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The TIARAs are now the biggest global awards series across the talent ecosystem

TALiNT Partners has announced that the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards, part of its global TIARA Awards program, has launched into the US following unparalleled success in Europe.  

The TIARAs are now the biggest global awards series across the talent ecosystem and have become the byword for excellence and innovation in service delivery for Talent Acquisition leaders, staffing firms, RPOs and Talent Tech providers.  It’s an awards campaign that celebrates talent tech innovation and excellence and are judged rigorously and independently by a panel of industry leaders. What sets the TIARAs apart from other awards programs is that winners and finalists are given personalized and meaningful feedback that provides expert insight and fresh perspectives on their solutions.  

The TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards US 2022 are now open for entries. TALiNT Partners stated that organizations that are established enterprise-level providers or a fast-growing scale-ups are encouraged to enter.  

There are 8categories, which each offer recognition of excellence across key areas of talent tech:   

  • The Workforce Solution of the Year 
  • The Recruitment Marketing Solution of the Year 
  • The Diversity & Inclusion Solution of the Year 
  • The Candidate Experience Solution of the Year 
  • The Onboarding Solution of the Year 
  • The Contractor Solution of the Year 
  • The Talent Tech Innovation Award 
  • The Best Talent Tech Company to Work for 

TALiNT Partners has carefully and thoughtfully designed an easy-to-use awards platform to manage the entire entry process.  

To start an entry, register here on the TIARA Awards platform, select the Talent Tech Star Awards – US and explore the categories and enter today.  

The Awards ceremony will be held on December 1st alongside the TIARA Talent Acquisition US Awards, as the culmination of a two-day Talent & TIARAs event in Atlanta. 

For any further information, please contact Chantal Cooper, the TALiNT Partners dedicated Awards Program manager. 

Ken Brotherston, TALiNT Partners CEO said: “The TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards US are open for entries and we already have some of the most exciting HR & Talent Tech organizations already entered. So, whether you are an established enterprise-level provider, or a fast-growing scale-up, join our campaign to highlight the vital role of talent tech in releasing human potential.”  

 

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TALiNT Partners has announced the finalists for the 2022 TIARA Talent Solutions Awards with 22 of the United States’ best Talent Solutions, MSP & RPO firms shortlisted across eight award categories.

The finalists for the 2022 Talent Solutions Awards US, which spotlight MSP, RPO and Talent Solutions providers delivering excellence in recruitment and talent acquisition across the US, are the top of the crop and represent the very best in providers in the industry.

Ken Brotherston, Chief Executive of TALiNT Partners made comment: “Following the inaugural TIARA Talent Solutions Awards US last year, I am delighted to see many of our 2021 finalists return to celebrate their achievements, as well as a number of new entrants this year. The 2022 Awards are a true celebration across the market, from the large global players to newer entrants and niche RPO organizations, all demonstrating excellence in their impact for employers and their own employees.”

“The TIARAs are distinguished by the rigor of its judging process and the quality of its judging panel,” he added. “Entries will be assessed by our esteemed judges through six key metrics: excellence in delivery; innovation; DE&I impact; sustainable value; business growth; and purpose.”

What sets the TIARAs apart from other awards programs is their independent panel of expert judges and individual feedback given back to each finalist.

The judges for this year’s TIARA Talent Solutions Awards are drawn from the HR and Talent Acquisition community are:

  • Sachin Jain, Senior Director – Global Talent Management, PepsiCo
  • Andrew Brown, Director RPO and Recruiting, Cornerstone
  • Russell Griffiths, General Manager, Coleman Research
  • Rich Genovese, Global Head – Talent Identification & Discovery, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Gregg Schneider, Senior Manager – Procurement Plus, Global Talent Marketplace and Innovation Lead, Accenture
  • Justin Brown, Talent Acquisition Project Manager, Gallagher
  • Chris Farmer, Global Program Owner, Salesforce
  • Kerri Arman, Former VP Global Head of Talent, American Express Global Business Travel
  • Saleem Khaja, COO and Co-Founder, WorkLLama
  • Fitzgerald Ventura, CEO, 1099Policy
  • Mike Wilczak, Chief Product Officer, iCIMS

Judges will convene in May to debate and decide the winner of each category Award as well as an overall Talent Solutions Provider of the Year. All winners will be announced at an exclusive virtual awards ceremony on Thursday June 9th, 18:00 EDT.

