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Recruitment Leader Wins National Award

A Recruitment HR Director has been named ‘HR Professional of the Year (Business / Finance Services)’ at a national awards ceremony held in Cardiff. Sophie Cecil, Group HR Director for leading recruitment and training specialist New Directions was announced as winner at the Wales HR Awards on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at an evening hosted by television presenter Sian Lloyd at the prestigious SSE SWALEC Stadium in the Welsh capital. The award comes just months after Sophie and her team collected the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) ‘Best Company to Work For (under 250 employees)’ […]


New Directions Group HR Director and Group HR Assistant named among top HR professionals shortlisted for national awards

Sophie Cecil, Group HR Director and Melissa Hale, Group HR Assistant have both been announced as finalists in the first ever Wales HR Awards, which will recognise and celebrate the achievements of HR professionals in a black-tie ceremony taking place at The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff, on 23 March. The Awards have been created by the Wales HR Network, a leading networking platform for HR professionals, partnered by Cardiff-based commercial law firm Darwin Gray, and Acorn Recruitment Services. Sophie has been nominated in the HR Professional of the Year (Professional Services) category and additionally […]


New Directions crowned: Best in Education & Domiciliary Recruitment – UK

New Directions are delighted to be awarded 'Best in Education & Domiciliary Recruitment - UK' in the 2017 Business Excellence Awards, the first award of 2017. This comes after already being shortlisted for a number of awards this year, including being announced as a Cardiff Life Finalist for a second year for Best Company. Industry awards enhance our reputation as a brand and we are always delighted when we are recognised as specialists within our industry. Jeff Tune, Chairman for New Directions comments, "We have had a number of awards for our Education recruitment, however to be recognised […]


New Directions Announced as Cardiff Life Finalist for a Second Year

Leading business services organisation New Directions have been announced as ‘finalists’ in the ‘Best Company’ category at the Cardiff Life Awards. This is a second successive year of shortlisting for the organisation who had a 2016 in which they won a flurry of awards and became Wales’ first supply agency to be announced ‘Gold Status – Investors in People’ status. Speaking about the shortlisting, Group Head of Communications and Marketing - Ruth Dalton said ‘I have worked as part of this team now for over five years. I have watched the growth and change within the business. […]


High Heel Hitches in the Work Place…a Blog by Sophie Cecil

The news channels we are tuned into this month are all discussing a really hot topic that has been central to women working since the time when…well women started working. What to wear in the office, what size heel, colour lipstick, hairstyle and beyond. Following the government report ‘High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes’ by the parliamentary committees for Petition and for Women and Equalities, our leading sector publication – Recruiter released a very interesting statement warning recruiters to review their dress code policy wording so neither gender are discriminated against. I […]


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 […]


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 […]


#AntiBullyingWeek – Ruth Dalton, Group Head of Communications and Marketing – A Blog

#AntiBullyingWeek #PowerForGood For a creative type I adore statistics. I even had a bash at A-Level Statistics, it was a while back…but I recall I didn’t fair too badly. Numbers and the certainty and solidness of what they offer when negotiating in the workplace or at home give me confidence. This week is Anti-Bullying Week in association with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a charity we as an organisation partner with to help raise awareness and eradicate the whole problem. We also work to support the plight of the NSPCC…whose website I visited in order to delve into some meaty statistics […]


Welsh recruiter first to be recognised as gold standard

New Directions, a leading Welsh recruitment firm, has been awarded gold accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, joining the top seven per cent of accredited organisations across the UK and becoming the first Welsh recruitment agency to do so. This accolade demonstrates their commitment to high performance through good people management. New Directions has 12 offices across the UK with nine being based across Wales. The group employs in excess of 150 staff and has been in operation since 1994. The company offers a number of services to the education, social care, domiciliary […]


New Directions Highly Commended for ‘Best Service’ at the Go Wales Awards 2016

On the 6th October 2016 New Directions was ‘highly commended’ at the inaugural ‘Go Wales’ awards in Cardiff for best service. The Go Awards have taken place in Ireland, Scotland and England for a number of years, and in 2016 as Wales celebrated their ‘Day of Procurement’ the country held its first ever event. In a ceremony held at Cardiff’s Marriott Hotel, a sell-out audience enjoyed a three course meal and the company of host BBC Wales Host Roy Noble in an event that saw 16 organisations receive praise for the services they provide to procurement in the public sector. Speaking […]


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