Promotion for Louise!

Demand for our university services has more than doubled in the last year. Our assessment simulation programmes have been recognised by the AGR, AGCAS and the CIPD along with the recent shortlisting for an Innovation award. We are so proud of this programme and also our other university services – employability workshops, student coaching and Careers Service audits.

To support our university clients further, we have promoted Louise Grimes to her new role of University Partnerships Manager. Louise has worked with most of our employer and university clients since joining Smart Resourcing Solutions in 2014 and knows her stuff!

Sophie Milliken, Managing Director said: “Louise has been with us since the early days and is so personable and well-liked by clients and the team. Her role will allow a full time focus on our growing university offer and provide an outstanding level of client care to our current and prospective university clients.”

The below picture was taken at University of Leeds which was one of Louise's first university meetings in her new role. You can see how delighted she was to nab a free pot noodle!

Louise Grimes Smart Resourcing Solutions

Smart Resourcing Solutions on the Shortlist for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards

It has just been announced that Smart Resourcing Solutions has been shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Smart Resourcing Solutions beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

Sophie Milliken, Smart Resourcing Solutions Managing Director, said: “I am delighted that we have made the shortlist based on our innovative and unique large scale graduate recruitment assessment simulation programmes. This is such an exciting award to be recognised for and highlights the progress and innovation we have brought to simulations.”

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: "I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here:

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Further award recognition for Smart Resourcing Solutions MD!

Sophie Milliken has received the excellent news that she is a finalist in the Best Business Women Awards 2017 in the category of Best Business Woman in Recruitment Services.

Announcing the finalists, Best Business Women’s Debbie Gilbert said: “The finalists were selected by the judges for their business acumen, determination, creativity and tenacity in business. All our finalists are shining examples of successful female entrepreneurs.”

Sophie commented: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted in the Recruitment Services category. It is always brilliant to receive recognition for what we are doing and we are having a cracking year for award recognition! I’m excited to meet lots of inspirational women at the award event in October.”

The final is on 12th October 2017 at Tewin Bury Farm Welwyn when the winners of each category will be announced at a black tie dinner.

The full shortlist can be found HERE.

Sophie Milliken Best Business Women Awards 2017

The Aspiring Girls Club - Take action for a brighter future!

The Aspiring Girls Club is an exciting and empowering online membership club for girls, aged 13-16, providing them with the educational, emotional and mental resources needed to achieve their dreams.

Sophie recently wrote an article for The Aspiring Girls Club sharing ideas that can be explored at an early age to help develop employability skills. The Club officially launches in September.


An update from Sophie....

We haven’t posted our news for a while so I thought it might be a good time to share an update on what we’ve been up to that has kept us so busy.

We are delighted to have started work on some of our student coaching contracts. This seems to be an emerging trend that offers an outstanding candidate experience as well as improving the diversity of each cohort. One of our clients plans to offer coaching right at the beginning of the application process by telephone and another just before assessment centre as a face to face session. Both methods offer a fantastic opportunity for candidates and demonstrate a significant investment that they should be recognised for. Award opportunities right there!

Those of you following me on twitter @SRS_Sophie or who are connected to me on LinkedIn can’t have failed to spot me sharing updates on our assessment simulations. I’m so proud of these as I see firsthand the positive impact they have on students’ knowledge of the process and confidence and then the more tangible effects of students securing graduate level placements and jobs as a result of this. The simulations work best when carried out in a three way partnership with us, the courses and the Careers Service. The university selects which elements of the selection process they wish to replicate and we design materials that are bespoke to the course. Not one of our clients has the same materials. We love designing new materials and are currently working on some new courses within Engineering, Creative Arts and Humanities that are getting our creative juices flowing! The real challenge is executing the delivery on a large scale and we have a really slick operation in place that allows us to see up to 450 students per day at assessment centre. We are always on the look out for employers who would like to assess at these and meet some fab students in a fun environment. I’m also keen to invite university contacts to observe a simulation in action and explore whether it might work at your own institution.

We are preparing for graduate RPO season and will be carrying out the end to end outsourcing process as well as elements of this for different clients. We are always happy to talk to any employer considering outsourcing their delivery. It can be a daunting step to take if you have always carried out your screening in-house and it is vital that you select the correct partner. The key point of outsourcing is to ensure a consistent and high quality experience that would be an extension of your own team. Our associates are top class and we work efficiently to offer your candidates an amazing experience allowing you to get out on campus and shout about your programmes.

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Sophie Milliken, Managing Director, Smart Resourcing Solutions