Throughout a neatly-constructed and concise submission, the winner of this category provided clear evidence of a definitive business plan, including strong financial performance and growth. Robust testimonials supported activities around candidate and customer engagement, with a sound partner marketing plan also highlighted.
Winner: Oakwell Hampton
For recruitment agencies with 10 – 24 employees, in this category judges were looking for evidence of best practice across all recruitment components. The winner’s specialist and segmented market penetration helps develop true knowledge-based engagement with candidates and ensures high repeat customer rates. Internally, staff retention is impressive with a structured development programme backed by impressive financials and performance.
For recruitment agencies with 25+ employees, judges were looking for evidence of best practice across all recruitment components. From complete market understanding to strategic development to financials and performance and internal staff development, the winning entry was thorough, precise and ticked all the boxes. The judges were particularly impressed with the attention given to client-based innovation and creativity and customer satisfaction.
Best International Agency
Partnered by: DaXtra
Winner: Montreal Associates
As marketing and digital recruitment continues to extend its continental tentacles, the importance of agencies working beyond our own shores increases. This category recognises organisations that do that better than anyone else. The winner produced an entry bustling with evidence of business efficiency, expertise and profitability, whilst also clearly highlighting how working internationally has allowed its operation to expand and recruiters to flourish.
Whilst short on quantity, the quality of entries for this category were all highly commendable. The winner was the company that most clearly evidenced not only its commitment to freelance recruitment, but highlighted strategic and business development, candidate and client engagement, strong marketing awareness, tangible CSR consideration and robust financial achievements.
Best Regional Agency
Partnered by: SourceBreaker
Winner: The Candidate
This category was loaded with brilliant entries from companies undertaking superb recruitment practices within their regions, with genuine market understanding and immersion in their fields. The winner evidenced a range of aspects needed to ensure a robust regional growth strategy, which included tremendous candidate and client satisfaction and retention, a clear CSR and internal development plan, market acquisition and tangible links to local organisations.
In a very tight category, the judges were impressed with the attention paid by all entrants to highlight the increasing importance of the candidate journey. The winner provided well-rounded evidence of its contribution to providing an efficient and effective candidate service, with a clear plan to reduce it’s time-to-hire, whilst increasing candidate and customer retention.
Best Candidate Experience
Partnered by: 4MAT
Winner: Oakwell Hampton
Best Client Service
Partnered by: Itris
Winner: Hanson Search
Evidence of true industry awareness and innovation and creativity within today’s evolving recruitment landscape was found in bucket-loads amongst the finalists of this category. The winner produced an entry that highlighted fantastic client understanding, including culture and values, which has led to a significant level of client satisfaction and retention and outstanding commercial performance.
The judges were looking for tangible evidence pointing to the benefits of working within a specific niche sector and how this expertise accentuates candidate and client experience, as well as affecting bottom-line profitability. With an entry showcasing a range of big brand customer wins, with impressive retention and placement figures backed by transparent testimonials, this agency highlighted its sector understanding and the virtues of an inch wide, a mile deep.
The judges were looking for tangible evidence pointing to the benefits of working within a specific niche discipline and how this expertise accentuates candidate and client experience, as well as affecting bottom-line profitability. The winner of this category achieved all this with a succinct entry that signaled a defined strategy, which included sustainable growth in fast-moving and challenging marketing discipline.
Registering a well-rounded and robust entry, the winner of this category showcased what it can take to produce a meaningful marketing campaign. With a strategic marketing development plan backed by bought-in employees, this was a strategy with purpose, drive and direction. A multi-channel approach ensured a far-reaching audience and the entry was backed by visuals, links, stats and figures and a genuine nod to return on investment.
There are few sectors more challenged by skill-shortage than digital tech. Successful recruitment in this market involves strategy, innovation, creativity and a solid brand awareness programme. The winner of this category clearly highlighted all the above, defining a plan not only to engage, hire and retain top digital talent but, through a unique platform, increase the brand awareness of its customers, too.
