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Welsh Organisation Named ‘Best Company to Work For’

A leading Welsh recruitment and training organization was named as a winner at the 2016 Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) Awards.

New Directions won as ‘Best Company to Work For (under 250 employees)’ at the 2016 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.

This award comes in a year that has seen the organisation accept eight further accolades including ‘Best Compliance Team’ at the Women in Compliance Awards in March this year and became the first Welsh recruiter be awarded Investors in People (IIP) Gold status.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said:
‘The winners deserve a huge amount of credit and can be held up as the leading lights within recruitment. We know that recruiters transform lives, and the companies and individuals showcased this year demonstrate the value that our industry delivers every day.
Every year the calibre of nominations to the IRP Awards get better and better. All of those shortlisted should be proud of their work, which is driving up standards and professionalism in recruitment’.

Speaking about the win, Ruth Dalton Group Head of Communications and Marketing said ‘we are just over the moon to be recognised once more this year for the hard work everyone within our teams across the UK carries out. From Cardiff to Cross Hands, Brynmawr to Bangor, our staff really reperesent all that is integrity in recruitment. To be celebrated with such a reward is the best Christmas present we could have received’.

For the winners list for the 2016 IRP Awards, visit

A big THANK YOU for the Mr X Appeal Donations 2016

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the New Directions group of companies’ involvement with the ‘Mr X Appeal’. This appeal works to deliver gifts to children and young people across South Wales who will not have as much as others this festive period.

In 2013 when we first started working to support this initiative, we loaded up one of our pool cars with presents and proudly drove the 40 miles down the M4 to the drop off point to add our offering.

Well…fast forward to 2016 and we have had to recruit the services of Cardiff Bay Office Furniture – one of our own brilliant suppliers to bring along a van, as well as using our largest vehicle to load up the presents collected by New Directions. Daf Stone and Mark Lloyd of BRAWD Health and Fitness and M.S. Health and Fitness also dropped off a van load of presents. Daf (who is also works with Mentor Training and Pine Shield) then invited Osha Ringham and her colleagues from D.S. Smith to get involved…sheesh, the team work is endless.

This year we created gift bags for over 190 children. That’s 190 young people who will experience a part of Christmas that so many of us take for granted. Of course we were so proud to be able to donate – right across our business we had people take part. I think that this project resonates with most people within our organisation – as parents, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, but we are also saddened that in 2016 we still need to be driving charity projects like this.

When you are assigned your child or young person to buy for – you are given their first name and their age. You begin to create a personality for that individual, and I am sure most of the people who take part in the project would agree, you become really connected to them, you want to create the best gift experience possible.

For our organisation our commitments to supporting charitable drives within all of our communities are not just centred on Christmas time. We have our own chosen charity – the NSPCC and our teams across the UK have wonderful ideas about supporting schools raise funds for innovative projects, helping shelters and other organisations stock essential supplies to survive.

So, this year I felt it was important to write this little blog to say thank you to my colleagues and friends, to those other organisations that have supported our commitment to the project – you really are making a difference. I hope that our entire community has a wonderful, peaceful and restful Christmas…and here’s to 2017 and never losing our focus on making a better tomorrow for all of us.

Leah x

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