Sam McCauley’s of­fered a free re­cruit­ment drive

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

TWO re­cruit­ment com­pa­nies in Wex­ford have joined forces to of­fer Sam McCauley Chemists Ltd, free-of-charge, a €20,000 re­cruit­ment pack­age to help it fill po­si­tions lo­cally and keep its busi­ness head­quar­ters in the Model County.

Karl Fitz­patrick, from Chevron Re­cruit­ment, out­lined to this news­pa­per the rea­sons why he, along with Siob­han Kin­sella from Noel Re­cruit­ment, are of­fer­ing their ser­vices to the com­pany.

‘In last week’s Wex­ford Peo­ple it was con­firmed by the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sam McCauley Chemists Ltd, Tony McEn­tee, that the de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate their head of­fice from Wex­ford to Dublin was due to the com­pany’s in­abil­ity to source staff in Wex­ford,’ said Mr Fitz­patrick.

‘We know that Wex­ford has an abun­dance of highly qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced in­di­vid­u­als who can meet the grow­ing needs of Sam McCauley’s and it is this con­fi­dence that has trig­gered our of­fer of free re­cruit­ment ser­vices to the com­pany,’ he added.

He also said that to-date nei­ther he nor Ms Kin­sella had re­ceived a re­sponse from the com­pany to the of­fer.

Mean­while, the CEO of Sam McCauley Chemists Ltd, Tony McEn­tee, is­sued a fur­ther state­ment to this news­pa­per in which he con­firmed that the com­pany head­quar­ters is mov­ing to Ci­ty­west and em­pha­sised that the de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate is one that makes busi­ness sense.

‘ The her­itage of the busi­ness and its close as­so­ci­a­tion with Wex­ford re­mains very im­por­tant to the group and its com­mit­ment to con­tinue sig­nif­i­cantly in­vest­ing in the town and county is very strong and is un­ques­tioned,’ said Mr McEn­tee.

‘I re­fer again to our im­pend­ing open­ing in En­nis­cor­thy, re­lo­cat­ing and dou­bling the size of our of­fer­ing in New Ross, and a fur­ther store planned for Wex­ford town early in 2019,’ he added.

He then re­it­er­ated his ini­tial com­ment to this news­pa­per that find­ing peo­ple with the re­quired skills lo­cally is prov­ing dif­fi­cult.

‘ To grow McCauley to be­come a na­tion­wide busi­ness we need to be based in a lo­ca­tion that is more eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, North, South, East and West, and where the nec­es­sary spe­cial­ist skills are more read­ily avail­able,’ he said.

‘ The Ci­ty­west lo­ca­tion that we are mov­ing to meets these cri­te­ria,’ he added.

Mr McEn­tee said the sit­u­a­tion is not unique to his com­pany and that oth­ers are in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, this re­quire­ment is nei­ther unique to McCauley’s or Wex­ford, and in­deed is the case for any other na­tion­ally fo­cused re­tail busi­ness,’ he said.

‘ This nec­es­sary de­ci­sion has been made and it is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the group’s stated am­bi­tious growth strat­egy that will see the busi­ness dou­ble in size within the next five years and see em­ploy­ment grow from 600 em­ploy­ees to over 1,000,’ he added.

Karl Fitz­patrick, Chevron Re­cruit­ment.

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