Winners will also be profiled in a special TIARA Awards supplement published with TALiNT International.

The TIARA 2022 campaign is supported by our headline partner Cornerstone, and sponsored by WorkLLama, 1099Policy, and iCIMS.

The full list of TIARA 2022 Talent Solutions Finalists can be viewed here.

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TALiNT Partners today announced that the TIARA Talent Acquisition Awards Europe 2022 are now open for entries. 

Ken Brotherston, Chief Executive of TALiNT Partners made comment: “The 2021 TIARA Talent Acquisition Awards saw some incredible entries sharing their journeys through the challenges of the pandemic. It has been another truly remarkable year, and talent acquisition teams have had to be incredibly agile in responding to organisational and market changes, so we are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work that Talent teams have delivered again this year.”

The TIARAs, renowned for excellence and innovation are now the biggest global awards series across the talent ecosystem and what sets them apart from other awards programmes is the rigorous judging process and that each finalist receives unique, detailed and confidential feedback from the judging panel, chaired by Lord Chris Holmes. This is something entrants deeply value as part of their TIARA experience.

The 10 Award categories offer recognition of excellence across all areas of talent acquisition, with a focus on critical resourcing activities that have driven transformation and organisational effectiveness.

Last year’s winners included Greene King, McDonald’s, Kraft Heinz, Essex County Council, Serco, North Yorkshire County Council, BBC, HSBC and L’Oréal. View last year’s winners and highly commended finalists here.

TALiNT Partners will capture some of the best and most innovative work TA teams have been doing and share this in the winners supplement of TALiNT International after the awards ceremony.

The TALiNT Partners Awards Platform makes the entry process straightforward in order that you can easily showcase your achievements through the tailored entry questions in each category.

You can find more information on how to enter here.

Winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 6th October taking place at the beautiful 5 star Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch.

 

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The TIARA 2022 Talent Tech Star Awards are now open for entries, recognising the best solutions for the HR and Recruitment industry. 

TALiNT Partners have announced that entries to the 2022 TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards are now open.

Commenting on the upcoming awards, Alex Evens, Managing Director of TALiNT Partners said: “After two years of accelerated adoption, talent tech has demonstrated the vital role it plays in improving processes for employers, recruiters and talent solution providers – and enhancing the human element. The value of the global HR Tech market is predicted to grow from $24 billion in 2021 to $35.68 billion in 2028 as the industry adapts to a new talent marketplace – but who will lead the market and drive innovation?

“The TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards shine a spotlight on the best HR and Recruitment technology solutions for employers, recruiters, candidates and contractors. This campaign recognises excellence across a spectrum of awards through five lenses – employee excellence, client service, innovation, growth and purpose – to demonstrate why they are market leaders and how they will scale impact.”

Last year’s Tech Star Awards winners included Pixid, MyDigital, Paiger, Talos360, Arctic Shores, Eli Onboarding, Clear Review, Sonovate, Firefish, Mercury xRM, and Odro (see who won which award here).

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, AMS, and the HR Tech Partnership.

Ken Brotherston, CEO at TALiNT Partners also made comment: “The alumni of finalists and winners of the TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards represent challengers, disruptors and transformers across the spectrum of business growth, from high potential, early-stage start-ups to scaling SMEs. What they all have in common is great focus, execution, and ambition. They have validated game-changing innovation and excellent customer service with solid case studies and testimonials.

