TIARA 2019 Winners Announced

  • 15 TIARA trophies presented to the UK’s top recruitment firms and CEOs
  • Oliver James Associates, NES Global Talent and La Fosse Associates the biggest winners, with 8 awards between them
  • 8 companies ‘highly commended’ by judging panel of 30 HR and Recruitment leaders 
  • 550 industry leaders attended black-tie gala dinner at The Brewery in London

16th October 2019 – The winners of the 2019 TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards (TIARAs) were revealed last night at a gala dinner attended by 550 CEOs and senior executives from the UK’s top 500 recruitment companies.

The combined turnover of all 63 finalists represented this year is over £7 billion, with over 10,000 talented people employed by these market leading agencies.

“It was fantastic to see the best in UK recruitment supporting the TIARAs this year, with a great shortlist for our expanded judging panel,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners, who hosted the evening alongside awards founder David Head and TALiNT International editor, Becky Wilson. “All of those recognised will be profiled in the November issue of TALiNT International to inspire the wider industry and provide an insight into what impressed judges.”

With 15 trophies presented, and 8 companies receiving high commendations, the biggest winners on the night were Oliver James Associates, NES Global Talent and La Fosse Associates – who won 8 awards between them.

Commenting on the standard of the shortlist this year, Ian Nash, TIARA chair of judges, said: “Everybody wants to see what the best is in their industry, and in the TIARA’s we got some excellent entries, some excellent businesses, and I think people are going to be very impressed by the winners this year.”

This point was echoed by Jason Martin, Head of Strategy at Access Group, headline partner of the TIARAs. “I’ve been a judge for several years now and the entries were of a really high standard this year for each of the Best Recruitment Company to Work For categories,” he said. “What stood out was the investment in learning and development within the recruitment sector which has gone up a level this year. You can really see the link between growth and an investment in learning and employee benefits.”

The 2019 TIARA campaign was also supported by sponsors including Volcanic, Mishcon de Reya, Grant Thornton, Clearwater International, Deloitte, 6CATS International, Fore:Two Group, The Recruit Ventures Group, Saffery Champness, Mercury xRM, Parasol, and Hinterview.

The full list of TIARA winners and highly commended finalists is as follows:


The 6CATS International Recruitment Company of The Year​

  • Winner: NES Global Talent

The Parasol Back Office Team of the Year

  • Winner: Oliver James Associates

The Volcanic Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Winner: Harrington Starr
  • Highly commended: Roc Search

The Fore:Two Group Candidate Service Award

  • Winner: La Fosse Associates
  • Highly commended: Salt

The Hinterview Client Service Award

  • Winner: Oliver James Associates
  • Highly commended: Sigmar

The Clearwater Growth Recruitment Company of The Year

  • Winner: NES Global Talent
  • Highly commended: ERSG

The Recruit Venture Group Temporary Recruitment Company of the Year​

  • Winner: gap personnel

The Grant Thornton Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year ​

  • Winner: La Fosse Associates

The Mercury xRM Innovation Award

  • Winner: NES Global Talent
  • Highly commended: VHR

The Deloitte Diversity & Inclusion Award

  • Winner: BRUIN Financial
  • Highly commended: Oliver James Associates

The Access Group Best Recruitment Company to Work For (£5m to £20m)

  • Winner: Oscar

The Access Group Best Recruitment Company to Work For (£20m to £50m)

  • Winner: Sigmar Recruitment
  • Highly commended: Goodman Masson & VHR

The Access Group Best Recruitment Company to Work For (£50m+)​

  • Winner: La Fosse Associates

The Mishcon de Reya Recruitment Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Winner: Danny Brooks, Virtual Human Resources

The Saffery Champness Hall of Fame

  • Winner: Anne Heraty, CPL

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