JHP Recruitment

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by JHP Recruitment's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from JHP Recruitment is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Managing Director
Some of the JHP team at
Wembley Stadium for the
National Family Business
specialist recruitment firm within the veterinary sector,
JHP Recruitment is a young but thriving business based
in Exeter. Managing Director Justin Powlesland tells
TheParliamentary Review
that JHP is able to supply both
temporary and permanent candidates at every conceivable level
of veterinary skill. The JHP journey, however, has not been an
easy one, Justin says. He discusses some of the difficulties he
has faced, including IR35 tax regulation.
Towards the end of 2015, I remember sitting down to write a detailed business plan. I
aimed to launch a new veterinary specialist recruitment company with the aim of being
trusted by clients and candidates and to break the typical stereotype of recruiters, with
their shiny three-piece suits and cocky attitudes. The plan was to grow the company,
very slowly but with purpose, ensuring that we brought staff members in with the
right ethos. We never envisaged the journey that we were about to embark on.
My wife and I decided that we would convert our garage at home into a home
office. This meant that I could keep costs down initially and then over the course of
the next 12 to 18 months, the plan was to bring in staff to increase the team.
As I’d already been recruiting within the veterinary industry for the previous six
years, I was seen in high regard by many veterinary practice owners and I had
developed an excellent reputation. This meant that I was able to start working
with large corporate clients from the outset. Because of this, within two months of
trading, we had already taken on three recruitment consultants and required more
staff. To accommodate this growing team, we also needed to move out of my
garage and find a real office.
»Managing Director:
»Established in 2015
»Based in Exeter
»Services: Specialist recruitment
company for the veterinary
»No. of employees: 16
JHP Recruitment
Highlighting best practice
Expanding our team
I decided early on that I didn’t want to
bring people into the business, who
had previous experience of working in
a recruitment company, as I felt that
they may come in with bad habits
or refuse to change the manner of
working they were accustomed to.
Instead, I decided that personality
was paramount and I was looking for
people who wanted to join a start-
up company and wanted to be part
of growing a company, a team and
With this in mind, my first three
appointments were people who I knew
well and who I felt had the drive and
determination to help our business
succeed. Then came the task of trying
to talk these three people into leaving
their current jobs and coming to join
a company that was two months old
and working out of a garage. I’m so
grateful to these three people for
seeing the vision that I had and for
wanting to be part of it.
The first 12 months were tough. We
were growing the team and by our
first anniversary, we had grown our
team to six. However, I was having
to train everyone who came into the
business as well as trying to recruit for
our clients, as we only got paid if we
were successful in finding the right
candidate. I was working very early
mornings until late at night to ensure
that we had enough money to keep
the business expanding. My wife and
I invested £9,000 in total into the
business and this included converting
the garage. By the end of the first year,
we had turned over £457,000. As
we approach the end of year four of
trading, we have now built our team
to 16 and are on target to turn over
approximately £4 million for theyear.
Justin Powlesland giving
a lecture for the BVNA
Entering the National
Family Business Awards
We need to
know that we
can still source
from Europe
to come and
work in the
The issues with IR35
Despite this significant growth, market
conditions are becoming challenging
once again. There is huge uncertainty
within the veterinary industry due to
IR35 regulations coming in to play
from April 2020, and this, in my
opinion, will affect the private sector
more than it did when it was brought
into the public sector.
The public sector has capped rates,
which meant that locums couldn’t
simply raise their fees to offset the
costs to them personally. Over the last
few years, I have already witnessed
locums’ wage demands go through the
roof. It is well documented that there
is a lack of veterinary professionals
in the UK, with veterinary surgeons
having been put on the “shortage
occupation list” earlier in 2019. This
means that vets are well aware that
they are in demand, so their wage
demands are getting higher and
higher. This cannot continue within the
industry as it will cripple many clinics.
We are already seeing clinics shutting
their doors and closing up for a day or
two rather than bringing in a locum, as
it is just not cost-effective for them. If
this continues, many clinics may have
to close completely.
I completely understand the reasons
why HMRC have decided to bring
IR35 regulation into the private sector.
However, in the veterinary industry,
I don’t think that I have come across
a locum in ten years who has been
working as a disguised employee.
All of the locums I have dealt with
have moved from clinic to clinic in
the correct manner of a “limited
company locum” without receiving
any employee benefits. I hope that
the Check Employment Status for
Tax tool that the government has
designed is seriously looked at by
experts, as it just doesn’t work for the
Veterinary schools in the UK are now
having a big push to promote the
industry and to try and drive intake up,
but with it taking at least five years to
qualify as a veterinary surgeon, this will
not help in the short term.
As a business, we were very pleased
that vets were put on the shortage
occupation list as with Brexit on the
horizon, we need to know that we can
still source candidates from Europe to
come and work in the UK. Without
these vital recruits, the industry as a
whole will suffer.
My wife and I
£9,000 in
total into the
business and
this included
converting the
garage. By the
end of the
first year, we
had turned
over £457,000
Left: Justin & Lydia
receiving awards at
Wembley Stadium
Right: The JHP
Recruitment team


This article was sponsored by JHP Recruitment. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development