“This year we will once again celebrate the Talent Tech Stars who are championing innovation in different parts of the talent ecosystem and enabling employers and recruiters to adapt and transform. Our judges will look for good financial performance, well-executed innovation, customer service that’s a cut above, the best return on investment in people and profit with purpose.”

The 2022 TIARA Talent Tech Star Awards is supported by partners including Optima Corporate Finance, 3R, Deloitte and Marriott Harrison.

To find out more about this year’s award categories, judges and partners, as well as to enter, please visit https://talenttech.tiara.talint.co.uk/.

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The series of TALiNT Partners’ awards continued with the TIARA Recruitment Awards – UAE hosted in Dubai on 4th November and resulted in a resounding success. Ken Brotherston, TALiNT Partners’ MD, shares his experiences of a great week spent exploring Dubai and workforce trends in the region. 

It’s been over 10 years since I last visited Dubai so I was more than a little interested to see how much it has changed since I was last there. I was also looking forward to the three events we had scheduled for the week as I was hoping they would give me some insight into the talent challenges in the region and how they compared to our experiences with other markets.  

On a physical basis Dubai just keeps getting bigger; the rate of new buildings in the last decade is astonishing, as is the continuing speed with which new ones are going up. The limited time I did have by the pool (honest!) was certainly not spent in quiet contemplation, given the constant cacophony of pile drivers and dumper trucks; and if the scale of construction is a sign (*and it generally is) then there is no lack of confidence about Dubai (and the wider UAE’s future). 

But what about from a people perspective? Our three key sessions gave a wide ranging perspective: the first, at London Business School’s campus in the Dubai International Financial Centre, brought together the Head Of Staffing for LinkedIn for the region, Susana Correia, Ron Thomas, a highly experienced CHRO and one of the local market’s foremost commentators on workforce trends, and Michael Morcos, Vice Chair of the Board Practice  at Korn/Ferry, the world’s largest organisational consulting firm in a discussion with a group of executive MBAs. The key takeaway from this session was undoubtedly a confirmation that capable senior execs (and especially those with transformations and/or project management capabilities) are in more demand than ever before and, as employers become ever more flexible, on how and where their key execs work with them – it is opening up entirely new talent pools.   

Our second session of the week was our Talent Conference, bringing together key employers, staffing solutions providers and HR tech firms to look at trends across the wider market. Peter Hogg, Talent Acquisition Director, Schneider Electric demonstrated the power of creating an internal talent market place whilst Ghenwa Habbal, Head of Talent Management, Ford Middle East & Africa discussed how to use a digital capability to create a total talent approach.  

Darren Grainger, MD of NES Fircroft emphasised the importance of strategic supplier partnerships; Jonathan Rook, Managing Director of Sova Assessment highlighted the possibilities of digital assessment, not least for some of the large nationalisation programmes going on across the region.  

It was also very powerful to hear Nihal B. Hammad, Director, Human Resources, Albatha Healthcare Group, talk about diversity in the region and whilst it is important to balance D&I initiatives with local customs and practices, progress is being made. No doubt some might say not fast enough but that’s a discussion for a separate blog. 

Our final event of the week was the culmination of our TIARA staffing campaign to recognise the achievements of a range of staffing firms and solutions providers in the region and it was fantastic to see some of the impressive work being done by so many firms across the region and in particular to celebrate our Recruitment Industry Leader of the Year, Aws Ismail, of Marc Ellis Group who judges commended for his investment in establishing a strong team, an open and supportive culture and for his support for his local community through an incredibly difficult year.  

The MENA region, and the UAE specifically, is continuing to go from strength to strength. As we look at new ways of working combined with, for example, nationalisation programmes, this will help to open up new markets in which to trade or sell services and create a larger pool of educated and engaged talent. And as the region works towards a longer-term strategy of relying less on an economy based on fossil fuels, the energy and dynamism of the region will create a lot of exciting opportunities for some time to come.  

