Case Studies

Case Study

Stobart Aviation Services

Irlam Associates supported Stobart Aviation with a new contract win (Amazon) at Southend Airport with a time-sensitive GO-LIVE date. Irlam Associates placed over 80 workers that required 5-year background checks, DBS checks and Cargo training within a 3 week time period.

  • Assignment:  Major cargo client turned to Irlam Associates for support.

  • Action:  Irlam Associates took the brief and set up the operation at Southend Airport the next day, working 7 days a week

  • Result:  All 80 candidates delivered on time for the 3-week go-live date with all training completed and passes required.


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Nightingale hospitals that opened to support the overwhelming volume of COVID cases. Irlam Associates adapted quickly and utilised the Aviation staff that were furloughed to place into the respective Nightingale Hospitals. The NHS required DBS checked staff and we were, therefore, able to work towards the criteria they required, at speed.

Assignment: A major facilities management business was in need of a very high volume of staff to support across a number of hospitals nationally.

Action: Having features such as DBS checker, Irlam Associates were able to submit high volumes of candidates with live DBS that could start immediately.

Result: Circa 100 candidates sourced from our CRM along with a number of additional campaigns.


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Wincanton Nestle Purina

Irlam Associates were asked to support Wincanton Nestle Purina (a large multi-user 3PL startup). They required a vast array of candidates with different skill sets including a newly set-up WMS team. Irlam Associates were requested to supply multiple staffing solutions and sat down to discuss the most cost-effective plans. Irlam Associates placed over 40 permanent staff within 6 months of the site opening.

Assignment: Irlam Associates were asked by a major Supply Chain Business to support the setup of a new large 3PL operation.

Action: Irlam Associates were able to advise on three different proposals to execute the operation including the costing model, onboarding timescales, and labour planning.

Result: Irlam Associates were able to add value with their experience, show true cost savings, decrease attrition rate through a vigorous onboarding process and make the operation a success.


Irlam Associates contacted me when I was not actively looking for a new challenge. They presented a role that fit in perfectly with my experience and aspirations. I was given a full overview of Speedy Freight and the planned growth of the business moving forward. From start to finish I felt comfortable that I was being represented by the right team. I didn’t have to ask for updates as I was continually updated with any progress on interviews, feedback and the offer letter. Since starting, I have had regular contact with Irlam Associates to support my transition into the business

Rhys Hughes | Branch Manager

Irlam Associates contacted me as they felt my experience matched a General Manager role they were recruiting in Northampton. On paper this wouldn’t have been a position I would have thought suitable however Irlam Associates' understanding of the role meant there was so much more to offer than the job description. They made sure to be transparent with my expectations on salary and benefits. Irlam Associates gave me all the required interview preparation and I interviewed the following week. Within 7 days of the initial call, I had a job offer.

Sean Belham | General Manager | North

Having worked with Irlam Associates in the past, directly in the same business and now as a supplier, I have consistently been impressed by their attention to detail and can-do attitude. Supporting at short notice on projects, resolving issues as they arise, and delivering a consistently high calibre of people as our business has grown shows their ability to adapt and support our needs. The Irlam Associates team are trusted partners to Aviation Services as we continue to grow across the Cargo and Aviation market.

Graeme Undy | Managing Director | Stobart Aviation Service

It’s rare you come across someone as energetic as Will, his energy is infectious and flows into his team and everything he does. He has a positive and proactive approach to recruitment strategy and brings forward great talent, with a truly personal approach. I have had the pleasure of working with Will for a number of years, and he has successfully filled many senior positions across diverse teams and business functions. Will’s ability to seek out individuals who will not only meet the job spec criteria, but also fit into our company culture has made a significant impact. Will is very persuasive and always gets our first choice in post.

Mike Smith | Managing Director | Speedy Freight

Having worked with Will and Irlam Associates for some years now, I can absolutely recommend their service. They work tirelessly to ensure our business needs are met in a timely manner and often go above and beyond. They have become a trusted partner to us in Manchester.

Menzies | Station Manager | Manchester Airport

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