With a range of clients from private and public sector organisations to large national charities, de Poel help to manage temporary and contract workers for businesses across the UK. We caught up with Group Managing Director, Andrew Preston to find out more about the company.
Firstly, tell us more about de Poel?
Over the past 15 years, de Poel has built up an established reputation as the UK’s leading expert in procuring and managing the supply of temporary agency staff. We act as an intermediary, revolutionising companies’ relationships with recruitment agencies, maximising efficiencies, minimising administrative pressures and optimising working practices.
Through innovative technology, our industry experience and dedicated, committed team of professionals, we improve bottom lines for over 100 blue-chip clients across a number of sectors including logistics, waste, retail and the NHS.
As managing director, what does your role involve?
As Group Managing Director, I have responsibility for the strategic development and operations of the entire de Poel Group – which comprises of seven companies all specialising in the temporary recruitment space. To date, we employ 150 members of staff. It’s a cliché, but every day is different and I relish both the challenges and triumphs my role brings.
You have a wealth of experience in the healthcare sector, is this a part of the business that you particularly focus on?
With over 20 years’ industry experience, my background includes growing and developing various health businesses and undertaking and delivering the successful integration of numerous merger and acquisition projects, including the sale of my own clinical service business to global service provider Serco Group Plc.
I originally joined the company in 2013 to head up de Poel health+care – our route to market in the NHS and healthcare sector. Following the successful launch of this specialist division, I assumed MD responsibility for our newly formed education arm and business development across the entire group, before being appointed Group Managing Director in 2015.
As the leading procurer of temporary agency labour in the UK, what sets de Poel apart from its competitors?
Being what you call a ‘neutral vendor’ means we are totally independent and our primary aim is to add value to businesses with our self-funding solutions. Partnering with a truly neutral vendor partner is a highly effective outsourcing strategy and can result in significantly better outcomes than those typically achieved when completed in-house. This is why so many household names choose to entrust the management of their non-permanent staffing solutions to de Poel.
You expanded your operations in 2013 abroad to Amsterdam and Dusseldorf, tell us more about that?
de Poel’s solution is one that works for all types of organisation in all sectors in any country that uses high number of temporary staff. Therefore it makes sense to offer a solution to help existing UK clients who have a European presence or new European clients.
How does your bespoke technology called e-tips® help your clients?
e-tips® is a unique electronic timesheet and invoice processing system which virtually eliminates transactional costs, reduces administration, identifies any legislative non-compliance and provides users with increased visibility and control over agency spend and staff usage. Producing a single, error-free invoice a week, e-tips allows our clients to save considerable amounts of time and money and analyse their staffing expenditure and budgetary requirements.
What do you enjoy most about working at Booths Park?
We are fortunate to operate from fantastic offices, occupying 7,000 sq. ft. of space across all floors at Bruntwood’s Booths Park No. 1 building. Having our base here means that we have room to expand and an impressive, fit-for-purpose workplace that not only attracts the very best talent, but reflects our client base of over 100 blue chip companies and relationships with over 2,000 agency partners.
Finally, do you have a favourite place in Knutsford?
Booths Park, of course!