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Jobs and growth on the agenda as senior politician visits recruitment firm

Jobs and growth on the agenda as senior politician visits recruitment firm

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps discussed job creation and business growth during a visit to gap recruitment newest branch.

Mr Shapps, MP for Welwyn Hatfield, decided to visit gap personnel’s premises in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, after hearing about the company’s recent relocation from nearby Hatfield.

gap operates across England and Wales and  is one of the UK’s 10 largest industrial labour providers.

Last year it provided staffing solutions to 1,200 companies in a range of sectors including manufacturing, automotive and food production.

The company decided to relocate to larger premises at Albany Chambers in Welwyn Garden City, after outgrowing its Hatfield Business Park branch within a year due to several major contract wins.

gap’s Welwyn Garden City base – part of the company’s national network of high-street branches – will also serve as a regional hub for its specialist Driving Force division, which matches LGV and HGV drivers with vacancies at haulage and logistics firms.

Mr Shapps said: “It was fantastic to see how gap personnel operate and work with both local businesses and local people to place candidates in the right jobs.

“The relatively low unemployment rate in Welwyn Hatfield can be reduced even further thanks to their new base here, the range of businesses and the pool of hard-working local people all in the vicinity.”

Daniella Roberts, manager of the new Welwyn Garden City branch, said: “It was great to meet Mr Shapps.

“We had a good discussion about the state of the local economy, opportunities for jobseekers and the challenges faced by businesses in the area.

“He demonstrated a genuine interest in our business and the recruitment sector as a whole.”


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