• Champion Age Diversity
11August, 2016

Charlie Mullins, Founder of Pimlico Plumbers – “The only source of knowledge is experience”

August 11th, 2016|Categories: News|

We're delighted to welcome a contribution from Charlie Mullins, founder of London's largest independent service company, Pimlico Plumbers. It is clear that Charlie places true values of age diversity in to his business, with support for the Princes Trust, apprenticeships, and recognising the benefits that experienced and mature workers bring to an organisation. We are often asked if the older worker is suited to a particular industry type, but Charlie and his team, along with the many other organations we work with across industries such as engineering, finance, communications and well as in private, public and third sectors...demonstrate that an age diverse approach to building a balanced employment environment is valuable, viable and effective, in any organisation. Steve Anderson/Founder/Prime Candidate .....over to Charlie: "I’d encourage even more businesses to create opportunities for older workers" "It appears the days of presenting employees with a gold clock and a handshake when they reach 65 have been [...]

  • Champion Older Workers
2August, 2016

A Social Revolution – Champion Age Diversity

August 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|

Prime Candidate is fortunate to have the support of Baroness Ros Altmann, an independent expert on later life challenges, who continues to raise the profile and awareness of the values of an age diversity agenda that includes older workers. Here’s a recent article from Ros doing just that, and we’re delighted that Ros has allowed us to share this with you. Steve Anderson/Founder/Prime Candidate   Social revolution underway as millions more over 50s keep working  Important new Statistical Series released today to track trends in later life working Massive increase in labour force participation for over 50s since the 1980s Older women show largest employment rise while proportion age 70-74 in work has doubled Rise in female participation pre-dates increase in state pension age "There is a social revolution underway, which can benefit millions of people in the UK, which is seeing increasing numbers of over 50s stay in work, continuing [...]

  • Champion Age Diversity
26July, 2016

Making an impact through social procurement

July 26th, 2016|Categories: News|

Social Impact through Procurement (SIP) is a Johnson & Johnson UK programme designed to support job creation and social change in under-served communities.  The business is allocating £15m (3%) of Johnson & Johnson’s UK procurement spend with social enterprises by 2020. Awareness of the benefits of the older demographic resource is fast becoming recognised by many organisations. More and more companies are seeking to establish themselves as a committed employer for diversity, demonstrating those values, both for existing staff and to the outside world. Such values are highly prized and now sought after in how business is transacted. Employers are fast becoming aware of the opportunity to trade and procure, coupled to social awareness. As a social enterprise, we offer a further route for businesses, to not just a valuable service provision of excellence that is economically viable, but for organisations to demonstrate their attitude towards enhancement of social economies that [...]

  • Champion Older Workers
17May, 2016

Hands Across the Water

May 17th, 2016|Categories: News|

Prime Candidate is proud and excited to announce a new and ground breaking international collaboration with Nifty50s from the United States.   Initially the collaboration will focus on sharing news, information and advice that is beneficial to the “mature worker” or the 50+ job seeker, and employers who seek to engage diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities.   Nifty50s is an information and guidance journal for older workers, and employers, and is posted at 8:00a.m. New York time/1:00p.m. in London, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  As well as latest news stories and information, additional resources include a library featuring books (hard copy and electronic versions) that are targeted toward the 50+ job seeker which are available directly through the website.  New subscribers have access to a free, downloadable copy of ‘Your Ideal Next Job & Perfect Employer Workbook’. Prime Candidate is also the custodian of the ‘Champion Age Diversity’ Charter. With direct central UK Government [...]

3May, 2016

Employer Toolkit

May 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|

LOOKING TO RECRUIT? The DWP's Age Action Alliance has produced an Employer Toolkit to help employers consider the skills, experience and attributes required to fullfil a role. Prime Candidate sit on the Central Government steering committee to support employers getting the right resources. Here we give a short excerpt from the toolkit that is free to access at the link below. Recruitment Place adverts where older workers will see them, i.e. Promote yourself as an age positive employer Evaluate candidates according to values, behaviours, competencies demonstrated and their ability to do the job Respect differences within the backgrounds and types of qualification which candidates possess Why Older workers have talent, experience and knowledge Widening the pool of potential recruits can increase the quality and productivity of an organisation As people from mixed-age backgrounds develop and mature together, this brings benefits to the organisation through recognition of different experiences and [...]

  • buy social
18April, 2016


April 18th, 2016|Categories: News|

As a Social Enterprise, we recognise the social and community benefits of driving employment equality and we lobby and seek influence for continuous improvement in employment opportunities for the mature worker. We know the value and important role that this experienced and skilled age group can offer the work place The Buy Social Corporate Challenge will see a group of high profile businesses aim to spend £1 billion with social enterprises by 2020. The initiative is a first for the social enterprise sector. Led by Social Enterprise UK in partnership with the Cabinet Office and Business in the Community, a number of forward-thinking corporates are set to open up their supply chains to the UK’s 70,000 social enterprises. The founding partners are Interserve, Johnson & Johnson, PwC, RBS Group, Santander, Wates, and Zurich. The ambition is to enlist far more businesses, from a diverse range of industries, to take part. The Corporate [...]