Workforce flexibility good news for Middlesbrough's BMSL

Middlesbrough-headquartered labour services firm Beaver Management Services Ltd are optimistic about the future

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A North East company that provides labour and ancillary support services to all industries is enjoying “encouraging” prospects as the landscape of Britain’s workforce changes.

The Middlesbrough-headquartered Beaver Management Services Ltd reported a loss of £513,545 for the year ended May 31, 2013, while turnover dropped to £61.9m, compared to £66.2m in 2012.

The group, however, has continued to invest in the likes of IT, communications and partnership arrangements, while closely monitoring branch performance.

Precise recruitment policies have also been employed to attract staff with the right skills, and a director’s report accompanying the new financial results expressed an optimistic about outlook on the group’s performance.

“Prospects for the group, with its proven background in servicing high volume and high value labour and cabling projects are encouraging for the new financial year,” it said.

“The UK has one of the most flexible labour forces in Europe, with over 1.5m currently on temporary contracts. Our economy has recognised the contribution that temporary labour plays in the UK retaining its competitive edge.

“In a prolonged reported recessionary period, using a flexible workforce is the key to many employers keeping and maintaining knowledge over the longer term as an alternative to job losses.

“In any growth strategy, a flexible labour force is the key to gaining competitive edge over competitors. Employers are keen to grow, but are not looking to add to their permanent workforce under the difficult economic conditions experienced since 2008.”

The skilled workforce has diminished over the last 10 years and its is believed there will be a skills shortage over the next five as the workers needed for the UK’s infrastructure requirement expands.

The report continued: “BMSL group has worked with the Government and training organisations and has offered and will continue to offer apprenticeships to supplement a skilled workforce required for the future.”

In April this year, BMSL divested itself of subsidiaries to focus on core activities.

The report said the company’s objectives remained unchanged, being the achievement of sustainable growth and returns by organic and acquisitive means. Success, it said, was defined through expansion of services to new and existing customers, investment in infrastructure and new business opportunities, and recruitment and training of key people who are experts in their fields.

“The core business of the group continues to provide the services of an employment agency and employment business and we have sought to expand on this by supplying workers in different disciplines than normal, such as rail and manufacturing,” the report said.

“This has resulted in new customers adding to our core business and existing customers taking advantage of other services.

“Whilst the number of temporary workers has been level year-on-year, our strategy has been to place workers in industries and sectors where the margins are maintained.

“Competitive pressure, the tax regulation environment and the weak UK and global economy each add their own challenges to the group.”

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