TWO places in the final for University of Hertfordshire and Smart Resourcing Solutions ACE partnership as ISE unveils Student Development Awards finalists

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has revealed the finalists in its annual Student Development Awards, which recognise and reward organisations committed to training and developing student talent.

Smart Resourcing Solutions and University of Hertfordshire have been listed in two categories:

  • Best Preparation for Work: Single Initiative Award

  • Best Supplier Contribution Award

A panel of learning and development professionals will judge the shortlist and the winners will be announced at the ISE Student Development Conference and Awards in London on 28 March.

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive at the ISE said: “We’re delighted at the number and high quality of entrants. Every year the bar is raised a little higher, which is testament to the investment and commitment of our industry to nurture and develop students.”

Both award entries focus on the Assessment Centre Experience (ACE) programme which is an employability collaboration between the university and Smart Resourcing Solutions. We believe ACE to be the largest scale assessment simulation event in the UK. Hosted at Watford Stadium, 1100 students were able to benefit from the programme in November 2017 and the programme is due to support almost 2000 students this year.

Judith Baines, Head of Careers and Employment Service at University of Hertfordshire commented: “We are thrilled to hear that the Assessment Centre Experience programme has been shortlisted for two awards. Working with Smart Resourcing Solutions has been brilliant throughout, ensuring we could offer an outstanding, realistic experience for our second year learners. Partnering with SRS has meant we could scale up our offer to more students and still ensure a professional and realistic environment. We are pleased that the success of this project is being recognised by employers and the wider industry as the feedback from students has already been fantastic.”

Sophie Milliken, Managing Director at Smart Resourcing Solutions is delighted: “The ISE awards are special as they are so specific to our industry. Being a finalist in two categories this year with our partners at University of Hertfordshire is a wonderful recognition of the hard work of a number of brilliant people – the whole Careers Service, key stakeholders within each of the Schools, our employer supporters, Watford Stadium and my own team. This is the largest assessment simulation in the UK and we are so proud of this recognition.”

ISE Development Award listing for Smart Resourcing Solutions and Hertfordshire

We LOVE our clients!


It’s Valentine’s Day and at Smart Resourcing Solutions, we’ve been reflecting on how much we love our clients! We are so lucky to work with such a lovely bunch and feel proud to have developed relationships with our clients where we can support (and constructively challenge at times) to provide a personal and outstanding service that really delivers.

You may have seen in our recent news that we have been shortlisted in the North East Business Awards in the Service category? That was a really exciting moment for us as we felt it was a great acknowledgement of the service we provide.

The loving is mutual as 100% of our clients say they would work with us again and recommend us to other organisations. How nice is that?

So what do we do that is so special? It is really is simple. We live our values:

Quality – the quality of our people has been rated as “excellent” by all our clients in a recent survey.

Passion – we believe in what we do and get very enthusiastic about the projects we deliver.

Delivery – the quality of our delivery has been rated as “excellent” by all our clients in a recent survey.

Individual – all of the work we create and deliver is bespoke to each client. This allows us to really understand the brief and tailor a solution to the organisation and the budget.

Approachable – we love feedback and work in partnership with clients to ensure that what we create and deliver is fit for purpose. Our approach means that our relationship with clients is collaborative and a true partnership.

Positive – Unless you caught Sophie when she had “the worst cold ever” you will only ever hear about the positive and upbeat nature of all our people. Positivity is infectious and we like to spread this when we are about and about meeting clients.

Smart Resourcing Solutions shortlisted for Services Award

Smart Resourcing Solutions have made it to the final three in the prestigious Services category of the North East Business Awards.

Managing director, Sophie Milliken said "We are really proud to be a finalist in the Services category as this demonstrates recognition of the excellent service we provide to our clients which we strive to make individual and high quality, delivering it with passion and integrity". 

The shortlist for each category consists of three companies/organisations, the winner of which will be crowned at the Northumberland & Tyneside Business Awards on Thursday 22nd February 2018 at Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park.

Further information on the awards and the award categories and shortlists can be found on the North East Business awards website:



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ISE Student Recruitment Showcase

Smart Resourcing Solutions will be exhibiting at this year's Institute of Student Employers Recruitment Showcase. The Showcase, now in its 5th year takes place on Tuesday 16th January, all day, at Etc Venues, 155 Bishopsgate in London.

We will be on stand 14 and hoping to speak with employers and universities about the range of services we provide. be sure to come and say hello if you are planning to attend!

Smart Resourcing Solutions named Most Outstanding Graduate Recruitment Specialists

Smart Resourcing Solutions are delighted to receive an award for Most Outstanding Graduate Recruitment Specialists in the 2017 Global Excellence Awards. The criteria for the award included the following:

  • Significant achievements over the past calendar year
  • Company profile – history/establishment
  • Demonstrated commitment towards innovation
  • Client testimonials and recommendations
  • Contributions to the local community
  • Online presence and branding
  • Other accolades won

Sophie Milliken, MD at Smart Resourcing Solutions said “What a lovely surprise! We didn’t even know we were being considered for this award so it really is very exciting and unexpected to receive the certificate. This is fantastic recognition of the hard work and achievements of the team throughout the year.”

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