Astute Recruitment

Astute Global Award

Bondholder Astute Recruitment has been named ‘Regional Niche Recruitment Consultancy of the Year’ at ACQ (Acquisition Finance) Magazine’s Global Awards.

ACQ Magazine holds its annual Global Awards programme annually to recognise firms who demonstrate ongoing outstanding performance and lead the way across the entire corporate sector including accountancy and finance.

Mary Maguire, Managing Director of Astute Recruitment, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award by ACQ Magazine. It caps a great year where we achieved record revenues.

“We’re passionate about supporting local businesses by matching them with the right people, and we’ve worked hard to establish a reputation as experts in this field. We already pride ourselves on being the ‘go to’ financial recruitment agency in the East Midlands, but it’s an honour to be recognised on a much wider, international scale.

“The team routinely goes above and beyond in terms of what we offer our clients and candidates, while at the same time pushing the boundaries of what has previously been thought possible for recruitment firms. One example of true innovation is the launch of our ‘triple point guarantee’ for clients – unique across the recruitment sector.

“We also have our hugely successful series of business breakfast events, with the next one in February. International guest speaker and published author, John Dabrowski, will be speaking about mental resilience.

“These events are designed to be educationally innovative, inspiring and powerful workshops, where SME businesses and professionals can genuinely take away key techniques to improve their engagement with staff and ultimately improve business performance.”

Astute has worked to secure more than 1500 jobs for local businesses and is continuing to go from strength to strength, hiring 3 new consultants in the last 6 months and launching a highly successful commercial division.

Astute award featured in CV Magazine

Another successful year at Bondholder Astute Recruitment continues with the company being named as 2016’s Best Small Business Recruitment Company by CV Magazine.

With a global network of 130,000 CEO’s, directors and other top-level decision makers, investors across the worlds of IT, training, manufacturing, marketing, design, retail and more, the team at Astute is thrilled to have received the recognition.

The article reads:

From redundancy in 2009 Sarah Stevenson and Mary Maguire set up and established Astute Recruitment Ltd as a unique, multi-award winning accountancy recruitment business and brand. Regionally acknowledged as the expert in their sector, their core business is the recruitment of all levels of accountancy and finance professionals from ledger staff to Financial Directors.
Eighteen months ago after a period of record growth, Sarah and Mary appointed a non-executive director to focus the business and establish firm strategic plans. This included a total re-brand with a new website, corporate logo, state-of-the-art IT system, accounting software and transformational messaging. All of this has enabled the brand to reach a wider audience.
Astute and Sarah and Mary have been shortlisted for a number of awards, including Sarah being awarded SME Small Business Director of the Year at the 2015 Institute of Directors East Midlands Business Awards. Sarah was also awarded the coveted Entrepreneur of the Year award 2015, by the Derbyshire Times. 2016 followed this success with Astute being recognised at the ICAEW’s awards in March winning East Midlands Business of the Year and announced as finalists this year for the second year running for the national Women In Business Awards.
One of the hardest things to overcome for recruitment businesses is a lack of trust generally in the recruitment sector. Often Astute’s clients have never used a recruitment agency before or had a bad experience with an existing supplier that’s soured their view of what a recruiter can do.
To give those who have not worked with Astute before, they have created their “Triple Point Guarantee”. This gives new customers the confidence to try their services risk free, safe in the knowledge that in the unlikely event that the firm doesn’t manage to fill a position within an agreed timescale, Astute will pay £500!”

Bondholders dominate Business Awards

With the Derby Telegraph Business Awards fast approaching, we're thrilled to announce that many of our Bondholders have placed as finalists for awards.

Congratulations and good luck to:

With the awards ceremony currently in its judging period, the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th June at The Roundhouse.

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2016 is in association with Bondholder Champions (UK) plc and is sponsored by Bondholders CPL Print, Derby College, HSKS Greenhalgh, intu Derby, Marketing Derby, The Roundhouse, Sellick Partnership, Sky Recruitment Solutions and the University of Derby.

Astute changes for recruitment agency

Managing Director of Astute Recruitment, Mary Maguire.

Managing Director of Astute Recruitment, Mary Maguire.

Starting 2016 on a high, Bondholder Astute Recruitment has launched a brand new website alongside a complete rebrand of its business.

Through the rebrand they are communicating a different message to the market, and their journey is something I’m very proud to be a part of
— Simon Gray, Non-Executive Director

The website was debuted at a small celebration event at Derbyshire County Cricket Club that reflected on the company's success over the past six years. The new website and brand showcases the bespoke services which Astute Recruitment offers and highlights testimonials from leading clients including 3aaa, Smith Cooper and more.

Non-Executive Director, Simon Gray, said: "Both Sarah and Mary have worked hard to make Astute stand out from its competitors. They understand the requirements of SMEs. Through the rebrand they are communicating a different message to the market, and their journey is something I'm very proud to be a part of."

Astute Recruitment has worked with a wide range of businesses including SMEs, corporate blue chips and global FTSE 100 businesses across the Midlands include JCB, Intercontinental Hotels, CEVA Logistics, DHL and Aspin Group.