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  • Thursday, 2 November 2017 5 00 pm
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RI Awards UK 2017

RI UK Award winners 2017 announced!

Please click on the image below to see the Awards Pictures 




On Thursday 2nd November, Recruitment International held its 2017 annual recruitment Awards at the Guildhall in London. The event was attended by almost 400 guests, who came together to celebrate another fantastic year for the recruitment industry.


15 Awards were handed out on the night, plus, there were two new entries to RI’s prestigious Hall of Fame. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners, those shortlisted and all those who entered the Awards – you should all be proud of your successes over the past year.


A big thank you to all our Awards sponsors, presenters and judges for helping to make this year’s Awards a great success. We’d also like to thank everyone who attended the evening and can now confirm that everyone’s generous donations helped raise £2000 for RI’s charity partner, LinkAble, a Woking-based charity for children with learning disabilities.


The winners are listed in full below.



The Best Client Service

Presented by Philip Ellis, Optima Corporate Finance


The shortlisted companies were:

Acre

Sigmar Recruitment


The winner was:

Sigmar


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For up to £10m

Presented by Peter Stoll, Jelf Manson


The shortlisted companies were:

Peoplefirst
Projectus Consulting
Xpertise Recruitment


The winner was:

Xpertise Recruitment


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £10 - £20 Million

Presented by Andrew Forster, Access Group


The shortlisted companies were:

Annapurna Recruitment
BRUIN Financial


The winner was:

Annapurna Recruitment


The Best Candidate Service

Presented by Neil McGill, REC


The shortlisted companies were:

Cranberry Panda

Tangent International


The winner was:

Tangent International


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £20 - £40 Million

Presented by David Smith, all-paye


The shortlisted companies were:

Amoria Bond

Goodman Masson

NonStop Recruitment

ROC Search


The winner was:

Goodman Masson


The Best CSR Initiative

Presented by Natalie Long, JSA


The shortlisted companies were:

Acre

Gattaca

Opus

Tangent International


The winner was:

Gattaca


The Best Back Office Team

Presented by Paul Mizen, The Recruit Venture Group


The shortlisted companies were:

HRGo

Oliver James

Pertemps


The winner was:

Pertemps


The Growth Company of the Year

Presented by Keely Woodley, Grant Thornton


The shortlisted companies were:

ERSG

Next Ventures

NonStop Recruitment


The winner was:

ERSG


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £40 - £100 Million

Presented by Steven Raize, Gateley PLC


The shortlisted companies were:

Green Park

Investigo

Opus


The winner was:

Opus


The International Recruitment Company of the Year

Presented by Michelle Riley & Graham Palfery-Smith, 6CATS


The shortlisted companies were:

Frank Group

Oliver James

Robert Walters


The winner was:

Robert Walters


The Most Innovative Recruiter

Presented by Pippa O’Dell, Tvision


The shortlisted companies were:

The Curve Group

Opus

Sopra Steria


The winner was:

The Curve Group


The Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year

Presented by Toby Conibear, daXtra


The shortlisted companies were:

Baltimore Consulting

BRUIN Financial

TTM Healthcare


The winner was:

TTM Healthcare


The Entrepreneur of the Year

Presented by Rhymal Persad, Mishcon de Reya


The shortlisted companies were:

Darren Ryemill – Opus Recruitment Group

Ben Cambage – TFS Healthcare


The winner was:

Darren Ryemill – Opus Recruitment Group


The Brand of the Year

Presented by Tom Ross, Volcanic


The shortlisted companies were:

Fircroft

Investigo


The winner was:

Investigo


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £100 Million +

Presented by Andrew Forster, Access Group


The shortlisted companies were:

Pertemps

Robert Walters

Search


The winner was:

Search


Joining the Hall of Fame are:

Irene Marvin

John Rowley

The world’s largest recruitment industry awards programme is back in London and this is your opportunity to win one of the most coveted accolades in the sector.  Enter now and join us at the black tie gala awards dinner where the UK's leading recruitment professionals will gather from all over the country, eager to win the most prestigious awards in the business. 

The iconic RI trophy recognises innovation and best practice and is a wonderful celebration of our great profession. Last year, over 400 recruiters representing some 180 different companies entered and attended the RI awards. They were judged by some of the biggest entrepreneurs, business leaders and pioneers from our industry, which is why winning an award carries so much gravitas. For 2017 we have some fresh exciting new categories and we have also added some more of the top names in the industry to our judges panel.

The Black Tie Awards Dinner is recognised as one of 'the' nights in the recruitment industry calendar. With an unrivalled peer group the celebration has over 400 senior directors and CEO's attend the spectacular evening, being held once again, at the Guildhall in London on Thursday 2nd November.   The fun commences at 6.30 with a sparkling reception, followed by dinner and the presentations themselves.  Once the formalities are over its across the road to Harry's Bar to continue celebrating into the night.

