11th November 2022

British Recruitment Awards 2022: Winners Announced

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With over 130 entries received from organisations all across the UK, competition to take home a British Recruitment Award proved to be very tough. But today, New Possible is delighted to reveal the 2022 Winners!

Run by employee insight platform, New Possible, the British Recruitment Awards sets out to discover and celebrate the individuals and teams that are truly passionate about recruitment’s role in building a thriving organisation. Organisations taking part this year range from start-up innovators to public sector heroes, tech superstars, global titans and everything in between. Irrespective of organisation size, industry or resources, all Winners and Finalists shared how their initiatives are transforming recruitment and delivering tangible value for their organisations.

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A huge thanks to the British Recruitment Awards 2022 all-star judging panel for reviewing the entries and sharing their expertise:

  • Prof Emma Parry, Head of Changing World of Work Group at Cranfield School of Management
  • Scarlett Allen-Horton, Founder & Director at Harper Fox Search Partners
  • Richard Waite, People & Culture Director at Grant Thornton
  • Sarah McGuire, Head of Talent & Resourcing at Manchester United
  • Yasar Ahmad, Global VP of Talent at HelloFresh
  • Nate Harwood, Founder at New Possible

And so, without any further ado, the full list of Winners and those awarded Highly Commended are:

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Best Overall Candidate Experience: Wiltshire Council (Highly Commended: Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult)

<< The Best Overall Candidate Experience category was determined by candidate feedback captured using New Possible. Book a demo to find out how New Possible can help you build a better candidate experience. >>

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year: Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Talent Acquisition Strategy of the Year: Reckitt (Highly Commended: Pax8)

Innovation of the Year: Zync. (Highly Commended: Rectec)

Leader of the Year (In-House): Olivia Brown, Head of Talent Acquisition at Octopus Energy (Highly Commended: Tracy Climpson, Head of Recruitment and Employer Branding at Heron Foods)

Leader of the Year (Agency): Ryan Adams, CEO at Signify Technology

Rising Star of the Year: Chris King (they/she), Thunder & CEO at Lightning Travel Recruitment Ltd (Highly Commended: Azrael Netherton, Senior Internal Recruiter at Heron Foods and Subhiksha Vishwanath, Talent and Learning Facilitator at Delve)

Recruitment Partner of the Year: TopScore Tech (Highly Commended: ERIC)

In-House Recruitment Team of the Year: Octopus Energy Group (Highly Commended: Compare The Market)

Best Onboarding Initiative: Metro Bank

Best Early Careers Employer (Sponsored by TopScore): Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Recruitment Agency of the Year: Edison Search

<< The Recruitment Agency of the Year category was determined by employee feedback captured using New Possible. Book a demo to find out how New Possible can help you build a healthier business. >>

Best New Recruitment Agency: OPRA Group Ltd (Highly Commended: Oselo Recruitment Ltd)

Executive Recruitment Agency of the Year: Intuitive

Temporary Recruitment Agency of the Year: Meridian Business Support (Highly Commended: TFS Healthcare)

Financial Services Recruitment Agency of the Year: Danos Associates Limited

Technology Recruitment Agency of the Year: SR2 Socially Responsible Recruitment Ltd (Highly Commended: VIQU)

Public/Third Sector Recruitment Agency of the Year: Sanctuary Personnel (Highly Commended: Spinwell)

Nate Harwood, Founder of New Possible and British Recruitment Awards judge said: “Hiring great people is key to building a thriving organisation and we’re immensely proud to recognise the inspirational teams and individuals that are working hard to make this happen day-in, day-out. Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists who are helping to showcase the best of British recruitment.”

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners took home two awards, including ‘Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year’ and ‘Best Early Careers Employer’. Judges praised an apprenticeship programme that challenged underrepresentation through school outreach and a focus on ‘capability and attitude’, rather than academics. Almost half of their latest apprenticeship and graduate intake were from a Black or Asian background.

Reckitt were awarded ‘Talent Acquisition Strategy of the Year’ for a "comprehensive" strategy that had a "clear impact". By shifting to a global talent acquisition model, Reckitt have simplified their recruitment process, eliminating bias, reducing cost, and building transparency. Alongside this, they’ve also launched a new EVP that focuses on empathy and inclusivity ‘by design’. Their ‘Moments that Matter’ strategy for early talent also impressed Judges, by embracing video content to deliver a personal yet scalable approach to the candidate experience.

Metro Bank walked away with ‘Best Onboarding Initiative’, after demonstrating a "data-driven" and "relentless" focus on improving engagement during their onboarding process.

SR2 Socially Responsible Recruitment took home ‘Technology Recruitment Agency of the Year’. Their passionate approach to D&I impressed judges, including the use of ‘gender decoders’ on job adverts and a ‘Women Rock’ initiative that champions inspirational stories of under-represented groups within tech. Half of SR2’s recruiters are female and over 35% of placements are female which "stands out" in a sector that is still largely male-dominated. Their ‘people over profit’ ethos was also a particular highlight.

Winners were revealed at a special celebration event in London, hosted by comedian Sally-Anne Hayward. The event also featured a panel discussion titled ‘Creating a winning employee value proposition’, moderated by Gareth Jones. Panellists included Chloe Cameron, Lee Nicholls and Liz Dowling. Register your interest for the British Recruitment Awards 2023.

The British Recruitment Awards is powered by New Possible, an employee insight platform. New Possible helps leaders build healthier organisations by providing meaningful insight that can drive real change. Find out more about our mission or book a demo.

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