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  • Thursday, 20 October 2016
  • Thursday, 20 October 2016

RI AWARDS - UK

Winners of 2016 RI Awards announced!

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On the 20th Of October Recruitment International held its 2016 annual awards at the prestigious Guildhall in London.


We were pleased to see around 400 attendees, representing some of the best recruitment talent in the industry.


Only 15 awards were given out during the evening ceremony, but every company who attended deserve to be recognised for their contributions to innovation within the industry.


We’d like to thank all of our judges, sponsors and presenters which helped make the Awards as great as it was. We can now confirm that everybody who generously donated to RI's partner charity, LinkAble, has helped to raise £3000. This will go towards short break holidays for Woking-based children with learning disabilities.


The winners are listed in full below.


Best Recruitment Company to work for up to £20 million
Presented by Russell Lovelock, Access Group

The shortlist was:
Cognitive
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Lawrence Harvey

and the winner was Evolution Recruitment Solutions


The Rising Star
Presented by Geraldine Fox, Octus

The shortlist was:
Marlin Green
Positive Healthcare
TFS Healthcare

and the winner was TFS Healthcare


Best CSR Initiative
Presented by Jeff Blakemore, JSA

The shortlist was:
Brightwork
Morgan Hunt
Serocor

and the winner was Brightwork


Best Recruitment Company to work for £20-40 million
Presented by Jason Medcalf, RACS Group

The shortlist was:
Amoria Bond
Goodman Masson
Gravitas

and the winner was Goodman Masson


Best Back Office Team
Presented by Paul Mizen, Recruit Ventures

The shortlist was:
Gattaca Plc
SEC Recruitment

and the winner was Gattaca Plc's internal recruiment team


Growth Company of the Year
Presented by Keely Woodley, Grant Thornton

The shortlist was:
Frank Recruitment Group
Hallam Medical
Opus Recruitment Solutions

and the winner was Frank Recruitment Group


Best Recruitment Company to work for £40-100 million
Presented by Steve Solomon, Natwest 

The shortlist was:
First Recruitment Group
Investigo
La Fosse
Oliver James Associates

and the winner was Oliver James Associates


Best International Agency
Presented by Daniel Fox, Microdec

The shortlist was:
First Point Group
Frank Recruitment Group
Phaidon International

and the winner was First Point Group


Best Recruitment Campaign
Presented by Jason Medcalf on behalf of RACS Marketing

The shortlist was:
Allen Lane
MacDonald and Co.

and the winner was Allen Lane


Best Performing Plc
Presented by Tony Perkins, BDO

The shortlist was:
CPL Resources
Empresaria

and the winner was CPL Resources

Entrepreneur of the Year
Presented by Jennifer Millins, Mishcon de Reya

The shortlist was:
Tracy Ward – Holt Doctors
Tom Glanfield – Lawrence Harvey
Darren Ryemill – Opus Recruitment Solutions
Ben Cambage - TFS Healthcare

and the winner was Tom Glanfield, Lawrence Harvey 


Best Recruitment Company to work for£100 million +
Presented by Kieron Hollow, First Choice Software, part of Access Group

The shortlist was:
CPL Resources
Gattaca Plc
Meridian Business Support

and the winner was Meridian Business Support


Deal of the Year
Presented by Alison Treliving, Squire Patton Boggs

The shortlist was:
Frank Recruitment Group
Phaidon International
Trust Tech – MTrec

and the winner was Frank Recruitment Group

Hall of Fame
Presented by Simon Kite, Saffrey Champness

The two new entrants to RI’s Hall of Fame this year were Brian Wilkinson and Gary Ashworth


RECRUITMENT INTERNATIONAL IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE FIRST CHOICE SOFTWARE AS THE
MAIN SPONSOR FOR THE 2016 10TH ANNIVERSARY AWARDS


THE AWARD CATEGORIES:

The Best Recruitment Company to Work For up to £40m t/o


The Best Recruitment Company To Work For - £40-100m t/o

Sponsored by:


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £100m+ t/o
 Sponsored by:
 


International Recruiter of The Year:
Sponsored by:



Best CSR Initiative
Sponsored by:


