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Bluestones Supply Chain sole supplier to Asda

As part of Bluestones Supply Chain’s growth throughout the country, the team at BSSC is pleased to announce they are the sole supplier of warehouse operatives to Asda in the North East.

Bluestones Supply Chain already supply an onsite service to Asda in the North East for drivers and are now the sole supplier of warehouse operatives to the supermarket’s distribution site in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

This is part of the agency’s from warehouse to wheels strategy to support their clients throughout the whole of the supply chain.

The agency will be supplying 100 operatives a day for the first 4 weeks of the contract, rising to 250 a day for the remainder of the contract.

Krista Flanagan, Managing Director, said, “We have been onsite for Asda in Washington since 2019 supplying HGV drivers, so we are very pleased we can now support the supermarket chain throughout their supply chain.”

“We launched our industrial division in October 2020, so this is a huge win for Bluestones Supply Chain – I’m so proud of all the work we have put in as a team over the last few years and I’m excited for the busy period about to hit us.”

As part of the tender process, Bluestones Supply Chain made a presentation to Asda alongside four other agencies.

You can view all of Bluestones Supply Chain’s vacancies online or get in contact with the team to discuss your work requirements.

Bluestones Supply Chain release Brexit blue paper

The UK has now left the European Union, and a post-Brexit deal is confirmed, but how will it continue to impact staffing levels throughout 2021? With employers now unable to look to migrants from the EU on a like-for-like salary, the potential pool from which companies can source their workforce has reduced.

Bluestones Supply Chain has explored the effects of both Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic on staffing levels in their new Brexit blue paper.

The blue paper focuses on the impact felt by the logistics sector and how staff shortages can be mitigated throughout 2021 and beyond.

Krista Flanagan, Managing Director, said, “We understand many companies within the logistics sector are reliant on volume labour and the impact Brexit has had on recruiting this labour.”

Our blue paper covers how the sector has been affected, which roles are experiencing shortages and the part we are playing to support clients.

You can download the full report HERE.

Bluestones Supply Chain launches Christmas competition

Specialist supply chain recruitment agency Bluestones Supply Chain has launched its Christmas competition for its driving and industrial candidates.

The agency, which supplies both permanent and temporary recruitment solutions to the logistics and industrial sectors, has launched its latest competition. Every candidate who likes and shares a Bluestones Supply Chain job advert on Facebook will be entered into the prize draw to win up to £120 paid directly into their bank account in December*.

Krista Flanagan, Managing Director, said:

“Throughout this year our candidates have been working incredibly hard to ensure the supply chain isn’t broken, and as an integral part of the country’s COVID 19 response, they will continue to work hard throughout the already busy Christmas period. We wanted to allow our candidates the opportunity to win Christmas day paid for, while also sharing our vacancies with their families and friends who may be interested in a new role.”

“This competition is running throughout November and December, so we hope all our candidates get the chance to enter.”

How do you enter the Christmas competition?

Candidates have to like and share a job advert posted on the Bluestones Supply Chain Facebook page to gain an entry into the prize draw. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can enter either – they just need to make sure they are liking and sharing different job posts. For an additional entry, candidates can also leave a review on Google for their local Bluestones Supply Chain office.

If you’re not currently a candidate with Bluestones Supply Chain, it’s easy to register – apply for one of the jobs advertised or complete the online registration form.  You can view all the latest driving and industrial vacancies here or get in contact with a member of the team on 01928 444 050.

*T&Cs apply. Read the full terms and conditions here.

Am I a key worker and should I be attending work?

Here at Bluestones Supply Chain, we understand a lot of drivers and industrial staff will be uncertain whether they are classed as a key worker or if they should still be going to their place of work. We wanted to outline what workers in the supply chain are critical to the COVID-19 response and which individuals should still be going to work.

Key workers

Last week the government released a list of key workers, also known as critical workers, whose work is vital the COVID-19 response. Those classed as key workers are able to access schooling for their children if they are not able to keep them safely at home.

The full list of key workers can be found on the government website, but for those working throughout the supply chain it includes:

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

For clarity, this includes all professional drivers involved in the distribution or delivery of key goods and those working in supermarkets, food manufacturers and warehouses stocking essential goods.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
For workers throughout the supply chain, this means if they are working on transport systems which are vital to the country’s supply chains.

Do I need documentation?

The FTA has been aware that in parts of the UK there have been instances of those travelling to work being stopped and asked for proof of their reason for travel. However, at present, the government does not require drivers to provide paperwork to demonstrate that they are key workers in the event they are stopped. This is on the basis that individuals should not be required to carry official papers to demonstrate their right to be on the road.

Attending work

As outlined in Boris Johnson’s briefing last night, you should only attend work if you are unable to do your job from home. For all drivers and industrial workers throughout the supply chain, this means you should be attending your place of work unless you are told overwise by your employer or agency.

If you are still uncertain whether you are classed as a key worker or if you should be attending work, please get in touch with us and we would be more than happy to help.

We understand that many of you will be concerned about your livelihoods and income stream during this difficult time – we share your concerns and want to help wherever we can. If you’re currently looking for a role, please view our latest opportunities or get in contact with the team to discuss what we have available.

Chester: 01928 444 051

Derby:01332 913 171

Glasgow: 0141 442 0060

North East: 0191 814 9960

IR35 changes deferred until April 2021

Last night (17th March 2020) the UK’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, announced in the House of Commons that the government is postponing the implementation of the changes to the application of the off-payroll working tax rules to private sector clients (IR35) from 6 April 2020 to 6 April 2021 to ease pressure on businesses and individuals struggling with the COVID-19 crisis.

