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MEMBER NEWS Firm recruits from local university


A letterbox gift company set up in lockdown by a Derby husband- and-wife team has thanked the city’s university for help in recruiting 10 new members of staff. Colleague Box, founded by


Adam and Natalie Bamford when the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak, moved into its first commercial premises – a 3,000 sq ft warehouse at Sawley Park business centre in Derby – last month.


‘The people we have at the University of Derby study subjects as varied as business, education, sport, law and events management’


And to help meet the “phenomenal” rise in orders, which has seen the couple pack and ship 20,000 pumpkins for a company- wide carving competition, Colleague Box enlisted the help of the University of Derby’s Student Employment Agency (SEA) to find the right people for the job. Natalie said: “It has been a phenomenal few months for


Adam and Natalie Bamford set up Colleague Box at the peak of the coronavirus lockdown


Colleague Box and Adam and I realised quite quickly that we would need help to cope with an increase in demand for our boxes, particularly the 20,000-pumpkin order we received from a global delivery company. “We spoke to Bev Crighton,


senior lecturer at the University of


Derby, who put us in touch with Davinder Dhadli, SEA officer at the university. “Davinder handled the full


recruitment cycle for us – advertising the vacancy, searching and selecting the right candidates, arranging interviews, completing on-boarding, right to work checks


and setting up the full payroll service. “She’s been brilliant and found


us 10 perfect recruits who are all very hardworking. and as well as being great ambassadors for the University of Derby, are fantastic assets for Colleague Box.” Initially, the students were


employed for temporary work but with an influx of orders for Colleague Box’s range of Christmas and New Year boxes, there is a possibility that the students will be needed well into the new year. Davinder added: “We were


delighted to help Colleague Box and working with Adam and Natalie has been a great joy. They have proven to offer a very flexible approach to the students’ hours and have communicated very well with the SEA with regards to any changes. “The people we have at the


University of Derby study subjects as varied as business, education, sport, law and events management so there is a broad range of skills available. By definition, students and recent graduates also have a passion for learning and self- development - an important attribute in any employee.”


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