Sophie Milliken wins at Best Business Women Awards 2019

The Best Business Women Awards have announced their winners for 2019 at a gala final held at The Tower Hotel in London.

Businesswoman Sophie Milliken from SRS – Recruitment and Employability Experts won Best Businesswoman in Recruitment in this prestigious competition which seeks to find the very best female business talent from across the UK. SRS are graduate recruitment and employability experts working with employers to design their assessment materials and graduate schemes. They are the leading supplier of assessment centre simulations to universities. 

The business world is full of talented and dedicated female entrepreneurs who not only run successful businesses but in many cases also juggle the needs of their families. The Best Business Women Awards are designed to recognise the achievement of those women across a wide range of business categories and is open to any female business owner UK wide.

Debbie Gilbert, organiser of The Best Business Women Awards said ‘We were delighted with the number of entries this year, which came in from all over the UK. This is a tough competition judged by business experts. To win is a major achievement. Winners were selected for their business acumen, determination, creativity and tenacity. Our winners are shining examples of being amazing entrepreneurs who have proved their success to our judges and have showed they have the ingredients worthy of being recognised and rewarded.’

The judges commented‘Recruitment can be a tough industry so well done to all the finalists selected who are all great examples of businesswomen in this industry. Our winner Sophie Milliken is passionate about the employability of young adults and the business has gone from strength to strength. Sophie demonstrated some great evidence of innovation to support the demand. She demonstrated clear strategic vision and delivery plan with significant personal achievements.’

Sophie Milliken, MD at SRS said ‘What an absolute honour to win such a prestigious award! Listening to the judges feedback relating to our work at SRS was a truly special moment and I’m delighted to take the trophy back to the office.’

Sophie Milliken picks up Best Businesswoman in Recruitment award.

Sophie Milliken picks up Best Businesswoman in Recruitment award.

WIN Awards 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the WIN Awards has been released and we are proud to see SRS MD, Sophie Milliken listed in three categories including the prestigious flagship award for entrepreneurship.

The event is in its 20th year, organised by The Event Hero and sponsored by Sage UK. The ceremony will take place on November 22 at the Grand Hotel at Gosforth Park.


Nickie Gott, chair of WIN Awards, said: “It has been so inspiring to read and review all of the amazing applications we’ve had this year. The entry level has been exceptional and those shortlisted should feel very proud to be recognised as role models for the North East and setting the standard for female entrepreneurs and women in business in our region.

“When we set up these awards, we wanted to turn the spotlight on the amazing women we have in the region, who work across a whole range of businesses and organisations. Throughout the 20 years of the event, there have been so many inspiring stories and I know this year will be no different.”

Sophie Milliken, SRS MD, said: “This year has been truly amazing with the launch of my book, From Learner to Earner, (now a best-seller) and our merge with GradTouch. To be recognised in three categories at the WIN Awards is truly special.”


Sophie Milliken WIN Awards



GradTouch, the UK’s most trusted career platform for advertising student and graduate recruitment opportunities, announces today its merger with Smart Resourcing Solutions (SRS), experts in graduate recruitment design and delivery. 

GradTouch and SRS share a joint vision of supporting all students across UK universities and their future employers by providing best in class employability solutions which allow graduates to secure the best-fit role for their careers.

Award-winning graduate recruitment and employability experts, SRS, will continue to provide assessment design and delivery services to employers. And for universities as the leading supplier of large-scale assessment centre simulations.

“I'm really excited that SRS is joining forces with GradTouch.” said Sophie Milliken, Managing Director of SRS. “We've worked with the GradTouch team on various collaborations for around two years and the time is right to formalise our partnership, supporting our joint aim to best help students get the graduate jobs they want.”

Zac Williams, Co-Founder of GradTouch said: “We’re thrilled to welcome SRS to the GradTouch family. After working closely together over the last few years, making our partnership official in this way felt like a no-brainer.”

“The partnership will see SRS continue to equip students and graduates with the skills and tools they need for the world of work. GradTouch has gained the ability to better service the employer brands we work with by giving them the opportunity to showcase their schemes to a new audience of job-ready candidates.”

With strongholds across Newcastle, Manchester and London the business continues to deliver on its core business plan as it looks toward joining forces with further experts within the graduate recruitment industry; those which share in its mission to help every student through their journey from university into the world of work.

Sophie Milliken announced winner in Female Entrepreneur category at FL National Awards

The FL National Awards & Summit, now in its 10th year, held its regional finals on Friday 20thSeptember in Newcastle, covering Yorkshire, North East and Scotland.


Designed to demonstrate enterprise, talent and innovation from across the region’s thriving business community, the annual National Awards & Summit has become one of the most recognised and well-attended business awards in the region.


56 shortlisted applicants competed for ten prestigious awards, in categories across all sectors including Emerging Leader, Start Up, Charity/Social Enterprise, Mentor of the Year and more. Forward Ladies Managing Director, Griselda Togobo, explained: “Since launching in 2009, these are the only business awards to recognise those leaders and organisations who have made the greatest impact on the regional and wider UK economy over the last 12 months. For another year running, we have received some excellent entries from businesses large and small, and from individuals at all stages in their career journey. All of those who were shortlisted this year can be immensely proud of their success and all they have achieved.”


The shortlisted applicants in each of the categories were invited to an exclusive awards lunch on Friday 20thSeptember at the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle. The winners from this, and the other regional finals, will then be invited to appear before a live panel of independent judges in November, followed by the National Grand Final in Leeds on 29th November.


On winning the Female Entrepreneur category, Newcastle-based SRS MD Sophie Milliken commented: “I am delighted to have won in a category that is so close to my heart. It is an excellent recognition of what is turning out to be a record year for SRS on many levels. I cant wait to represent our region and attend the grand final in December”.


The awards were delighted to welcome back one of last year’s judges Sahar Hashemi, Founder of Coffee Republic. Commenting on the event, Sahar said: “I absolutely love the Forward Ladies awards. I remember the first time I attended a few years ago and entering the room as the speaker – I couldn't believe the buzz and the energy. But then again it’s no surprise that so many high achieving women in one room could create an unbelievably high octane, inspiring atmosphere. Every year it gets better and better.” “As a judge, I get so much inspiration and positive energy from meeting the incredible women shortlisted for awards. So here’s to another fabulous year - the future is female and you are all living proof - you go ladies!”


From Learner to Earner Newcastle Book Launch

On Thursday 19thSeptember, The Great Hall at Northumbria University played host to the official book launch for graduate recruitment and employability expert, Sophie Milliken’s first book. From Learner to Earner (available now through all good book stockists) is the recruitment insider’s guide to job success and helps students and graduates looking to secure their first job. 


Guests from local universities and employers attended the event and were treated to goody bags which included a copy of the book and bespoke cupcakes featuring the book cover. Pro-Vice Chancellor, Lucy Winskell OBE opened the speeches sharing her thoughts on the importance of employability and how vital it is for students today. She also shared some of her favourite excerpts from Sophie’s book, highlighting a couple of gems that she felt applied to her own career.


In Sophie’s speech, she shared her experience of writing a book and how much she enjoyed it. She spoke passionately about how employability helps to level the playing field for all students and can have a positive impact on social mobility. Her big aim is to see employability embedded in every course at every UK university. To support this aim, Sophie revealed she will be writing a textbook version of the book which can be used by academics to teach employability as a module.


The London book launch takes place on Thursday 26th September at the Institute of Student Employers and this will be followed by a national university book tour in 2020.