Clifton Suspension Bridge

Exceeding 'We are you'

Guidant Group has been working in partnership with Bristol City Council (BCC) since March 2016 to support the council’s temporary staffing requirements. To deliver the solution, we placed a dedicated account onsite team permanently at the council’s City Hall office. The team’s high-touch, personalised service quickly embedded them with the council’s HR function and our successful partnership has led us to win the 'Most Effective Partnership' category award at the Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA) Awards.

Challenges to be met

BCC, like many local authorities is tackling the challenge of cutting costs; reducing spend on temporary resourcing was the key priority. This challenge must be met without sacrificing the quality of talent acquisition and whilst maintaining efficiency in filling vacancies.

The journey so far

Working together, we have achieved:

  • A reduction in temporary labour spend by £5.5 million over 18 months
  • A now 100% compliant temporary workforce
  • Significant improvements to the candidate experience through education of hiring managers
  • A cheaper, simpler and quicker acquisition of the right temporary workers through supplier consolidation and educating on the importance of following processes
  • The delivery of ‘We are you’ principle, by making a real difference to the working lives of people within the Council and within the wider Bristol community

Exceeding ‘We are you’

Over the course of our partnership we have worked collaboratively on a wider range of initiatives, demonstrating commitment to our principle ‘We are you’. These include hiring manager engagement, management information (MI) and monthly dashboards, and supporting various areas of diversity and inclusion.

To find out more about these initiatives and the full story of our partnership download our case study. 

Your true partnership starts here

If you are inspired by our work with Bristol City Council and are looking for a trusted MSP/RPO provider please contact Louise West, Public Sector Client Solutions Manager, on 07775 407560 or louise.west@guidantgroup.com to take the first step today towards what could be a great partnership!