THE FINAL DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 

WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER AT 5.00PM

The 2017 AWARD CATEGORIES

COMPANY AWARDS
The Best Recruitment Company To Work For up to £10 Million
The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £10 - £20 Million
The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £20 - £40 Million
The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £40 - £100 Million
The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £100 Million + 
The Growth Company of The Year
The International Recruitment Company of the Year
The Best Company for Client Service (NEW)
The Best Company for Candidate Service  (NEW)
The Best CSR Initiative
The Most Innovative Recruitment Company of the Year  (NEW)
The Back Office Team of the Year
The Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year (NEW)
The Brand of the Year

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
The Entrepreneur of the Year
The Hall of Fame


AWARDS CRITERIA/ ENTRY FORM - click below to download 

RI Awards Criteria - 2017.docx

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IMPORTANT DATES

Monday 17th July – Entries open & announcement of criteria and Awards information
Wednesday 27th September – Entry deadline
5th October – Judgement Day
2nd November – RI Awards Dinner, The Guildhall, London.

Keep up to date - use the hashtag #RIAwards2017

HOW TO BOOK ENTRIES AND DINNER PLACES:
To reserve your dinner places please visit our awards page on Eventbrite: 





All entries are £120 per category
All black tie dinner places are £150 per person

- RI's Corporate Members can enter as many categories as they wish and send along two guests for the dinner all at no charge. Membership has more than privileges  - join today.


2017 JUDGES

Stewart Rogers                           Ian Nash
Miles Hunt                                   John Rose
David Higgins                              Fiona Lander
Graham Palfery-Smith                Suhail Mirza
Jeff Brookes                                Adam Fletcher
Sue Cooper                                 Dave Pye
Steve Solomon                           Geraldine King
                             

Sponsorship places now available!

If you wish to sponsor an Awards please contact David (david@recruitment-international.co.uk) for more information or call + 44 (0) 1483 740874


Recruitment International is delighted to announce Access Group as the
Main Sponsor for the 2017 Awards





THE AWARD SPONSORS:


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For up to £10m 
 Sponsored by:

  


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £10 - £20m t/o


The Best Recruitment Company to Work For £20 - £40m t/o


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


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



International Recruiter of The Year:
Sponsored by:




Best CSR Initiative
Sponsored by:


The Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year

Sponsored by:



Entrepreneur of the Year 
Sponsored by:


The Best Company for Client Service


The Best Company for Candidate Service


The Most Innovative Recruitment Company of the Year

Sponsored by:




The Brand of the Year

Sponsored by:




The Growth Company of the Year



The Back Office Team of the Year

Sponsored by:


Voted for but not entered:

Hall of Fame 
Sponsored by:


EVENT PARTNERS

           



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.


Sue Cooper

Sue's recruitment career spans over 3 decades and 3 leading recruitment  businesses. Following a 7 year tenure at Hays Plc Sue joined Page Group in 1992 as part of the Page Personnel senior team helping to grow the business from 18 to over 300 UK staff . After a long and very successful career at Page Group Sue moved to join Morgan Hunt - a privately owned public service recruiter . During her 6 years with Morgan Hunt Sue was promoted to MD and in 2016 CEO . The business enjoyed significant success & growth and in 2015 was voted RI Best Recruitment Company further awards followed as the business matured.

Early 2017 saw Sue step down and retire from the corporate world and moving on to set up her own business - Scoop Consultancy offering her services to SME 's across sector wanting to use her experience to help achieve growth & success.

Sue is passionate about the challenges facing the female leader in the recruitment sector and keen to share her experience to help others.


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.


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.


Adam Fletcher 

Adam has over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, mostly as an operator but more latterly as an investor and NED / advisor.

 Adam starting his recruitment career joining a graduate training scheme for an IT staffing business called Computer People. After much success in sales and management was appointed as UK Managing Director in 2003. He spent the next 5 years at the helm and more than doubled the size of the business to over 350 recruiters and £40+m net fees. Subsequently, Adam held Board Appointments at Ajilon, Adecco UK and Elan Computing (now Experis). In 2011 joined Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity to launch a buy and build programme focussed upon specialist recruitment. Adam led 6 acquisitions to create an integrated recruitment business generating more than £20m net fees, now trading as Ignata. Today, Adam works with a portfolio of specialist SME recruiters, primarily advising on growth planning, value enhancement and exit realisation. 


Geraldine King, Chief Executive, National Recruitment Federation (NRF)

A qualified technician, trainer, and leadership coach who started her career in the Electronic Industry. During this time of her career she worked for 3 of the major Multinationals in various supervisory and senior management roles in the technical, quality, and training departments. She spent 7 years with Grafton Recruitment where she managed 3 of their offices on the east coast. 

She joined the Federation in 2009 and is responsible for the running of the NRF office and all divisions of the Federation, including all PR & Marketing and internal communications. Since her arrival to the NRF she has been focused on expanding the services of the NRF to members, has introduced the accredited Certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry and is committed to developing a full academic career path for recruiters in Ireland.

Geraldine is a member of the council board of the Fingal Dublin Chamber, and a member of the MBA interview panel at Dublin City University.

She is currently studying for a Masters in Human Resource Management. Married to Martin they have 2 daughters Nikki and Aimee.

The National Recruitment Federation is a voluntary organisation set up to promote and maintain standards across the recruitment industry in Ireland for recruitment agencies.



