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How to encourage returnees

How to encourage returnees

As the season draws to a close for some growers, employers are being advised to take key actions to improve worker returnee rates. It’s a critical time for growers to issue their teams with departure questionnaires, which can help give vital feedback on employee...

Are you GDPR compliant?

Are you GDPR compliant?

Getting your head round the new data protection legislation can be tricky but HOPS has updated its guidance for growers on their requirements. The guidance document includes information about storing of personal data, accuracy and security. There is also information...

Fruit Focus highlights support for SAWS

Fruit Focus highlights support for SAWS

HOPS Director Sarah Boparan spent a day at Fruit Focus in Kent this July and found out more about a possible expansion of the SAWS scheme A push for a further roll out of the pilot of the new Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) was discussed at Fruit Focus...

Audits to improve accommodtion

Ensuring accommodation is up to scratch is key in meeting legislative requirements and retaining seasonal workers. HOPS audit all of the accommodation provided by its growers to ensure they are meeting requirements and upholding HOPS’ standards. A recent review of the...

Creating a home from home

Creating a home from home

Building a purpose-built home for their seasonal workers is reaping rewards for a leading UK grower of bareroot trees and hedging. Up until two years ago J & A Growers in Warwickshire provided portacabins for their 15 seasonal workers who live on the farm through...

Farm safety improvements needed

Agriculture has the worst rate of worker fatal injury of all the main industrial sectors – it is 18 times as high as the average rate across all industries according to the latest statistics from The Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HOPS supported Farm Safety Week...

Supporting teams with mental health

Supporting teams with mental health

Mental health in farming has been highlighted as one of the biggest challenges in the industry but what do you do if you think one of your team is being affected? Office for National Statistics’ figures for England (2011-2015) reveal that roles such as crop harvesting...

Improving retention at a strawberry farm

Improving retention at a strawberry farm

As one of the major suppliers of strawberries to Britain’s supermarkets, EC Drummond certainly feel the heat during the summer season, especially as the appetite for strawberries picks up in time for Wimbledon. Retaining a reliable seasonal workforce from June to...