Highly effective Hub365 member collaboration has helped Partridge of Hampshire fill a mix of vacancies with top quality candidates in super quick time.
Partridge of Hampshire MINI is Hampshire’s largest MINI retailer – selling an extensive range of new and used vehicles as well as running a busy and reputable service department.
In November 2020, Partridge of Hampshire approached Hub365 member – and interim cover specialist – Calibre Group Solutions, to provide expert short-term cover for a Brand Manager vacancy that had arisen within the business.
During the final stages of arranging cover, a second nationwide lockdown was announced which meant a change in approach – as Partridge of Hampshire concluded they were able to temporarily cover the position for the lockdown period.
However, while that addressed an immediate challenge, there was still a need for a long-term solution – and that’s where Hub365 came to the fore.
Hub365 is a unique collaboration that unites leading automotive industry suppliers. It’s a resource that automotive businesses can use to find help with a wide range of challenges – from training, HR and business consultancy to apprenticeships, technology, logistics and much more.
Hub365 members are automotive industry specialists – offering their services on an ad hoc standalone basis and also working together to solve more complex situations that arise. All members are committed to collaborating wherever possible to solve client challenges quickly an effectively.
As a Hub365 member, Calibre Group Solutions was very much in this collaborative mindset and knew immediately that a fellow member, Time Zero Recruitment, was ideally placed to help provide a permanent recruitment option to fill the vacant MINI Brand Manager seat.
So, introductions were made, a brief was agreed and Time Zero set to work on looking for the perfect candidate.
Motor industry specialists
Given their automotive retail experience, specialised focus and extensive network, Time Zero quickly identified a collection of potential candidates for the position. Having lived and breathed automotive retail themselves, the Time Zero team has an intimate knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the Brand Manager role and applied this understanding to the job at hand.
After a series of telephone, and online interviews, two high quality candidates were put forward to Partridge of Hampshire for final assessment. Following this, a job offer was made with the candidate for the MINI Brand Manager role starting in early January 2021.
The good news doesn’t stop there.
During the MINI Brand Manager recruitment campaign another candidate stood out and has now accepted a job offer to join the Partridge of Hampshire BMW team.
Time Zero Recruitment has also helped find two Sales Executives to join the Partridge of Hampshire team. A total of five potential Sales Executives were put forward, four were interviewed and two accepted the job offers made.
Shaun Fay, General Sales Manager at Partridge of Hampshire MINI, is delighted with the outcome: “The collaborative approach between Hub365 members has worked perfectly for us. Having built a strong rapport and relationship with Calibre Group Solutions we trusted that their recommendation to engage with Time Zero was the right way to proceed. The introductions were quick and smooth, the recruitment strategy was joined-up and the results speak for themselves.
“In challenging market conditions where every second counts, it made a real difference that we didn’t have to have multiple conversations or repeat the brief to a number of different people. This was an automotive retail challenge solved by automotive retail experts in an impressive timescale. We look forward to our new recruits helping the business succeed in the weeks and months ahead.”
Sabina Hegarty, MD of Calibre Group Solutions, added: “Once circumstances changed and the interim cover was no longer viable I immediately thought of the support Time Zero, my fellow Hub365 member, could provide and didn’t hesitate to put that option to Shaun. As a Hub365 member we can guarantee automotive expertise, a proven track record and commitment to a partnership approach. It’s great to see how quickly the initial, and subsequent, roles were filled with high calibre candidates.”
Long term relationships
Final thoughts come from Ivan Bell, MD at Time Zero Recruitment: “I’d like to thank Sabina for the introduction and Shaun for the faith he has shown in us to help fill some important vacancies at Partridge of Hampshire. This type of brief is right in our sweet spot – using our understanding of the industry, the roles and the real-life pressures to quickly identify the best candidates.
“Given we are fellow Hub365 members, the handover from Calibre Group Solutions was seamless. This great start paved the way for professional and timely communication throughout which helped the whole process run as smoothly as possible. We are excited to see how the candidates develop in their new roles and hope that this is the start of a long-standing business relationship.”
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