“First impressions count. Whether the target audience is your direct customer, or the customer of your HR and recruitment teams, your brand needs to be strong and consistent” says David Beveridge, Client Services & Sales Manager at the multi award-winning Peoplebank. It happens to be a view that we share at Caterer.com, so it may come as no surprise that Peoplebank are sponsoring the On-boarding Programme category at this year’s Caterer.com People Awards, and we couldn’t be happier. Kathy Dyball, Head of Marketing for Caterer.com said, “With a quarter of a century of experience behind them, we are very excited to welcome Peoplebank to our Caterer.com People Awards. Their innovative and forward-thinking approach to recruitment makes them the perfect match for this very special event.”
Peoplebank began as a recruitment agency in 1991, but it wasn’t long before they felt a change was coming. “We had heard about this new-fangled technology called the internet,” said David Beveridge. ”We decided that online would be game changing in the recruitment and management of new staff, and guess what? We were right!” In 1994 they launched www.peoplebank.com.
“We have helped hundreds of companies; big and small, and from all walks of industry see the light when it comes to the benefits and savings they can make simply by tweaking a few things here and there,” David explained. In 2007 PeopleBank became part of a new family and were welcomed with open arms into the Daxtra Technologies Group. David said, “These guys are market leaders in CV and job parsing software as well as semantic search, matching and aggregation technologies.”
In terms of services offered, David elaborated, “We are big enough to be capable of dealing with some of the biggest brands in the world, yet small enough to be different and to care. We offer a candidate attraction and candidate management solution. Our services range from design and build of complete candidate experiences – application forms, job adverts, careers sites – through to the complete collating, ranking and processing of candidates applications throughout the whole recruitment process.”
By using their award winning software, Peoplebank streamline time consuming recruitment processes and create bespoke, tailored solutions to save clients money and time and attract the best talent. David said, “We’re very proud of our hugely adaptable system. It’s able to integrate with existing CRMs, payroll, job boards and most 3rd party software.
“We are a company that is passionate about partnering businesses. We’re based in Edinburgh, but we work worldwide. We like to think that we’re a friendly, dynamic business and we love to help and support in any way we can.”
Applicants and candidates for hospitality roles are now savvier than ever. It’s important for employers to be on top of their game in order to stay one step ahead. “Candidates want to know your company’s DNA,” said David Beveridge. “That’s why with a customised recruitment solution, you can deliver on-brand advertising covering careers sites, job adverts and candidate applications.”
Fully-fledged Career and Candidate Portals are a key first step in engaging with potential employees particularly in the hospitality sector. “We help companies the length and breadth of the UK engage with candidates,” said David. “Whether that be creating a careers site for Virgin Trains East Coast or building a customised application form for GLH or creating amazing adverts for Sofitel St James.
“Our ability to incorporate and offer this element of the recruitment process in such a bespoke and flexible nature, we feel really sets us apart.”
This year’s shortlist for the On-boarding category features eight top employers: Aqua Restaurant Group, Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants, Dishoom, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, LEON Restaurants Ltd., Novotel London Canary Wharf, The Doyle Collection and Z Hotels. Last year’s winner was the National Theatre with an inspiring entry. On winning, Geraldine McCormick, HR Advisor for Commercial Operations at The National Theatre said, “We feel extremely honoured and excited that we have been recognised by the Catering and Hospitality Industry for a programme of which we are very proud. Being recognised by Caterer.com is such a privilege for us. We are oozing with pride!”
David Beveridge feels that recognising and rewarding employer initiatives is very important. “We are excited to be sponsoring the On-boarding category, we can’t wait to find out the final result and we would like to wish all the shortlisted employers good luck.
“Caterer.com are huge in the industry and at Peoplebank we are keen to work with, sponsor and support the best companies. We see this as a great opportunity to be at such an event that will help us build our brand and showcase what Peoplebank do, on one of the best platforms around.”
The 2017 Caterer.com People Awards will take place at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge on October 5th. 500 industry leaders will be in attendance, so join them at the hospitality event of the year. Tables are still available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org