Agency Bites

Agency Bites


Our summer round-up finds some the industry’s biggest names up to their eyeballs in new work, new joiners and award wins. So far it looks like 2018 is going to be a bumper year ...


The team at Blackbridge have been getting immersed in pitches, winning new clients, welcoming new people, hosting events…and finding time for a few socials in between.

Fresh from announcing a new partnership with Rolls-Royce, Blackbridge has also joined forces with CMS, Macfarlanes and Coca-Cola European Partners. They’ve also won a five-way pitch to handle all internal communications for a prestigious organisation that’s been growing rapidly – and is set to grow even more.

It’s all hands on deck delivering a range of digital projects and creating compelling new graduate campaigns. Blackbridge has had a few industry nods recently and were thrilled to win ‘Best Graduate Recruitment Strategy’ with Babcock at the Recruiter Awards for their ‘What Makes You’ campaign.

Being busy means Blackbridge welcomed more people to the fold (with more appointments to come). Meanwhile, at the latest GTI Breakfast News event, Blackbridge’s Director of Consulting, Andrew Baird, shared his insights on how employers should and could use personal data when they’re recruiting new talent.

Finally, the agency’s most recent First Friday socials have tested the teams sporting prowess to the max. A night of shuffleboard, pizza and cocktails was followed by a night of ten-pin bowling, food and, yes, more cocktails…

Talent Works

Talent Works launched their ‘In the Know’ event series earlier this month. The first event was held at The Fable in London and included talks on employer branding in a digital age and strategies to hiring developers in a competitive market. Guest speakers included Richard Purvis, Founder and Technical Director at Crunch, and Dan Foster, Talent Acquisition Manager at Triodos Bank.

The UK team is expanding once more - new additions include Iza Morley as Project Account Manager who will support all US projects, and Megan Johnson who joins as Traffic Co-Ordinator.

The team recently completed a research project on the best approaches to hiring developers. As part of the study 100 developers were interviewed as well as a select number of internal recruiters. The whitepaper will be released in the upcoming weeks.  To receive a copy before it’s officially launched, register your interest here.


SMRS have had a busy events schedule, including presenting at the IHR LIVE! Manchester conference alongside mydentist on how they developed their employer proposition.  They also presented at the recent IHR Employer Brand conference.  In July SMRS will be presenting at the IHR Recruitment Leaders conference, with easyJet.

SMRS won an EBMA Awards Gold for their work with Kerry Foods in the Food & Beverage Sector, and Silver with Mencap in Charity/NGO sector.

Smart Resourcing Solutions

It’s been a busy couple of months for Smart Resourcing Solutions. They were at Anfield Stadium in April delivering an assessment simulation for the University of Liverpool, working with around 360 first year students from the Management School.  The event achieved a 96% student attendance rate and excellent preparation by the students. Later this year they will be working with the University of Leeds, on a Widening Participation version of the programme, where students will also be provided with a 1:1 feedback and coaching session on the day to discuss their performance and development areas.

Smart Resourcing Solutions were awarded a place on the Scale Up North East programme, which is an initiative for businesses that can demonstrate both the hunger and potential to achieve high levels of growth by 2021. 

MD Sophie Milliken, together with GradTouch, delivered a free graduate recruitment event for employers sharing best practice across a range of graduate recruitment topics.

Rachael Cook joined the team as Finance and Administration Manager. Rachael will be responsible for all Finance and administrative activities, providing a huge support to employer and university clients and the first point of contact for enquiries.

AiA Worldwide

AiA predicted 2018 would be a busy year, and it hasn’t disappointed. They’ve been working on a range of projects, including heading to Dubai to help a luxury automotive brand build their EVP and they have just got cracking on a major project with a global Asian bank.

They also celebrated success with Marks & Spencer taking home the award for Best Recruitment Campaign at the School Leaver Awards.

As AiA continue to grow, they are looking to build their creative and client service teams. Since April, they’ve welcomed six new starters taking on developer roles, jobs in client service and project management positions.  

From a charity point of view, AiA have raised money for the Cats Protection League and the Dogs Trust, where a range of toys and other goodies were purchased for their furry friends. Their self-appointed charity squad are currently busy planning their summer party. The theme is being kept tightly under wraps, but the night will be fuelled with plenty of fun and frolics (and a few summer beverages too).

Finally, TalentBrew's latest updates include improvements to map capabilities and the introduction of a feature that allows users to save jobs they are interested in.


Six senior staff took the decision to follow the Slimming World plan and the results have been mightily impressive: over 20 stones have so far been shed between them. The six super-slimmers include three members of the specialist recruitment marketing team: Helen Taylor, Pat Gallagher and Adele Chaplin. The effects have been so pronounced that the company is planning to re-shoot the staff bio photographs on its website to reflect their change in appearance.

CMS staff may be much slimmer in waistline, but the company’s bulging client base has ballooned in recent months with a series of meaty accounts secured across a wide range of sectors. In response CMS has further expanded its personnel with several new recruitments.


Lots of interesting projects being delivered by SBW. They’ve been commissioned by Welsh Government to promote pride in the Valleys region and part of their solution is the production of a song called ‘sing loud sing proud’. They’ve enlisted 23 schools who are sending year five children to a hall in Neath to sing with Kizzy Crawford, a local singer song writer, and her band.

SBW have won a contract to promote Positive Parenting in Wales.  This campaign will kick off in October with TV, radio, outdoor and digital.

They’ve been extending their reach in the NHS.  They’re now working with both the largest and the smallest Trusts in England.

The highlight of the last quarter was a trip to Manchester for the Roses Awards, where they were nominated for their film, Take Time, which encourages parents to talk listen and play with their young children. Sadly they were beaten by an advert for Lidl featuring a carrot, but they thoroughly enjoyed the party.

SBW welcomed new starter Lucy Phillips, who joined as Senior Designer in their Cardiff Office.  She’s a Welsh speaker and worked in London for four years as Digital Lead for Monsoon, before returning to South Wales.  

Agency Bites is published bi-monthly.  If you have a submission for August's article, please send it to by Friday 17th August 2018.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Share this article

Any questions? Any comments?

Your instant reactions to this article can be posted here.

Be the first to make a comment...