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Congratulations IRP Award winners!

Eighteen recruiters and recruitment companies have celebrated success at the eleventh annual awards ceremony of the REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP).

Liquid Friday's CEO, Colin Gunnell was delighted to present our sponsored award for Newcomer of the Year to Keegan Cooper of Evolve Hospitality.

Congratulations to Keegan and all the other deserving winners!

Recruitment's brightest stars

The IRP Awards recognise professional excellence and the inspirational work carried out by the recruitment industry’s brightest stars. In all, ninety-three outstanding individuals and businesses were shortlisted across categories such as newcomer of the year and best company to work for. The full list of award winners can be found below.

In its eleven years, IRP Awards have recognised the achievements of over two hundred recruiters. This was the final ceremony under this name. The IRP will now be known as 'REC Professionals' as part of the REC's new brand, unveiled at the awards. The new look and feel is designed to reflect the dynamic, modern and professional industry that the REC represents.

The REC also announced St. Giles Trust as its charity partner for the coming year. The Trust supports people who face severe disadvantage to find jobs, homes and the support they need to be positive contributors in their communities.

REC Chief Executive Neil Carberry said:

“We are proud of the industry we represent and we owe it to our members to be as dynamic and forward looking as they are. Our new brand is designed to put our members first in every respect. We will launch a new website early in 2020 which will support you with easy access to the clear and unparalleled advice and legal guidance members want.

“No matter what the next few years brings for the jobs market and recruitment industry, we will ensure you are informed, prepared and ahead of the curve.”

Congratulating the awards entrants and winners, Carberry said:

“In uncertain times, brilliant recruiters set themselves apart. The IRP Awards recognise this. Being shortlisted for the IRP Awards is a huge achievement in itself and a cause for celebration! The skill and professionalism you show are at the heart of our economy. To those of you who have made it into the winner’s hall of fame, congratulations!”

The ceremony took place at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London and was hosted by BBC sports presenter Colin Murray.

Liquid Friday's Colin Gunnell presents the Newcomer of the Year award to Keegan Cooper
Liquid Friday Account Managers Beth and Holly attended the event looking beautiful

2019 IRP Award winners

Recruiter of the Year
Georgia Walden, Hyper Recruitment Solutions

Lifetime Achievement Award
Debbie Caswell

Lifetime Achievement Award
Grahame Caswell

Individual categories

Newcomer of the Year

Keegan Cooper, Evolve Hospitality
Highly commended: Ben Marsh, Human One

Permanent Consultant of the Year

Georgia Walden, Hyper Recruitment Solutions

Temporary Consultant of the Year

Josh Howell, Evolve Hospitality

In-House Recruiter of the Year

Vanessa van de Venter, Siemens Plc

Business Manager of the Year

Lindsey Thompson, Search Consultancy

Business Leader of the Year

Danny Brooks, VHR

Company categories

Back-Office Support Team of the Year

PMP Recruitment

Recruitment Team of the Year


Recruitment Campaign of the Year

Meridian Business Support

People Development Business Award of the Year

Admiral Recruitment

Corporate & Social Responsibility Practitioners of the Year

Girling Jones Ltd.
Highly Commended: VGC Group

Best Company to Work for (up to 20 employees)

Inspired Search & Selection Ltd

Best Company to Work for (up to 50 employees)

Hyper Recruitment Solutions

Best Company to Work for (up to 150 employees)

Carrington West

Best Company to Work for (more than 150 employees)

Amoria Bond