on farm in 2021. With Brexit looming and no news on the SAWS pilot, growers will need to work even harder to encourage returnees for next season’s harvest. Inform team members of the need...

Taking action at the sign of an outbreak

Taking action at the sign of an outbreak

The Government has produced early outbreak management information to support a range of businesses, including farms. The guidance provides information on how to recognise and report an incident of Covid-19 and outlines the measures local health protection teams may...

Covid-19 checklist for farms

Covid-19 checklist for farms

Ensuring your workplace is Covid-secure is of paramount importance during the pandemic and a simple farm checklist could help you through the process. The Covid-19 checklist outlines all of the steps farms should be taking in areas such as around the farm and packing...

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...