Ambitious entrepreneur shortlisted for most prestigious recruitment award in UK

An ambitious entrepreneur has been shortlisted for the most prestigious recruitment award in the UK.

Charles Draper, 30, of Hessle, has been shortlisted for a REC Award in the Business Leader of the Year category.

As founder and managing director of Sure Group, a specialist multidisciplinary recruitment company, Charles has been recognised for turning an idea that started out as a way of making some money while studying at university into multi-million-pound success story.  

Recognising achievement across different levels and disciplines, the REC Awards reflect the UK’s recruitment talent and brilliance.

Receiving an award showcases the winner as a leading figure or organisation within the recruitment industry, contributing to their future success and career development by differentiating them from competitors and opening doors to more opportunities.

Charles said: “A REC Award is the most prestigious industry recognition an individual or company in the recruitment sector can achieve and I am delighted to have been shortlisted for Business Leader of the Year.

“Within the next five years, I am confident Sure Group will be one of the UK’s biggest and strongest resourcing, healthcare and logistics businesses. We recently invested more than £1m in a new headquarters in Hull, the city in which we were founded. This complements our five other UK-based offices in Leeds, Rugby, Scunthorpe, Northampton and London.

“However a company is only as good as its people, which is why I am passionate about equipping our employees with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in their own career journeys.

“We are a business that looks forward, not back. I always share with my employees what the plan of action is, how it will be implemented and then give them the responsibility to help solve the problem and the authority to act on it. That is how business growth is achieved, together as a team.”

This shortlisting comes just three years after Charles was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year and selected as one of 60 ‘brilliant minds’ for Amazon Prime’s docu-series, The Social Movement, which sees participants working together to take on the world’s most pressing social issues.

The winners will be announced at the REC Awards 13th celebration gala, held at Royal Lancaster London, on Thursday November 24. For more information, visit