Best Performing PLC
Sponsored by:



Entrepreneur of the Year 
Sponsored by:



Growth Company of the Year
Sponsored by:


Deal of the Year
Sponsored by:


The Rising Star

Sponsored by:


The Recruitment Campaign of the Year


The Back Office Team of the Year

Sponsored by:




Voted for but not entered:

Hall of Fame 
Sponsored by:


Most Admired 
Sponsored by:

 


Table sponsors 







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IMPORTANT DATES:

Awards entries & submissions open - Friday 1st July 2016
Deadline for entries - Friday 16th September 2016
Awards ceremony – Thursday 20th October 

For details contact: Teri Etherington teri@recruitment-international.co.uk Tel: + 44 (0) 1483 740874

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EVENT SPONSORS:


The Awards Judges:

Tim Evans, Managing Director, Boxington Corporate Finance

Managing Director and Founder of Boxington, an international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) boutique specialising in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector. Tim is known for his unrivalled contact network amongst the C-suite decision-makers of trade and private equity buyer companies across the sector globally.

Tim trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA, and has over 20 years of mid-market M&A deal experience. He is a regular speaker and writer on M&A and Private Equity in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector.

Jo Murphy - Head of Staffing & Search - UK & EMEA at Glassdoor
Jo has over 12 years experience within the staffing and search space starting at Hays as a top recruiter, top global rep for Linkedin managing staffing clients and now leading the staffing and search vertical for Glassdoor. Jo's insight into the staffing and search market  is second to one and had a genuine passion working with businesses that are industry transformers. 

Mervyn Dinnen
Mervyn is an award winning blogger and content & social engagement strategist specialising in the Recruitment and HR sectors. He is also a regular speaker and panellist at industry conferences.



Suhail Mirza

Suhail qualified in the City and practiced as an employment lawyer for several years. He was owner of a healthcare business (employing over 220 people) for 12 years which he successfully sold in 2014. He is also extremely well connected within the recruitment sector across both listed and privately held businesses.

Over the past decade he has worked with investors in the recruitment and support services sectors. He has written the City Page for RI since 2006 and also writes for leading healthcare journals.

Most recently he has become a Non Executive Director at H1 Healthcare( the nursing and care provider based in Scotland) and also leads the Healthcare Practice at Alium Partners the well known interim business. He has a range of interests in support service providers including partnering with Virgin Fastrack 100 business RACS Group and is Chairman at CPD safe and Non Executive Director at Argonaut.


Tony Perkins
Tony leads the recruitment sector within BDO. He is a senior audit partner in London acting for a range of clients within the recruitment sector. Tony is also the Lead Audit Partner in our London office and as such is used to assembling teams of differing sizes and expertise to meet the demands of his clients.
He has more than 20 years’ experience working with listed, private equity backed and a range of mid-large corporates including dealing with complex international organisations reporting under UK GAPP and IFRS.   He works as both Group and Component auditor and is comfortable in either of these roles.


Mark Bowyer

Mark Bowyer is commercial director of global recruitment software company Microdec Plc and been with the company 16 years.  He oversees Microdec’s global sales, account management and marketing divisions.
Mark started his career in electronics with Marconi before moving into a corporate systems & accounting reseller in the early nineties.  During his time in this arena, he was seconded to IBM to work on a server configuration guideline which was then published to all IBM agents.
Mark has always been an advocate for the role of technology within business and a firm believer that software should grow with a business and has spent time showing recruiters globally how to get the best out of their systems.
When not working, Mark is involved with some of the UK’s largest charity fundraisers or out sailing from the small coastal village where he lives.  He can be contacted at mark.bowyer@microdec-profile.com


Simon Kite

Simon is a partner, based in Saffery Champness’ Manchester office, specialising in audit and transaction services.  His clients range from start-ups through to multimillion pound owner-managed businesses. Simon’s focus is on delivering valueadded commercial support to clients on matters such as acquisitions, fundraising, profit optimisation and grooming businesses for sale.
Simon, together with his colleagues at Saffery Champness, work closely with the various trade associations and publications in the recruitment sector, providing free technical helplines, a benchmarking survey and judging industry awards. They also run a regular series of Entrepreneurs’ Forums and recruitment sector events across the country.