What this means for you

This means no change to your working arrangement is currently required and if operating as a Limited Company contractor, you can continue to do so until April 2021.

However, it’s important to note that this is not a cancellation of the changes and that the intention from HMRC is still there to press ahead with the changes once the COVID-19 crisis abates. The Chief Secretary reiterated that it was “a deferral, not a cancellation” and that “the government remains committed to reintroducing this policy to ensure people working like employees but through their own limited company, pay broadly the same tax as those employed directly”.

Please also note that some clients may still choose to not accept Limited Company contractors because they’ve already introduced restrictions in preparation for the changes. In that instance, you can still opt to be ahead of the curve and work PAYE or via an approved Umbrella Company like Quest Pay Solutions.

January open days – Derby office

We are very pleased to announce our Derby office will be holding three open days throughout January. Any drivers, from van to HGV 1, and industrial personnel will be able to meet with our Derby staff to discuss our current and upcoming opportunities and register with Bluestones Supply Chain to be the first to find out about new roles.

Our Derby office will be open to all drivers and industrial personnel on:
Friday 10th January 2020 – 10.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 17th January 2020 – 10.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 24th January 2020 – 10.00am – 3.00pm

To ensure we can register you smoothly, please bring with you:

• Driving licences (if you have a professional driver)
• Passport of birth certificate
• Proof of national insurance number (this cannot be a payslip)
• Utility bill with current address on it

If you are unsure on any of the documentation you need to bring with you, please contact our Derby office on 01332 913 171.

Our Derby office address is:

Office 17
Derwent Business Centre
Clarke Street
Derby
DE1 2BU

If you can’t make any of our open days but are still interested in our vacancies or registering with us, click one of the options below.

Seasonal opening hours 2019/20

Here at Bluestones Supply Chain, we understand that just because it’s the Christmas period our candidates and clients don’t stop and neither do we. So, over the seasonal break, we are fully contactable 24/7 – either via email at info@bluestones-sc.co.uk or via our main office numbers.

Here are our full office opening hours during the Christmas period.

Chester, Glasgow and Newcastle offices

Monday 23rd December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Tuesday 24th December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Wednesday 25th December – CLOSED
Thursday 26th December – CLOSED
Friday 27th December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm

Monday 30th December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Tuesday 31st December – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Wednesday 1st January – CLOSED

Derby office

Monday 23rd December – 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday 24th December – 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Wednesday 25th December – CLOSED
Thursday 26th December – CLOSED
Friday 27th December – 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Monday 30th December – 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday 31st December – 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Wednesday 1st January – CLOSED

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Driver of the Year award 2019 launches

Bluestones Supply Chain has launched this year’s popular Driver of the Year award, celebrating the people who work one of the country’s most demanding and important jobs – professional driving.

Some people take lorry drivers for granted, but our society simply could not operate without their hard work. They drive more miles in a week than most of us drive in months.

That’s why we believe it is important to recognise and reward our drivers. Throughout November our clients will be voting for the drivers who they think deserve to be recognised this year. We will then crown a Driver of the Year for Chester, Derby, Glasgow and Newcastle from a shortlist of drivers nominated by our clients. Each Driver of the Year will be awarded a £250 shopping voucher.

The winners will be announced on the 6th of December, after a whole month of celebrating the UK’s professional drivers. The winners will be announced on the Bluestones Supply Chain Facebook page.

David Brigdale, Managing Director, said,

“Professional drivers play a huge part in the UK’s economy, so we wanted to run a campaign recognising the job these dedicated men and women do day in, day out. From the food in our shops to the Christmas presents under our trees, even the clean water we drink, drivers have an impact on nearly every aspect of our lives but they are too often taken for granted. The Driver of the Year award is designed to celebrate these hardworking individuals and show our thanks for all they do.”

Bluestones Supply Chain launches registration prize draw

Specialist supply chain recruitment agency, Bluestones Supply Chain has launched its latest initiative to attract and reward its’ candidates.

The agency, which supplies both permanent and temporary recruitment solutions to the logistics and industrial sectors, has launched its latest registration scheme. Every candidate who registers for Bluestones Supply Chain throughout October and November will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 worth of shopping vouchers.

Krista Flanagan, Managing Director, said “We understand that we are now entering into an extremely busy period and that those working throughout the supply chain will be feeling the pressure. We wanted to show potential candidates that if they’re searching for a new role that with us, they’ll get that little bit extra. We already have a successful refer a friend scheme that pays £50 to both the referee and the referral and a Driver of the Year award that recognises our hard-working candidates. In the run-up to Christmas, we wanted to do something else that shows we’re willing to go that little bit further for our candidates.”

It’s quick and easy to register with Bluestones Supply Chain, just complete the simple form on the agency’s website here: www.bluestones-sc.co.uk/register-with-bluestones-supply-chain or apply for one of the jobs currently advertised, and you’ll be automatically entered into the prize draw.

If you’re currently looking for a temporary or permanent driving or logistics role, you can view all the latest vacancies here or get in contact with a member of the team on 01928 444 050.

Exciting changes at Bluestones Supply Chain Warrington

We’re excited to announce that Kerry Graham is being promoted to Warrington’s Branch Manager and we have welcomed a new Recruitment Consultant to the team, Adam Spiers.

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