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Acorn gains council work

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

MANAGER: Natasha Hardy.

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RECRUITMENT and training specialist Acorn has won a major contract to provide temporary recruitment to eight local authorities across Devon.

It will supply North Devon, Torridge District, South Hams, Mid-Devon, Torbay, Teignbridge, Dartmoor National Park and West Devon councils.

The company's branches will supply more than 100 commercial, finance and industrial agency workers to the authorities on a daily basis during the three-year contract.

Acorn's Barnstaple and Bideford branches will provide up to 40 staff on a temporary basis to North Devon Council and Torridge District Council. This includes recycling loaders, lorry drivers, street cleaners, and specialist and clerical staff.

"We are delighted to expand our portfolio of public sector clients, which already includes major contracts with two of the biggest local authorities in Devon," said Natasha Hardy, Acorn's branch manager for Barnstaple and Bideford.

"We are fully committed to looking after our clients, a policy that is reaping great dividends in ensuring we successfully retain and develop our relationships."

North Devon Council leader Brian Greenslade said: "The recruitment and retention of quality staff is fundamental to providing high quality, value-for-money services to all our customers.

"We therefore look forward to the next three years, working alongside quality temporary staff who are committed to their role and keen to make a difference."

Torridge District Council leader Philip Collins added: "It is the nature of the type of work that local authorities do that we sometimes need to bring temporary staff in, especially in the waste and recycling teams.

"Acorn has been successful in the tender process and we look forward to working with them."

Acorn operates from 15 locations throughout the South West, finding jobs for up to 5,500 temps with more than 750 different clients each week. The group also delivers training to more than 3,000 individuals and makes 1,500 permanent placements every year.

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