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We’ve recruited in professional services for over 30 years and we’re proud of our unique work culture. We’ve kept it fun for our staff and our customers and picked up some great awards recognising that culture and our market offerings along the way.

7 Wins and Counting: Our Journey to Becoming the Best Company

November 2022

We're proud to have been in the Sunday Times Top 100 Small Companies to work for (now known as Best Companies) every time we have entered. That’s 7 times in all. Most recently at No 8 in the UK. It’s especially sweet as the results are based on the judges comparing the results of an anonymous staff survey from every company who entered.

25 years on: From trainees to the board, James Taylor and James Stewart

August 2022

Our CEO and COO, James Taylor and James Stewart, in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon back on our second top performers trip to Las Vegas in the year 2000 and presenting James Taylor (a cricket lover) with a bat signed by everyone at Macs to celebrate his 25th anniversary with the business.

Award-Winning Excellence: Our Three Wins at the NORA Awards

November 2021

As a business, we're proud to have kept up with the ever-changing recruitment world, which has led us to be nominated for a National Online Recruitment Ward (NORA) on three separate occasions. We won in 2018 (Best Large Recruitment Agency), 2019 (Best SME Employer) and 2021 for Best SME Employer again!

Family First – Proud CEO Shows Parents Around New Offices

January 2018

Macs has always felt like a family. Proud CEO, James Taylor shows his mum and dad around the new Macildowie HQ. You’ll often see these folks at our summer BBQ.

The Finishing Touch: Colourful Signage at the New Macildowie HQ

December 2017

The signage going up on the walls in the new Macildowie HQ was the finishing touch to our brand new Nottingham premises in December 2017. Since its grand opening, as well as providing a great environment for the staff to enjoy, the space has since held client and candidate events, training, charity days and been used by some of our supplier partners and customers.

The Driving Force Behind Our Office Build: Charlotte's Critical Role

October 2017

Here we have Charlotte, who started in the business as a business support administrator and is now our business systems and projects manager, she was critical to the success of our office build, keeping an eye on the detail, as seen here.

The Next Step: Macildowie's Journey to a Purpose-Built Office

September 2017

By 2017, Macildowie had outgrown our offices at Archer House so we made the decision to commission our own purpose-built office in the up-and-coming station street area. COO James Stewart working out where his desk was going to be.

Macildowie Wins The Partnership Award for Client Workshops


Macildowie Wins The Partnership Award for Client Workshops – UK at the Recruitment Awards 2015 in recognition of our work with Linked In Recruit For Free and other clients workshops.

Fourth Employee, First-Rate Leader: James Stewart's Rise to COO

July 2009

Our heritage is all about retaining and providing individuals with career development. James Stewart (known as JS internally) is a great example. He joined us with no recruitment experience, back in January 1995 as the 4th employee of the business and he’s now on the board as our Chief Operating Officer. Here James was snapped supporting a candidate on how to accept an offer and hand in their notice back in 2009. That looks like an early iPhone on the desk…

Macildowie Acquired By Greenmount

October 2007

In October 2007 Macildowie was acquired by Greenmount Investments Limited, an investment vehicle owned by several canny investors from Northern Ireland. Pictured here after one of our New Year Kick Offs: James Stewart (COO), Ed Vernon OBE (Investor), John Convery (Investor), James Taylor (CEO). We still work very closely with the guys who have become an integral part of the Macildowie family.

Building Relationships, Building Careers: Tamsin's Story

February 2005

Tamsin, making friends with one of the locals, on our very first trip to South Africa for our top performers in the business, back in 2005. 17 years on, Tamsin is still with us leading our interim finance offering in Leicestershire.

Macildowie Through The Years

In 1993 we were founded as Macildowie Davids and we incorporated as Macildowie Associates in 1997. In the next 30 years we successfully navigated the economic impact of the attack on the twin towers, the banking crisis, bird flu, the COVID Pandemic and others.

We’ve learned that from adversity comes opportunity. We became the UK’s first “Recruitment and Retention” consultancy in 2020 and the resulting explosion of growth has created massive opportunity for our people.


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