The ALP was established in February 2004 as the specialist trade association for organisations that provide temporary, contract and seasonal workers within the food, agricultural and other GLA regulated sectors. Much of its work is also relevant to labour users and also to labour providers in other sectors.
It has had, and continues to have, a significant effect on government and regulatory policy and provides a range of very useful information and services to its members.
Any organisation that provides labour is entitled to become a member of the Association on payment of the appropriate subscription, and agreement to be bound by the constitution.
Organisations that use agency labour or are interested in temporary labour issues are welcome to become Associate Members.
The Association’s objectives are -
- To represent the interests of labour providers to growers, packers, labour users, supermarkets, the GLA, Government departments and agencies, Parliament and other relevant organisations.
- To promote labour providers.
- To be a centre of expertise and good practice providing commentary, statistics, guidance and advice on all legal and other regulatory developments of relevance to labour provision.
- To source and promote a range of business services of benefit to labour providers.
- To establish, promote and engender legal and ethically compliant standards of practice for the provision of labour.
ALP is governed by a Director, David Camp, and an Executive Committee of 12 labour providers, together with an independent chairman, Mark Boleat.
Mark Boleat is the independent Chairman of the ALP. He has considerable experience in trade associations, business and regulation. He has previously been Director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association and the Association of British Insurers. He has been on the boards of listed and private companies and charities. He has also been a member of the National Consumer Council and the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and for a year was responsible for regulating claims management companies for the Ministry of Justice. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee and Chairman of the Markets Committee in the City of London.
David Camp is the Director of the ALP. He represents the labour provider industry on the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) Board. David has run allianceHR Ltd since 2002, an HR consultancy providing outsourced HR services and specialising in issues surrounding agency labour supply within the food and agriculture sectors. He previously worked in HR and Operational Management for 15 years within a wide range of food processing sites around the UK.
The affairs of ALP are directed by an Executive Committee currently consisting of the following industry representatives:
Stephen Brewis (Blue Arrow), Jimmy Davies (HOPS), Bernard Gaughan (Total Labour Solutions), Andy Haselip (Pro-Force Ltd), Andy Hogarth (Staffline), Lee Rand (Teamwork Resource), Ken Steers (Cordant), Neil Yorke (Best Connection), Joanne Young (Right4Staff), Greg Latham (Encore), Jeremy McGrail (The Staffing Group) and Richard Morrissey (Quattro Recruitment Ltd).
Benefits of membership
1. Promote your Business
- Each member has their own personal customisable webpage on the ALP website.
- Labour users search the ALP website to find local suppliers.
- Some supermarkets encourage their suppliers to use ALP members.
- Free inclusion in the twice yearly ALP Handbook distributed free of charge to thousands of food and agricultural clients.
2. Information and Clear Guidance
- Regular newsletters with highly relevant updates on GLA, legal and industry developments.
- Specialist briefing documents providing in-depth guidance on matters of direct importance to labour providers.
- Standard template documents and contracts
- An ALP Member’s only website area, which includes significant further information and assistance.
- A dedicated email and telephone helpline on 01276 509306 giving specialist advice and guidance to members.
- FREE Legal Helpline - manned by lawyers expert in labour provider issues.
- FREE HR Helpline – access to a Chartered FCIPD who is also the UK’s specialist in food industry temporary labour.
- Use the ALP logo in your sales presentations and on your website, letterheads and other promotional material.
- ALP membership is viewed as an indicator of good business practice. Labour users and retailers look for ALP membership.
- Demonstrate your ethical commitment by joining a body committed to law abiding labour provision.
4. Specialist Services - reduce costs and generate revenue
- A range of targeted business support services at advantageous terms.
- Supplementary revenue generating opportunities e.g.Western Union.
- Specialist training and consultancy at preferential rates.
5. Be Heard
- A collective and representative voice on the GLA Board and to growers, packhouses, supermarkets, media and Government.
- The Association has been extensively involved in the GLA licensing regime securing substantial improvements to the benefit of labour providers
- A major concern for labour providers is the rates offered by some labour users being insufficient to enable legal requirements to be met allowing a reasonable profit to be made. The ALP continuously urges both HMRC and the GLA to target labour users known to be paying an unrealistically low rate. The ALP prepares annual guidance to the industry and raises the profile of the consequences of low charge rates to labour users and retailers.
Applications for Membership
Applying for membership is easy - just:
- Call us on 01276 509306 and we’ll complete the application form for you, or;
- Email email@example.com and we’ll call you back, or;
- Complete the online Application Form, or;
- Download the Application Form and fax it to us at 01276 761076.
2013 Subscription Scale
Annual turnover in excess of £25 million - £2500
Annual turnover of £10 - 25 million - £1800
Annual turnover of £4 -10 million - £1200
Annual turnover of £1 - 4 million - £600
Annual turnover of under £1 million - £300
Annual turnover of under £1 million (New GLA licence applicants) - £150
Associate Membership (please indicate) - £ 500 (12 months from day of joining ALP)