Category: Awards

First in-person TIARA ceremony of 2021 

Winners of the 2021 TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards were revealed at a gala lunch for 120 guests at the Kings Fund in London today, attended by CEOs and founders of some of the UK’s leading HR and Recruitment Technology companies.

“As we emerge to a post-pandemic economy, business model transformation is a given,” said Ken Brotherston, MD of TALiNT Partners. “This, combined with an acute shortage of talent across every area of the job market, including recruitment itself, has created a perfect storm for HR Tech to show its value.” 

“The 35 Talent Tech Stars shortlisted this year are solving the talent challenges that employers and recruiters must address in a constantly evolving market,” added co-host Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners. “The winners demonstrated the value and impact of their solutions to a respected panel of judges, making a TIARA Talent Tech Star Award a powerful endorsement.” 

The judging process for the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards is designed around the expectations of buyers and investors, based on key performance metrics, case studies and testimonials. An impressive and influential panel of judges from companies including LinkedIn, ManpowerGroup, SThree, Thames Water, AMS and the FCSA was chaired by Martin McCourt, former Dyson CEO and now Chairman and Non-Executive Director of companies including Weber, HeadBox, Lightfoot, FreeFlow Technologies and The learning Curve Group. 

“The 2021 Talent Tech Star Award finalists represent challengers, disruptors and transformers across the spectrum of business growth, from high potential, early-stage start-ups to scaling SMEs,” said Martin McCourt. “What they all have in common is great focus, execution, and ambition. They have also validated game-changing innovation and excellent customer service with some solid case studies and testimonials. 

“It was difficult for the judges to choose winners from such strong shortlists and even harder to choose a Champion of Champions from 13 very strong contenders. It has to be exemplary to inspire others to aspire to greater ambition and impact. That’s what transforms industries.” 

Odro was the biggest winner this year, winning the Talent Tech Customer Service Award, Leader of the Year for CEO Ryan McCabe, and ultimately crowned TIARA Champion of Champions to top a game-changing year for the video tech specialist. 

“It has been a great year for Odro, with big client wins including Hays and a £5m growth investment from BGF,” said Alex Evans. “Winner of this year’s Customer Service and Leader of the Year awards, Odro has demonstrated excellence, leadership, and growth to make it a worthy Champion of Champions for 2021.” 

The TIARA 2021 Talent Tech Star Awards campaign was supported by partners Deloitte, Marriott Harrison and Optima Corporate Finance. 

“Optima Corporate Finance is delighted to sponsor the Talent Tech Leader of the Year Award,” said Optima founder Philip Ellis. “This year more than ever, strong leadership was required as businesses had to combine the implementation of their vision with the challenges of lockdown. All of this year’s finalists demonstrated strong leadership in adapting, transforming and driving growth.”

“Marriott Harrison is delighted to be part of the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards and to recognise the significant value HR and RecTech solutions bring to the recruitment industry and the wider economy,” said Chris Mooney, Partner at Marriott Harrison. “We commend the innovation and impact shown by this year’s finalists for Candidate Experience Solution of the Year.”

“Achieving scale in a challenging economy is doubly impressive and finalists for this year’s award have adapted and transformed to build strong foundations for growth,” said Kiren Asad, Director, FA – Advisory Corporate Finance, Deloitte LLP. “Deloitte is proud to partner with TALiNT Partners and the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards to recognise and support scale in HR Tech.” 

The full list of TIARA Talent Tech Star Award winners and highly commended finalists is as follows: 

The Workforce Solution of the Year 

  • Winner: Pixid 
  • Highly Commended: TalismanTech 

The Contractor Solution of the Year 

  • Winner: My Digital 
  • Highly Commended: Parasol Group 

The Candidate Experience Solution of the Year 

  • Winner: 360 Resourcing Solutions 
  • Highly Commended: TribePad 

The Recruitment Marketing Solution of the Year 

  • Winner: Paiger 
  • Highly Commended: TalismanTech 

The D&I Solution of the Year 

  • Winner: Arctic Shores 
  • Highly Commended: Get Optimal 

The Compliance Solution of the Year 

  • Winner: My Digital 
  • Highly Commended: People Group 

The Onboarding Solution of the Year 

  • Winner: CA3 & Eli Onboarding 
  • Highly Commended: LearnAmp 

The Learning Solution of the Year 

  • Winner: Clear Review 
  • Highly Commended: Hoxo Media 

The Talent Tech Customer Service Award 

  • Winner: Odro 
  • Highly Commended: Clear Review 

The Talent Tech Scale Up Award 

  • Winner: Sonovate
  • Highly Commended: Paiger 

The Talent Tech Innovation Award 

  • Winner: Mercury xRM 
  • Highly Commended: Idibu 

The Best Talent Tech Company to Work For  

  • Winner: Firefish Software 
  • Highly Commended: TribePad 

The Optima Talent Tech Leader of the Year 

  • Winner: Ryan McCabe, CEO, Odro 

The Talent Tech Champion of Champions 

  • Winner: Odro 

Register for updates on the TIARA 2022 Talent Tech Star Awards campaign at https://talenttech.tiara.talint.co.uk/register-for-2022-updates/ 

