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APSCo Awards for Excellence 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) Awards for Excellence - sponsored by NatWest and 6CATS International – has been unveiled. These coveted annual awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in the professional recruitment sector.  

The shortlisted companies will be invited to attend a Q & A session with APSCo’s panel of independent judges and winners are to be announced at an exclusive luncheon on the 18th October 2017. Guest speaker on the afternoon will be David D’Souza, head of London at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), who will deliver a keynote speech on issues including skills shortages, retention, identifying and maximising untapped pools and the value of a trusted recruitment partner.

Ann Swain, APSCo chief executive, said, “These awards are now firmly recognised as the most prestigious accolade in professional recruitment and are a unique indicator of standards throughout the sector. The annual event has become the premier showcase for innovation, best practice and outstanding achievements which acts as a catalyst for firms to attract publicity and build their brand amongst key stakeholders.

“We are no longer surprised by the volume and quality of entries that we receive each year, which, as always, invokes a great sense of pride here at APSCo. A commonality which all shortlisted organisations share is a strong commitment to training and development – and I’m sure it is no coincidence that this is why these companies maintain such high professional standards and excel in innovation. Once again, I expect it to be challenging for our judges to decide on the winners. All of our finalists have shown a real commitment to the ethos of APSCo and have demonstrated real excellence and we congratulate them all.”

A new category, Best Client Initiative of the Year, has been added to the extensive list of awards for 2017 for those who can demonstrate an outstanding or innovative venture that has made a significant difference to a client, goes above and beyond what is normally expected of a recruitment partner and has changed the way the client views the supplier relationship.

The following companies have been shortlisted:

Recruitment Company of the year under £5m T/O

Boden Resource

Finlay James

Smile Education

Recruitment Company of the Year £5-£50m T/O

Annapurna Recruitment

Harnham Group


Recruitment Company of the Year over £50m T/O

Nigel Frank International

Oliver James Associates

Sopra Steria Recruitment

Recruitment Company with the most sustainable growth

Montreal Associates

Oliver James Associates


Sopra Steria Recruitment

International Recruitment Company of the Year

Cobalt Recruitment

First Point Group


RPO/MSP of the Year

Guidant Group

Resource Solutions

Sopra Steria Recruitment

CSR Initiative of the Year

Aspire People

Corecom Consulting

Morson International

Stanton House

Affiliate Member of the Year

Barclay Jones

QX Ltd


Innovator of the Year

SEC Recruitment



Diversity & Inclusion Award

Cognitive Group

Montreal Associates

Disability Best Practice Award


Sopra Steria Recruitment

Best Client Initiative

Larson Group



Pete Holliday, MD of Sopra Steria Recruitment, commented, "Congratulations to all of the Finalists in this year’s APSCo Awards – it is very important that the profession continues to raise its profile with clients and candidates as recruitment companies bring so much value to the world of work, particularly those who uphold the APSCo standards to the highest levels that these awards represent. In previous years, winning the awards have made a big difference to our ability to attract business, employees and candidates, so we are hoping that we can  repeat that across some of the four categories where we will meet the independent judges this year!  It is clear that the competition is stronger than ever, so good luck to all  APSCo Award finalists."

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