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Jason Kennedy, Group CEO of Grafton Employment Group, named as Entrepreneur of the Year at Recruit

Jason Kennedy, Group CEO of Grafton Employment Group, named as & lsquo;Entrepreneur of the Year’ at Recruitment International Awards 2011

Jason Kennedy, Group CEO of the Grafton Employment Group, has been named as the & lsquo;Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Recruitment International Awards 2011.

The Recruitment International awards, which are run by Recruitment International magazine, are the most prestigious on the international stage as they are won purely on achievement. The awards, which are the largest of their kind in the world, are bestowed by an independent panel of judges.

In making the award, the judges highlighted 'the outstanding contribution' made by Jason Kennedy to both Grafton Employment Group and the international recruitment industry. They noted, in particular, Jason's vision and implementation of an extensive change programme to steer the company back to the path of growth.

Jason Kennedy was appointed Group CEO of the Grafton Employment Group in May 2009. The company, which was established on Grafton Street in 1982, is the leading employment solutions company in Ireland and Central Eastern Europe.

Upon joining the company, Jason initiated a three year business plan which has resulted in the development of an integrated group of flourishing businesses with complementary employment solutions offerings. The company has also developed a newly formed leadership team with a very focused group business plan which has revitalised and re-energised the group’s 600 highly trained consultants.

Notable results include:

Launch of an international group umbrella brand & lsquo;The Grafton Employment Group’ within which all subrands namely , Grafton Recruitment, SpenglerFox, Blueprint Specialist Appointments, Grafton ESP, Grafton Healthcare and Maryb.ie, operate

A 40% reduction in total cost base across the Grafton Employment Group

A 17% increase in revenue for 2011, against 2010

Ireland has grown by 5% whilst Central and Eastern Europe has grown by 36%. Dubai, Russia and Turkey also reporting double digit growth

Development of strategic partnerships in Asia and South America

Four new office openings in Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland (Cork) and the state of the art Northern Ireland headquarters in Belfast

Investment of almost &pound1.7 million (&euro2 million) in technological infrastructure for the Group, including the deployment of a best in class front and back office system

Jason Kennedy, Group CEO with The Grafton Employment Group, says:

“I am absolutely honoured to receive this award. It has been a phenomenal two years for the Grafton Employment Group and we are significantly ahead of our plans with sales, gross profit and net profit reporting exceptional growth. In parallel to delivering this growth, we are also looking to expand our service lines and geographical footprint in the coming year. This has only been possible due to the dedicated commitment of our staff across 17 countries - those that live the brand and & lsquo;walk the walk’. And it is on behalf of each and every member of the team that I accept this award and present the success story to-date of this great company.”

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