Ongoing Recruitment Case Study – Dextra

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Ongoing Recruitment and local expertise

Octopus Personnel and Dextra have developed a close relationship which enables Octopus Personnel to find the right people for Dextra’s roles at the right time.  Read more about how their relationship provides ongoing recruitment which supports the growth and development of the business.

Dextra Group Plc – The company background

Dextra Group plc, based in Gillingham, Dorset, manufactures commercial lighting. Founded by Rupert Martin, the Group Chairman, in 1978, it has grown to become a highly successful, privately owned business, in several sectors of the industry.

From its inception, service, in its true meaning, has been its mantra and investment in the finest manufacturing equipment and facilities has helped the company to reach and maintain that goal.

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The introduction of LED components was seen as a great opportunity and the resulting investment has placed Dextra Group at the forefront of the UK lighting industry for both standard and special products.

Building a client relationship

15 years ago, Dextra was struggling to recruit to match the demands of the expansion of the business and pace of customer demand.  Although Dextra is a large employer, at it’s heart it is a family run business who seek to be an local, ethical employer, looking after their workforce long term.  These ethics and the benefits of local expertise are what drew Dextra to Octopus Personnel.

Local expertise

Located on the high street, and working with businesses across the South West, we found Octopus had the experience to understand and predict the peaks and troughs of the local employment market to ensure a steady stream of suitably qualified quality candidates could be funnelled to us at Dextra.  The Octopus team worked hard to establish a productive relationship with HR, allowing them to understand the demands of the different roles required, and to appreciate the challenges of the cutting-edge developments of the business.

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Growing the team

All candidates coming from Octopus Personnel have been thoroughly checked and vetted, including interviewed face-to-face, before they come to us.  They understand the demands of the roles so they come prepared before the interview stage.  This reduces our administration time, easing the pressure on already busy departments.  Being so close locally, candidates can be briefed and with us for an interview within 30 minutes, and time is money!

Recruitment Routes

The temp to perm route allows us and candidates to try each other out; the candidates gain valuable experience and can absorb everything the company has to offer whilst having the opportunity to demonstrate their work ethic, reliability and ability to turn their hand to different tasks – all the key skills we are looking for.

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Tailored approach to Ongoing Recruitment

Octopus Personnel find us the ‘pick of the bunch’ locally, meaning issues around transport or accommodation which we have had with other agency staff don’t arise.  They offer a good, competitive, friendly and personable service for a reasonable price which focuses on delivering what we need, when we need it.  They look after us and we try to do the same.

Moving Forward…

I believe the relationship between Octopus Personnel and Dextra will continue to grow as Octopus Personnel offers all the benefits of owner management, local expertise, ethical candidate care and supportive, responsive client care.  Candidates working at Dextra seem to feel the same and I think that says a lot.

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Have I convinced you?  What have you got to lose?

At Octopus Personnel, we are experts at presenting our candidates to ensure the employer is able to see all the skills and experience you are bringing to a role.  Years of industry expertise and outstanding relationships with our clients, and grasp of the needs of their business, means we are perfectly positioned within the market to guide you to your new role or to the right employee who will drive your business forward.  You can sign up here and call the office on 01747 825568 to arrange an interview.


Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.