PhotoBox London workforce swells by 650 to meet Christmas demand Park Royal ‘grotto’ staff will help Santa ship personalised gifts to over 22 countries across Europe and further afield.
London, UK – 19th November 2014 – PhotoBox Group (the “Group”), a leading digital consumer service for personalised products and gifts in Europe and parent of the PhotoBox, Moonpig, PaperShaker and Sticky9 brands, officially started the countdown to Christmas with the hiring of 650 new temporary staff at its North West London Park Royal manufacturing facility.
Christmas is an important time for the Group: about a third of all revenue is made in the last three months of the year. To meet this spike in seasonal demand, a significant number of hands-on helpers are recruited and trained to help transform millions of photos into lovingly produced personalised gifts. For the six weeks running up to Christmas, employees transform the Park Royal facility into a non-stop, 24/7 production hub with production, warehouse and logistics teams relaying one another seamlessly right up until the final Christmas orders are fulfilled.
London’s 650 new employees are actually part of an even bigger number. Across Europe, the Group has brought in 800 new Christmas hands-on helpers – effectively doubling the regular workforce overnight. The 800 new hands-on helpers – the modern day elves of the ‘Online Christmas’ age – represent the largest ever London Christmas workforce we’ve ever hired: a clear sign that this Christmas might be the Group’s biggest yet.
Starting the countdown to Christmas Stan Laurent, CEO of PhotoBox Group said:
“We expect a record Christmas as more customers than ever think of making real personalised gifts that speak from their heart. Behind every great gift are people – both our customers, who dream up the gift and our staff, who bring that idea to life.
This year we’ll have more hands on deck than ever to do that work here in Park Royal – and I hope that some of our new joiners stay with us for much longer than ‘til Boxing Day. Over 90 per cent of our permanent Production Operators today were once temps – something we’re very proud of as a team.”
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Matt Dixon / Ollie Pratt / Harry Staight
PhotoBox Group +44 (0) 20 7087 4621
Stan Laurent, CEO
Cecilia Vincent, Head of Communications
About PhotoBox Group
The PhotoBox Group is a leading digital consumer service for personalised products and gifts in Europe and parent of the flagship branded retail channels PhotoBox, Moonpig.com, Sticky9 and Paper-Shaker.com. From photobooks and unique artwork to the very latest personalised apparel, gifts and greeting cards, the Group’s products enable customers across 22 countries to share memories, celebrate great moments and inject personal expression into their everyday lives. The Group has 750 employees across Europe, generated turnover of £175.3m in the fiscal year ending April 2014 and is backed by leading international private equity firms including Insight Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, HarbourVest Partners, Quilvest Ventures and Greenspring Associates.