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    Talent Attraction and Your Reputation

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    October 2017

    The UK fashion and retail industry is globally renowned but has been in the news recently for the wrong reasons with a string of stories about financial mismanagement and aggressive management practices coming under government and public scrutiny.

    In our experience a company’s social and environmental behavior has a noticeable impact both on its ability to attract and retain talent and on its license to operate generally. Be it from an ethical, CSR or pay stance - these factors can have an impact on the decisions of employees and prospective candidates to remain with or join an organisations.

    As a recruitment company we get a privileged insight into how different companies and teams within those companies are perceived. Candidates tell us both why they are leaving their employer and what causes them to reject one role in favour of another. It is clear that good candidates care not only about the working practices of their employer but also the businesses that company trades with which can determine the attractiveness of the company to the candidate.

    Part of our service to companies is consultancy beyond traditional recruitment. We help clients:

    • get a deeper understanding of how they are perceived and any underlying reputational issues that might be hindering their ability to recruit top flight employees or retain them– given the number of candidates we speak with, we are often able to offer a an alternative perspective based on detailed insight. Alongside staff turnover rates and exit interview feedback companies can use this feedback to understand more about market perception of their organisations exploiting strengths and addressing areas of weakness (if required).
      NB - our reputation for discretion is critical and we will never risk compromising a candidate.
       
    • correct misconceptions of their business –if changes to working practices mean that our client’s reputation is no longer fair, or if their reputation simply doesn’t correlate with the realities of their business, then we can address misconceptions directly with candidates. By helping us understand the overall direction, current culture and health of your business, as well as explaining to us any organisational change projects you have implemented, we can tell candidates a credible story that will either counter or reinforce other impressions they have gotten from the market. This independent advocacy often creates a positive ripple effect in the wider talent pool.
      NB – we will only look to change a candidate’s opinion if we believe their perception of your company is inaccurate as we cannot compromise our own reputation.

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    15/01/20

    Denim Production - YOUR Way Forward...

    Did you know… Denim laundries are one of the highest polluting facilities on the planet. 3 – 4% of a factories production is waste. UK is predicted to buy 87 million pairs of jeans this year SO… The UK Retail needs near-shore flexibility to reduce over production and respond to the market’s needs. About 70L litres of water is what it currently takes to finish one pair of jeans. This can be reduced down significantly to 5 Litres by companies like Sartex. Within 5 years jeans will be able to be created with only 100% recycled water through the Ozone or harvested rain water.   The fashion industry is unable to continue the way it is going and is desperately looking for more sustainable means to suit the needs of the consumer. Denim is one of the most contaminating industries and over 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are created by the fashion industry. Waste garments represent about 3-5% of every factory's inventory. Asia production is planned 6 months in advance and Turkey (the main close to home supplier of denim) lead times for repeats are 3-4 weeks. This gives little flexibility for companies to react to consumer trends. Subcontracting is still rife in many countries due to large demand. Visits to factories are infrequent and checks made on factories are often done by 3rd party services - Sartex are completely verticle from Inspection of Fabric, Laying, Cutting, Confection, washing and finishing all in Monastir. Retailers are under a considerable amount of pressure to meet ethical and environmental targets. £140 million of clothing goes into landfill each year – washing garments in the UK will reduce over production and waste. We are working to help sustain and introduce better alternatives to Denim production which of all the garments manufactured worldwide utilizes the most water, waste, chemicals and energy, as such we are launching the Sartex/Denim House services here in the UK - already working with UK brands Fat Face and Whistles as well as Global brands from 7 for all Mankind, Diesel, Replay to Boss amongst many others. Using organic, sustainable and recycled fabrics together with their advanced eco production. Sartex/Denim House have committed multi-million Euro investments in their incredible facilities in Monstir, Tunis. From Jeanologia and Tonello’s state of the art Ozone and Laser machineries to their Water treatment plant that recycles 70% of used water back into the factory and the balance clean enough to enter the Tunisian water system. Sartex/Denim house’s senior management team will be showcasing their new innovative developments, processes and commitment to Sustainable Denim in person on the 21st January 2020 – for more information about attending contact shelley@vandc.uk #commitedtosustainaibility

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    December 2019

    We've got the 2020 vision!

    As we wave goodbye to the last decade, we welcome 2020 of what V&C believe to be a positive and exciting start to the next decade. With Sustainability and Digital being at the core of our business focus. It is moving to reminisce on how many iconic brands have left our high street due to the retail apocalypse, those include Mothercare, Jack Wills, Karen Millen, East and Bon Marche – to name few. This creates opportunities for the new brands to step up and deliver innovation and style to the ever-changing retail landscape, most of whom are incorporating sustainability, recycled and organic fabric development into their collection, seeing the evolution of sustainable brands such as Veja, Raeburn and others. V&C continues to grow it’s event side of the business that have included content rich and exciting topics in collaboration with Google and Facebook for the digital side and launching Sartex/Denim House collaboration for the Sustainable Denim production. It is apparent, due to the successful attendance of these events, that UK brand and retailers continue to explore and grow their business through ecommerce and drive their sustainable action plan as the consumer become mindful on environmental issues – a paradox in itself. Our digital growth both in terms of recruitment and our Digital Marketing Services across PPC and Paid Social delivers excellent returns and campaigns for our retail partners. The UK seems to be ‘Online - all the time’ with the average British household now owning a staggering 7.4 internet devices. Our Digital event in November 2019 partnered with Michelle Capp (Head of UK Retail at Facebook and Instagram) where we discussed how brands can drive traffic to their websites through the power of social media, PPC and SEO. Brand awareness is key, all brands have a story to tell - it’s just how you tell it! We look forward to the start of 2020 for many reasons, in January we have our new event scheduled around Sustainability, we have new brands on board to start the digital campaigns and we have lots of fantastic new opportunities for our candidates across all retail sectors from Technical, Commercial, Buying and Merchandising.  V&C wish all our clients and candidates a very Merry Christmas a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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