Broxap launches recruitment drive after ‘strong bounce back’ from pandemic

A street furniture manufacturer is creating more than a dozen new jobs after relocating part of its operation to its Staffordshire headquarters.

Broxap has 13 vacancies up for grabs following its strategic decision to move its Hampshire-based timber workshop to its Chesterton site, in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The recruitment drive also comes on the back of a number of job losses at the business as a result of the pandemic.

Commercial director at Broxap, John Boyle, says the company has experienced a “strong bounce back” from Covid-19.

“We have relocated our timber workshop, which used to be based in Hampshire. We made a strategic decision to close that down in February and March, prior to Covid-19. We transferred our operations to Staffordshire which has led to the creation of several woodworking positions.

“At the same time, we have had a number of early retirees and natural attrition over the last few months, and unfortunately we did have to make some redundancies during the period of uncertainty.”

“Fortunately though, we have had quite a strong bounce back and we now have the confidence to create new positions and launch a recruitment drive” he said.

Current vacancies include full-time permanent positions for fabricators, buyers and draughtsmen as well as IT roles.

John said: “We are looking for the pedigree of industry; ideal candidates would come to us with time served and the experience needed to come in and get the job done.

“As a business we are continuing to evolve and develop, so the idea is that each position will bring with it an additional degree of skills that we perhaps don’t have in the business at the moment. It’s all about finding people who can add value to the business.”

Inside the fabrication shop at Broxap.
Inside the fabrication shop at Broxap.

He added: “We have a really diverse workforce, so as long as the applicant has the right experience and drive then there is no reason that they cannot have a prolonged and sustainable career here at Broxap.

“I came to the business 23 years ago and can honestly say that it really is a great place to work.”

Broxap has continued to operate throughout the pandemic with the exception of one day where the factory was closed to allow the management team to implement a number of new health and safety measures in line with the Government’s Covid-secure guidelines.

However the company did utilise the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and asked staff to sign new contracts during the pandemic which would allow them to be furloughed.

John said: “We had to furlough a number of employees to take us through the troughs of reduced demand, but we have remained open – with the exception of one day – throughout the entire pandemic.

“There is a lot of negative press a the moment about companies laying people off and making redundancies, but we have a positive message to send out – we are able to create some new positions.”

Visit the Broxap website for more information about the vacancies.


Business Live – West Midlands