Hermes UK is one of the UK’s leading consumer delivery companies, successfully delivering over 640 million parcels a year on behalf of many of Europe’s leading retailers.
The company has experienced sustainable double-digit growth for many years, consistently reinvesting profit into its proposition, infrastructure and people. They explained all about their decision to gift £100k of unused funds to help SMEs access apprenticeships training.
Our business is incredibly fast paced and the number of employees at Hermes has doubled in recent years. We’ve recently developed and rolled out programmes over the last few years to support emerging talent and invest in our people. However, the last year presented many challenges for all businesses, but particularly SMEs, so it was the right time to explore levy gifting. We’re proud to be able to support them in training their future workforces and providing their employees with increased lifelong earning potential.
Last year, the parcel delivery industry experienced a huge increase in demand and thousands of new jobs were created. We’ve chosen to gift the maximum amount of apprenticeship levy allowed under the government scheme which we hope enables other companies to take on new apprentices or upskill existing ones, providing a valuable post pandemic boost for their businesses.
We decided to do this as we know lots of people and businesses are struggling in the aftermath of COVID with employment issues and we want to do our part to support them to access apprenticeship opportunities which will help to create jobs and upskill people to fill these.
Setting up the pledge was extremely easy, and the Total People team were on hand to explain and manage everything. As a key part of our ESG strategy, levy gifting helps our unused levy money go to businesses that can really benefit from a boost.
Yes, they were very helpful, have a national reach and will manage the whole process for you.