By Ken Brotherston  

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Trinnovo Group the biggest winner of the night!

On Wednesday 20th October winners of the 2021 TIARA Recruitment Awards were revealed at a Gala Dinner for 450 guests at The Brewery in London, attended by CEOs and senior executives from the UK’s top 500 recruiters.

“Resilience is a fitting theme for the 2021 TIARA Recruitment Awards,” said Alex Evans, Programme Director TALiNT Partners. “The COVID-19 crisis hit the staffing sector hard in 2020, but those best able to optimise their talent, technology, and brand have taken advantage of new ways of working and competing for market leadership. This year’s winners are the champions of change that the industry needs to adapt and prosper to a constantly evolving talent market.”

This year’s Chair of Judges was leading human capital dealmaker Katie Folwell-Davies, Investment Director of Twenty 20 Capital. Commenting on this year’s finalists, she said: “Those companies that stood out for me were those that had invested through the pandemic – in headcount and technology – and had been able to demonstrate through their KPIs and their numbers the growth that was going to come from that investment.”

Jason Martin, Head of Strategy at Access Recruitment – headline partner of the TIARA Recruitment Awards – judged categories including the Best Recruitment Company to Work For and Recruitment Leader of the Year. “What has stood out in recent years, but even more so this year, was the focus on D&I and L&D,” he said. “I have really been impressed by the lengths that recruiters have gone to to invest in their people and the technology to support that. Those businesses have come out of lockdowns in the best shape to succeed over the next year.”

Trinnovo Group was the biggest winner of the night, taking the awards for Growth Recruitment Company of the Year, Best Recruitment Company to Work For with revenues between £20m and £50m, and Recruitment Leader of the Year for its founder and chairperson Ashley Lawrence.

Reed Global chairman James Reed was inducted into the TIARA Hall of Fame for his successful international expansion of Reed, spearheading the Keep Britain Working campaign in 2020, and for being a high-profile champion of the recruitment sector and its economic contribution.

The 2021 TIARA Recruitment Awards campaign was supported by headline partner Access Recruitment and supporting sponsors including: 6Cats International, Blackwood Capital, Clearwater International, Fore:Two Group, Gambit Corporate Finance, Grant Thornton, Mercury, Mishcon de Reya, Odro, Parasol Group, PurePro, Saffery Champness, Sonovate, Twenty20 Capital  and VacancySoft.

The full list of TIARA Recruitment Award winners and highly commended finalists is as follows:

The Saffery Champness Hall of Fame Award

  • Winner: James Reed, Chairman, Reed Global

The PurePro Back Office Team of the Year

  • Winner: NRL

The Sonovate Client Service Award

  • Winner: Sigmar Recruitment

The Access Group Tech Transformation Award

  • Winner: Advantage Resourcing
  • Highly Commended: Omni

The Fore:Two Group Candidate Service Award

  • Winner: ersg

The Blackwood Capital Diversity & Inclusion Award

  • Winner: Goodman Masson
  • Highly Commended: Trinnovo Group

The Odro Innovation Award

  • Winner: La Fosse Associates

The VacancySoft Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Winner: Signify Technology

The Clearwater Growth Recruitment Company of the Year

  • Winner: Trinnovo Group

The 6Cats International Recruitment Company of the Year

  • Winner: NES Fircroft

The Grant Thornton Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year

  • Winner: Signify Technology
  • Highly Commended: NHS Professionals

The Parasol Group Temporary Recruitment Company of the Year

  • Winner: TFS Healthcare

The Mercury Best Recruitment Company to work for (£5m to £20m)

  • Winner: The Barton Partnership
  • Highly Commended: Xpertise Recruitment

The Twenty20 Capital Best Recruitment Company to work for (£20m – £50m)

  • Winner: Trinnovo Group
  • Highly Commended: JCW Group

The Gambit Best Recruitment Company to Work For (£50m+)

  • Winner: Amoria Bond

The Mishcon de Reya Recruitment Leader of the Year

Winner: Ashley Lawrence, Chairperson, Trinnovo Group

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Talent solutions industry supports economic recovery 

The winners of the 2021 TIARA Talent Solutions Awards Europe were revealed in a glittering live ceremony attended by over 250 senior leaders of Europe’s leading Talent Solutions, RPO and MSP companies. 

