Parliamentary Review 2020

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from JP Trett is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

JP Trett
A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by JP Trett’s best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from JP Trett is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.
Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett, MP & Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP


JP Trett is a global executive-level recruiter and professional business and management consultancy operating in the agricultural sector and the associated food chain industry – working, as Managing Director James Trett tells The Parliamentary Review, from field to fork.
Operating from a smart refurbished cowshed in a remote part of central Norfolk, as well as having associates located around the UK, it employs 12 special associates within the recruitment and business consultancy divisions of their organisation. Each of its team members has exemplary experience and success in their specialist sectors. These include agricultural technology and engineering, grain, feed and seed, agrochemicals and crop science as well as livestock, genetics and more.

Our philosophy is simple: we service the agricultural industry and ensure the right talent is in the right position, allowing for the industry’s sustainability and progression of individuals to the best of their ability. Our job is to match our clients’ business needs with the talent we speak to and engage with on a daily basis. Almost 90 per cent of each associate’s time is spent speaking to our network of professionals within the sectors of specialism they have developed. At exhibitions, events, seminars, field walks, demonstrations or festivals, you will always find a JP Trett representative engaging with their market.
The smartphone has consistently been our best friend, and we thoroughly embrace the technology available through these devices. We pride ourselves on being able to communicate from virtually anywhere at any time via any medium, including FaceTime, Skype and WhatsApp to name a few.
We value each and every person we engage with, as we know that career choices are life-changing and can have a far-reaching impact within the family network as well as within the organisation. The right person in their right career with the right company is the holy grail we strive for.

Our reputation precedes us – Not only do we respond to the campaign needs from our clients, we shape and advise them too, which also leads into our bespoke management consultancy activities. With so much potential in the market, our knowledge is valuable to both the client and candidate. We see changes in strategy, markets and technology with further-reaching effects weeks, months, years before many others would.
Our method of expansion is simple, though sometimes challenging to implement; nonetheless we are heading in the right direction. Every associate who joins us must have extensive experience and networking abilities within their given sector. They must also bring an analytical mind with a commercial leaning as we must produce the necessary results to progress. We have noticed a move upwards from when we started and are mainly dealing with roles at a high level of seniority. We now have the attention of business leaders, both those who have utilised our services to get to their current position or those who have heard of our reputation. Further enhancing these relationships are the business consultancy services available through JP Trett, which complement our well-known and in-demand recruitment activities.

The middlemen in the Middle East – Sectors of Agritech and large-scale overseas farming have seen the biggest, most exciting steps forward for our organisation. In the early days, we happened upon a management contracting business in the Middle East that has today grown into a network of contacts, organisations and candidates which stretches around the world. The Middle East, in particular, has long been a stronghold for JP Trett. I am the principal consultant in this field, having built up years of experience to accommodate the diverse range of cultures, climates and needs of such a range of clients.

Greener greenhouses – The industries we work with range from large-scale forage production to greenhouse production of high-value crops, from dairy production and livestock enterprises to mass-scale chicken production and beyond. We are now bordering on the highest standard of welfare and technology and are embracing all the resources available to ensure top production. There is a case for businesses taking over traditional agriculture, therefore, promoting a greater emphasis on research, development and pioneering methods in production.

Changing the game – As the population increases so does the demand for food and land. It is common knowledge that we cannot sustain this growth without change, and we believe it is important to adapt and evolve to new challenges. As a company we have had to do the same – there is no longer an abundance of suitable candidates for each vacancy or business expansion requirements. We operate in a candidate-driven market, and the shortage of candidates is spread across the ability range. The talent sector, in particular, is in a desperate state. We look for the kind of candidate who is a game-changer, one that can go above and beyond where others may simply do all that is asked. We all seem to want more; the parity of supply and demand has shifted into an area where at some levels there has to be dramatic change. We are constantly looking at this shortage and offer alternative routes to success, whether utilising other areas of industry – automotive, engineering, industry and sciences – or simply looking on a global scale. We never give up on a campaign and its requirements.

Right for the job – As a sector we do hear about climate change, disasters and political shifts, but our industry has always been good at adapting. Perhaps the biggest challenge we face at present is Brexit, and many producers on the primary production end will be most affected. The whole supply chain is coming together to brace itself for how this sector will change. What is apparent is that farming and agriculture will undoubtedly be forced to be even more efficient and to pioneer methods of production which should both increase outputs and reduce inputs. If, as a business, and a group of experts in our sectors, we can be part of this change and add value, we will all be satisfied knowing that we are in the right job too.


James Trett – Managing Director of JP Trett