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RDLC releases full list of 2017 award winners

The Recruitment Directors Lunch Club (RDLC) handed out 25 accolades at its 2017 Awards last month and has today issued a statement about the unique and memorable event for its members, known as 'pirates'.


Held at the Café de Paris in London on 26th January, the awards, hosted by RDLC founders, Dean Kelly and Gary Goldsmith, brought together the ever-growing community of pirates to recognise the achievements their peers are making. 


According to its website, the RDLC prides itself on "evolution and revolution" and the organisation claims its members are outperforming the market's average growth of 9%, with growth of around 25% growth.


The RDLC aims to steer clear of "old school" style awards, instead preferring to go for the glamorous spirit of cabaret. Attendees were treated to burlesque dancers and the wit of comedian Adam Bloom in a bid to create "a truly rewarding day" that celebrated the hard work and ambition of the pirates, said Goldsmith.


Goldsmith stated, “Being a member of the RDLC is all about being performing at your best and enjoying what you do, so we wanted to give our members the best awards event. You could say if Carlsberg did awards events...” 


Gary Goldsmith (left) and Dean Kelly


Attending pirates certainly seemed to enjoy themselves. Nick Harrington, managing director of Eximius Group, said, "The vibe at the RDLC awards event is truly unique in recruitment; you'll never meet a more competitive bunch supporting each other.”

Shaun Weise, enterprise strategy director at Bullhorn, added, "Everyone at Bullhorn looks forward to the RDLC Awards, the events are great fun, and we catch up with the players who are really shaping the sector."


Entertainment at the awards was designed to captivate audiences


The event also generated over £20,000 for global youth employment foundation; OPERA.


Esther O'Callaghan OBE, OPERA co-founder and CEO, said, "This event is yet another example of the generosity that the RDLC continue to show in supporting OPERA to empower young people to find, gain and stay in work.  I am deeply grateful to all the Pirates, Gary and Dean for their unwavering support."


The 2017 award winner were:


Most Innovative Business 2017 - Matthew Springham VMR


Most Effective Marketing Campaign – Humilis Consulting


Strongest Media Presence  - Logan Naidu (Dartmouth Partners) & Wayne Brophy (Cast)


Best Supplier of the Year - Sourcebreaker


Best New Pirate - Debi Marich (Bateman Reeves) & Phil Ridgwell (Core Atlantic)


Pirate of the Year - Nick Harrington (Eximius)


Rookie of the Year - Danny Wring (PRG Group) & Akbar Ali (Projectus)


Most Resilient Recruiter - Dan Sponder (Murray McIntosh)


Top Performing New Talent Acquisition Team – PRG Group


Most New Business Generated - Murray McIntosh 


Most Helpful Pirates - Darren Mills (IT Works) & Spencer Symmons (CPS Group)


Most Effective User of WhatsApp - Rob Saltrese (Streamline)


Contract Team of the Year - PRG Group, Contracts team 


Permanent Team of the Year - Premier / Permanent Engineering


Best Recruitment Product/ Service - ITS Recruitment


Permanent Deal of the Year - Will Lambeth (Dartmouth Partners)


Contract Deal of the Year - Jade Kennedy & Jo Brown (Core Atlantic)


Best M&A Deal – Nick Harrington (Eximius)


Best Sales Person - IT Works 


Managers of the Year - James Rhodes (Core Atlantic) & Matthew Gilson (eSynergy)


Special Gardean Award – Joppe Van De Straat (Prodicom)


Top Gun – Recruiter of the Year – Jason Rumney (Intelletec)


Business Of The Year – Less than 30 shipmates at the start – PRG Group


Business Of The Year – More than 30 shipmates - Venturi





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