Agency Bites

Agency Bites


With the chocolate-fest that is Easter now just a distant bellyache and lots of us a little heavier after the short break, the industry continues to remain buoyant. Check out what agencies across the nation are up to in our round up of news, people moves and more… 



Amberjack was delighted to receive the Gold Award at the Apprenticeships 4 England Awards, recognising their outstanding innovation and excellence in recruitment and selection for their client campaigns.

The award nominations continue to roll in, most significantly for the Recruiter Awards where Amberjack are shortlisted in no less than six categories.

They are also once again Outstanding Outsourced Recruitment Organisation finalists, having won last year and in 2013. Amberjack are also up for an Innovation award for their work with Unilever, redesigning the selection process for their global Future Leaders Programme, as well as the Candidate Experience category for delivering world class candidate care on behalf of GSK.

It has also been a busy time for Amberjack’s Masterclasses with their new programme underway. These small, intimate events showcase the innovations and hot topics influencing the world of recruitment, and provide a unique opportunity for in-house recruitment professionals to learn and share their experiences with others.

Finally, Amberjack released their Future Talent Insights Report last week. Free to employers, the report is aimed at reducing costs and improving student recruitment campaign effectiveness by analysing attraction tactics and selection techniques.



In ThirtyThree’s London office, Jack Wright has joined as Senior Client Manager, Georgina Hensher as Client Executive and Nick Watkins as a Client Manager

In creative, Russ Martin joins as new Junior Digital Designer, fresh from a stint at K&C working in digital. Antonia Diakomopoulou also joins as Junior Filmmaker.

The ThirtyThree team in Bristol has been working with Devon County Council over the last 12 months to recruit and retain Care and Support Workers for care providers across Devon. The project secured local editorial coverage, with the BBC showing interest and running a story on regional news.

In awards news, ThirtyThree client PWC has retained their No. 1 spot in the Times 100 Graduate Survey, while ThirtyThree has also secured a number of nominations for the EBMA awards.

The latest in the “ThirtyThree presents…” series of knowledge sharing seminars recently took place in London’s House of St Barnabas. The focus was on the US Graduate market with New York MD, Nicole Dorskind, discussing the US landscape to a packed room of senior HR professionals. Nicole detailed how graduates in the US approach job hunting and how important employer brand is to this audience, along with the best ways to engage with them, on and off campus.  Matt Derrick, Client Director on PwC in the UK, also detailed his findings from interviewing students, employers and careers services on US campuses.

The entire ThirtyThree team would also like to offer huge congratulations to Emma Jeffrey who got married last week and is currently enjoying her honeymoon.


Havas People

Havas People once again supported the Changeboard Future Talent Conference hosted at the RGS on March 30th. As well as developing an app for the event, they managed the social media on the day, pushing #ChangeboardFT to the top of the UK Trending Topics chart, going toe-to-toe with Glastonbury and the Great Repeal Bill.

Havas People have also picked up an Onrec award for their work on – a website attracting candidates into a range of roles across the North West. The project has also collected two nominations in the upcoming PPMA Awards, in The Role of HR in Innovation and Most Effective Partnership.

Meanwhile, their global operations continue to go from strength to strength. Recent highlights in MENA include projects for Dubai Airports, Jumeirah Group, Al Futtaim, Cleveland Clinic, Chalhoub Group and Canadian University of Dubai. While in APAC, Havas People has embarked on a project with Cathay Pacific and continues to work closely with clients such as Sanofi, Standard Chartered Bank and Deloitte China. In North America, teams are working on a variety of projects with partners Deloitte, H&M and Cognizant, while also managing an in-depth global project for Pfizer.

In UK news, the London team has moved into the HKX Building. This new home in the heart of King’s Cross is the latest Havas Village to open and is home to all of London’s Havas agencies.



SMRS is working with a number of new clients including the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, the National Audit Office and Balfour Beatty.

The SMRS team is also growing, with new starters including Marie Harris as a Research Executive and Richard Gordon as a Client Partner.

In SMRS awards news, work for Holland & Barrett and Swinton Insurance means the agency has been shortlisted twice in the Most Effective Employer Brand Development category in the Recruiter Awards 2017. While Sarah Sturgess, Agency Director, has been selected to be a judge of this year’s Recruitment Marketing Awards.

SMRS attended ‘WhatUni Insights Day’ on April 6th, where  Ed Layt, Education Marketing Strategist & Jonah Duffin, Director of External Relations, Birkbeck, University of London presented a talk on using data & technology to drive performance. SMRS representatives are also set to present with Yodel at the In-House Recruitment Network Birmingham conference on May 17th to talk about effectively meeting the demands of volume recruitment.  


Smart Resourcing Solutions

Smart Resourcing is set to announce big team changes at the beginning of May, in particular, enhancing the team with specialist Apprenticeship knowledge in order to meet client demand in an important area for the business.

The team is also pleased to announce their continued partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. This will be the 4th year of the hugely successful “Synergy” assessment simulation programme. The largest scale assessment simulation in the UK returns to the magnificent Etihad Stadium and the team welcome enquiries from employers wishing to support the programme as assessors.

Sophie Milliken and Tina Renshaw have authored an article for Graduate Recruiter. ‘Top Tips for Tip Top Apprentice Recruitment’ appears in the current edition, and explores an approach to recruiting apprentices that focuses on a first class candidate experience.

Sophie has also been supporting the AGR Policy group who held their first meeting in March at BNP Paribas to discuss policies they wish to focus on which will benefit the wider AGR membership.

The Smart Resourcing team is also continuing to support the leadership assignment marking programme for a large high street bank, as well as offering support to a large screening programme for a national public sector campaign.



Dragonfish took 3 wins from the UK Employee Experience Awards 2017, including overall winner for their work with Fitness First.

The agency’s work with Care UK also got a win, which followed on from the success of winning at the UK Customer Experience Awards 2016.



SBW have experienced another busy month, getting two major tenders out the door, and managing design projects for Viridor, Chepstow Garden Centre and Royal Volunteer Service.

This is all in addition to two film projects for Department for Education at Welsh Government and a website that recently went live for University Hospitals Bristol.

The team also said goodbye to Fran who has gone Freelance after having a baby last year, and has welcomed Maiara, who brings experience gained in an ad agency in Sao Paolo.


AIA Worldwide

AIA Worldwide has won two prestigious awards: Best Student Marketing Campaign (Organisations recruiting more than 50 graduates a year) for their work with Thales at the 2017 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, and Best Innovation on Campus for their work with Marks and Spencer at the NUEs.

Mike Jones has been promoted to Account Manager, Kieron Hunt has been promoted to Digital Art Director and Elekia Akhuetie (she’s the lucky lass who won the £10k holiday voucher at the RADS from totaljobs), has been promoted to Media Account Manager too.

Recent new faces include Australian Artworker, Nathan Rowe, who, despite being in the UK for four months, hasn’t once complained about the weather. AIA Worldwide is now also ‘home’ to Michael Leonard, who has recently joined as a Digital Designer.

In terms of departures, Metrics Analyst, Emma Chaddock left, but returned after just a week. Permanent goodbyes were said to Digital Art Director, Joely Dicks, Media Strategy Consultant, Claire Barker, and Project Manager, Sam McIlmoyle, as they all moved on to pastures new.

This week sees the return of the famous AIA Worldwide Quiz. They’ll be joined by their media friends as they settle down for a night of questions and conundrums. And maybe a few drinks too. Money raised from the quiz and raffle will be split between Cancer Research UK and MIND.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

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