Dave Pye   CEO, NextGear

Dave has had a stellar career in the professional services arena with a significant focus within the recruitment sector.  He is known as a key speaker, writer and influencer.  Dave has worked with organisations across Europe and has been responsible as MD for two of the UK’s largest public recruitment companies.   As well as working within the private equity community, Dave has also led and grown niche, private companies before becoming co-Founder of NextGear, a Scale-Up Management Consulting firm specialising within talent and technology.   Dave is an NED of a number of recruitment companies and a passionate ambassador for the power recruitment brings to the UK economy.  Dave is married with 6 kids and in whatever spare time he has, works as a Trustee with two charities focusing on education and international humanitarian relief.  



Richard Collis - Saffery Champness LLP

Richard is a partner in the firm’s Business Advisory Group, advising a variety of domestic and international recruitment, executive search, staffing and human capital businesses.

As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Richard is also a Chartered Tax Adviser, providing a wide range of compliance and planning services to both companies and individuals.

Through his diverse domestic and international client base, Richard has considerable experience advising on cross-border issues and supporting complex groups of companies and regularly works closely with other professional advisers overseas. Richard is also heavily involved with Nexia International, a top 10 global network, and helps to facilitate international projects and deliver complex cross-border advice.

Richard’s clients range from new start-up ventures through to large international groups, including assisting many along the journey between the two. Richard advises clients with worldwide activities including North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Richard’s key philosophy is that he is a true client partner and looks after all the affairs of both the business and the associated individuals, bringing together both elements in a practical and tax efficient way. Richard aims to deliver this personal, tailored and private client approach to all of his clients irrespective of their size or profile.

As well as helping his clients with audit, tax and accounting matters, Richard is often the Board’s key trusted adviser and sounding board, and regularly advises management on practical, strategic and commercial business issues.

Communication with clients is key for Richard and he keeps in touch regularly by attending board meetings, reviewing quarterly management accounts, holding more formal meetings in the year and simply by picking up the phone. This helps Richard to spot planning opportunities and add value for his clients.

In addition to his client work, Richard has held several management roles within the firm including leading the firm’s national recruitment sector group. Richard currently sits on the firm’s Management Board.


Steve Solomon - Nat West

Steve is the Corporate & Commercial Coverage Director Business Services for Natwest, and he heads up the team that specialise in supporting the Recruitment sector. He is the current chair of Judges for Apsco, and has also chaired the Recruitment International World Leaders Conference for the last 5 years.

 He holds a Mba from Henley Management College & is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Outside of work he is passionate about Rugby & is a level 2 coach with Pulborough Rfc U16’s


Rhymal Persad - Mishcon de Reya

Rhymal is a Legal Director in the Dispute Resolution department and a member of the Recruitment Services Group at Mishcon de Reya. Rhymal specialises in civil fraud and has an in-depth knowledge of representing both claimants and defendants in cases involving Search Orders, Freezing Orders, Delivery Up Orders, Computer Imaging Injunctions and Third Party Disclosure Orders. He has also been involved in cases relating to dishonesty, conspiracy, breaches of fiduciary duties and breach of contract. Rhymal has extensive experience of advising clients on matters relating to the missappropriation of confidential information, data theft, misuse of trade secrets and breaches of restrictive covenants across the recruitment sector and utilising his injunctive expertise to aid the recovery and prevent the misuse of clients' highly sensitive information. Rhymal also regularly advises organisations conducting internal investigations to devise strategies to minimise the criminal, civil and reputational exposure created by internal and external corruption.


His commercial litigation work has given him experience of corporate fraud, international arbitration and recovery of stolen assets. Clients include multi-national, FTSE 250 corporates and high net worth individuals.


Mishcon de Reya is one of the few law firms in the UK market with a specialist team focussed on Recruitment and providing sector specific advice to recruitment businesses. The team is made up of recruitment specialists from corporate, employment and litigation practices and acts for numerous high-profile recruitment clients on the most important matters they face.



To contact Rhymal please either call +44 20 3321 7424 or send an email to rhymal.persad@mishcon.com.



Mishcon de Reya is a law firm with offices in London and New York. At Mishcon, we have a dedicated Recruitment Services Group made up of recruitment specialists from our corporate, employment and litigation practices. We act for numerous high-profile recruitment clients on the most important matters they face, and fully understand the dynamics of today’s increasingly complex, competitive and global recruitment environment.

 

Our clients are dynamic and sophisticated and we reflect that in our belief in challenging the conventional or accepted ways of working. We appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside our clients as a trusted advisor. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. 



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Graham Palfery-Smith has been involved in the recruitment industry for almost 40 years. He is an accomplished and highly experienced strategic senior manager who has built and run a wide range of specialist recruitment businesses internationally, including HW Group, Faro, FiveTen Group and parts of Robert Walters; having extensive international M&A experience in the sector, with experience of more than 50 transactions. Presently, Graham, is Chairman of 6CATS International, ebsta, Coppergate International and Spring FF&E and non-executive director of several businesses including Executives in Africa, cube19, The Recruitment Network and Capital International Staffing. An enthusiastic supporter of the industry he retains his passion for the sector despite his advancing years!