Hiring the right people is key to building a flourishing organisation and the British Recruitment Awards recognises the individuals, teams and agencies that are passionate about making this happen day in, day out. We were thrilled to be nominated for Best New Recruitment Agency and invited to the event at Bounce in Holborn, London. The Awards are hosted by New Possible who said that “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”.

On the day lots of our team attended networking from 11 am where there was a full room of industry leaders and other nominees, to link with over tea, coffee and a few treats. We took our seats in front of the stage where we heard from the panellists in a discussion and Q&A session, ‘Creating a Winning Employee Proposition’. The value proposition describes what an organisation stands for, requires and offers as an employer, this was a valuable and thought provoking discussion from the expert panel.

After the Q&A we all enjoyed the best two P’s: a great Pizza and Prosecco lunch! We were then entertained by the hilarious Sally-Anne Hayward, who is an award-winning comedian and a sought-after corporate performer. The cherry on the cake for us and the best end to the whole day was winning our category, Best New Recruitment Agency! We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award and proud to be nominated and chosen by this all-star judging panel who reviewed the entries and shared their expertise:

• Prof Emma Parry, Head of Changing World of Work Group at Cranfield School of Management

• Scarlett Allen-Horton, Founder & Director at Harper Fox Search Partners

• Richard Waite, People & Culture Director at Grant Thornton

• Sarah McGuire, Head of Talent & Resourcing at Manchester United

• Yasar Ahmad, Global VP of Talent at HelloFresh

• Nate Harwood, Founder at New Possible

With over 130 entries received from organisations all across the UK, competition to take home a British Recruitment Award is very tough, so we celebrated with a few more proseccos and games of ping pong. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and can’t wait to see what’s next for the OPRA team!