Brightwater Recruitment Specialists

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Brightwater Recruitment Specialists's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Brightwater Recruitment Specialists is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Managing Director
Barbara McGrath, Finance
Director John O’Donnell and
Director Estelle Davis
Brightwater Recruitment Specialists, founded in 1998, are
a recruitment consultancy firm that tailor recruitment
solutions to the individual requirements of their clients.
The goal they set themselves in the company’s early days
was to be the best in the country. At first, this seemed overly
ambitious, but as they expanded over the years, the goal
seemed more and more realistic, as the company won many
prestigious awards, such as the Best Full Service Recruitment
Consultancy Firm from
CV Magazine
in 2016 and 2017. The
company has built a solid foundation of skill and expertise,
which has allowed them to survive highly demanding
economic circumstances. Managing Director Barbara McGrath
tells the
more about the company and its manner
The company began in Dublin in 1998 and was first known as Brightwater
Selection. Our goal in those early days was to distinguish ourselves in the market –
to be known not as a recruitment agency but instead as a recruitment consultancy.
Our initial focus was on accountancy, but as time moved on, we grew organically
to encompass further specialisms.
We currently cover 16 disciplines. In 2001, we set up our Northern Ireland
office in Belfast, and in 2005, we set up an office in Cork in order to serve the
Munster and Connacht regions. Later on, in 2012, we established Brightwater
Executive, which specialises in the recruitment of senior C-suite-level professionals.
»Managing Director:
»Founded in 1998
»Located in Dublin, Belfast and
»Services: Recruitment
»No. of employees: 98
Brightwater Recruitment
Highlighting best practice
Thegroup’sportfolio of clients is a mix
of SMEs, large businesses and public
sector clients. Moreover, we perform
this work in both Northern Ireland and
the Republic of Ireland.
Delivering for our clients
Ever since the company was founded,
it has moved from strength to
strength. The period spanning 1998
to 2009 saw especially high growth,
during which time we won multiple
awards for customer service and for
being one of the best companies to
work for in Ireland and Europe. It was
in this period, too, that we grew our
sales to over €18 million.
The key to this success has been the
growth of a trusted and respected
brand. Ultimately, our goal is to deliver
for clients and to adapt to their needs.
We’ve gone through a great deal of
change over the last two decades,
including an MBO in September 2018,
where the reaction from our team,
clients and candidates to the change
in ownership and leadership was
overwhelmingly positive. With all of
these changes, one thing has remained
the same: our unerring focus on quality
of service, underpinned by our core
values of passion, pride andintegrity.
Our main service is recruitment, but
we also provide add-ons such as salary
surveys and industry benchmarking.
Furthermore, we are part of the global
Future Manager Alliance, which allows
us access to a wider pool of talent for
our clients. Part of our attraction is that
we have an all-island presence, and the
workforce on both sides of the border
is well educated and highly regarded
around the world.
The service we offer is highly tailored
and includes a range of resourcing
techniques, including our unique
candidate database, which has the ability
to target specific skill sets; advanced
internet recruitment strategies; and the
use of external websites, as well as our
own methodologies. We work on the
following principles:
»Contingency search
»Retained assignments
»Volume project assignments
»Contract recruitment
»Advertising campaigns
One of the key changes in our focus
since the MBO has been that of
increased organic growth. In addition,
we will give serious consideration to
any discrete corporate activity that fits
with the firm’s culture.
The key to this success
has been the growth of
a trusted and respected
Ever since the
company was
founded, it
has moved
from strength
to strength
In early 2019, we took over Mentors,
an alliance of business leaders who act
as mentors for SMEs, multinationals,
state bodies and early start-ups
We believe there are many synergies
between Mentors and the Brightwater
Group that will enable us to
significantly increase the range of
services and the value we can deliver
to our diverse client base. Mentors
has built an enviable reputation
for assisting businesses with sound
strategic advice, and we believe there
will be a strong fit not only with our
Executive Division but right across the
Brightwater offering.
Moving forward with
When the world was damaged by the
2008 recession, Ireland also felt the
effects. As such, we regrouped and
looked closely at our own markets in
Dublin, Belfast and Cork. We were
not spared the effects of the recession
and took a hit. However, Belfast was
relatively resilient, as were our sales
and IT divisions; we managed to break
even in 2010, and since 2011 we have
continued growing. This was partly
due to our fortunate location, but it
was also due to the solid foundations
we had laid.
However, it’s not just enough to
depend on luck for our survival. As a
company, we are politically active in
that we lobby through the National
Recruitment Federation, which is
a voluntary organisation set up to
establish and maintain standards and
codes of practice for the recruitment
industry in Ireland. I’ve been involved in
the NRF for many years and have had
the privilege of being president and an
honorary fellow of the organisation for
over two years.
Our goal in all of this is to represent
the industry and ensure that its
interests are accounted for. Another
way in which we make our presence
known is by sponsoring or attending
events hosted by professional
bodies in the engineering, technical
services, accountancy, legal,
marketing, HR, sales, insurance and
Regardless of what happens
economically and politically, we
will continue to move forward with
optimism. After all, we have survived
difficult crises before, and there’s no
reason to believe we won’t continue
surmounting whatever challenges
come our way. This is because our
model is based on quality not quantity,
and this survives the test of time better
than anything else.
Our goal is to
represent the
industry and
ensure that its
interests are
accounted for
We work across Dublin
(pictured), Belfast and

This article was sponsored by Brightwater Recruitment Specialists. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster