Northern Gas and Power defend ‘guerrilla tactics’ after trying to poach staff with van parked outside rival's office

Northern Gas and Power parked a marketing van outside of their rival’s office in an effort to attract sales staff to work for them.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 4:55 am

The Northern Gas and Power van was parked at Great Annual Savings’ office at the Spectrum Business Park in Seaham on Wednesday, May 12 in a bid to attract sales staff to work for them.

Electronic signs displayed messages of “we pay you in actual cash for your hard work”, mention free massages even targeted Great Annual Savings chief executive and founder Brad Groves.

Founded in 2012, the energy company is based at in Baltic Place in Gateshead and employs over 700 people across three continents.

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The van displaying messages was parked outside of the offices of Great Annual Savings in Seaham.
The van displaying messages was parked outside of the offices of Great Annual Savings in Seaham.

It is currently aiming to expand within the North East and is looking for sales staff to recruit to it’s existing team.

Northern Gas and Power’s operations director, Paul Barrett has explained that “guerrilla tactics” such as the marketing van are common place within the highly competitive industry when it comes to recruitment and often prove to be effective.

Mr Barrett commented: "It is a very competitive marketplace, and guerrilla tactics is one of the recruitment approaches we use which has proved very effective on this occasion and was successful against Utilitywise and Utility Alliance.

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“We are continuing to grow and recruit in the region and offer excellent packages, great job security and outstanding work/life balance and we encourage Great Annual Savings’ staff to join us at ngpcareers.com.”

The Echo approached Great Annual Savings for a comment however they declined.

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