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With over 225 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 2023 Winners!
Powered 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 pioneers to public sector heroes, tech superstars, global titans, and everything in between. Irrespective of organisation size, industry or resources, Winners and Finalists shared how their initiatives are transforming recruitment and delivering tangible value for their organisations.
A huge thanks to the British Recruitment Awards 2023 all-star judging panel for reviewing the entries and sharing their expertise:
- Yasar Ahmad, Global VP of Talent, HelloFresh
- Sophie Clifford, Global TA Operations and Employer Brand Lead, Vodafone
- Liz Dowling, Chief People Officer, VIOOH
- Simon Gomez, Head of Talent Acquisition & Employer Brand, Wagamama
- Louise Gregory, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, Anglo American
- Sharlene John, Head of Recruitment, Selfridges
- Alasdair McDonald, Director of Talent Acquisition EMEA, The Walt Disney Company
- Ben Murphy-Ryan, Sr Director, Talent Acquisition EMEA & LATAM, LinkedIn
- Prof Emma Parry, Head of Changing World of Work Group, Cranfield School of Management
- Jaymini Patel, Head of Talent Partnering UK/I, Unilever
- Richard Waite, People & Culture Director, Grant Thornton
- Nate Harwood, Founder, New Possible
And so, without any further ado, the full list of Winners and those awarded Highly Commended are:
Candidate Experience of the Year: K.A.G. Recruitment Consultancy (Highly Commended: Caring Homes Group)
<< Candidate Experience of the Year was determined by candidate feedback captured using New Possible. >>
Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year: Zero Gravity & HSBC (Highly Commended: GXO Logistics)
Talent Acquisition Strategy of the Year: Plentific (Highly Commended: VIOOH)
Recruitment Campaign of the Year: Reckitt (Highly Commended: Accenture)
Innovation of the Year: NHS (UHS Southampton) & Talk'n'Job (Highly Commended: inploi)
Leader of the Year (In-House): Fiona Lauder, Group Recruitment and Retention Manager at Home Instead (Highly Commended: Tracy Climpson, Head of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment Marketing at Heron Foods)
Rising Star of the Year (In-House): Ed Cherry, Talent Acquisition Advisor at GXO Logistics (Highly Commended: Tom Ratcliffe, Talent Acquisition Sourcer at VIOOH)
Leader of the Year (Agency): Tatiana Melnichuk, CEO and Founder at Lucky Hunter (Highly Commended: Natasha Makhijani, CEO at Oliver Sanderson Group Plc)
Rising Star of the Year (Agency): Ijeoma Erengwa, Associate Director at Reuben Sinclair (Highly Commended: Stephanie Eastlake, Senior Recruitment Consultant at Standby Healthcare)
Technology Partner of the Year: Talk'n'Job
In-House Recruitment Team of the Year (Sponsored by Totaljobs): Home Instead (Highly Commended: SCC)
Onboarding Initiative of the Year: Brooklands College
Early Careers Employer of the Year: Seven Resourcing
Best Place to Work in Recruitment: Edison Smart (Highly Commended: Forward Role)
<< Best Place to Work in Recruitment was determined by employee feedback captured using New Possible. >>
Agency Recruitment Team of the Year (<50 employees): C&C Search
Agency Recruitment Team of the Year (>50 employees): Robert Walters
Best New Recruitment Agency of the Year: Verto People (Highly Commended: Areti Group and ARTO Recruitment)
Executive Recruitment Agency of the Year: tml Partners
Temporary Recruitment Agency of the Year: TFS Healthcare
Financial Services Recruitment Agency of the Year: Pro-Recruitment Group
Technology Recruitment Agency of the Year: Xcede
Public/Third Sector Recruitment Agency of the Year: Commercial Services Group Recruitment Division
Engineering Recruitment Agency of the Year: EarthStream (Highly Commended: Astute Technical Recruitment)
Nate Harwood, Founder of New Possible and British Recruitment Awards judge said: “The British Recruitment Awards celebrate the talented, committed, and passionate teams and individuals that are helping to build a better working world. I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists.”
Reckitt, home to some of the world’s most recognised consumer brands, secured 'Recruitment Campaign of the Year'. Facing the challenge of filling 385 technology roles across multiple regions before the end of 2023, their in-house team devised a bespoke campaign that utilised audience personas and tailored content. Results included a 412% traffic boost to their technology careers page and 252 roles filled by July. Judges praised ‘clear evidence of impact’, ‘strategic precision’ and ‘compelling content’.
Plentific, a global PropTech solution, were awarded 'Talent Acquisition Strategy of the Year'. Their multi-faceted approach to enhancing the candidate experience impressed the Judges. Initiatives included a 'Licence to Hire' program which upskilled hiring managers. The team also focused on fostering greater diversity and inclusion, leading to standardised interview processes and diversified interview panels. This helped reduce bias, increase diversity, and enhance their employer brand. The Judges praised a ‘strategic focus’, strong metrics, and ‘consideration of all factors, especially in relation to diverse panels’.
NHS (UHS Southampton) & Talk’n’Job were awarded ‘Innovation of the Year’. Identifying that an overly complex application process was deterring candidates, UHS Southampton partnered with Talk'n'Job, a voice application platform, to create a more accessible solution. The results were transformative, increasing the volume and quality of applications, while also reducing costs. Judges praised an ‘innovative use of tech to solve a scalable problem’ and a ‘focus on speed and engagement’ with candidates.
Fiona Lauder took home 'Leader of the Year (In House)’. Colleagues described Fiona as ‘visionary’, ‘passionate’ and ‘empathetic’. She gained recognition for championing innovative strategies, like the #MenCanCare campaign, which aimed to increase the inclusion of male candidates in Scotland's care sector. Fiona also spearheaded a comprehensive employee onboarding programme, introduced new contracts, and encouraged an environment that ‘celebrates’ individuality. Judges recognised her as an ‘exceptional leader’ with evident ‘initiatives, results and impact’.
Winners were revealed at a special celebration event in London, hosted by comedian Sally-Anne Hayward. The event also featured a panel discussion titled ‘Top Predictions for 2024’, moderated by Paul Maxin. Panellists included Emily Fox, Fiona Lauder and Richard Waite.