Labour provider Concordia confident on horticultural staff supply as Orme's departure leaves gap

Departing Concordia chief executive Rob Orme said 2016 had been "a challenging year for all labour providers," after exit from the EU, but there will be a scheme that gives "certainty" coming in.

Rob Orme
Rob Orme

Orme added in a letter to customers: "I am confident that the exit from the EU will bring about a scheme for horticultural recruitment that will bring certainty to us all in labour supply. We are already supporting the NFU with their lobbying on this, and expressing our opinion on the matter via media interviews. This will be a great opportunity for Concordia to continue its important role within horticulture."

Orme will be moving on from Concordia at the end of March 2017, after eight years in the role. A replacement is being sought.

Hayloft Plants' Derek Jarman said: "The horticultural industry needs someone who understands the importance of temporary seasonal labour in close contact with the Government Home Office. Losing Rob Orme next March when Theresa May intends to trigger Article 50 is a serious problem for horticulture. I know that Concordia work closely with the NFU so hopefully there is someone either within Concordia or the NFU who can negotiate with a Government who can’t currently be bothered to discuss Brexit in the House of Commons, let alone with insignificant horticultural businesses and their trade bodies.

"We have a European Plant Passport system which gives free movement of plants across Europe subject to plant health inspections in the producing country. We hear lots about Banking Passporting in the National Media, never once have I heard about the effect of Brexit on Plant Passporting."    

At the end of 2016, Terry Crosswell will retire, following 12 years of service at Concordia. 


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

 

Horticulture Week

The latest developments concerning coronavirus for horticulture industry professionals involved in buying or selling garden products and plants or producing and participating in horticultural shows and events.

Horticulture Week Top UK GLASSHOUSE SALAD GROWERS

See our exclusive RANKING of UK Salad Growers by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS .

Horticulture Week Top UK FRUIT PRODUCERS

See our exclusive RANKING of UK Fruit Producers by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon