Budget combines the strength of one of the world’s largest car rental brands together with the detailed local knowledge, flexibility and great value for money you need.
Established in 1958, the Budget Rent a Car brand is licensed within Europe, the Middle East and Africa to Zodiac Europe Ltd (a subsidiary of Avis Europe plc). Budget locations are either directly owned or franchised to local operators across the region.
Their global network now includes more than 3,400 locations, operating a wide range of cars, trucks and vans in 128 countries.
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Catch have been successfully providing IT staff for Budget for several years.
Claire Casey, IT Project Leader at Budget says:
"I have used Catch Resource Management for a number of years; both as a candidate and as an employer.
I have always found that the quality of candidates and the relevance of their skills to my particular vacancy is very good. When I have placed a vacancy with Catch, I have always dealt with the same Recruitment Consultant from beginning to end which is very important to me - it is frustrating having to explain requirements repeatedly if you are not being dealt with by a dedicated resource.
During the process, the consultant arranges interviews efficiently and makes sure that he gets feedback from me on the candidates, which is then passed back to them.Catch would be my recruitment agency of choice if I was looking to fill an IT vacancy"
A 10 year partnership with the UK arm of the world's largest fragrance company. Based upon understanding commitment and knowledge of Coty's business and systems.End to end recruitment management process and close liaison with Coty's IT Management team ensures shortlists of stringently vetted and highly suitable candidates for positions across the IT department. A combination of candidate calibre and Coty culture results in permanent positions being filled 'permanently'.
Through astute acquisitions and licensing partnerships, Coty Inc. has achieved a leadership position in fragrance and has quickly emerged as a global leader in the world of beauty. Today, Coty is the world's largest fragrance company with sales of £2.5 billion for the year ended June 30 2008.
Driven by passion, innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit, Coty has built a unique portfolio of brands that have produced some of the strongest franchises in history, including Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Chloè, David and Victoria Beckham and Rimmel.
With offices in more than 30 countries and a strong presence in 90 markets, Coty's business model is based on developing power brands, licensing agreements, acquisitions and joint ventures to give the company an agility and flexibility that sets it apart from other beauty companies. The UK is one of Coty's largest and most profitable markets.
In 1999, shortly after Coty UK had completed the implementation of JBA software to manage its commercial operations, Andrew Jewson joined Coty as UK IT Director. At that time, Coty's JBA system was supported by SBA – a successful ERP Systems Integrator formed by Jeremy Bingham and Andy Smith, both of whom had been directly involved in the implementation and configuration of the JBA software for Coty. Coty's policy at that time was to outsource support and SBA provided a wide range of services including 1st line application support, as well as on-going development and customisation of the JBA system.
Jeremy and Andy also run Catch - a highly successful IT and Finance Recruitment Consultancy. Both felt that this business was ideally suited to support Coty as it continued to expand its UK IT department, and approached Andrew Jewson to explore a possible business relationship.
"Catch approached me to ascertain whether they could work with us to address our recruitment issues,” continued Andrew Jewson. "I was, of course, familiar with Jeremy's and Andy's technical consultancy and support services. initially I invited them to compete with our existing recruitment agencies so that I could gauge their calibre.”
The recruitment services that Catch provided to Coty turned out to be highly effective.
"They have a knack of finding the right people,” said Andrew. "They were familiar with our organisation and with our software and were able to come up with highly credible shortlists very quickly.”
Catch became Coty's preferred IT recruitment partner early in 2003, providing Coty with a wide range of permanent employees including AS400 application and development specialists, Infrastructure technicians and IT managers.
"In 2002 we were embarking on a recruitment drive for Business Intelligence specialists," explained Andrew. "At that time, Business Intelligence was a relatively new concept and experienced, capable and professional specialists were very thin on the ground. Catch was able to provide us with a shortlist of high calibre professionals, some of whom remain with us today".
Andy Smith, Operations Director at Catch takes up the story. "Across our client base we build relationships based upon understanding and commitment", he explained. "Our knowledge of both the Coty business and the systems that they have implemented means that we have the expertise and the experience to respond to all of Coty's IT recruitment requirements by only putting forward the best possible candidates."
Liaising closely with Coty's IT management team, Catch's IT recruitment services start with an in-depth appreciation of Coty's requirements for each available position – whether this be for an IT junior or a seasoned high-level IT manager. "Before we can begin to identify potential candidates, we need to fully understand the roles and responsibilities that Coty envisages for each available position,” continued Andy Smith. "Coty is an extremely popular place to work, and offers excellent career progression, so in addition to the necessary levels of technical competencies, we have to ensure that each candidate we put forward fits into the Coty culture and can quickly become part of the team. This is just part of the pre-interview briefing that we give to all of our candidates.”
