On Friday, staff from London, Guildford, Milton Keynes, St Albans and New York came together for Investigo’s end-of-year party at the plush Banking Hall on London’s Cornhill.
A celebration of the last year’s successes and a thank you to our staff for their hard work, the evening was also an opportunity to welcome on board our newly-acquired brand Caraffiand our new charity partner St Mungo’s.
CEO Nick Baxter and Executive Director Derek Mackenzie kicked off the evening by presenting the highlights from a 2019 to remember. We had the privilege of being ranked 19th in the Recruiter Hot 100 – a list of the UK’s top-performing recruitment companies – and won ‘Most Engaging Social Responsibility Programme’ at the Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards (RITAs).
It was also a year full of new records, as we celebrated:
· Our 14th consecutive year of growth
· Our highest-ever headcount of 254
· Record turnover
· Our highest ever amount raised for charity – a stunning £92,451
· 35 promotions
· 10 of our 13 practices enjoying their best ever years.
After company performance, it was time to celebrate individual performance as Nick and Derek announced our promotions, top billers and Investigo Awards winners. Many congratulations to Harrison Bristowe (new starter of the year), Mike Thornton (director of the year), Jana Partschefeld (support person of the year) and Elizabeth Bevan (Investigo person of the year).
The evening provided the perfect opportunity to introduce our new charity partner, St Mungo’s, which aims to help people experiencing homelessness. Following a raucously received presentation from St Mungo’s Catherine Townson (Corporate Partnerships Manager) and Rob Neale (Corporate Partnerships Executive), our Senior Director Angharad Kenward gave an impassioned talk on our charity work and our fundraising objectives for the coming year. We’re all really excited to be working with St Mungo’s and making a difference to the lives of homeless people up and down the country.
Sarah House-Barklie, our People Director, then spoke about the importance of creating individually tailored development plans for each of our people’s unique career aspirations and needs. This year, we’ll look to identify our employee value proposition and develop our people initiatives based on that. Graeme Paxton, Founder of Caraffi, followed up with an insight into how we’ll be working together to improve our talent acquisition activity and continue to hire the very best people in our industry.
To continue offering a fantastic service to our clients and candidates in 2020, we’ll need to keep evolving and looking at better ways of working. Executive Director Paul Collier brought the presentations to a close by looking at the year ahead, including our main opportunities and objectives.
With the formalities out of the way, it was time for cocktails and canapés as the team celebrated the year’s achievements. It was also time to properly welcome our regional offices, including our colleagues from across the Atlantic, and to get to know Caraffi and St Mungo’s, the latest additions to the Investigo family.
Our end-of-year party is one of several big events we host for our people throughout the year, including quarterly get-togethers, charity quizzes and our summer conference. Find out more about what it’s like to work at Investigo.
Many congratulations to all our top performers and award winners. A big thank you to all our staff for their efforts over the last year and to everyone involved in organising the evening.