Congratulations to all the winners of the Access Recruitment headline-sponsored Marketing & Digital Recruitment Awards 2017

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.

Best Newcomer

Partnered by: Apsco

Finalists: 

JBCconnect Creative Technology Talent
Proximity Recruitment

Winner: Proximity Recruitment

Best SME Recruitment Agency

Partnered by: eQuidity

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Brand Recruitment
Forsyth Barnes
Forward Role
Instinct
Oakwell Hampton
PIE Recruitment
The Candidate
The Digital Recruitment Company

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 Large Recruitment Agency

Partnered by: Camino Partners

Finalists: 

Major Players
Oscar
Profiles Creative
Rullion
Aspire

Winner: Aspire

Best International Agency

Partnered by: DaXtra

Finalists: 

Hanson Search
MCG Associates
Montreal Associates
Aspire

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 Freelance Team

Partnered by: Brookson

Finalists: 

Nakama
Profiles Creative
Stopgap

Winner: Stopgap

Best Regional Agency

Partnered by: SourceBreaker

Finalists: 

Brand Recruitment
Corecom Consulting
Digital Gurus
Enigma People Solutions
Forward Role
The Candidate
The MRJ Group

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.

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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

Finalists: 

Brand Recruitment
cranberry panda
Give-A-Grad-A-Go
Invoke Recruitment
Oakwell Hampton
PIE Recruitment
Scout Talent
Searchability
Aspire

Winner: Oakwell Hampton

Best Client Service

Partnered by: Itris

Finalists: 

33 Talent
Brand Recruitment
Forward Role
Hanson Search
Macildowie
Major Players
Montreal Associates
Reuben Sinclair
Searchability

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.

Best Niche Agency – Sector

Partnered by: Volcanic

Finalists: 

C&M Travel Recruitment
Instinct
Invoke Recruitment
Opilio

Winner: Opilio

Best Niche Agency – Discipline

Partnered by: Firefish Software

Finalists: 

cranberry panda
Harnham
Instinct
Montreal Associates
Reuben Sinclair

Winner: Harnham

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.

Best Marketing Strategy

Partnered by: BlueSky PR

Finalists: 

Corecom Consulting
cranberry panda
Major Players
Montreal Associates
Aspire

Winner: Aspire

Best Tech Digital Team

Partnered by: Ebsta

Finalists: 

Digital Gurus
Montreal Associates
Oakwell Hampton
Opilio
Searchability

Winner: Searchability

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 Client-Side Recruitment Team

Partnered by: Nasstar

Finalists: 

PIE Recruitment
Reuben Sinclair
The Candidate

Winner: PIE Recruitment

Best Agency-Side Recruitment Team

Partnered by: OnlyMarketingJobs.com

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Finalists: 

Reuben Sinclair
Aspire

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.

Best Recruitment Website

Partnered by: JXT

Finalists: 

Chivas Graduates (Rubber Cheese)
Consortia
Creative Personnel
Montreal Associates
Opilio
PIE Recruitment
Profiles Creative
Rullion
Searchability

Winner: Rullion

Marketing Star of the Year

Partnered by: Barclay Jones

Barclay Jones 150 x 80

Finalists: 

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

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Finalists: 

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

Finalists: 

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.

Agency of the Year

Partnered by: Access Recruitment

Finalists: 

All finalists are automatically entered into this category

Winner: Reuben Sinclair

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