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Driving safely during the night

Logistics is a 24 hour business, with HGV and LGV drivers often working night shifts to tight deadlines. It’s really important that drivers are extra diligent when it comes to driving at night, even if it becomes the norm – here’s our top tips.

Take refreshments. We recommend water and healthy snacks, and advise caution when reaching for the coffee. Caffeine may give you an instant energy kick but could leave you feeling more drained in the long run.

Keep your vehicle comfortable. Make sure all windows are cleaned inside and out to avoid dazzle; if you are struggling against the dazzle of oncoming headlights, try turning on your interior light to reduce the impact. Make sure your cab is well ventilated – plenty of oxygen will keep you feeling refreshed and alert!

Take plenty of breaks! Always take your break in full. Try to get out of your vehicle if you can safely to stretch out during your break. If you feel too tired to keep on driving, stop immediately.

For more information about our latest driving vacancies, or to find out how South 57 can support your business, contact us on 0333 344 6845 or [email protected].

Avoid these top forklift operation mistakes!

Forklift operation mistakes can be very costly. Regular training and maintenance can go a long way to preventing mistakes when operating your forklift, but also having a good understanding of the sort of mistakes that can be made and their consequences is important too – here’s our list of mistakes to watch out for.

The load – Loads that are too heavy or unsecured can be a real danger to both those operating the forklift and pedestrians. Make sure you know exactly how much weight your forklift can take and always secure the load properly.

Get inspecting! Missing inspections and maintenance on your forklift can be very costly, leading to broken vehicles way before their time. Make sure forklifts are regularly inspected and train teams to make sure they check their vehicles regularly.

Lack of care. It’s vital that forklift operators use their equipment properly – Speeding can be hugely dangerous for pedestrians, as well as a lack of attention to surroundings. Forklift operators must be diligent at all times, paying attention to signage and safe routes.

For more information about our latest forklift vacancies, or to find out how South 57 can support your business, contact us on 0333 344 6845 or [email protected].

Van Driver

We are currently recruiting dedicated and experienced Van Drivers for our prestigious client based in Milton Keynes. This temporary, on-going role involves making an average of 5 drops per day, with up to 15 drops for more local deliveries.

Key Responsibilities:
• Multi-Drop Deliveries: Perform multi-drop deliveries with professionalism and efficiency.
• Route Planning: Plan and follow efficient routes to ensure timely deliveries.
• Vehicle Maintenance: Conduct pre-trip inspections and maintain the cleanliness and functionality of the delivery van.
• Customer Service: Provide excellent service to our clients’ customers, ensuring all deliveries are made accurately and on time.
• Documentation: Complete delivery paperwork accurately and maintain records as required.
• Must be over 25 years old (for insurance purposes).
• Valid UK driving licence with no more than 6 points.
• Proven experience in multi-drop delivery driving.
• Flexibility to start work as early as 8am, depending on daily schedules.
• Strong time-management skills and the ability to work independently.
• Excellent communication and customer service skills.

• Safety-First Mindset: Prioritize safety in all your actions.

• Physical Fitness: As you handle loading and unloading, being physically fit is a must.

Ready to embrace an exciting driving adventure with us? Apply now and be part of our team.

Bendi/Flexi FLT Driver

We are currently looking for an experienced Flexi/Bendi forklift driver to join a well-established business based in Bletchley. The ideal candidate will be available immediately and will be able to commit to full time hours.

Key details:

· Day shift available (Monday to Friday)

· Pay: £12.50 per hour

· Free on-site parking

· Temp to permanent for the right candidate

· MUST have a valid, in-date Flexi/Bendi licence


· This is a busy forklift position however you will be required to carry our manual work also.

· Warehouse duties are involved.

Avoid these common interviewing mistakes!

It’s inevitable that job seekers will have to attend interviews to secure a new role these days. Whilst interviews come in all shapes and sizes, make sure you avoid these common mistakes.

Make sure you prepare. It doesn’t make much to research the job and the organisation you’re interviewing with. If you can’t answer any questions about the job or the company in the interview, it’ll look like you’re not interested.

Are you on time? Turning up late to an interview, even if it is out of your control, won’t start things well for you. Plan your journey well and leave plenty of time to get there, even if delays occur. If you do find yourself running later, call the organisation to let them know when you’ll arrive. And if your interview is online, log on join the call at the start time (not early!), and consider testing your tech beforehand.

How much information? It’s vital that you’re careful about how much information you give. You should avoid being critical of a previous or current employer in an interview setting, and honestly, the interviewer isn’t going to want to hear your full life story! Answer the questions given clearly and to the point.

For more information about our latest vacancies, or to find out how South 57 can support your business, contact us on 0333 344 6845 or [email protected].

Have you got what it takes to work in a warehouse?

Working in a warehouse can be challenging at times. It’s a fast paced, highly pressured environment, which demands a wide range of skills. So might you be suited to working in a warehouse?

Adaptability is key. Warehouse work means you’ll likely find yourself in a variety of different environments, both hot and cold, inside and outside. Good warehouse workers are prepared to adapt to changing environments and demands.