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Nick Gallimore, Director of Talent Transformation & Insight of Clear Review – the TIARA 2020 Talent Tech Champion of Champions – explains the impact of lockdowns on performance management and where we go from here…

While 2020 was a year many would rather forget, it was one of crowning achievement for Clear Review, a Saas performance management and engagement solution used by over 300 mid to large global organisations in the UK, US, Europe and APAC.

On 17th September 2020, it won the Customer Service Award at the inaugural TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards and was also voted Champion of Champions for improving productivity and professional development as well as monitoring well-being for a remote workforce. A few weeks later, Clear Review was acquired by Advanced, a global performance management and employee engagement software company, to expand the scope and scale of its solution.

Clear Review has been shortlisted for two TIARAs this year – the Customer Service Award and the Learning Solution of the Year – so TI spoke to its MD Nick Gallimore about what it has learned about the evolution of performance management over the last 12 months.

What performance management trends have you been tracking with clients as they have adapted to new ways of working?

We can certainly see some differences in priorities when we look at the results of our 2019 UK Performance Management Report compared to the 2021 results. This shows us how much has changed during 2020, and how challenges in new ways of working forced a shift in focus. For example, pay and reward as a priority in organisations halved from 18% of HR directors saying this was a main focus in 2019 to only 9% in 2020. A lot of organisations continue to struggle, be it financially or with trying to navigate a new style of working and, as a result, discussions around pay and reward were put on the back burner.

Possibly the most significant take away was that in 2019 managers and staff at over 50% of organisations were only discussing performance twice a year or less. In the 2021 report, 39% of organisations had increased their number of performance meetings since the start of the covid-19 pandemic. This shows us how important it is for managers to keep in frequent contact with staff, especially during unpredictable times.

Why is Continuous Performance Management (CPM) the most important problem for organisations to solve now?

CPM is not only the most efficient way to track the performance of staff, but it’s vital for regularly checking in on their wellbeing as well. This is more important than ever, with people working in different environments, team dynamics changing, and more causes for stress in people’s lives. By having check-ins with employees at least once a month issues can be recognised, and a solution found before the problem starts to effect performance.

Talent shortages have forced employers to focus on retention of talent and internal mobility and continuous performance management is the best way to develop employees. Rather than setting and reviewing development goals just once a year, CPM allows managers and staff to regularly evaluate development and make decisions at any point in the year. This enables organisations to improve productivity, retain top talent by recognising and developing them, improve the quality of performance reviews, and reduce recency-bias in rankings.

Clear Review won the top accolade at the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards last year. Why is awards recognition so important to Clear Review and how does it support its core objectives?

It is fantastic to be recognised for something so near to our hearts here at Clear Review. Our mission is to enable better communication between HR, managers, and staff to help progress people at the right time, make monitoring performance simple and fair, and help keep track of all staff members well-being.

Being recognised by the TIARA awards for the work we do validates our efforts, helps us to spread the word and show more organisations what we can do for them. Ultimately, it amplifies our purpose which is about getting more organisations to stop only checking in on staff once a year for an obligatory check box meeting, and instead encourage more frequent open and meaningful conversations.

 

Clear Review has since been acquired by Advanced. How will this enable you to develop and scale your solution?
Becoming part of the Advanced family is such a positive step for Clear Review. By using their reach, we can get our message out around why CPM works so much better than annual appraisals – and their views on performance and wellbeing align very well with our own.

Being part of a software company that provides multiple systems to organisations presents us with a new opportunity to understand which factors are driving, or negatively impacting, high performance. Combining data from our performance system with business and finance systems means we can use AI to learn what the causal relationships are – so we can become more predictive.

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  • 35 top performing talent tech providers shortlisted in 13 award categories  
  • 20 judges will choose the Talent Tech Champion of Champions from all category winners  
  • All winners will be revealed at a live Gala Lunch at the Kings Fund on 2nd July  

TALiNT Partners has today announced finalists for the 2021 Talent Tech Star Awards, which shine a spotlight on the full spectrum of HR and Recruitment technology solutions for employers, recruiters, candidates and contractors.

“All 35 finalists for the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards have been shortlisted in 13 highly competitive categories, from Workforce Solution of the Year to the Innovation Award,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners. “Whilst challenging for everyone, the last 12 months have provided the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the value and impact of their solutions during a time of accelerated digital transformation and the evolution of work. 

