Award-winning specialist tractor and grounds maintenance machinery dealer GGM Groundscare has announced it has expanded its team. It has appointed two new service engineers, both recruited during the lockdown, and created positions for three new apprenticeships in a bid to support continued business growth and offer job opportunities in both Colne and Haydock.
Andy Crabtree and Chris Sumner, have both joined the 39-strong team as field service engineers based at the Haydock depot to support the increasing level of business from the site and both bring a wealth of valuable experience to the company.
GGM Groundscare is also currently recruiting for three new apprentices to help three young local people into a new career. This follows the government’s announcement of an ‘apprentice bonus scheme’; from August to January, any firm that hires a new young apprentice aged 16 to 24 will receive a £2,000 grant, while those that hire new apprentices aged 25 and over will be paid £1,500.
Last year, the company became an accredited Living Wage Employer and is committed to ensuring all its staff receive the training and development they need to develop their skills so they can progress through the business.
Managing director Chris Gibson explains: “While many businesses have struggled hugely over the lockdown period, at GGM we’ve managed to maintain a steady flow of business thanks to the hard work of our dedicated team, particularly for our customers in local authority grounds, sports clubs and hospitals. We decided to recruit for these roles to help the local job market, as well as to facilitate business growth. It’s particularly important to us to support the next generation and we welcome the government’s new apprentice scheme.”
GGM has also committed to a second year’s sponsorship of Greenfingers, a charity which builds therapeutic gardens for children’s hospices. Earlier this month, Chris and members of the GGM team completed a socially distanced fundraising bike ride and walk to raise over £4000 for Greenfingers as well as supporting local charities St John’s Hospice Lancaster and Pendleside Hospice in Burnley.
The company has spent time over the lockdown period enhancing its customer offering in preparation for life to return to some form of normality. It has produced a number of new initiatives including a new brochure featuring its extensive hire offering, and a new service agreement package providing customers with a tailor made service solution as well so showcasing some of its golf and fine turf customers in a new case study brochure.
Chris Gibson says: “We feel very fortunate that our business has continued to grow over this testing period and we’re thrilled to be able to offer these new opportunities to local people, as well as helping our customers provide services as they get back to business.”