Lisa Jones - Director of Barclay Jones
Lisa is a Director of Barclay Jones. She supports Recruitment and Marketing Leaders to grow their businesses and improve profitability through effective digital marketing and technology solutions. Lisa is a passionate advocate of recruitment and her team of technology, social media and training experts work with recruiters to make them more effective.


Lisa is a recruitment, technology and digital marketing professional. She also's works with Recruitment, IT and Marketing leaders to improve growth and profitability through effective digital marketing and recruitment technology solutions.


Jennifer Millins - Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Jennifer Millins is a Partner in the Employment Department at Mishcon de Reya. In addition to her day-to-day work advising both businesses and individuals on all aspects of employment law, Jennifer regularly handles large-scale litigation for both employers and employees. She has particular experience advising individuals and businesses on key issues and disputes relating to unfair competition and business protection such as breaches of restrictive covenants, data theft, and team moves.


Many of Jennifer's clients are in the recruitment sector; she regularly speaks at industry events and is frequently published in the recruitment press.


Jak Allday -Managing Director- Octus Pte Ltd

Jak has been a leader in his field for the past 15 years. Initially within sales in the technology space for some of the leading brands globally such as Integral and Rackspace before moving into the recruitment Industry where again his focus was within the technology space. Jak now is Managing Director at Octus a cloud based Recruitment Software head-quartered in Singapore so he is able to put all his knowledge of the previous decade into one product.

Octus is the next generation Cloud based CRM, that the market has been begging for. Its a product that genuinely has a positive impact on a recruiters day, whilst suppling business owners with the visibility and the reporting required to run a business. It is fully integrated with websites, various job boards, scheduling & calendar systems and the users mailbox, not just 'email'! 

We also have an analytics suite which is designed by actual end users and provides the ability to see exactly what 'YOU' want. We importantly focus on accessing the data you have in the system, not just what an 'off the shelf' product forces you to have and then providing a level of insight into that dataset that will give you actionable feedback. 

Our growth over the past year has been incredible and we are excited when looking into 2016 to continue to further our growth into London and Australia, whilst continuing our progress in Singapore our HQ for South East Asia'



Paul Mizen - Group Managing Director at Jark PLC and Recruit Ventures

An expert in the world of recruitment, Paul has over 18 years of experience in the industry with exceptional knowledge and understanding across many sectors including Construction, Industrial, Driving and Healthcare.


Paul first began his career managing Jark Construction Ltd back in 2002 and growing the business from £1 million in sales to £19 million in five years. Since then, as Group MD, Paul’s professionalism and expertise has played an integral part in the ongoing growth of Jark Plc.


Paul has recently taken over the directorship of joint venture business Recruit Ventures supporting recruitment entrepreneurs who wish to launch their own recruitment business with the offer of 100% financial investment and a comprehensive back office support package.



GLOBAL JUDGES

Stewart Rogers

Stewart Rogers brings over 25 years experience of building businesses and creating shareholder value in the recruitment and human capital management sectors. He has an enviable reputation of helping shape leadership teams in the industry that deliver both outstanding customer service to their clients as well as impressive profit growth over a sustained period that ultimately creates real shareholder value and returns.

Including his current portfolio, he has been on the Board of over a dozen recruitment businesses covering a wide spectrum of sectors, including being instrumental in bringing the following businesses successfully to market – Goodman Graham (NED); Odgers (COO and then NED); TechPartners (NED); White & Nunn (Chairman); James Harvard (Chairman) and Nurse Plus (Chairman). The combined total value realised for these businesses adds up to over £150m.

He is currently Chairman of three leading recruitment businesses – Morgan McKinley (finance and accounting); Templine (Industrial) and Hallam Medical - as well remaining on the Board of Nurse Plus (Domiciliary Care) as the Senior Independent NED and also being Chairman of JSA, one the leading and most innovative firms in the Professional Employment and Payroll Services sector. These five businesses have a combined NFI of over £100m and collectively employ just over 1,000 people.