The Awards evening also saw the presentation of a very special award – the first TIARA Talent Solutions Europe Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises a leader who has made a long-term and significant contribution to the industry. This was presented to Rosaleen Blair CBE, Chair of AMS. “It is hard to understate Rosaleen’s contribution to the sector. From AMS’s relatively modest beginnings in 1996 to a global leader with over 4,500 employees, operating in 100 countries, Rosaleen has been at the helm” said Ken Brotherston, Managing Director of TALiNT Partners. 

Following the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, 11 winners were crowned, with seven highly commended finalists, which highlights the high standard of the entries this year. 

“In only our second year, our Talent Solutions Awards Europe have established themselves as the pre-eminent recognition campaign in the sector and are a perfect platform to showcase the best work the sector has to offer. All of the finalists shortlisted for the TIARA Talent Solutions Awards Europe are an inspiration to the talent solutions sector, from nimble, fast moving new scale ups looking to re-imagine what is possible, to the world’s largest and most successful players delivering game changing work for their clients and a range of mid-market operators with a clear focus and high levels of agility. They all showed why they are so important in helping their clients find and keep the people they need” commented Ken Brotherston, Managing Director of TALiNT Partners. 

“The quality of entries across each category was very high, with the winners’ entries being nothing less than outstanding. This makes a TIARA Talent Solutions Award a powerful and prestigious endorsement.”  

The judging process for the Awards was designed around the varied and complex demands of employers based on key performance metrics, case studies and testimonials. The 2021 judging panel brought together some of the leading practitioners in talent acquisition from organizations such as Balfour Beatty VINCI, Rolls-Royce, NatWest, MindGym and Tetra Pak.  

“The Talent Solutions sector has shown itself to be resilient and innovative throughout the pandemic. Our finalists have shown that they can not only respond to rapidly changing client requirements, but in a way that is commercially viable for their own sustainability and long-term success. The sector has a big part to play in how we recover from the pandemic, and I am excited in what the future holds.”  

Reed Talent Solutions was crowned the overall winner and received the Talent Solutions Provider of the Year Award, having also picked up the Candidate Experience Award and the Long-Term Partnership Award – Enterprise. Judges praised Reed Talent Solutions for “excelling and having a positive impact across each key area of service delivery.      

The TIARA Talent Solutions Awards Europe 2021 campaign was supported by headline sponsor Cornerstone OnDemand and award sponsors eTeam, Sonovate, giant group, iCIMS, Parasol, Horsely Analytics and Nétive.  

The full list of Talent Solutions Award winners and highly commended finalists is as follows:   

The Best Early Career Initiative 

  • Winner – Bright Network 
  • Highly Commended – AMS 
  • Highly Commended – GTI Recruiting Solutions 

The Horsefly Employer Brand Award 

  • Winner – Hays Talent Solutions 
  • Highly Commended – Cielo 

The Parasol Candidate Experience Award 

  • Winner – Reed Talent Solutions 

The Nétive Diversity & Inclusion Award 

  • Winner – AMS 
  • Highly Commended – Bright Network 

The Cornerstone OnDemand Best Use Of Technology Award  

  • Winner – Guidant Global 

The Sonovate Best Talent Solutions Firm to Work For 

  • Winner – AMS 
  • Highly Commended – Join Talent 

The eTeam Client Service Award 

  • Winner – Lorien 
  • Highly Commended – Gattaca 

The Giant Group Best New Talent Solutions Provider 

  • Winner – Join Talent 

The iCIMS Long-Term Partnership Award – Challenger 

  • Winner – Page Outsourcing 

The iCIMS Long-Term Partnership Award – Enterprise 

  • Reed Talent Solutions 
  • Highly Commended – Gattaca 

The Talent Solutions Provider of the Year 

  • Reed Talent Solutions 
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Greene King named biggest winner of the year!