 “The TIARAs are distinguished by the rigour of its judging process and the quality of its judging panel,” he added. “A wide range of HR and RecTech have been assessed through five key metrics: employee excellence; innovation; client service; business growth; and purpose.”    

Finalist entries will now be scored by an independent panel of expert judges drawn from HR, Recruitment, Compliance, Investment and Procurement to determine a winner in each award category. All judges will convene to debate and choose the overall Champion of Champions.

This year’s Chair of Judges is Martin McCourt, the former Dyson CEO who is now Chairman and Non Executive Director of companies including Tharsus, Weber, HeadBox, Lightfoot, and FreeFlow Technologies.

“Last winners Talent Tech Star Awards were championing transformation in different parts of the talent ecosystem and showing the impact of technology on everything from candidate experience to learning, onboarding and workforce management,” he said. “As a TIARA judge and investor, I’m looking for big ideas from great leadership and management teams who are achieving great things. With such a strong shortlist, this year’s winners will inspire others to aspire to greater ambition and impact. I look forward to celebrating with them in July.”

New accolades for 2021 include the Talent Tech Scale-Up Award, The D&I Solution of the Year, and the Talent Tech Leader of the Year, sponsored by Optima Corporate Finance. Optima founder Philip Ellis re-joins the judging panel. “It’s great to see so many of last year’s winners defending their title this year against some very strong new contenders,” he said. “I’m excited to see who triumphs in the Talent Tech Scale-Up and Leader of the Year categories and debating this year’s Champion of Champions.”

The Talent Tech Star Awards also recognise tech solutions offered by umbrella companies.  Phil Pluck, CEO of the FCSA joins the TIARA judging panel to review the Workforce, Contractor and Compliance award categories.

The full list of TIARA 2021 Talent Tech Star Award Finalists can be viewed at https://talenttech.tiara.talint.co.uk/2021-finalists/

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TIARA 2021 Talent Tech Star Finalists Announced 

  •  > 35 top performing talent tech providers shortlisted in 13 award categories  
  • > 20 judges will choose the Talent Tech Champion of Champions from all category winners  
  • > All winners will be revealed at a live Gala Lunch at the Kings Fund on 2nd July  

19th May 2021 – TALiNT Partners has today announced finalists for the 2021 Talent Tech Star Awards, which shine a spotlight on the full spectrum of HR and Recruitment technology solutions for employers, recruiters, candidates and contractors.

“All 35 finalists for the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards have been shortlisted in 13 highly competitive categories, from Workforce Solution of the Year to the Innovation Award,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director of TALiNT Partners. “Whilst challenging for everyone, the last 12 months have provided the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the value and impact of their solutions during a time of accelerated digital transformation and the evolution of work. 

 “The TIARAs are distinguished by the rigour of its judging process and the quality of its judging panel,” he added. “A wide range of HR and RecTech have been assessed through five key metrics: employee excellence; innovation; client service; business growth; and purpose.”    

Finalist entries will now be scored by an independent panel of expert judges drawn from HR, Recruitment, Compliance, Investment and Procurement to determine a winner in each award category. All judges will convene to debate and choose the overall Champion of Champions.

This year’s Chair of Judges is Martin McCourt, the former Dyson CEO who is now Chairman and Non Executive Director of companies including Tharsus, Weber, HeadBox, Lightfoot, and FreeFlow Technologies.

“Last winners Talent Tech Star Awards were championing transformation in different parts of the talent ecosystem and showing the impact of technology on everything from candidate experience to learning, onboarding and workforce management,” he said. “As a TIARA judge and investor, I’m looking for big ideas from great leadership and management teams who are achieving great things. With such a strong shortlist, this year’s winners will inspire others to aspire to greater ambition and impact. I look forward to celebrating with them in July.”

New accolades for 2021 include the Talent Tech Scale-Up Award, The D&I Solution of the Year, and the Talent Tech Leader of the Year, sponsored by Optima Corporate Finance. Optima founder Philip Ellis re-joins the judging panel. “It’s great to see so many of last year’s winners defending their title this year against some very strong new contenders,” he said. “I’m excited to see who triumphs in the Talent Tech Scale-Up and Leader of the Year categories and debating this year’s Champion of Champions.”

The Talent Tech Star Awards also recognise tech solutions offered by umbrella companies.  Phil Pluck, CEO of the FCSA joins the TIARA judging panel to review the Workforce, Contractor and Compliance award categories.

The full list of TIARA 2021 Talent Tech Star Award Finalists can be viewed at https://talenttech.tiara.talint.co.uk/2021-finalists/

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