"Unlike many other IT recruitment organisations, Catch provides us with extensive preparation services,” continued Andrew Jewson. "They pre-interview all candidates for each role and provide us with a concise and highly detailed shortlist, even advising us on their preferred candidate.”
Once Coty has selected the candidates that it wishes to interview, Catch works closely with the relevant Coty personnel to arrange interviews, provide feedback to both candidates and Coty, and manage the offer processes to successful candidates.
Although Andrew Jewson has now been appointed Global Vice President Information Management, Catch continues to work closely with the UK IT team.
"This has been an excellent relationship,” concluded Andrew.
A relationship built when Catch succeeded where many others had failed.
Catch used their extensive connections within the Dynamics AX market to find contractors with the right balance of business and systems knowledge.
Speedy (Hire) Plc is a leading provider of equipment and support services to construction, manufacturing, industrial, rail and related industries.
Since their foundation in 1977 they have grown to an approx £500m organisation with more than 100,000 customers, 4500 employees and a national network of 450 depots. This makes them the 'biggest' in their sector and with scale comes resources and the ability to make things happen. But,their pride lies not in absolute size but in 'leadership' .Being the 'leading' company in their sector is what motivates and drives their ambition.
They believe that their success has been based on sticking to simple principles; Understand our customers, provide imaginative service solutions that integrate with our customers' needs, adopt a positive 'can-do' attitude. Thereafter they try to keep it simple and do it well!
Speedy (Hire) Plc implemented Dynamics AX across 2000 users, 500 depots and 10 offices.
They use a specialised 'Rental' version of the product. A Microsoft reseller did the initial implementation and a lot of the ongoing customisation but Speedy were keen to employ their own specialists to ensure that they were getting the best out of the system; particularly in the Financial modules.
They spent two and a half years trying to find a resource company who would be able to supply people with the level of experience that would be required for their challenging implementation.
In the words of John Bottoms who was CIO at the time:
Very good contractor found. Catch can provide financial experts who have moved out of business and into consultancy. I had lots of meetings with candidates who all had the perfect credentials. I selected one who understood our financial requirements but there were several others of those that I interviewed who could equally have done the job. SAP and Oracle consultants are easy to find but in the AX world experienced consultants are very thin on the ground so to be offered a choice of candidates is exceptional"
Catch have been successful in supplying expert consultants both permanently and on a temporary basis for Beoley Mill Software Ltd for several years.
The installation, implementation and maintenance of enterprise-wide software systems is Beoley Mill Software Ltd’s core function. Specialists in Oracle’s JD Edwards solution, its consultants address the challenges of JDE projects on an everyday basis and, as a result, the company has built long-term, supportive relationships with its customers over the years. However, there are times when even Beoley Mill needs some additional specialist resource.
On such occasions Beoley Mill Software Ltd contact Catch to ensure that major projects for blue chip clients will be delivered within the exacting deadlines.
Even in these times of high unemployment, there are still pockets of the IT industry where it’s difficult to find professionals with the right background. ERP experts are a case in point; the complex and specialist nature of the software means those with specific and life cycle experience of previous implementations are in high demand.
Beoley Mill Software Ltd's project-based pattern of work leads to fluctuating demand and, consequently, at times, necessitates the use of external contractors..
As the company’s Senior Partner and Managing Director, Helen Rimmer, explains:
Catch specialises in providing mid- and senior- level ERP and Java professionals for some of the world’s leading companies in the UK and Europe. It is different from many IT recruitment consultancies because many of its team have worked on ERP projects themselves and so have the in-depth industry knowledge to quickly get to the heart of the needs of both its clients and candidates.
For this reason, Beoley Mill Software Ltd has chosen to work with Catch exclusively.
"I think that this helps to establish a better and closer working relationship, which is more productive and rewarding for both parties. Catch have made a considerable contribution towards Beoley Mill Software Ltd by supplying a substantial number of professional personnel to ensure a timely delivery ” says Helen Rimmer.
"On one such occasion, due to an unprecedented demand for BMS' services, a number of contractors were required in a short space of time. As expected Catch were quick to react and worked full-time on the job, for which BMS are extremely grateful and believe that Catch have exceeded all expectations” quoted Helen Rimmer.
"I know that the Catch team do their groundwork and when we interview a candidate, they’ve already checked them out and believe that they can do the job. This saves us a considerable amount of time and money.”
"We are very pleased with how Catch are able to facilitate our requirements so smoothly and quickly" Helen concludes