Agency Bites

Agency Bites


As the summer comes to a close, agencies are returning to full force, revived and refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things. That doesn’t mean to say that nothing’s been happening in the summer lull – our round up proves quite the contrary …

Smart Resourcing Solutions

Over the summer, the agency picked up two student coaching contracts. Helping employers to deliver an outstanding candidate experience, Smart will support candidates to get through to assessment centre stage.

Smart also continues to work with the University of Lincoln on a number of projects, including delivering a large scale assessment simulation as part of the employability module designed by the University for the Business School.  

A number of schools are now showing interest in Smart’s assessment simulations and a second school client is set to run the programme in the autumn.

Smart Resourcing Solution’s MD, Sophie Milliken, has been announced as a regional finalist at the Forward Ladies National Women in Business awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 22nd September.


After more than 20 years in Farringdon, WDAD have now relocated to Fitzrovia.

A number of WDAD/Ward Diamond alumni were invited to raise a glass or two and reminisce.

In client news, WDAD has been appointed by Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police to undertake an employer branding project that includes production of a short video to support staff recruitment. The initial campaign went live at the end of July with a recruitment event for Operations and Communications Centre staff.

WDAD also retained the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust account following a competitive tender process.

WDAD extend a warm invitation to enjoy a (very short) guided tour for visitors to their new Fitzroy Street office.


SMRS grew their team with new joiners, Stephen Bagshaw as Creative Partner (Art), Tom Powell as Client Manager and Kaysha Carr, also Client Manager (Projects).

SMRS are set to host a panel discussion, R&D Live 2017, at the CASE Europe Annual Conference, Birmingham, around international student experiences in the UK.

The agency will also exhibit at and present the Kerry Foods employer brand story, “Getting to the heart of a business with soul”, at In-House Recruitment LIVE! on the 5th September at the Business Design Centre.

SMRS are also lined up to share brand development work produced on behalf of Southampton Solent University at the 29th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition in Seville, Spain. The agency will also host a reception in conjunction with FindAUniversity.

SMRS are also in the process of a research project carried out with aimed at defining what attracts top talent. The report will be published soon.


ThirtyThree people news includes Sofi Carter joining the Bristol team as Account Co-ordinator, while in London, Shveta Vohra joins as a campaign manager, Preye Tobolayefa as a campaign analyst,

Michael Boateng as new Senior PPC Manager and Hannah Capocci-Hunt as a web developer.

The team in Bristol are currently working on an EVP and careers site development projects for Unite Students, Trinity Mirror and the Central London Community Healthcare Trust.

The team in London are focused on preparing for graduate season and the launch of a variety of new campaigns.

In August, ThirtyThree and The Tab launched their graduate gender research findings at the House of St Barnabas in Soho to a room full of employers.


TMP picked up a number of awards at the RMAs for their client, Virgin Money, and have also been selected as agency of record or major projects for new business clients NHS Blood & Transfusion, Salford University, Equality & Human Rights Commission & Penquin Books.

The agency is also working on several major employer branding projects to be unveiled shortly.

The TMP Social Academy, a weekly knowledge-share and development facility for Comms colleagues across the business - continues to build momentum with a regular programme of guest speakers.

In TMP people news, Chloe Gardiner joins as Client Executive, while Katerina Nicholaou and Tessa Ablitt as Client Managers, boosting Client Services in London.

Finally the internal TMP champions league table tennis was clinched by Adrian Carroll after a hard-fought competition.


Havas People hosted the annual Heist Awards at the Principal Manchester last month. Bringing institutions from across the country together in a celebration of extraordinary education marketing, the evening featured host Anton du Beke.

Havas are also delighted to note that, following their latest Talent Bites event, their whitepaper ‘Marketing to Generation Z’, received a fantastic response. The paper can be downloaded here.

Havas has also picked up a number of nominations for this year’s RBAs for work produced on behalf of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), Next, Standard Chartered and Schneider Electric – work for whom has also received a nomination for Employer Branding at the Personnel Today Awards.

The agency is also set to host a relaxed panel discussion on Thursday 24th August to coincide with Manchester Pride. Are we out, out? aims to celebrate and interrogate the roles and lives of the LGBT+ workforce within media and creative industries.

Talent Works

Talent Works was named as a finalist at this year’s The Drum Recruitment Business awards, shortlisted in 2 categories: Best Employer Brand for work with Volkswagen Financial Services and Best Employee Communication & Engagement Initiative with BNP Paribas.

The Talent Works team has grown with the addition of Simon Hoang as Digital Designer, enhancing the creative team’s focus on user experience design. Maddie Refoy also joins the client services team as Project Executive.

The business is actively investing in team growth with the introduction of a development programme for enthusiastic individuals looking to become outstanding client service professionals. The programme will see applicants rotating around Talent Works departments; Creative, Brand & Insight and Sourcing, where they’ll be assigned a mentor and after 12 months be equipped with the knowledge required to be a Talent Works Project Manager.

In other news, the team are set to complete the Three Peaks Challenge in October to raise money for the Factory Youth Zone. The charity provides a unique safe place for young people aged 8-19, up to 25 with additional needs.


Blackbridge Communications recently picked up an award for their work with Compass Group UK, winning the ‘Best Apprenticeship Initiative’ at the 2017 Recruitment Marketing Awards.

New client wins for the agency include Baker McKenzie, Barchester Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, QA and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Baker McKenzie appointed Blackbridge to create their graduate attraction campaign for the 2017/18 academic year. For GSK, Blackbridge will be working on a campaign for students aged 13-17 to raise awareness and educate about choosing STEM subjects, and the wider career opportunities available within the Pharma industry.

The Blackbridge team also continues to grow. New additions include: Claire Odeon as Account and Project Coordinator, Rebecca Newson as Junior Copywriter and Sonum Tailor as Marketing Communications Manager.


Penna moved up to 2nd place in the recent IIM survey after positioning in 3rd place for the previous 4 years. The team also picked up the Best Recruitment Website (over 50k) award at the RMAs 2017 in July, for client MI6.

Julie Towers and Keith Pilling featured on Ri5, discussing how Penna has continued to grow and thrive within the Adecco Group. The opening of their new North America Business is just one part of their growth story.

In events activity, Penna attended the recent CIH conference, are attending the CASE conference in Birmingham in September and are now taking applications for the 2017/18 cohort of the Penna and PPMA Peer into the Future programme. The team are also set to attend the NCAS Conference in Bournemouth and SOLACE in Manchester. In November, Penna will host a resourcing round table focusing on EVP, as well as a Transport Sector networking and showcase evening.

With digital and social media top of the client agenda, Penna is running a social media event - ‘Snap, Tweet, Hire, Repeat’, offering tips and techniques to engage the perfect candidate and places can be booked by emailing


AiA have carried out a number of projects over the summer, including the 'Inclusion Starts With I' video created with and for Accenture, as well as new graduate campaigns for Capital One, employer brand work for Royal London and another careers site launch.

New joiners to the AiA family include DPM - Gianfranco Coppola, Senior Back End Developer - Moiz Kiyani, AE - Callum Booker, Senior AE - Amy Dhanoa, Media AE - Secil Yuzergan, Senior Digital Designer - Marc Kain and Social Media Executive - Steven Porter.

AiA also picked up a CIPD RMA award for Best Graduate Initiative for the work we have done for Thales.

In events activity, Senior VP, Steve Ehrlich, has just returned from speaking about Google for Jobs at HR Tech World India. Also, in London, the team has been busy putting together the plan for HR Tech World Amsterdam in October.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

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