London Boroughs Recruitment Partnership Appoints Penna Plc as Sole Supplier of Recruitment Advertising and Strategic HR Services

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The London Boroughs Recruitment Partnership (LBRP), a consortium of 25 London Boroughs and three associated bodies, has appointed Penna Plc as its supplier of recruitment advertising and strategic HR services. The new contract started from 1st April 2011 and is open to all members of the London Councils/London Contracts Supplier Group.

The London Boroughs Recruitment Partnership (LBRP), a consortium of 25 London Boroughs and three associated bodies, has appointed Penna Plc as its supplier of recruitment advertising and strategic HR services. The new contract started from 1st April 2011 and is open to all members of the London Councils/London Contracts Supplier Group.

Reflecting the challenges that the London Boroughs currently face, the contract has been expanded to include such additional HR services as outplacement. Dean Shoesmith from LBRP explained, “The LBRP is a crucial strategic procurement partnership that provides efficiency and good value for Council tax payers through economies of scale and working with best in class private sector providers, like Penna. The LBRP was first launched in 2006 and has been a proven, sustainable, long-term strategic consortium – providing best value through effective procurement across the region benefitting its members and the wider public through efficiency maximisation. It is one of the largest and most effective strategic procurement partnerships of its kind in the country. We regularly review the component elements of this strategic procurement partnership to ensure that what is offered meets current business context and need – hence we have added outplacement services as part of the offering given the current, significant retrenchment programme many of the London Boroughs partners have to address.”

According to Dean Shoesmith, the changes and challenges that lie ahead for their members meant that it was vital that they selected a provider that could provide both value for money and deliver an exceptional service to their members. “We selected Penna as our strategic advertising agent and HR service provider following a rigorous evaluation process that demonstrated Penna provided best value for money, in-depth knowledge of the public sector and proven expertise in recruitment advertising and outplacement available from the market”.

Commenting on the appointment, Gary Browning, CEO of Penna Plc said, “We welcome the opportunity to support local government through the significant changes ahead. Our broad experience over many years in assisting local authorities with their attraction, selection, assessment and executive search and interim recruitment needs is now completed by our ability to support people through downsizing and change - areas we have extensive experience in as the UK’s leading provider of outplacement and career transition services.”

ABOUT PENNA PLC - Penna is a global HR Services Group. Through effective services and unrivalled expertise, we help organisations improve their performance through their people. Our expertise spans the entire employment lifecycle – from attraction & communications, managed recruitment and assessment, executive search & interim and assessment to learning & development, board & executive coaching, consulting solutions, welfare to work and outplacement.

For further details please visit http://www.penna.com

ABOUT LBRP - Known collectively as the London Borough Recruitment Partnership (LBRP), the procurement partnership comprises all members of the London Contracts and Supplies Group (LCSG); London Boroughs and public bodies such as the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.

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