Recruitment Business Awards

By The Drum, Administrator

September 29, 2006 | 3 min read

The Recruitment Business Awards (RBA) took place in Manchester last week with a record number of guests attending a gala ceremony in the city’s Midland Hotel to see who emerged as this year’s most successful performers.

In a record-breaking fourth year, the awards also attracted more entries than ever before, with over 200 entries being submitted from across the UK.

The judging panel was split into two groups with both a business and a creative panel.

The chairman of the judges was Joe Rodgers of WJP Floyd, who oversaw the two panels, which included Alison Humphries of Amelius Consulting, Jason Martin of Ellis Fairbank, Andy Rogerson of Hudson, Glen Prince of Quantica Search and Selection, Toby Windsor of SMRS and Nicola Scott of TMP Manchester all in the Recruitment Business section; with Cathy Burns of Brilliant Recruitment, Richard Hartley from Euro RSCG Riley, Andy Quigley from Feather Brooksbank, Richard Lewis of SMRS, Simon McLoughlin of TCS and Peter O’Connor from Tribal Manchester making up the Creative Panel.

This year, the awards attracted a host of high-profile sponsors including The Daily Telegraph, along with The Northern Recruitment Network, Recruitment & Employment Confederation North West, Trinity Mirror Midlands and The North West Enquirer.

A number of prizes were dished out on the night, including a series of individual awards. Fergal O’Brien from Premier Employment Group won the Lifetime Achievement Award, with Claire Matthews of Pertemps fending off competition from Feather Brooksbank’s Tony Harding to land the Recruitment Personality of the year. The Rising Star Award went to John Gee from Nigel Wright.

SMRS walked away with the big award of the evening – Recruitment Advertising Agency of the Year – while Contract Scotland retained the Recruitment Consultancy of the Year (under £45k) award.

Elsewhere, Executive Search and Selection Firm of the Year went to Wickland Westcott and McCann Erickson scooped Best Professional Recruitment Advert for its work for Burges Salmon.

TMP Worldwide was the victor in the Best Construction/Technical/Engineering/IT Recruitment Advert category for its work for GCHQ and landed another award for its work for Cheshire County Council in Best Public Sector/Government/ Charity Advert award. Other winners include TCS, Feather Brooksbank and Euro RSCG Riley.

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