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APSCo Awards for Excellence 2016 winners announced

The winners of the 2016 APSCo Awards for Excellence - sponsored by NatWest and CXC Global – were announced this afternoon (18th October) at a business lunch with guest speaker, Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School and the chair of business studies. Burke is chairman of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment - the London-based IPSE international think tank on freelancing.

Commenting on the awards, Marilyn Davidson, director of APSCo, said, “The APSCo Awards for Excellence are widely considered to be the premier showcase for innovation and best practice in professional recruitment. The process has a reputation for being the most testing, demanding and perhaps most challenging out there, and for good reason. The standard of submissions we receive is incredible, and all of this year’s finalists have demonstrated a real commitment to the ethos of APSCo. I know that the independent judges found it challenging to pick winners from the reams of outstanding entries, which caused much debate amongst the panel.

“All entrants should feel very proud of their hard work in what can only be described as the most fiercely contested awards to date.”

The winners of the awards were:

Recruitment Company of the Year under £5m Turnover

Understanding Recruitment

Recruitment Company of the Year £5m - £50m Turnover


Recruitment Company of the Year £50m + turnover
Sopra Steria Recruitment   

Recruitment Company with the most Sustainable Growth

Oliver James Associates

International Recruitment Company of the Year


RPO/MSP of the Year

Guidant Group

CSR Initiative of the Year

Annapurna Recruitment

Affiliate Member of the Year

Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance

Innovator of the Year 


Diversity & Inclusion Award


Outstanding Contribution to APSCo

John Mortimer

This year, a new category, Disability Best Practice, has been added to the extensive list of awards following the release of APSCo’s Best Practice Guide to Disability Confidence earlier this year. The new accolade, which is sponsored by EY, celebrates disability-smart recruitment processes.

Disability Best Practice Award

Guidant Group

Steve Wynne, Kingsbridge CEO, commented, “Everyone at Kingsbridge was delighted to receive the APSCo Affiliate of the Year award. Not only is it a fitting reward for our continued hard work, it’s also a firm indication of our commitment to the recruitment sector. To receive such an accolade is a real honour and is something that I, personally, am very proud of.”

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