Don’t forget the customer. Warehouse work might seem behind the scenes, away from the customer, but there’s times where you’ll need to be customer facing, representing your company. Make sure you’re ready to offer great customer service where needed.

Do you have problem solving skills? Whilst warehouse work can seem fairly consistent, with consumers becoming ever more demanding you may find new challenges when it comes to delivering a service. Good problem-solving skills and imitative are a must.

Think training. Whilst most companies offer training, good warehouse workers ensure their training is up to date at all times, so make sure you’re compliant, because it’s your responsibility to be safe too.

For more information about our latest warehouse vacancies, or to find out how South57 can support your business, contact us on 0333 344 6845 or [email protected].

What are the top skills employers are looking for?

When you’re job searching, it’s vital you demonstrate your skill sets, and how they match with the needs of your potential new employer. Whilst this can be varied, there are certain core skillsets every employer is seeking – here’s the skill sets you should be promoting and focussing on when job searching.

Leadership. You might not think that leadership skills are relevant to you if your role doesn’t include line management, but this isn’t the case. Leadership on projects and problem solving, demonstrating the ability to lead where required, is a must.

Problem Solving. Identifying problems is fine, but you need to demonstrate the skills to be able to solve problems and come up with solutions.

Personal skills. You need to be an effective communicator, able to build working relationships with colleagues and customers as required. Good communication is a must!

Motivation. Of course people are motivated to work according to salary, but employers want to see you’re motivated by other factors too, such as career progression and personal development.

For more information about our latest vacancies, or to find out how South57 can support your business, contact us on 0333 344 6845 or [email protected].

Shift Manager

Exciting Opportunity: Shift Manager Role in Bedford!

We’re thrilled to represent our esteemed client, a rapidly expanding pharmaceutical distribution centre specialising in pet care, in their search for a dedicated Shift Manager in Bedford.

About the Company:

Our client is a leader in the pharmaceutical distribution industry, with a focus on providing essential healthcare products for pets. With a commitment to quality and excellence, they’re dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of pets and their owners.

Role Overview:

As a Shift Manager, you’ll be instrumental in ensuring the efficient operation of our client’s distribution center. You’ll lead a team of passionate individuals, oversee daily operations, and uphold the highest standards of productivity and service excellence.

Location: Bedford

Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 14:00-22:00 (occasional Saturday shifts may be required based on business needs)

Salary: £35,000 per annum

Immediate Start: This is an immediate start opportunity for the right candidate!

Why Join Us?

  • Growth Potential: Join a company on the fast track to success in the pet healthcare industry, with ample opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
  • Dynamic Environment: Work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment where every day brings new challenges and opportunities for innovation.
  • Competitive Salary: Enjoy a competitive salary package of £35,000 per annum, reflective of your skills and contributions to the team.
  • Immediate Start: Start making a difference right away with an immediate start date.

How to Apply:

If you’re ready to take on this exciting opportunity and contribute to our client’s mission of providing top-notch pet healthcare solutions, we want to hear from you! Please email your CV to [email protected] immediately to be considered. Hurry—applications close on 21/04/2024.

Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to the well-being of pets. Apply now and start your journey with us in Bedford!

Why consider a career in hospitality?

The hospitality sector is booming – and with that comes lots of new job opportunities! But why should you consider a career in hospitality? What are the benefits?

Flexibility. If you are looking for something flexible hospitality could be just right for you. You’ll find temp, contract and permanent opportunities across the sector as well as flexibility on working hours, days and times.

Lots of career progression. There are numerous different routes to develop your career in hospitality, including different specialities and seniority. The possibilities are endless! If you like variety and the opportunity to change and learn new skills, hospitality is for you.

Be a part of important moments. Hospitality plays a key part in our lives, especially in events such as weddings. Hospitality work gives you the opportunity to play a role in people’s lives – and make those important moments incredibly special. Hospitality can be a hugely rewarding career choice.

Learn as you go. There are many jobs in hospitality that don’t necessarily require previous experience – so if you’re ready for a new challenge hospitality could be the right choice for you!

For more information about our hospitality roles, or to find out how South 57 can support your business, contact us on 0333 344 6845 or [email protected]

How to secure that promotion

We all want to do well at work and for most a promotion is the first step to new development and better financial security. But how can employees better their chances for promotion?

Think strategy. A promotion doesn’t necessarily mean working “harder” or longer hours. Employees should more consider how to work smarter to ensure they are working to their full efficiency, and in turn, think about how a company can work efficiently.

Who’s your inspiration? If you’re stuck on where to start, think about those who have been promoted before you, and how they made their mark.

Just ask! Ask managers for feedback on your work and for suggestions on how you can improve. If you don’t ask, how else are you supposed to know how to improve?

Don’t forget the team! Whilst working to improve yourself and your way of working, apply what you learn to working in your team – companies work better when there’s good collaboration!

For more information about our latest vacancies, or to find out how South57 Recruitment can support your business, contact us on 0333 344 6845 or [email protected]

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