Appointment of Rachael Cook, Finance and Administration Manager

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rachael Cook in the role of Finance and Administration Manager. Rachael will be responsible for all finance and administrative activities, providing a huge support to our employer and university clients and the first point of contact for enquiries. Rachael previously worked for the John Lewis Partnership in an Office Manager role.

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How is it May already?!

We are embarrassed to note that it is over a month since we last posted on our news page! That said, we have been exceptionally busy working away on a number of projects and having lots of fun to boot.


So what kept us so busy in April?  A high point was the delivery of an exceptional assessment simulation for the University of Liverpool at Anfield Stadium. The simulation was for 355 first year students and we were delighted with a high attendance rate of 96%. This was the first time we had run the event for first years and they were so impressive in their preparation and performance on the day – a real credit to the university and themselves. We saw all sorts of creativity and were delighted with the feedback from the students on the event and also the increase in confidence they told us they gained from attending.  


We turned a big five years old on 12th April and celebrated with cakes for our clients and supporters, along with a little celebration for the core team. Turning five is a big achievement for a small business as most UK businesses do not reach this special milestone. Our birthday coincided with the news that we have been awarded a place on the Scale Up North East programme. The Scale Up programme works with businesses that can demonstrate both the hunger and the potential to achieve high levels of growth by 2021 and we are delighted to be identified in this category and very ready for the challenge ahead!


We have had the green light on five new university projects so have been preparing project plans for each client to ensure that we have everything set up to deliver our outstanding service. Sophie has been busy negotiating with new venues to take our assessment simulations to which has been fun.


An invitation to employers: we are excited to be collaborating with our friends at GradTouch in a few weeks. On May 24th, we will be running an early evening event in London for graduate employers to come together over pizza and beer to hear from both GradTouch and Smart Resourcing Solutions and share best practice across a range of graduate recruitment topics. Places are limited to first come, first served so get in touch to reserve your place.

Smart Resourcing Solutions enjoy win at prestigious ISE Awards

Smart Resourcing Solutions (SRS) enjoyed an impressive award win with client University of Hertfordshire at Wednesday's Institute of Student Employer Awards in London. The trophy was awarded for the Best Preparation for Work: Single Initiative Award in recognition of the hugely successful Assessment Centre Experience (ACE) assessment simulation. 

ACE was embedded within curriculum for over 1100 students last year and it has recently been confirmed that SRS have been awarded the contract for ACE 2018 which will see around 2000 students take part in the programme. ACE is the largest assessment simulation in the UK, if not worldwide and sees the students take part in assessment exercises which are relevant to their ideal graduate careers. The programme has been running since 2016 and grows year on year with the ambition that every second year student will have the opportunity to take part. The event is run at Watford Stadium which provides an ideal venue to support the volume of students taking part.

The ISE Student Development Awards are the benchmark for outstanding performance, recognising and rewarding excellence across a broad range of categories. SRS were also finalists in the Best Supplier Contribution category.

Sophie Milliken, managing director at SRS comments: "I am so pleased to have won this award! The ISE is well-known within our industry and recognition of the ACE programme from them is a real accolade for us and the university. To be able to call ACE an award-winning programme is such a fantastic feeling and a really positive message to current and future University of Hertfordshire students."

Judith Baines, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Hertfordshire said: “I’m delighted to win this award for the assessment centre simulations run in partnership with SRS. The support from senior management within the university has been crucial to enable us to run such a large scale initiative, as has the support from SRS to both the students and the staff at Hertfordshire.“

If you are considering assessment simulations, we would love to talk to you about how we can support. Feel free to get in touch to discuss or to come along and see one in action and see for yourself the impact they have.


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award win for Smart Resourcing Solutions

Northern Power Women Future List Appointment for Sophie Milliken

Managing Director, Sophie Milliken and University Partnerships Manager, Louise Grimes attended the glamorous Northern Power Women Awards last night at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester.

At the awards it was announced that Sophie has earned a place on this year's Future List. The Future List recognises the influencers, leaders and change makers who are making a difference in their environments and communities.

Sophie has been a long time supporter of women in business, championing Northern Power Women and the North East in particular.

Northern Power Women is a collaborative campaign to accelerate gender diversity from the North of England. It aims to transform the culture of organisations to increase opportunities for women and showcase role models and best practice for organisations that are helping to drive and leading economic growth. It engages women and men from all industries and business areas as ‘agents of change’ and connects them, collaborates with them and celebrates their achievements as campaign champions and advocates to drive gender balance in and from the north of England.


Sophie Milliken Northern Powern Women Future List

Appointment of Barry Davison as Employer Partnerships Manager

We are proud and excited to announce the appointment of Barry Davison in the role of Employer Partnerships Manager. In this newly created role, Barry will be responsible for supporting our employer clients with assessment design and delivery, assessor training and early talent learning and development. Barry has worked with Smart Resourcing Solutions as an Associate Consultant since November 2017. Prior to that, Barry worked in a variety of HR roles at the John Lewis Partnership.

The appointment of Barry to our permanent team is recognition of the excellent work he has completed for us so far with both university and employer clients. Barry brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as infectious enthusiasm, which will enhance our client relationships. This newly created role of Employer Partnerships Manager reflects the growth in employer work we have acquired in the last few months and allows us to provide dedicated resource to support employers.
— Sophie Milliken, Managing Director, Smart Resourcing Solutions
Barry Davison Smart Resourcing Solutions