Don't believe our hype?

Quite right. Here's what others have to say about us.


"As a creative manager at Skyscanner, I constantly work with Denholm to find new talent to support the team.

Denholm always has a pool of strong candidates to hand and is quick to grasp our requirements and recommend the best person for the job. Denholm's quick and responsive and works hard to ensure we have creative support inhouse in a timely manner."

Creative Manager, Skyscanner


"Nicki Denholm is an inspiring business leader who has plays a key role in helping organisations identify, develop and nurture their most important asset, their people. Recognising the crucial importance of diverse skills, chemistry and relationships in building successful teams, Nicki is very much a role model for many in marrying talented people with strategic opportunities." 

Former Marketing Director, Standard Life


“Although we had doubled the size of our business in the last 10 years, our ambitious strategy identified the need for us to recruit a transformational Marketing Director who would help take our brand management and marketing effort to new and exciting levels. The question was where to find such a person ? In my experience, to identify and secure the highest calibre marketing candidates the best in the business are Denholm Associates and they not only introduced us to a group of extremely talented and suitable individuals but guided us throughout the entire process. The result is that we now have the most capable and transformational Marketing Director on board who continues to exceed our expectations and deliver exciting change for our business. Denholm Associates made this possible.”

Chief Executive, Johnston Carmichael



“We use Denholm because many of their key people come from our sector, so they have an intuitive feel for the right candidate. We know they won’t waste our time with people who aren’t a good fit for us, either technically or culturally."

Group Managing Partner, The Leith Agency



"At AG Barr we are very clear about what an individual must have to be successful within our business. The team at Denholm have become firm recruitment partners by doing two things brilliantly. They engage with us in a consistent and appropriate manner, focusing on what's required and being genuinely interested in our business.  And they continue to challenge themselves to deliver talented people, this determination to meet our needs has made a real difference to the quality within our Marketing department."

HR Business Partner - Commercial, AG Barr



“We engaged Denholm to handle a recent search on a senior management vacancy at gyro Manchester, in the knowledge that it was a tough assignment. Our global client base is sophisticated and demanding, and top level agency talent is in short supply. Denholm proved themselves to be adept at unearthing fresh talent and ensuring that vital cultural fit, via a thoughtful and consultative process. I’d be happy to recommend them to any agency or client.”

Managing Director, gyro Manchester



"Denholm Associates have been a preferred business partner of Maxxium UK for 10 years and have supported us in a wide range of talent initiatives, from like for like replacements to broader capability building programmes.

They invest a lot of time and energy in understanding our business, from culture to operations and each individual brief is approached with curiosity, pace and a desire to find the one exceptional candidate we know is out there. Denholm provide an unparalleled combination of national coverage and local service, with each brief securing a strong shortlist of candidates from Scotland and the wider UK market as appropriate.

I would strongly recommend Denholm Associates to any business or HR leader." 

Managing Director, Maxxium UK



"Denholm is super-efficient (&) takes time to understand your brief and only shortlists the best candidates. Denholm listen to our interview feedback and make the contract negotiation easy and smooth. It’s a pleasure working with them."

Head of Brand, Sponsorship & Digital Marketing, Aegon



“Denholm really understood us as a business and a brand, which meant they found candidates that had the skills, experience and personality that we needed. We were really happy with the service they provided and the candidate they found for us has settled in at MadeBrave very well. We’d recommend them to anyone looking to recruit.”

Director, MadeBrave



"I went in to Denholm Associates for a catch up conversation on where I was at with Nicki. I walked out with a head of ideas and supercharged thinking on where my career may be heading. All on the back of a good conversation and a cup of coffee, I had stepped into a world I’d not even considered as I trundled down Leith Walk that morning.

Nicki through her active listening to my rambles on what I’d done and more recently in my last role made a number of observations that disrupted thoughts, transformed my thought process and best of all sparked an idea. Nicki challenged my norm, she asked the why questions and she considered the possibilities. By blending her strategic and her vast industry knowledge Nicki has reset my thinking and begun the crystallising of an idea that just maybe I take a look through a different lens at my career and consider what I am capable of. By listening, coaching, collaborating and mentoring (all in the space of an hour!) Nicki guided me out of the norm and gave me a much richer and informed future view of career direction and possibilities. What a different view of the world I had trundling back up Leith Walk!"

Senior Customer Experience Analyst, Sainsbury's Bank



"The Edrington Group has worked with Denholm for a number of years to fill several key Marketing and Commercial vacancies. The team at Denholm always work closely with us to fully understand our requirements ensuring that the candidates that they present meet all requirements and are of the best 'fit' for the company."

Group HR Manager, Edrington



"For me, Denholm is the go-to recruitment consultancy for all marketing related talent. Having made an enquiry on behalf of Tayburn, I was introduced to Jackie Anderson who ran the process for me. We used Tayburn's own networks initially to source candidates for the position of marketing manager, but when Jackie and the Denholm network kicked into action, I was blown away by the calibre of the marketing professionals that we were introduced to. Jackie provided regular thoughtful guidance and her service was exemplary too. Strong attention to detail and good organisation - everything I don't have frankly! - helped massively to ensure that Tayburn found the right candidate. I would have no hesitation in recommending both Denholm and Jackie Anderson for any business looking to source marketing talent."

Marketing Director, Tayburn 



"Over the years, I've consistently found Denholm delivers. They understand marketing and financial services requirements and if they don't immediately have a candidate that meets your particular requirements, their professional team will make the effort to find the right selection of candidates for you."