  • 160 guests attend live Gala Dinner at the IET London
  • 11 companies crowned winners with 6 highly commended
  • Greene King wins hat trick of awards, triumphing overall as the TA Team of the Year

 Winners of the 2021 TIARA Talent Acquisition Awards were revealed at a Gala Dinner for 160 guests at the IET in London on the 22nd of September. The event was attended by Talent Acquisition, HR and business leaders from some of the UK’s leading employers.

“The TIARA Talent Acquisition Awards are the latest addition to TALiNT Partners’ highly respected TIARA awards programme,” commented Ken Brotherston, co-host of the Awards and Managing Director at TALiNT Partners.

“After 18 months of turmoil, it was amazing to see the examples of innovation, resilience, business partnership and agility delivered by our finalists this year, and we were delighted to be able to recognize that work through the TIARA Talent Acquisition Awards,” added Debra Sparshott, co-host of the Awards and Programme Director at TALiNT Partners. 

The TIARAs are recognised for the rigour of the process and the quality of the judging panel and are seen as a genuine and meaningful accolade for winners. An impressive and influential panel of judges from companies including LinkedIn, Nestle, Jaguar Land Rover, Facebook, MSCI Inc as well as wider business leaders such as Lord Chris Holmes, deputy Chair of Channel 4, and the broadcaster and journalist Trevor Phillips came together to discuss each entry and decide the winners.

“Our judges’ deliberations were balanced, lively, occasionally controversial but always insightful and thoughtful. Their range of experience brought an amazing diversity of different perspectives,” commented Ken Brotherston.

Greene King was the biggest winner this year, winning the Lorien Creativity in Talent Acquisition Award, Early Career Pioneer Award, and the overall winner’s winner trophy – the TA Team of the Year.

“In deciding this year’s TA Team of the Year Winner, we wanted to see a team who had moved the needle, raised standards and taken a risk. After the last 18 months, we cannot ignore the human element, and Greene King approached their work in a genuine and authentic way and truly is a beacon for the industry,” said Chris Holmes, Judge and Deputy Chair, Channel 4. He also spoke powerfully about the importance of ‘looking after the talent who look after the talent’, recognising the many challenges employers have faced during the pandemic and the critical role TA teams have played across so many industries.

The TIARA Talent Acquisition Awards 2021 campaign was supported by partners eArcu, Horsefly Analytics, Lorien, Retinue Talent Solutions and Sova Assessment.

The full list of TIARA Talent Acquisition winners and highly commended finalists is as follows:

The Lorien Creativity in TA Award 

  • Winner: Greene King
  • Highly Commended: Barchester Healthcare

The Best Recruitment Supplier Partnership 

  • Winner: Kraft Heinz

The eArcu Candidate Experience Award

  • Winner: McDonald’s
  • Highly Commended: Checkout.com

The Best Use of Tech

  • Winner: HSBC (Partner: SMRS)

The Retinue Talent Solutions TA Operational Achievement Award

  • Winner: Serco
  • Highly Commended: Essex County Council
  • Highly Commended: North Yorkshire County Council

The Early Careers Pioneer Award

  • Winner: Greene King
  • Highly Commended: Essex County Council

The Horsefly Analytics Best Business Partnership

  • Winner: North Yorkshire County Council

The Sova Moving the Dial in Diversity & Inclusion Award

  • Winner: BBC

The Excellence in Onboarding

  • Winner: Essex County Council
  • Highly Commended: Slalom

The Attraction Campaign of the Year

  • Winner: L’Oréal

The TA Team of the Year

  • Winner: Greene King
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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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