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LOLA Staffing Overview

London, England
1 to 50 employees
2007
Company - Private
Business Service
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Do you ever feel like work is rubbish? Do you ever feel like you'd rather be anywhere else apart from there right now? If you answer yes to these then that sucks. You should do something about it. Work should be fun, you should never dread going to work, it ... Read more

Mission: Of course we want to make money, any sensible company does, but that's not enough. Life's too short!

We run our business according to these guiding values:
Have Fun, Embrace Diversity, Stand up for Equality, Be ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We are so thrilled to have so many people signing up to work with us every day!! So many phone interviews to be done! We can't wait to speak to all our new candidates and get to know them!

  • We started our new and improved recruitment process for our temp staff yesterday, and we're loving it so far. We're looking forward to making a real positive difference in the hospitality market.

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LOLA Staffing – Why Work For Us?


We believe in helping to build a marketplace where our workers are respected and our customers receive incredible service.

We are passionate about growing our community through collaboration to ensure work is worth while but most of all fun!

We are innovators. We strive to constantly improve. We want to be leaders in everything that we do.

We are a people business and our people are valuable to us. We want to help them be the best that they can be. We want to make a positive contribution to the world.


LOLA was born in the broom cupboard of a tiny Soho art gallery, above an adult magazine shop, in May 2007. Strange place to start a company we know, but hey you gotta start somewhere!

Our first waitress Lindsay
Our first 20 staff were a lovely bunch from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design. They were the original Team LOLA and they started working a few small parties at our gallery.
Pretty soon we were working at art galleries and fashion shows all over London. Our big break came when our great friends at the TATE Galleries gave us a chance. Things took off from there…

Turner Prize 2008 at TATE Britain
LOLA grew quickly and before we knew it, we unexpectedly won an award! It was called the International Special Event Society Best Newcomer to the Industry 2008. Sounds important doesn’t it!
Since then we’ve gone on to win lots more awards including ‘Top 50 Companies to Work for in the Industry’, ‘Staffing Supplier of the Year’, ‘Most Prestigious Event Supplier’ and many others…

Most Prestigious Event Supplier Award 2015 
By the beginning of 2009 we had established teams of staff across the UK. Working in Birmingham for Virgin one day to Cardiff for Coca Cola the next was pretty cool. We expanded our offering to ensure we could supply almost every type of person you might need in events and hospitality. Around this time we also won the first of multiple hotel and stadium contracts which now include the likes of the Hilton & Marriott groups, Wembley stadium and KIA Oval.

LOLA Staff for Virgin Media  
At the beginning of 2009 we decided we needed a big brother so we approached The Concerto Group. It
was kind of like going on Dragons Den but instead of a 5 minute pitch ours took 9 months! Finally in September 2009 we did a deal and became a proud part of the UK’s leading event services business. We hit the big time!
Most importantly for us, joining Concerto meant we had the support to get really good at all the important things like staff selection, training, management and of course, keeping our clients smiling.

Concerto conference 2012
Concerto conference 2012
In the summer of 2014 we were very excited that our founders were in the position to reacquire the company in full. We left the Concerto Group after 5 amazing years having reached a deal that proved highly successful for all of us. Although we’re no longer a Concerto company, we’re still close friends and remain one of their primary suppliers today.

At LOLA we think work should first and foremost be fun, and that is the principle that guides most of what we do. If you’re interested in our other core values you can find them here. We also have some exciting news coming soon on the technology front as we continue to lead the industry in the development of management software (more on that soon).

In May 2016 we turned 9 and these days we’re sending out thousands of staff to jobs all over the UK and Europe with over 2000 happy clients, more than 128,000 jobs and counting…

We are always looking for great people! We want to connect these people with great opportunities with flexible working arrangements that fit your lifestyle. We have a number of options, check them out!

Hospitality – hospitality means looking after people. Normally it means waiting, bar or host/hostessing work. It could be for a wedding, maybe a 5* banquet or a huge rugby match. The perfect person: proactive, polite, friendly, and a good communicator.

 

Promotional – This job normally requires you to approach people and tell them about a product or service. It could be on the street or at a conference or expo. The perfect person: confident, extremely well presented, must have fantastic communication skills, have experience in similar roles and also professional photos that we can send to the client.

 

Crew – these people don’t normally get all the glory but an event couldn’t happen without them. They set up the stages, organise the back of house area and deliver everything! They also need to be able to carry heavy things! The perfect person: strong, practically minded and good with their hands.

 


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Work should be fun!

That's our motto and we stick to it! Our primary concern is that everyone that works for us, in our office and onsite, feels welcome and has a great time while doing something worthwhile and developing themselves.

I won't lie, we get busy! This isn't a company for someone that wants a calm job but if you like the rush of getting something done, having fun and making money then this could be it for you!

PERKS

We do this in a lot of ways. From the big things like nights out and parties to the little things like lunchtime naps.

We do love a bit of a party, some of us more than others and we love going around London and enjoying the night life. We do something about once a month all together at least but then also people split off and go out together. Today for example we are going to Regents Canal for a beer in the sunshine! I cannot wait!

(P Man's Stag Do)

We all eat together at lunchtime and we all have very silly and ridiculous converations while eating our various dishes. Sometimes someone will cook for the whole office for example Dan recently made Venezuelan arepas and Andreea made Turkish food (even though she isn't Turkish) and it was delicious!!

(CURRY DAY)

You can choose your hours either 8 - 5 or 9 - 6 (an hour break in the middle) so you get to choose. We have a lot of holiday allowance every year, 28 days plus bank holidays plus your birthday off.

There is some weekend work but you get time off and some pay for that extra work!

PROGRESSION AND DEVELOPMENT

We want to encourage the development of our staff and we want to recognise them for their work. I joined LOLA as an account manager and I didn't like it at all, because of my hard work over the years, instead of firing me I was offered a junior recruitment position and now after 3 years I am running the department!

The same thing happened with Paula, Bela, Diana and more, they were either promoted or moved into more suitable roles because they worked hard to get the job done and to fit in. They have LOLA in their blood!

We have a training budget that you can use each year to pay for courses related to your job! Bela just completed her photoshop course and Kate completed a coaching and mentoring class using hers.

Enjoy a few more pictures of our slightly strange but also extremely fun antics:

(BOWLES DAY)

(INTERN'S LEAVING DAY - they are dressed as trees because they were very tall)

We work with a number of prestigious brands, hotels and caterers providing staff to make magical experiences come true!

Join us today, either helping to provide a great service in our office or working directly with the clients and customers onsite!!

Check out some of our many clients below:


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    I worked at LOLA Staffing (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Massive variety of shifts and venues; being part of LOLA's staffing gave me the opportunity to work in many different hospitality roles from corporate events and conference to high end private events; Most of the events staff are lovely, very friendly and helpful. The on-line staffing system on which you choose and apply for shifts is very convenient and easy to use. The staff at the office is very helpful;

    Cons

    The monthly payment appeared to be a downside for me as I would prefer to be payed on a weekly basis

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LOLA Staffing Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at LOLA Staffing (London, England) in November 2016.

    Interview

    finding the place is an achievement. Weird sort of group-intervention-hippie sort of interview where you tell everyone a bit about yourself, your experiences blah blah blah....sending a CV would save us the drudgery of having to talk about ourselves, which everyone universally hates

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