MCS – Headline Sponsor

Established in 2008, MCS Group has cemented itself as Northern Ireland’s leading specialist recruitment consultancy working across multiple industries: IT & Digital, Technical & Engineering, HR, Legal & Compliance, Accounting & Finance and Executive Search.

Working with 92% of N.Is top 200 companies, MCS support employers in building high performing businesses by connecting them with the most talented candidates in the market.

Specialist Consultants at MCS use their market knowledge to help professionals develop their careers by understanding their aspirations and connecting them to the best job opportunities.

This year MCS have significantly expanded their office footprint by moving into the impressive Flax House in Belfast city centre, with ambitious plans to build the team further. – Media Partner

nijobfinder is Northern Ireland’s only cross-platform recruitment portal delivering an audience of 503,000 adults every week across our website and recruitment print supplements. We are the trusted recruitment partner of 1000s of NI businesses and have won Best Regional Job Board at the National Online Recruitment Awards in three of the past five years.

Our in-paper supplements within the Belfast Telegraph (Tuesday and Friday) and in Sunday Life are at the heart of the local jobs market, making them a must read for those searching for a job or new staff. The people, the jobs and the issues surrounding the employment scene are covered in more depth than any other publisher in this country.

At the start of 2018, we invested heavily in the functionality of our website, introducing new features that reflected the changing needs of the recruitment marketplace. Fully mobile responsive and with improved search options, the new site is designed to make job-hunting faster and easier for our users and deliver our recruiters more applications. With a CV Builder tool, the opportunity to save searches and set up job alerts and a new Recommended Jobs section, our site has been nominated once again as the Best Regional Job Board in the prestigious NORA Awards.

Talk to us today to find out how we can best serve your recruitment needs.


T: 0845 604 4477

Danske Bank

Danske Bank is one of the largest banks in Northern Ireland, with around 1,400 employees, a network of branches and three regional business centres across Northern Ireland.

It is an autonomous subsidiary of the Danske Bank Group and benefits from the strength and technology of its strong international parent, combined with local presence, local decision-making and local expertise.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is Ireland’s only full service international law firm providing expert legal services to a predominantly business client base across a broad spectrum of areas. Our partners and solicitors strive to work in a collaborative partnership with our clients to deliver premium legal advice on time, and within budget through our innovative project management structure which is unique among the legal profession.

We work with some of Ireland’s largest, most successful and progressive companies as well as many exciting and innovative smaller companies. What is really important to us is that every client receives personal attention, dedicated service and the most appropriate integrated advice.

Being the Irish member of Eversheds Sutherland means we can provide a seamless service right across Europe, the US, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. At local or international level, we aim to help all our clients in achieving their commercial objectives.

Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton’s People & Change Consulting Practice is the latest service offering from Grant Thornton Ireland, with a new team of experts in Leadership, Learning & Development, Change Management, HR and Talent Solutions to help clients address their people agenda. People & Change Consulting are delighted to be a sponsor at this year’s CIPD Awards because we see first‐ hand the value for organisations that invest in the development of their people. Grant Thornton is a the fastest growing professional services firm in Ireland, and their specialist teams work with firms from all sectors and grow the local economy. Grant Thornton has offices in Belfast, Dublin, and across Ireland, and they are committed to helping local clients solve global challenges, and grow their people to grow their organisations.

Hunter Savage

Hunter Savage is a leading niche recruitment consultancy specialising in Human Resources, Legal, Accountancy and Tax, Financial Services and Insurance.

Our company was established in 2010 and have established offices in both Belfast and Dublin. Our focus is to provide high quality consultative recruitment services to clients and candidates.

Our HR division is managed by Stephanie Mulholland. Stephanie is Northern Ireland’s most experienced HR recruitment specialist with over 16 years experience. HR is a close knit and extremely well connected sector and Stephanie has a very successful track record in placing candidates at
all levels within the HR sector.

Keep updated on job opportunities, events and news via our digital platforms or visit for more information.

Inspire Workplaces

Inspire Workplaces is an award-winning social enterprise, established in 2000 as part of the Inspire group – one of the longest established and largest charitable organisations in Ireland.

Working alongside our teams in Inspire Knowledge and Leadership, Addiction NI, and the Inspire Mindfulness Institute, we deliver evidence-based, best practice workplace wellbeing solutions that encompass a complete framework of market-leading prevention, intervention and training services.

Via our network of highly skilled and experienced counsellors, consultants and support team, we currently provide timely support to over 800,000 employees across the UK and Ireland.

Through Inspire Students, we partner with colleges and universities across NI in providing access to counselling and wellbeing services to students throughout their time in further and higher education.

Find out how we’re helping keep people happy, healthy and productive here.

Queen’s Management School

Queen’s Management School, based at Riddel Hall in Belfast, is one of the top business schools in the UK and Ireland and prides itself on offering a world-class range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Accounting, Economics, Finance and Management, one of which is the CIPD accredited MSc HRM programme.

A globally renowned centre of education and research, it enjoys close links with the business community, a dedicated placement office and a financial trading room.

In 2016 Queen’s Management School merged with The William J Clinton Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute brings leading academics and industry experts together to deliver a portfolio of executive education and leadership programmes.

Worthingtons Solicitors

Worthingtons Solicitors are a leading firm of Commercial Solicitors with one of the largest employment law practices in Belfast. We consistently seek to deliver fast, practical and straight talking employment advice which not only meets but exceeds our client’s expectations. We have considerable experience of providing Solicitor led practical guidance in relation to internal procedures, “behind the scenes” advice and assistance in relation to employment disputes and ultimately Tribunal and Court representation to our clients in relation to all aspects of employment law. We further provide due diligence services and legal advice in relation to mergers and acquisitions and all matters relating to the employment relationship.

Worthingtons are honoured to sponsor the “Excellence in HR Leadership” award and to support those who create a positive impact through their leadership style and willingness to help others.

Through our extensive experience we recognise the crucial contribution that HR professionals make on an operational and strategic level to the smooth running of a business which is key to success. Our tailored and specialised service works in tandem with HR professionals to ensure a solution based approach.


TLT is a growing and forward thinking commercial law firm, committed to client service. We have a presence across all jurisdictions of the UK, with offices in Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester.

TLT’s team of employment law specialists provide commercial and practical legal advice in response to complex employment law issues. We are experts in Industrial Tribunal and Fair Employment Tribunal litigation, and have extensive experience in defending cases on the full range of employment issues including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

We regularly advise clients on day to day employment issues including performance and absence management, disciplinary and grievance processes, holiday pay and other working time queries, as well as on legal duties under the equality legislation, including workforce monitoring requirements and fair employment practices.

We also has extensive experience of advising clients on their legal obligations in respect of business reorganisations and re‐structuring exercises, and providing support through the process.

In addition, our dual qualified team often provide training to clients wit operations in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the key differences in employment law, practice and procedure between the jurisdictions.


Workplus is the easier way for employers to find apprentices. Think UCAS for apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to develop new talent in software development, engineering, fintech, sales, HR, customer service, marketing, admin and more. However, it can be hard to know how apprentices will fit into your team and where you can go to find them.

We provide an easier way to find apprentices through a centralised recruitment platform. Our clients collaborate to learn how to mould apprentices to meet their business needs, working with colleges and universities to make sure the course is relevant for industry and improve their profile with schools, parents, young people and those who want to re-train from other sectors.

For the applicant, it’s easier to become an apprentice. They apply once and get seen by all employers. Apprentices get into meaningful work, take a step in their career, earn a salary, continue their formal education and get a free degree.

We’d love you to join the apprenticeship revolution.