We understand employer marketing. We know how challenging it can be. And we come up with plenty of smart and innovative ways to help all kinds of organisations find, keep, motivate and engage their kind of people.

Our team loves helping businesses tell their story of why they’re a great employer. They’re equally excited about finding ways to attract great candidates for specific roles.

If you want to see the full range of what we do, just click the button below to make a request. It’ll only take you a minute.

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Our work

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of our favourite work. There are projects here for all sorts of clients. There are quite a few award winners too. And they’re all here because they worked.

Teach First

Teach First

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Mencap

Mencap

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Kerry Foods

Kerry Foods

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House of Fraser

House of Fraser

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easyJet

easyJet

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The Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative Bank

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Key people

Our experts come from a mix of agency and in-house backgrounds, and they’d all be happy to talk to you. Here's who to contact.

 

Richard Badley

Head of Innovation

The man with a whole load of digital plans, data and diagrams. Richard combines these things with a broad sector knowledge to come up with new ideas on a daily basis.

Sarah Sturgess

Agency Director

Sarah’s SMRS through and through, having joined us way back in 1999. She plays a huge role in developing our business and our culture. And she still (somehow) finds the time to work closely with many of our clients.

People First
Experts a
close second

What we are doing

Planning strategies or writing research reports. Coming up with creative or running workshops. Or simply getting out there and mixing. We’re always up to something in the employer sector.

Programmatic – shape up or ship out

By Richard Badley

25th October 2018

​Programmatic has had a fantastic few years. Since its inception more than 11 years ago, media agencies have been obsessed.

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Employer branding and the wisdom of crowds

By Mike Hoffman

17th October 2018

Employer brands are, uniquely, things that are shaped by the users not presented as fait accompli to the market.

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Our employer brand’s bigger than your employer brand

By Gemma Wildgoose

15th October 2018

They say size doesn’t matter. But when it came to developing an employer brand for one of the UK’s largest NHS Trusts, we had to disagree.

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A very urgent delivery for Yodel – from employer brand to shiny new site

By Gemma Wildgoose

11th October 2018

​Four years and counting. That’s how long we’ve been an integral link in the millions-of-parcels-a-year Yodel delivery network.

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Employer branding – the power’s in the people

By Sarah Sturgess

2nd October 2018

​Quick warning: don’t ever ask me what it’s like to work for SMRS – not unless you’ve got a lot of time to spare.

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Happy Clients

We're proud of the work we do. But we're prouder of what our clients think of it.

  • “I haven’t worked with another business that’s truly engaged with us, knows our business so well and has actually enabled us to know ourselves better and helps us articulate what we actually need. It’s really important in a partnership.”

    Chris Rowe, Lead Resourcing Business Partner, Cadent Gas

  • “I have this huge sense of pride working for this business. So being able to have a platform to share that pride, is a hugely powerful thing. I’m really grateful to SMRS for helping us do that, so thank you.”

    Eunice Clements-Tweedie, Director of Talent, Kerry Foods

  • "The resourcing team at Wilko loves working with SMRS. They know their stuff, they work really hard and we definitely have fun along the way!"

    Claire Ronan, Resourcing Manager, Wilko

  • "It's been a really interesting and challenging project. Now we have an authentic and passion-fuelled employer brand ​in place, and we're feeling really enthusiastic about bringing it to life across our business. Already, candidates and colleagues are engaging with our new careers site, and interest in joining our team is at all-time high - proving that when we all work together on a vital project like this, we can make B&Q a good home for everyone."

    Deborah Garrett, Employer Brand & Attraction Manager, B&Q

  • "SMRS are a valued and trusted partner to CRUK, the team work hard to understand our organisation and to deliver creative solutions and ideas."

    Rachel Howard, Lead Resourcing Business Partner , CRUK

Let's talk

If you have something you need help with, or just have a question you want to ask, get in touch. Sarah will get back to you as soon as she can.

where to find us

Manchester


  • Express networks 2
  • 3 george leigh street
  • manchester m4 6bd
  • 0161 200 1444

London


  • 5th Floor
  • 6 - 7 St Cross Street
  • London EC1N 8UA
  • 020 7421 3350

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There's always something going on at SMRS worth hearing about. We'd love to keep you in the loop about things like our take on the latest developments in employer and education marketing, our new products and services, and forthcoming masterclasses. You have our word that we'll take excellent care of your personal details, and certainly won't be selling them to other companies.

Just let us know if you're happy for us to email you, by picking one of these options.