Ian Nash 
Ian has 25 years of experience with the recruitment market. His previous roles have included group board director roles for both Michael Page and Robert Walters. During his 13 year spell at Page, the business was transformed from a UK-centric financial recruitment company to the multidisciplinary international recruitment company that exists today.

Page and Walters both dramatically grew in terms of scale, profitability and market value while Ian was a director. 



John Rose

John has spent most of his working career in the recruitment sector, having started in the industry in the late 1980’s. John has an impressive track record leading successful business turnarounds and driving profitability. Whilst CEO of Hudson’s UK/Ireland operation, he integrated 12 acquisitions, re-shaped the business and grew profitability (EBITDA) from (£100k) to £11.3m. As CEO of Kellan Group Plc he returned the loss-making Berkeley Scott business to profitability and led the acquisition of Quantica Plc. John was most recently CEO of FiveTen Group where he built a strategy based on specialist recruitment brands, took the business into immature, less commoditised markets and significantly increased the Group's profitability. Through his own venture, Vered Consulting, John now acts as Mentor/NED/Operating Partner to recruitment businesses and their leaders, helping them through their growing pains and both building and delivering sustainable and valuable strategies.


Miles Hunt

Miles is an entrepreneur, board advisor and investor with over 20 years’ experience building successful companies.  He is a former lawyer and the founder and former CEO of Empresaria, Group, a staffing company that he built to over £200m revenues with operations in 20 countries.  He now invests in and advises companies primarily within the Human Capital Services sector through his investment company Benula Capital.  He is currently Chairman of Serocor, a UK based IT and Engineering recruitment group, Darwin, a technology recruitment company operating across Europe, Davidson, an Australia based talent management company and Oasis HR, a London based HR recruitment company.  He is also Chairman of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (“APSCo”). Awards include Staffing industry Entrepreneur of the Year (Recruitment International) and national finalist Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year.


David Higgins

David spent circa 20 years building Harvey Nash plc into a £500m turnover global professional services organisation.  David's roles have encompassed Managing Director, Chief Executive, Executive Deputy Chairman and most recently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman.  As a highly effective senior international business leader, his past successes have included growing Harvey Nash significantly in terms of size, revenue and profits as well as expanding a previously UK-centric business into a global organisation covering Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA.

David has a proven track record in creating growth, both organically and via strategic acquisitions. He has also taken a private business through to a successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange. He currently advises entrepreneurs and owners of SME companies.


Tim Evans, MD, Boxington Corporate Finance

Founder and Managing Director of Boxington, the international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) boutique specialising in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector. Tim is known for his international contact network amongst the CEO and Chairman decision-makers of trade and private equity buyer companies across the sector globally.

Tim trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA, and has over 15 years of mid-market M&A deal experience. He is a regular speaker and writer on M&A and Private Equity in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector.



Fiona Kay Lander  FCIPD, FIRP, MIOD

fiona landerBusiness Link approved trainer Fiona started Lander Associates in 1997 and heads up a team of experienced recruitment trainers and an efficient operations team in Head Office . With over 30 year’s recruitment sector experience, Fiona started her career with the government working on initiatives for the long-term unemployed. She then moved to Blue Arrow in 1986 and held a number of roles in both operations and training, including Training and Development Director. A move to the US followed in 1992 to continue training and Fiona also designed training seminars for well-known US presenter Anthony R. Byrne for his world tour in 1993. While in the US, Fiona was also commissioned to write a training book and training articles. Fiona is regularly published in trade journals and online including Recruitment International.



Suhail Mirza

Suhail qualified in the City and practiced as an employment lawyer for several years. He was owner of a healthcare business (employing over 220 people) for 12 years which he successfully sold in 2014. He is also extremely well connected within the recruitment sector across both listed and privately held businesses.

Over the past decade he has worked with investors in the recruitment and support services sectors. He has written the City Page for RI since 2006 and also writes for leading healthcare journals.

Most recently he has become a Non Executive Director at H1 Healthcare( the nursing and care provider based in Scotland) and also leads the Healthcare Practice at Alium Partners the well known interim business. He has a range of interests in support service providers including partnering with Virgin Fastrack 100 business RACS Group and is Chairman at CPD safe and Non Executive Director at Argonaut.