Agency Bites

Agency Bites


Welcome to our latest round-up of news, announcements from the agency world. This month sees a packed edition, with plenty of updates on the awards, client and people fronts.


Penna remain focused on further consolidating their footprint as part of the Adecco Group, with services now being delivered in the US and advanced plans to extend reach to APAC.

Penna has been chosen as the resourcing partner for Network Rail, helping them to deliver various projects across attraction, digital, media, assessment design and all PSL’s. Other new attraction and assessment clients include EDF, JLR; London Ambulance amongst others.

Penna’s sourcing service continues to grow and expand with candidates successfully delivered for De Montfort University, Brent Council and British Library. This new route to market is highly cost effective and a real complement to other channel strategies.

Executive Recruitment business has been busy managing the significant changes at the top in local government; with CEO appointments made or being managed in Birmingham CC, Westminster CC, Worcestershire County Council, Northampton BC, Bury MBC, Derby CC, Bristol C and Lincolnshire CC.

Penna entered into the housing sector in 2017 and in 2018 reach has extended into HE with increased corporate services executive recruitment across the public sector.

This spring will also see a move into their new home in Millennium Bridge House.

Smart Resourcing Solutions

The team have been shortlisted in the Service category for the North East Business Awards, recognising the outstanding service they provide to all clients. The winner will be announced later in February.

On the employer side, Smart Resourcing Solutions have enjoyed designing a new assessment centre for M&S which includes a group exercise, analysis exercise and role play. The first few assessment centres have taken place and feedback from both candidates and assessors has been very positive with feedback rating the materials as “excellent” and comments made on how well we understand their business.

Sophie Milliken recently ran a workshop for a local school to provide Year 13 students with an overview of the Early Careers market. Prior to the session, Sophie was delighted to receive lots of advice from contacts on LinkedIn following a request for people to share what they wish they had known at that age.

They are working a new university client to provide an assessment simulation for 360 students in April. The design work and logistics have commenced and they look forward to working closely with the Faculty, Careers Service and students at an exciting new venue.


SMRS welcomed new starts in the client services and digital team.

Together with Deloitte, SMRS will be presenting at the In-House Recruitment Network “Early Careers” conference on 28th February, as well as presenting Kerry Foods’ employer brand story at the Talent Leaders Connect “Year Ahead & Candidate Experience” conference on 1st March.

SMRS have been shortlisted at the FIRM  awards in the employer branding category for their work with the National Audit Office, Kerry Foods and Mencap, as well as an outstanding impact transformation & change category for the work with Balfour Beatty.

Their work with Unlocked has been shortlisted in the best student marketing campaign category at the TARGETjobs awards.

Talent Works International

Talent Works International have experienced another busy couple of months working on projects with Asahi, Amadeus and Mitchells & Butlers in the UK, and Encore, Ericsson and Wellforce in the US.

The Talent Works team have supported Asahi using their flexible TalentMode model, as well as creating an engaging, interactive landing page, animation and media campaign to recruit Account Development Managers across the UK.  

Recent projects have included social media campaigns, employer brand videos and a variety of event collateral. The team continues to grow in the UK and US with new positions open across our Creative and Sourcing divisions.

In other news, the Northampton and Manchester offices are preparing for their cycling challenge which is set for Saturday 3rd March. Both teams will cycle 50 miles and meet in Uttoxeter in aid of their respective charities; Kidsaid and The Factory Youth Zone.

Pink Squid

It was a hectic end to 2017 in the Squid Tank. As Alexa started to play those familiar festive tunes, they looked at Christmas a little differently. Converting the usual client gifts into dollars, they helped deliver emergency food parcels to those who would normally go without -

Now onto the Christmas party. Flying into Valencia, they infiltrated the city’s cultural sites, soaked up the sangria and even caught a few teeny, tiny rays of much-needed sun. Everyone made it back in once piece, just. And Eva’s legendary dance moves were the talk of the trip. Take a look at what they got up to .

Pink Squid kicked off the New Year with a bang. And not just with the resurrection of Nerf gun wars. They got a whole heap of new clients on board, Novo Nordisk and McKinsey & Company to name but a few. This new biz has taken them over oceans - from Denmark to New York and even India and starting to rack up some serious air miles. Yet they’re not just winning clients, but matches too – 2018 sees the Pink Squid football team battling it out for the local league trophy.


It’s been a busy couple of months at Blackbridge. They’ve won a bunch of new clients that they’re not allowed to talk about yet, and started an exciting new project for TfL. Rest assured, everyone at Blackbridge is looking forward to contributing, albeit in a limited fashion, to ensuring that every journey does indeed matter.

New clients (that they’re not allowed to talk about yet) means new hires – which they’re very comfortable talking about. Latest joiners include Marco Almenarez-Myford as Account Manager, Nerea González Mardones as Senior Art Director, Sam Becker as Digital Project Director and Luca Koncz as a Project Executive.

As this year’s GTI Breakfast News partner, Blackbridge are already looking forward to next month’s event which will feature a talk on social mobility from Director of Consulting, Andrew Baird.

Outside of work, monthly First Friday socials have seen them try their hands at darts and table football (topped off with a curry), and showing off their dulcet tones in karaoke. Employee of the month is always announced at First Friday events too, with an iconic Golden Goat trophy (it’s a long story) being presented to its next well-deserved owner. 

AIA Worldwide

AIA Worldwide have had a successful start to the new year with some major new client wins.

They have also added new products and feature enhancements to their TalentBrew recruitment marketing suite, focusing on user personalisation and enhanced job search, as well as launching many new advanced job descriptions for their clients. The building of TalentBrew-powered career sites for five new clients this quarter has commenced, as well as adding multilingual capability and / or internal careers sites to another four.

Projects lined up for the next month include launching new EVPs and rolling out attraction strategies – all resulting in more travel as they grow several clients across Europe and the Middle East. It means exciting work for our planning and consulting, creative and client service teams, which are continuing to grow; since December nine new members of staff have been recruited.

In awards news AIA Worldwide were nominated for five RAD awards, taking home the award for best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative with their client, Accenture: 

They are looking forward to seeing what both the NUE and Target awards bring, where they are nominated for two awards and five awards respectively.


Agency Bites is published bi-monthly.  To be included in April's update, email your submission, of no more than 200 words, to by Friday 16th March.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

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