Mamas & Papas to Streamline Recruitment Process With Applicant Tracking Software Bond Talent

By Bond International Software, PRNE
Monday, January 11, 2010

Mamas & Papas Prepares for Growth by Implementing Fully-Hosted Online Recruitment Solution and Flexible Recruitment Software Bond Talent to Streamline Processes, Reduce Costs and Create Effective Talent Pools

WORTHING, England, January 12 - Mamas & Papas, the UK's leading brand for baby products, nursery
furniture and maternity fashion, has signed a four-year contract with
stock-market listed Bond International Software
( to deploy
flexible recruitment software
Bond Talent - a fully-hosted online recruitment
& talent management software solution. Bond Talent will provide Mamas &
Papas with an online web portal-based recruitment application and applicant
tracking software.
This will enable the company to streamline processes, save on costs and time
per hire and create effective talent pools whilst maintaining a personal
approach to recruitment.

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Mamas & Papas is a UK-based retailer and wholesaler supplying maternity
and baby clothing, prams and pushchairs, car seats, highchairs, nursery
furniture and decor, gifts and toys. Mamas & Papas consist of 38 stores
within the UK employing approximately 1300 people. With a turnover in excess
of GBP130million and plans for continuous global expansion, the company were
in search of a suitable recruitment tool to ensure they had top quality
colleagues working within their organisation. There is a constant need for
recruitment activity within the company, so Bond Talent will be able to help
relieve the administrative burden and allow colleagues to concentrate on
developmental tasks.

Karl Brown, HR Director, comments, "Previously we had a strong agency
biased recruitment background but decided to take our recruitment in-house.
We required a package that would supplement our internal skills and
streamline the recruitment process whilst proving cost effective. The company
needed something that could automate processes yet integrate with our brand
to allow us to continue giving the personal touch, improving the overall
candidate experience. With Bond Talent's flexibility we believe we can
achieve this."

Bond Talent is a specialist applicant tracking software and fully-hosted
online recruitment tool for the global recruitment and talent management
markets which has been designed to greatly reduce hiring costs and to enhance
the strategic capability of in-house resourcing teams. The flexible
recruitment software is user-friendly and adaptable allowing for reduced
paperwork and improved efficiency. This gives key recruitment staff more time
to concentrate on development rather than administrative tasks.

Tim Richards, Managing Director of Bond International Software, comments,
"Mamas & Papas is a large, well-known retail organisation with specific
flexible recruitment software requirements. Our applicant tracking software
and fully-hosted online recruitment tool, Bond Talent, can be tailored to
Mamas & Papas' needs and will enable the organisation to cost-effectively
automate processes yet maintain personal control."

Brown continues, "Owing to the present climate, most companies are
currently not investing in headcount increases. We have noticed, whilst not
at the levels seen previously, the pace is picking up. Due to this and in
order to meet our growth demands we believe more than ever that it is a good
time to be implementing new systems whilst we have the capacity to do so, to
then be able to cope in more hectic times. One of Bond Talent's key
advantages is that we can generate a talent pool, creating a bank of suitable
individuals which could prove useful in the future for recruitment. We
currently have our own manual paper-based talent pool, but this is
particularly hard to maintain and keep up-to-date and reliable. Bond Talent
will provide us with one central system that can cope with all elements of
recruitment and bring it all together."

Brown concludes, "Using Bond Talent we will be able to integrate with our
pre-existing HR software and work alongside job boards, integrating
candidates coming through Bond into the HR system to reduce administration.
With the number of applicants per vacancy on the rise, it is increasingly
important to ensure the candidate experience is the best it can be, so
integrating a sophisticated recruitment system like Bond Talent will be a
worthy investment for the future."

About Bond International Software and Bond Talent

London stock market-listed Bond International Software plc is a global
provider of recruitment and human capital management (HCM) software and

Bond is the largest provider of specialist staffing software for
recruitment agencies worldwide. Is a rapidly growing provider of flexible
recruitment software, web-based e-recruitment, fully-hosted online
recruitment and talent management software to the corporate market and
provides HR, recruitment, payroll software and bureau services directly to
both the public and private sectors.

Established in 1973 and quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock
Exchange since 1997, the company has consistently achieved financial growth
and maximised investment in the development of technology and service
provided to its international client base.

It has over 30 years experience in the development and creation of
products and services that have become industry standards. Headquartered in
the United Kingdom, the Group also has offices in the United States,
Australia, Canada, South Africa and Hong Kong with a global team of over 400
employees and 3500 customers.

Bond Talent, the applicant tracking software and fully-hosted online
recruitment tool, is a powerful and versatile web-based flexible recruitment
software specifically developed for corporations who wish to streamline their
in-house recruitment processes and save costs. It offers seamless online
interfaces to deliver sophisticated workflow and accessibility for all
stakeholders involved in the Resourcing and HR Processes, with multi-lingual
and character set capability. Talent has been designed to complement rather
than replace, important HR processes. It reduces paperwork and improves
efficiency which frees up staff to concentrate on strategic development
rather than administrative tasks. The applicant tracking software is ideal
for multi-site global offices where training, language and day-to-day
business practices can benefit from both Bond's experienced support teams and
the complete configurability and scalability of the flexible recruitment

Applicant tracking software and fully-hosted online recruitment tool,
Bond Talent customers include some of the best known corporations and a large
number of private sector organisations, including: HBOS, Habitat, The
Co-operative Group and easyJet.

About Mamas & Papas

Mamas & Papas is a family owned business based in Huddersfield, West
- United Kingdom and is currently celebrating 28 years of trading.
The business that started as a small independent nursery specialist in 1981
and which now enjoys over 200 worldwide wholesale accounts, 38 stores in the
UK with further launches planned for 2008. Mamas & Papas currently has 1,300
colleagues, over 2500 products in the range and had a turnover of over GBP130
pounds sterling in 2007.

The business was inspired by Luisa Scacchetti, one of the UK's premier
female entrepreneurs, when she discovered that many products available to her
during her pregnancy and motherhood did little to meet her expectations.

"When we first came to the nursery industry and we were looking for
products for our first child, we were surprised at the very few concessions
to style and fashion. We believe that these elements, along with comfort and
safety should be inherent in every Mamas & Papas product.

We always strive to understand and anticipate the needs of pregnant women
and their partners, their babies and young children to facilitate the design
and development of a range of innovative and stylish nursery related

By anticipating the ever changing needs of the pregnant mother and their
families whilst remaining true to our core values, we are proud to be the
UK's number one nursery brand."

- Luisa Scacchetti, founder and partner of co-founder David Scacchetti

Mamas & Papas has a fervent celebrity following in-keeping with its
designer cachet such as fashion designer Stella McCartney, pop star and
fashionista Gwen Stefani as well as many international sports, music and film

Mamas & Papas has 50 stores worldwide and exports to a further 35
countries. Further store openings for Autumn Winter 09 include Liverpool,
Aberdeen, Rotherham, Hull and Moscow.

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    Will Gardiner

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