Marketing Manager, Scottish Friendly



"We gave Denholm a (typically) vague and difficult assignment looking for a fairly rare type of candidate. After only a short period of time, a candidate was found who matched, and in some cases exceeded, our criteria. After the interview process, we were then particularly pleased at the considerable time that was then invested in us and in the candidate in order to ensure that everything was in order and that there were no possible hitches. We were given excellent advice throughout and I know that the support given to the candidate was first class as well."

Managing Director, NewsBase



"Having already advertised directly without success, we approached Denholm at short notice with a brief to source an experienced Market Research Manager, with specific knowledge of tools frequently used in our sector, for 12 months maternity cover. Due to time restrictions, it was beneficial but we assumed unlikely that the successful candidate would be available almost immediately due to time restrictions. Denholm responded quickly and effectively by providing us with a high-calibre shortlist of candidates, enabling us to fill the role with ease. The whole process from start to finish took just over two weeks, which was a fantastic result."

Senior Partner, Culture Sparks



"MacDonald Hotel Group recently worked on a Head of Marketing vacancy with Denholm. They worked closely with us as a business to fully understand our requirement and best ‘fit' for the role. I have no hesitation in recommending Denholm. They are able to see beyond the brief and really pull out the stops to ensure candidates not only match from a technical skills perspective, but also culturally. Every recruitment process has its hiccups, but Denholm worked closely with us until we found a successful outcome."

Sales and Marketing Director, MacDonald Hotels & Resorts



"In all my dealings with Denholm I found them extremely professional and very thorough throughout. They conducted the process of my recruitment with both support and appropriate challenge ensuring that they had found the right 'round peg' for the right 'round hole.' I gained a full understanding of both the role and company I was joining and felt that I had been provided with all the relevant facts I needed to make the right decision. I have no hesitation in recommending Denholm and look forward to working with them on future projects in my new role."

Managing Director, Youngs



“The Dobbies Marketing team was developing a new structure and as such we needed to recruit a number of new talented marketing professionals at all levels and disciplines. Building a new team always presents difficult challenges but working in partnership with Denholm, we have successfully brought in a number of talented individuals who have had a big impact on the business. Denholm took the time to understand not only the skill sets that the business needed but also the culture and challenges that are unique to a fast moving retail business. With the confidence that they really understand our business, it is a partnership that we continue to benefit from as I know they will always go that extra mile to make sure we secure the best Marketing talent for Dobbies.”

Director of Marketing, Dobbies



"I contacted Denholm as a specialist Marketing Recruitment Agency to recruit a new Marketing Manager for our business in Scotland. Douglas was very professional, friendly and knew what he was talking about so he came out to discuss the role with us. The whole process was very smooth, we got some cracking candidates and the role was filled swiftly. The candidate is due to start in a few weeks and I am super excited as she was an absolute superstar. I would highly recommend Douglas and Denholm Associates."

HR Manager, Savills



"Denholm found me the person I was looking for with the minimum of fuss. Highly recommended for anyone recruiting for a sales or marketing position."

Director, 88 Events Company




"VisitScotland have worked with Denholm since May 2015 to recruit very hard to fill marketing roles. The type of roles that fall into this category are ones with specific in demand skill sets, such as in market knowledge and language skills, finding this level of talent is not easy especially when you have the additional challenge of public sector salaries. 

Even though we regularly advertise through our own website and LinkedIn as well as passing on our difficult to recruit marketing roles to a range of agencies, Denholm are the only agency who are able to consistently deliver high quality candidates. All of our appointments to such posts have recently come through Denholm.

They have also created and maintain a brand box for us where they advertise vacancies and encourage interested parties to join a talent pool for future reference.

We now have a fairly longstanding relationship with Denholm and Lisa Brock our Account Manager knows VS requirements very well and as a result she is extremely effective in sourcing candidates which meet our needs."

HR Operations Manager, VisitScotland



"Denholm has been an absolute joy to work with and has genuinely become a trusted advisor to Citypress. Denholm really understands our business and our culture and it makes a big difference. My boss said to me this morning: “Denholm is the only recruitment partner who has ever genuinely impressed me.” And I agree. As we continue to grow in Scotland, we’ll be turning to Denholm more and more to help us find the right people."

Director, Citypress

Success Stories

Corporate Case Study

VELUX is the world's leading manufacturer of roof windows and skylights. From their Denmark HQ they cover the whole of the UK and Ireland.

They have over 75 years of heritage, they have sales and manufacturing operations in more than 35 countries, and they have 10,000 employees worldwide. This is a prestigious client with an impressive reach and history.

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Agency Case Study

One of our larger clients were going through a period of transformation after several mergers. They had just appointed a new Managing Partner to spearhead the significant growth of their Edinburgh office over 2016 and beyond.

Denholm won the pitch to represent this new client. The agency began looking for a recruitment partner to help find the talent required to grow the business. This was the start of an ongoing recruitment drive that would encompass 80 roles over 2016 and 2017.

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Startup Case Study

One of our most talked about clients have become the digital marketing hot shop in Scotland, with Denholm playing a pivotal role in developing their roster of talent.

From the beginning, the client wanted to be the best content marketing agency in Scotland, yet the initial brief was to hire only a Community Manager. We were approached based on our reputation in the market as a specialist agency expert. To get the agency where they needed to be, they would need a lot of new talent.

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