Strong order book at caravan firm sparks recruitment drive

28th Oct

Atlas Leisure Homes has seen a steadily increasing order book amid the boom in so-called staycations, with more people opting to invest in their own holiday home rather than risking travel abroad, and the company felt the time was right for it to grow its people and premises.
The firm has made a significant investment, with strong support from the HSBC UK bank, in 55,000sq ft of additional manufacturing space in the West Carr business park (the former McBride plant) on Sutton Fields to accommodate the new production lines within Covid-safe guidelines. The site has been unused for a number of years and the investment will help to regenerate the area.
Colin Jeffrey, operations director, said: “Obviously it’s been a tough time in our industry. Like many others we had to furlough staff during lockdown and even when we were able to return to our existing production site, we didn’t have enough space to allow our staff to return to a safe environment. So, we’re delighted to be in a position to recruit so many people and to have the space to be able to safely take them on.”
In June, Atlas created an employee-led taskforce to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the rest of the staff. They then worked cross-function to implement new policies and ways of working to be able to sustain a safe working environment, including wash stations, two-metre distancing, mask wearing and temperature checking for all staff and visitors before entry to site is allowed in order to manage transmission risk.
“We offer a safe environment and positive culture and would like to welcome experienced caravan operatives to continue building a successful and high-quality product. We’re on a fantastic journey and one we can all benefit from in many ways,” Mr Jeffrey added.
Successful applicants will receive training and be given opportunities for personal development, along with great pay and benefits.

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