Recruitment Business Awards

By The Drum | Administrator

September 29, 2005 | 3 min read

More than 250 people gathered at the Midland Hotel in Manchester last month for the third annual Recruitment Business Awards. The awards, which are now in their third year, are the most important awards for the recruitment industry outside of the M25 – recognising not only creativity in the recruitment industry, but also business acumen too.

This year the judging panel consisted of chairman Simon McCloughlin, TCS, Toby Windsor of SMRS, Tony Harding at Feather Brooksbank, Richard Hartley of Euro RSCG Riley, Alison Humphries of Impact, Liz Chadwick at Brahm, Joelle Warren at Warren Partners, Chris Keeling of Torres & Partners.

Commenting on the judging, McCloughlin said: \"The RBAs are now firmly established as the largest and most prestigious measure of our industry outside of the M25, and this year we decided to raise the bar even further. In order to maintain the standard, we will not be awarding a winner in every category; this means that gaining a commendation here carries an enormous amount of credit in itself. All the award winners tonight will be of the highest quality – capable of competing at any level nationally and internationally.

\"I’d like to thank all who have made submissions to the judges – the high standards this year made our debates very intense and, on occasion, somewhat heated! When you judge awards like these it’s impossible not to recognise what talent we have in our businesses – it’s something we should all feel very proud of.\"

On the night, the much coveted Recruitment Consultancy of the Year went to Contract Scotland – praised by judges for the agency’s \"determination to increase quality, dedication to training and its innovation.\" The Executive Search and Selection Firm of the Year was won by Warren Partners, with the judging panel stating that: \"The agency has maintained a very strong market position, good growth and great client and candidate feedback.\"

Meanwhile, Barkers Scotland took the Recruitment Advertising Agency of the Year due to \"excellent financial results and dedication to its team and product innovation,\" beating agency SMRS in the category.

The awards also aim to recognise those individuals that have made an impact on the market over the past year, and Alex Gee of recruitment agency Phee Farrer Jones was named Recruitment Personality of the Year. According to our judges, Gee deserved the award for \"delivering proven excellent service to both clients and applicants.\"

Bridget Denny of Feather Brooksbank, meanwhile, was named the Rising Star by our judges, who praised her for \"making huge strides in her development over the last two years, leading to her winning other industry awards and now managing the agency’s largest client.\"

Barkers Scotland was the most successful agency on the night, picking up wins in the Best Outdoor, Best Art Direction and Best use of Illustration/Photography/

Typography for clients Fife Council and Balfour Beatty. Close on their tail, however, was TMP Worldwide with Best Sales and Marketing Sector Recruitment Advert and Best Interactive Work/Online Work, Euro RSCG Riley with Best Public/Government/Charity Sector Recruitment Advert and Copywriting and TCS in the Best Internal Communications and Best Ambient categories – each picking up two hotly fought over awards on the night.

A full rundown of the winners can be found on Adline’s website, at The work is also featured over the following three pages. We hope you enjoy – here’s to next year!


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