With three brilliant entries, the judges commented that all merited a mention. But there can be only one winner and that goes the agency that most clearly defined itself as a client-side recruiter. With a clear USP built within a robust strategy, this company uses its deep market knowledge for sound client interaction and slick candidate engagement.
Best Agency-Side Recruitment Team
Partnered by: OnlyMarketingJobs.com
Winner: Reuben Sinclair
What a head-to-head this category was! Two finalists renowned for the brilliant work they do within the agency-side market. With little to choose between them, the judges eventually settled on an entry that was lively, full of enthusiasm and displayed clear evidence of an innovative approach to push boundaries and stand out from the crowd. An entry loaded with stats and figures included remarkable placement rates, fantastic billing figures and microscopic attention to detail around candidate and client engagement.
Producing a website synergetic not only to its own brand but to the industry also, the winner of this category submitted an entry with a clearly-defined strategy for the development of a recruitment website that is functional, dynamic, interactive and visually appealing, which all makes for a great user experience.
Marketing Star of the Year
Partnered by: Barclay Jones
Chloe Whitelock – PIE Recruitment
Chris Jones – Pareto
Faye Lewis – Montreal Associates
Helen McGuire – MCG Associates
Sarah Cowman – Corecom Consulting
Sophie Heaton – Searchability
Winner: Chloe Whitelock – PIE Recruitment
No question, recruitment marketing is better than ever. This category recognises the individuals behind the business front. In a tough category where evidence is out there for all to see, the judges looked to the individual they felt most clearly evidenced the criteria. Through demonstrating innovative and focussed approaches to digital and traditional marketing campaigns and, crucially, generating relevant and convertible leads for their recruiters, this person shone through.
Entrants to this category will be recognised by their peers and community for providing outstanding contribution to the UK marketing & digital recruitment industry throughout the past 12 months. The judges commented that all finalists had achieved this. The winner is someone that has, like many of the other finalists, not only produced impressive billing figures, but also added genuine value in other business areas within recruitment. A thought-leader, a leader of others, this recruiter is hugely determined, highly motivated and devoted to developing not just themselves but their peers, figure-heads, candidates and clients.
Recruitment Consultant of the Year
Partnered by: Drum Recruitment
Adam Toctan – MCG Associates
Andrew Welsh – Instinct Resourcing
Ben Philips – Brand Recruitment
Caldon Henson – The Candidate
Chloe Manchett – Brand Recruitment
Emma Greaves – Morgan McKinley
James Roberts – Searchability
Lucy Dudley – Profiles Creative
Neil Grant – Reuben Sinclair
Warren Gibson – Profiles Creative
Winner: Neil Grant – Reuben Sinclair
Highly Commended: Emma Greaves- Morgan McKinley
Recruitment Boss of the Year
Partnered by: Idibu
Geoff Shepherd – iSource (Open Comms PR)
Jen Kinnear – Profiles Creative
Jonathan Hall – cranberry panda
Jonathan Hirst – Network Marketing
Jonathan Sanderson – Corecom Consulting
Justin McGuire – MCG Associates
Paul Farrer – Aspire
Rohan Shah – Reuben Sinclair
Roheel Ahmad – Forsyth Barnes
Toni Phoenix – Digital Gurus
Winner: Jonathan Sanderson – Corecom Consulting
Highly Commended: Toni Phoenix- Digital Gurus
Entrants to this category have been instrumental in the development of their respective recruitment consultancy, providing outstanding managerial and leadership qualities throughout the past 12 months. In another tough category, the judges were impressed with the sterling efforts of recruitment leaders in our sector, commenting particularly on how much they all given back not just to their teams but external initiatives, too. In a hotly-debated session the judges finally settled on a winner – someone who has steered a business through many challenges and whilst delivering internally, has continued to contribute to CSR initiatives and innovative recruitment projects. Not just a boss, but a mentor too.
The winner of this final category is the agency that most consistently impressed the judges. With a clear business development strategy, supported by innovative leaders and passionate recruiters, this organisation displayed brilliance across all the qualifying fields. The candidate experience is excellent; the client engagement is refreshing. Substantial time, effort and thought has gone into creating a business that is not just contemporary but also inspiring.