Encore accelerates into 2021 with New Nottingham driving division


Leading and award-winning national recruitment agency Encore Personnel has accelerated into 2021 with the launch of a brand new Driving Division in Nottingham, to source specialist freight and delivery drivers for its logistics clients across the East Midlands.

The new division will strengthen Encore’s existing offering in the sector and further establish its network within the logistics and driving candidate pool. The business currently operates a Driving Division in five locations in the UK, making Nottingham its sixth hub of driving recruitment expertise.

Operations Director at Encore Personnel, Ed Vigars, who has worked for the company for more than 17 years is responsible for directing growth across its Driving and Industrial Divisions. He said now was the ideal team to invest in expanding the footprint of its Driving team.

He said: “We have very ambitious and exciting plans in place for our Driving Division, starting with the opening of our Nottingham Division this month. We chose Nottingham as the next expansion site because we found the perfect candidate for the role and geographically this location will really complement our Leicester and Derby Driving team’s successful track record. The stronger our network of candidates, the better our offering is to our existing and new clients.”

The new Nottingham Division will be headed up by John Epton, who has more than 18 years’ experience sourcing high quality drivers up and down the East Midlands, from Rugby to Doncaster.

Ed added: “John was the perfect person for the role. His knowledge and expertise set him apart, as did his understanding of the priorities and values of the driver population and our clients regionally. John will be responsible for developing our offering in Nottingham and will have scope to grow his team significantly throughout this year and next. He will work out of our existing Nottingham office, which is currently home to a team of 10 recruitment specialists.”

Despite very tough market conditions – particularly the well documented driver shortage due to a combination of Brexit and the pandemic, Encore’s Driving Division continues to go from strength to strength thanks to its highly skilled team and its exceptional candidate engagement approach. It’s experts use a honed strategy of approved driver scheme incentives, CPC training and rewards and a competitive ‘refer-a-friend’ bonus initiative to attract and retain quality drivers.

Andrew Fletcher, Driving Area Manager at Encore said: “We’re thrilled to have John on board with his skill set which is the perfect fit to expand our Driving network in the region. There is a lot of activity in the logistics sector around the East Midlands Gateway with new hubs and warehouses opening this year and we wanted to ensure we were in position to respond to the demand for drivers when it arrives.”

Andrew said that before the end of 2021, Encore’s Nottingham Diving Division’s goal was to recruit 200 new drivers across the region and to acquire an additional 40 clients.

John, who joins the business with a wealth of experience in recruiting high quality, reliable drivers, said: “I’ve got a lot of practice with growing a branch from scratch so when I saw the opportunity at Encore, I knew it was for me. I pride myself on my ability to match the right driver to the job and my knowledge of the regional market. The key is having excellent contacts and understanding drivers’ requirements and values, which are a combination of competitive wage, flexibility of shifts and the type of work. I’m excited to build this new branch for Encore and look forward to making swift progress this year.”