The last 6 months for any business in any sector have been exceptionally challenging, even with the extension of the furlough scheme and government business support, but the hospitality sector, with ever increasing trade restrictions, has certainly suffered a few more bruises along the way!
But it is also during these challenging times where your drive for survival and passion for the industry, fuels the path to look for opportunities to diversify the business, its people and to strengthen the specialist service offering to its clients and the wider market.
Evolve has launched a new specialist safeguarding brand, Enhance Catering Recruitment, under the stewardship of Clare Downes, that focuses on supplying DBS cleared staff to UK clients. ‘It’s with great anticipation, that we have launched the new specialist safeguarding brand, Enhance Catering Recruitment – a welcome addition to the established and respected Evolve Hospitality brand and an integral part of the newly formed Evolve Group. Specialising in DBS checked catering staff, under the operational management of Samantha McCune, whom I have worked with for 12 years, I am truly looking forward to being able to support our clients in the health, education and defence sectors. It is a very exciting time for everyone in the group and we are looking forward to what the future will bring,’ Clare states.
We are truly excited to offer this service & support to our clients and candidates during these unprecedented times. As Evolve’s MD, Ed Vokes said, ‘I have worked with Clare for 15 years and she has been a huge part in the growth of Evolve and to launch a specialist brand to differentiate the businesses for various industry demands is vitally important.’
Evolve is also extremely proud and pleased to announce that we have entered into a definitive merger agreement with Collins King & Associates, a specialist and leading provider of permanent recruitment to the hospitality industry for the last 21 years.
This merger with Collins King & Associates with Gary King as Managing Director, further strengthens our position within the hospitality market. This collaboration encapsulates years of experience, knowledge, and expertise with Collins King’s insight & expertise within the permanent labour market and Evolve’s specialist knowledge of the temporary labour market, it will provide our clients an experienced and holistic staffing provider that can service their ever-changing business needs.
This partnership is also expected to result in greater efficiencies and significantly increase our market share. Ed continues ‘I am delighted that Gary has joined us as part of the group. He has been a friend of Evolve since it started in 2012 and he brings with him incomparable industry expertise and the respect of the industry. Together we will come out of these crazy times! We are already collaborating on various projects which are hugely exciting and because of the incredible dedication of our respective teams and candidates, we are evolving … even during a pandemic!’
The integration of both companies will take place over the next 6 months and of course, in the meantime our customers will continue to receive the same high-quality service, which they have come to expect.
Collins King, which will continue to operate under their name, is now a subsidiary of the Evolve Group.
Gary King confirms this new partnership, ‘I am delighted and extremely excited about our merger with Evolve Hospitality as part of a newly formed group. We have been working closely with Evolve Hospitality since their conception in 2012, so this was a natural and seamless progression into a full partnership with a company who share the same core values. As a group we can now offer our clients the complete range of recruitment services coupled with a commitment for service excellence’
The Evolve Group will consist of Evolve Hospitality, Enhance Catering and Collins King. Ed confirms, ‘I am delighted that we are now a group with 3 successful and industry specific offerings to the market where our combined values and team excellence will continue to underpin our commitment and drive… truly evolving!’
The Evolve Group