Great news from MARA that we have been shortlisted as Best Newcomer in the Marketing And Advertising Recruitment Awards which are being held at the Park Plaza Hotel, Riverbank in London on 28th November.

We have shown financial stability, creativity and innovation, a business model which has been clearly detailed for the next 2 years and have experience along with insight into the sector upon which we operate in order to qualify for finalist.

The Candidate Ltd, a marketing recruitment consultancy, was launched in March 2012. It was co-launched by Colin Telford, whose career in online marketing spans more than 10 years. Colin significantly contributed to Starcom MediaVest Manchester's online offering from its beginning in May 2000 and then co-launched the UK's largest and most successful Affiliate Management Agency, R.O.EYE Ltd in October 2004.

Managing Partner Brian Matthews is highly established and well respected within the recruitment profession.  Brian has a wrath of experience in senior positions including a senior management position at RK Accountancy, Divisional Manager of Primetime Recruitment and Regional Consultant of Northern Regions for CIPFA.                                              

Managing Partner Colin Telford said "This is a clear indication that we are making a difference to marketing recruitment services in Manchester. This is testament to the hard work, effort and professionalism we've applied over the best part of the last year."

The Matthews and Telford combination allows The Candidate to offer a mature and enhanced service with these benefits:

-              A strong offering for the digital marketing sector which is currently suffering from a huge skills shortage. Good client facing account managers and digital marketers, with expertise in search, affiliate and web development are particularly scarce, as are practitioners in PR, advertising, design and print.

-              Due to the niche nature of many digital marketing services, The Candidate is in a better position to understand briefs and candidates.

-              Through market knowledge and existing industry contacts, The Candidate has developed a track record in identifying transferable talent, thus growing the media and marketing skills base.

-              Existing active media and marketing client base (e.g. including several top ten digital marketing agencies) based on successful results in previous roles.

Managing Partner Brian Matthews said "It's all going to plan here at The Candidate. I knew the market was calling out for a business like ours and its being proven. We're looking forward to what the next 12 months brings to our business in light of the significant economic and business developments in Manchester."

Watch this space for information on the results of the ceremony at the end of November! 


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