Magnificent. We’re the 7th best small company to work for in the country!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been placed 7th overall in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies To Work For 2012.

As you can imagine, we’re incredibly proud of this achievement and believe that this recognition highlights that Macildowie is a business built on great people, where the passion for customers and quality of the client and candidate experience starts from within.  Sunday Times 100 Best Companies doesn’t measure a National Average, it measures those companies who are brave enough to participate. And that means those brave enough to find out what their people say about them.

‘People’ are central to our Vision, Values and our Strategic Goals.  We work very hard to make Macildowie a great place to work and to give our people the opportunity to be part of something very special.  But what does it mean for you, our clients and candidates?

Let’s start with our candidates. We have low staff turnover, as 92% feel supported by their managers and 94.3% of our employees have fun at work.  This means that there is a very strong chance that you, our candidate, will have the same consultant looking after you each time you are looking to move to progress your own career.  Recruitment is about relationships, about trust.  You can be safe in the knowledge that we want to place you in the best role now to support your career goals longer term.

Then there are our clients. One of our top ranking scores from the Best Companies’ survey was the ‘fair deal’ category.  This scores how happy Macildowie employees are with their pay and benefits. Our consultants’ pay is correlated directly with their billings, their billings are correlated directly with how successful they are at finding the very best candidates for you, our clients.

Another core selection criteria for Times 100 is quality of training.  Our high score here is proof that our consultants are better trained than the competition.  As a result, we’re able to offer our clients a more complete and enjoyable service, which in turn increases your trust in us, ultimately leading to loyalty to Macildowie.  Our aim is to provide you with such a great service that you trust us exclusively for all of your recruitment needs.

We mustn’t also forget our own great people. We have an enviable track record of developing our own people through our internal ‘Talent Pool’ programme.  Both Executive Directors were trained this way, as were five of our six Managers and 19 of our consultants.  Coming 7th in the Times 100 illustrates that we’re driven towards building an outstanding recruitment business and that we’re determined to create growth to deliver personal opportunity for all.

Finally, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our candidates and clients for using our services and to our staff for helping to make Macildowie a great place to come to work.

Macildowie eyes further growth with £250,000 investment

Recruitment specialist Macildowie has invested £250,000 in a new recruitment management system in order to facilitate further business growth.

The company, which has offices in Nottingham and Leicester, has made the investment in both new hardware and software. Top of the range PCs and laptops have been introduced for all staff and four high performance servers have been installed. The centerpiece of the changes is a new ITRIS Recruitment Management System, supplied by recruitment software expert ITEC Systems.

The ITRIS software will allow Macildowie’s consultants to quickly find the best candidates for clients in its three specialist areas of recruitment – HR, Finance, Procurement and Supply Chain. The overall speed of response and quality of communication for both clients and candidates will be improved, and the management team will benefit from comprehensive management reporting.

Commenting on the investment, Paul Milling, Director of Operations at Macildowie, said: “Over the last 18 months, the business has grown significantly. Not only have we employed an additional 22 consultants, but we have also launched our Procurement and Supply Chain division. As such, a new management system was required to support this growth and facilitate further expansion.

“Finding the perfect solution involved a rigorous procurement exercise, with tenders from eight different suppliers. However, we felt that the ITRIS software offered the flexibility and speed that we needed to help the company continue to go from strength to strength.”

The new management system is part of a continual investment programme at Macildowie, which was launched in 2007 when the company was acquired by Synetecs Ltd. Other significant investments include £100,000 to facilitate the move of Macildowie’s Leicester team to new offices at Meridian Business Park in late 2010.

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Macildowie at the Leicestershire Business Awards 2012

Macildowie has been shortlisted for this year’s Leicestershire Business Awards in the ‘Success Through People’ category. This is the result of Macildowie’s continued focus on attraction, retention and  training and developent of  its own staff, as well as keeping a passion for its customers at the heart of day to day operations.  The shortlisting for this award in itself is an achievement.

The team now faces a visit from the judging panel and a long wait until the winner is announced in April. However, everyone is looking forward to showing the judges Macildowie’s unique approach to recruitment and how staff are motivated to achieve outstanding results for both candidates and clients.

Keep an eye on the news section for an update on Macildowie’s progress.