2019 

July


Acorn's construction team is awarded the contract to supply workers for Bouygues UK’s pioneering Cardiff Innovation Campus (CIC) construction project on the basis of its responsible business practices.

June


Dan Langford, Group Marketing Director at Acorn for more than 15 years, is awarded an OBE for services to business in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

May


Acorn partners with Encon Construction to deliver The Career Changers - Women into Construction Project. Acorn moves to support CSR growth in construction with new specialist housing division. 

April


 

Acorn is delighted to sign Community’s Mental Health Charter, following its recent campaign to bring mental health awareness to the workplace.

March 


Acorn is announced a finalist in all three categories entered, 'Recruitment Agency of the Year', 'Best Temporary Recruitment Agency' and 'Best Marketing Team'.

February


 

Wales France Business Forum, Le Club launched in Paris. Le Club was founded by its Chair, Céline Jones, Solicitor and Head of the French Desk at Geldards LLP, and Dan Langford, Group Marketing Director at leading recruitment firm Acorn.

January


 

Acorn has made a major acquisition to support its continuing growth in Australia. Acorn has acquired Entire Recruitment and will take over all its assets, including three branches in Sydney, Brisbane and Rock Hampton.

2018 

December


Acorn recruiter crowned UK best for second year running. Kristy Potter picked up an unprecedented second pair of awards at the prestigious Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) Awards. Acorn has added a Portsmouth branch to its increasing portfolio in the South East following further employer demand in the area.

October


Acorn is celebrating after managing director Matt Southall was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 South Wales Argus Business Awards.

May


It's yet another double award win for Acorn with success at the UK Recruiter Awards and the Institute of Directors Awards in Wales. Acorn's marketing team took home Recruitment Marketing Team of the Year, whilst Group Marketing & Communications Director Dan Langford was awarded the surprise handpicked 'Directors Award' by IoD for his innovative work with Acorn and Wales Week in London. 

April


Acorn opened a brand new branch in Weston-super-Mare, the 13th branch to be added to the growing Acorn portfolio in South West England following further employer demand in the area. 

March


The 2018 Wales HR Awards took place in Cardiff - a phenomenal evening celebrating the very best of HR from across the country. More than 300 industry professionals gathered at The Exchange Hotel as 13 winners were crowned cream of the crop in their industry. 

February


Acorn's rail division, Exxell, underwent a rebrand to become Acorn Rail. The change in company name brought it firmly in line with the group’s branding, ensuring they benefit from Acorn’s leading reputation as one of the UK’s leading multi-specialist recruitment agencies.

January 


Acorn starts the year on a high after achieving key growth in 2017, with a record turnover of £123,543,753.

2017 

December


Acorn's Kristy Moore won Recruiter of the Year and Permanent Consultant of the Year at the National IRP Recruitment Awards. Acorn’s Group Commercial Director Scott Liddle and the group’s Marketing team were also named finalists in the Business Leader of the Year and Best Support Team categories respectively. We opened a new branch in Manchester to continue North West growth. Finally, to end a fantastic year, WalesOnline listed Acorn in the Top 18 businesses expected to have a big 2018.

November


Acorn’s Training Division was awarded Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Accredited Apprenticeship Training Provider status, making us the first provider in Wales to achieve such status and only one of a small number of providers throughout the UK.

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October


Acorn opened a new branch in Bridgwater and Bournemouth to add to our South West branch network and develop presence in the South East.

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August


Maria Larcombe, Acorn’s Director of Operations for South Wales, was highly commended and Dave Sadler, our Head of IT & Digital Recruitment, was shortlisted at the 2017 Leading Wales Awards. Acorn’s Training Division partnered with Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to introduce a Higher Apprenticeship in Accounting which includes the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business.

June


Acorn celebrated the UEFA Champions League Finals (men and women’s) coming to Cardiff by hosting a Leadership, Teamwork and Empowerment event to inspire women in leadership with the FAW Trust. Acorn’s Executive Search Division announced a specialist recruitment partnership with the Welsh Sports Association.

May


Acorn’s Training Division gained approval to deliver Apprenticeship training in England. Acorn’s Group Commercial Director, Scott Liddle, was awarded IOD Wales Director of the Year Award within the Medium / Large Business category. Plus, Acorn’s specialist IT & Digital Recruitment team being announced as the recruitment partner to start-up company Delio, in their drive to recruit 30 new members of staff.

March


Acorn, in partnership with Darwin Gray, created and delivered the first ever Wales HR Awards attracting up to 350 HR Professionals from all over the country.

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February


Acorn became a Founding Partner of Wales Week in London, a new initiative promoting events and profile-raising opportunities in London for Wales and Welsh organisations.

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2016

October


Acorn secures the Cyber Essentials PLUS accreditation, signalling their ongoing commitment to ensuring their IT systems are protected. Acorn in partnership with Coleg y Cymoedd launches a brand new course, a Higher Apprenticeship in IT – Helpdesk Pathway.

September


Acorn in partnership with Darwin Gray launches the inaugural Wales HR Awards, an event which will celebrate the achievements of HR professionals up and down the country.

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August


Acorn is awarded a place on the new National Clinical Staffing Framework for the National Health Service (NHS).

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July


Acorn and Cardiff Metropolitan University join forces to introduce a Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management. Scott Liddle, Director of Operations (Technical) for Acorn is named Leader in the Private Sector at the Leading Wales Awards.

June


Sarah John, Acorn's Commercial Director is appointed Interim Chairperson for The National Training Federation for Wales, which represents work-based learning providers across the nation.

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April


Acorn's Executive Search Division joins forces with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust to launch CEO Kickabout, a unique charity football event for CEOs and company directors.

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March


Acorn goes legal, launching a brand new Legal recruitment division at the Principality Stadium welcoming nearly 100 leading lawyers and HR teams.

February


Acorn launches In-site, a forum for future construction skills in response to the growing skills crisis.

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