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Awards, Accreditations and Memberships

We have a number of professional standard awards at First Recruitment Group, focusing on our excellent internal processes, our focus on people, and continual improvement. We are also a professional member of APSCo as well as awards showing our growth as a business.

WISE Campaign Member

WISE Campaign logo

First Recruitment Group are committed to addressing gender balance across their business and candidate database, especially within engineering-related roles where the biggest gap can be seen.


WISE enables business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It focuses on insight and knowledge, collaboration, inspiration, finance and governance.

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Cyber Essentials Certification

First Recruitment Group has worked closely with an independent assessor to achieve the Cyber Essentials official standards.

Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme and includes elements such as secure internet connection, devices and software, as well as access to data and services, protection from viruses, malware, and ensuring processes remain up to date.

Disability Confident Committed

Disability Confident Committed Logo

Through Disability Confident, we are committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

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Best Recruitment Agency to Work For

First Recruitment Group has been awarded Best Recruitment Agency to Work For (medium 50-99 employees) at the Recruiter’s Investing in Talent Awards 2018. The Recruiter Awards look at a variety of criteria in deciding the winner, including how effective our work environment, incentives, benefits, professional development / training, internal communications, ‘best practice’-orientated management, inclusion, and social responsibility activity, were. The award also requires evidence of financial stability, profitability, innovation, workforce diversity, and career development opportunity for all.


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Best Large Recruitment Agency Winner

First Recruitment Group were selected to win this year’s Best Large Recruitment Agency at the 14th annual The Drum Recruitment Business Awards. The award focuses on shining a spotlight on those agencies predominately outside of London and within the UK, looking at services, staffing and training, as well as new innovation.

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Investors In People Accredited

First Recruitment Group are Investors in People accredited

First Recruitment Group are accredited as an Investors in People organisation, meeting the requirements needed to gain the standard. Investors in People recognises companies who transform business performance through people. At the heart of Investors in People is the Standard, a framework of best practice that's outcome focused. It ensures that only companies who invest in their people, to get the best out of the business, are given the award.

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ISO 9001 Certification

First Recruitment Group are ISO 9001 certified. ISO 9001:2015 is the International Standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS).

Receiving this certification means First Recruitment work to a set of principles that ensure a good approach to the management of our business activities to consistently achieve customer satisfaction.

APSCo Member

APSCo was formed to provide all firms involved in the recruitment of professional talent, who have a commitment to excellence, the specialist support and distinctive voice they need to be successful.

It gives candidates and employers a trusted badge of quality whilst providing member firms with an innovative range of services designed for them by recruitment experts.

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Agile-1 Best of the Best Supplier of the Year 2016

First Recruitment Group were chosen as Supplier of the Year at this years Agile-1 awards ceremony. Awards are chosen based on assurance of supply, quality and service.

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Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 - Number 99

Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

We have been ranked at number 99 of the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table 2016, specially mentioned for our work in targeting Ghana and Kenya within Oil & Gas recruitment over the last 5 years, as well as recently working to expand into Albania.


Recruitment International Top 500 - Number 63

Containing over 200 pages and listing the details of the UK's largest 500 recruitment companies, The Top 500 is a unique and invaluable insight into the major companies in the UK recruitment industry. First Recruitment Group were proud to reach number 63 in 2016.

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Recruiter Magazine Awards

Hot 100 Award

Fast 50 Award

First Recruitment Group have featured in two of the Recruiter magazines lists for top recruitment companies in the UK.

The January 2016 issue of the Recruiter features the annual HOT 100 survey of the 100 UK recruitment companies who have balanced their people costs with productivity and delivered the most efficient performances in terms of net fee income. Having experienced growth and an annual turnover of over £100 million, we made it on the list, after previously being on the list in 2013.

In November 2013, we were also listed on the Fast 50 list. This is the annual ranking of the fastest-growing private recruitment businesses in the UK. The ranking is based on compound annual sales growth as measured over the companies’ most recent three-year financial period.

Both these awards indicate the fantastic growth that we’ve seen over recent years.

North of England Business Excellence Award for Lean

North West Excellence Award

In 2011 First Recruitment Group won the North of England Business Excellence Award for Lean. The Award recognises the best examples of using Lean to maximise customer value whilst minimising waste. Here at First we were particularly proud to receive this award because of its focus on customer value, as this is an area that we pride ourselves on.

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