Displaying sound evidence of an agency entirely in touch with its market, the winner of this category set out to create a philosophy based around the candidate experience, whilst a fantastic service base has resulted in outstanding figures since inception.
Best SME Recruitment Agency
Partnered by: eQuidity
Winner: Brand Recruitment
In this new category entrants had to show the judges their agency offered an all-round recruitment solution, excelling both as an employer brand of choice and go-to staffing provider. The judges were impressed with evidence that supported high staff retention, active content, excellent market engagement and tangible commercial return.
As ticking the criteria boxes goes, the winning entry more than satisfied the judges. Clear mentions of internal structure included significant commercial values, marketing strategy and defined future plans. A robust business development model compliments low staff turnover and a near-perfect mark from the judge’s score index highlighted this winner.
The judges highlighted their pleasure at reviewing so many sterling entries. The winner was the one best able to demonstrate a clear and clever marketing plan throughout the past 12 months, showcased by genuine audience interaction involving candidates and clients. Brand consistency shines through and the entry was supported by impressive statistics.
A solid entry convinced the judges that the winning agency was successfully integrating international recruitment into legacy operations. Operating from multiple locations outside the UK, this organisation displayed evidence of increased efficiency, expertise and, crucially, profitability.
This award recognises the different challenges associated with freelance recruitment and the demands imposed on those involved in it. The winning entrant showed evidence of an innovative approach to freelance recruitment, really engaging with its subjects. Events underpinned a substantive entry, which was made more compelling following a challenging year.
In a highly-regarded category entrants were required to display exceptional overall recruitment expertise within its specific region and prove to the judges how recruiting ‘local’ helps develop not only candidate and client relationships but community relations, too. The winning agency produced robust evidence of working with graduates, local educational bodies, CV workshops and events.
Best Regional Agency
Partnered by: I-COM
Highly Commended: Brand Recruitment
Best Candidate Experience
Partnered by: Idibu
Highly Commended: PIE Recruitment
In a tough category the judges felt the winner was most clearly able to demonstrate exceptional candidate service throughout the past 12 months. A robust and innovative entry highlighted genuine aftercare, a strong negotiation strategy and genuine D&I.
In another tough category the judges were looking for clear evidence of true industry awareness, innovation and creativity within today’s evolving recruitment landscape. The winning agency produced this in spades. A thorough entry highlighted market segmentation, solid revenue data and near-perfect customer satisfaction.
Best Client Service
Partnered by: cube19
Best Niche Agency – Sector
Partnered by: Ebsta
Winner: Fluid Fusion
The winner of this category provided a substantive entry that the judges felt ticked all the boxes as evidence for niche sector specialism. An innovative strategy is underpinned by targeted and relevant content, ensuring influencer recognition from some of the world’s most recognised brands.
A clear and concise entry displayed tangible evidence of how niche recruitment can produce outstanding results, particularly within emerging markets. In an exciting category, the judges felt the winner was most obviously taking advantage of its specialism and the market awareness that comes with it.
The rise in digital marketing has seen a fusion between traditional marketing and IT and the winner of this category produced evidence that by harnessing the two, tech digital can be a brilliant niche. Building tangible online communities underpinned an entry supported by a clear marketing strategy and robust recruiter engagement.
The judges commented that this was one of the toughest categories to call, with some outstanding entries across the board. The winner was the agency that most clearly demonstrated industry thought-leadership, consistent and insightful on and offline content and a structure that allows the business to stand out from the crowd.
Best Client-Side Recruitment Team
Partnered by: APSCo
Highly Commended: The Candidate
Winner: Sphere Digital
A range of wonderful submissions was highlighted by a significantly passion entry, which the judges felt most clearly covered the requirements. Good ratios, genuine industry awareness, big percentage increases, near-perfect client retention rates and a forward-thinking strategy helped choose this winner.
In today’s digital world, your recruitment website is the sign-post to your services. The winning company highlighted a compelling build strategy, demonstrating an engaging website that is functional, dynamic, interactive and visually appealing. It works just as well on mobile, too!
Best Recruitment Website
Partnered by: 4MAT
Winner: MCG Associates
Marketing Star of the Year
Partnered by: Barclay Jones
Alana Walden – Brand Recruitment
Astrid Hall – Opus
Camilla Stanley – Exsurgo
Faye Lewis – Montreal Associates
Justin McGuire – MCG Group
Lisa Mahoney – Digital Gurus
Niomi Cowling – Sphere Digital Recruitment
Another new entry to the awards, with entries showcasing some brilliant individual performances within marketing recruitment. The winner produced an entry loaded with tangible facts and figures, supporting a well-thought-out company strategy. Genuine ROI was evident, as was increased social presence, industry partnerships and client/candidate engagement.
In this category the judges look for evidence that the entrant has not only delivered against targets, but also given something back to the employer, peers within the organisation and the industry as a whole. This year’s winner is not only integral to the culture of their organisation and great team player, but over the past 12 months has produced outstanding billing figures.
Recruitment Consultant of the Year
Partnered by: Drum Recruitment
Winner: Andrew Welsh – Instinct Resourcing
Recruitment Boss of the Year
Partnered by: Camino Partners
Winner: Brian Matthews – The Candidate
Enter this category if your boss is a real-life superhero, so the criteria says. This year our winner is just that. During a period of sustained business growth, this person has displayed inspirational leadership whilst retaining significant industry visibility, built tangible commercial and benevolent relationships and ensured outstanding PR for their organisation.
With all entrants automatically eligible to win this category, the judges are looking for evidence of all-round excellent within candidate delivery, client service, innovation, employer branding, marketing, business strategy and, of course, increased revenue production. In the end the decision was between three companies, all of whom featured during the judging process.