First Choice Staff appoints Blusch to lead new Airport Services, cargo & ground handling division

Published: Friday, April 16, 2021

First Choice Staff, recruitment specialists to the Freight, Logistics & Distribution industries in the UK, is expanding its offering to Airport Services, Cargo and Ground Handling companies following the appointment of Colin Blusch as Aviation Business Development Manager.

Based at First Choice Staff’s head office close to Heathrow Airport, Colin brings over 20 years’ experience in the aviation and handling sectors, having previously held senior management roles with Plane Handling/dnata and Worldwide Flight Services (WFS). He spent 18 years with dnata in the UK as both Cargo Business Commercial Manager and Transport Business Manager and, prior to joining First Choice, the last five years with WFS, initially as Terminal Operations Manager and, latterly, General Manager at Heathrow.

Chas Dowton, Director, of First Choice Staff, said: “With over 28 years of service to clients in the UK, we have regularly been asked to recruit Temporary and Permanent staff for Airport Services, Cargo and Ground Handling customers but given the size and potential of the sector, we know there is significant growth potential for us at UK airports. The key has been to find someone to lead this division who understands what customers in these sectors really need, who speaks their language, and has the contacts to open doors for the full scope of recruitment services we provide. I am, therefore, delighted we have been able to secure Colin’s services. He is already well-known and respected by companies we are keen to work with and is a valuable addition to our growing team.”

With a network of branch locations covering London & the South East, Bristol and the South West, Essex, the UK Midlands, Manchester, the north of England and Scotland – and the ability to offer recruitment services in the Europe and US markets – First Choice will offer a total recruitment solution for Airport Services, Cargo and Ground Handling businesses.

“The scope of the aviation industry from a recruitment perspective is virtually unlimited, “Colin Blusch added. “Based on my own experience of working in these sectors, I am confident companies will immediately recognize the value of working with First Choice Staff. It is already a leading brand in its existing markets, with a team of outstanding recruitment professionals. Our aim is to replicate this in the aviation sector and provide the one stop shop which will include specialized arears within the Airport industry. The industry as a whole continues to go through unprecedented times caused by Covid-19 but it will recover and adapt to new market conditions. We expect the UK market to begin a positive recovery as vaccines take effect and travel restrictions are lifted. Consequently, companies in the industry – and candidates seeking work – will need the services of a knowledgeable, agile and responsive recruitment partner as passenger and cargo demand grows, so our expansion in the market could not be a more timely one.”