Last Thurs I was sitting in a hotel in Lieden, Holland whilst my many friends in the UK recruitment industry were gathering at the Grosvenor House Hotel for the prestigious RADS. A great event.
The RADS was a "baby" that I launched with a great gentleman called Austyn Hallworth; he was at the Independent ( Classified Ad Mgr) and I was Sales Director at a new HR magazine called Personnel Today.
The idea was to have an awards event in the UK to refect the "best" in recruitment. The event, today branded the RADS and organised by Reed Business Information has grown into a wonderful celebration of what is best in recruitment communication. It has achieved what we set out to do.
The UK recruitment industry enjoys some of the finest creativity in the world of recruitment. The result of a highly competitive labour market, a rich source of print media and agencies and clients who are prepared to be brave and push the barriers of what is HR communications.
The industry has also "seen off" the threat of the web....there were those in '99-2000 who believed that "branding" was dead and that all jobseekers would do was go to huge job databases, search, get matched and apply...whoops sorry, I mean a job board.
The industry survives. And looking at the quality of this year's category winners and the overall Best Work of the year winner from Work Communication, it flourishes, if not financially at least creatively.
And...despite all my travels in the US and Europe I have not seen a recruitment awards event which competes with the size, (over 800 attendees) the number and diversity of categories and entries (1000's of entries) we have in the UK.
We at RCE would love to hear from our members about any awards events in their own countries and send us links so we can cover and share creative best practice across Europe.
So if you are a recruiter, HR professional or a recruiting industry blogger or "figure" anywhere in the world take a look at the best of British.
In the coming weeks we will talk to the HR and Recruiting teams behind these winners to share how they go about working with their agency to become winners.
We at RCE are always looking to hear from those in the HR Communications industry in Europe and hear and see great creative work from across Europe.