Excel Recruitment Case Study: Butlers Chocolates

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About Butlers Chocolates

Butlers Chocolates began life in Dublin’s Lad Lane in 1932. The company now employs 500 staff across its factory located in North Dublin and the Butlers Chocolate Café network, which consists of 27 Butlers Chocolate Cafés in high-profile locations in Ireland, along with franchises in the Middle East and South Asia. Butlers Chocolates are exported across the world and are available in over 35 countries and 60 airports. The company is 100% Irish family owned.

Scope and Challenge 

Butlers BRC Grade A+ accredited manufacturing facility is located in Clonshaugh, North Dublin. The HR Team found it challenging to find sufficient numbers of quality staff to work in the factory due to labour shortages in the general operative space after the COVID Crisis. Butlers has several manufacturing peaks over the year in line with traditional chocolate gift giving occasions such as Easter and Christmas. The company needed flexibility to work in line with seasonal demand and employ quality staff at short notice for temporary periods as required.

How and where

Excel Recruitment and Butlers Chocolates. Michelle McBride, Retail Director, Butlers Chocolates and Board Member, Retail Excellence Ireland discussed this issue with Barry Whelan, CEO of Excel Recruitment (Corporate Partner to REI). Barry introduced Butlers Production and HR management team to Sarah Adams, Team Leader of the Industrial Recruitment Division in Excel. Sarah analysed the requirement and she and her team set about deploying Excel Recruitment temporary general operative staff to work in the factory. The staff was made up of qualified people, with manufacturing experience, looking to work locally in North Dublin where Butlers Chocolates is located.

The Outcome

In October 2022, Butlers took on board the first set of 8 temporary general operatives from Excel Recruitment. Excel supplied high-quality staff ready to work in machine operation, packing, and hygiene across the factory and warehouse. The number of temporary staff supplied by Excel peaked at 45. The supply of temporary staff helped Butlers produce in good time and ample volume to meet consumer demand. The ability to react quickly to increased manufacturing demand worked particularly well for Butlers management, as it gave them added flexibility as required. The quality of staff supplied was evident when 9 Excel recruitment temporary workers moved from employment with Excel to permanent employment with Butlers.

If you feel this might be a solution for your own business, contact Excel Recruitment regarding Temporary Staffing Solutions. Call 01 871 7676 or email sarah.adams@excelrecruitment.com