Recruitment company is named as the best in UK

Carrington West, from Portsmouth, was named as the UK’s Best Recruitment Company to Work for (of up to 50 employees) at the national REC’s (Institute of Recruitment Professionals) IRP Awards…

An IRP Award is the highest accolade an individual or company can receive in the recruitment industry and is unique in raising awareness of the positive role models whose exceptional work, and candidate and client care, sets the bar for all recruitment professionals and businesses to aspire to.

The IRP Awards are the only recruitment sector awards hosted and awarded by the REC to recognise the very best individuals and companies within our industry.

Recognising achievement across all levels and different disciplines, the awards are a true reflection of the UK’s recruitment talent. The winners were announced at the IRP Awards ceremony on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.

Technical recruitment company Carrington West, which is based at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, won the award at the REC’s (Institute of Recruitment Professionals) IRP Awards. The awards were announced at Westminster’s Park Plaza Hotel and hosted by Sky News presenter, Dermot Murnaghan.  Carrington West has seen a period of rapid growth over the past four years – growing from two to 30 people in that time with a turnover reaching £26m a year. The judges were impressed with their staff retention rate of 93 per cent.

Director James Fernandes said: ‘We were so pleased to be officially recognised in an area where we have spent the last six years striving to be ahead of our competition. We have invested heavily in our office environment and our facilities. ‘Our main asset are the great people we are luckily enough to work alongside every day, they make this company the best to work for in the country.’

The firm was short-listed for two awards with Blayne Cahill being highly commended in the Temporary Consultant of the Year category!

For the winners list for the 2016 IRP Awards, visit

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