Keystone wins Business Partnership of the Year Award

Keystone wins Business Partnership of the Year Award

Keystone Talent Bank, in conjunction with London South Bank University (LSBU) have won the ‘Business Partnership of the Year’ Award at the CUBO Awards 2020.

The Award is in recognition of the innovative and unique LSBU Employment service, set up using Keystone’s award winning Talent Bank technology to help LSBU create its own in house recruitment and employability service.

London South Bank University (LSBU) was keen to reduce its reliance on traditional employment agencies for finding opportunities for their students and so decided on a highly innovative approach – by setting up its own agency, powered by a 24/7 online Talent Bank that allowed students to be offered work opportunities around the clock, wherever they were in the world.

LSBU turned to Keystone Talent Bank and their award winning Talent Bank technology to create an online talent pool of their students and graduates that is available 25/7 x 365 to hiring managers within the university itself but also to external business partners and employers.

In a bold and ground breaking move, LSBU created an entirely new entity, LSBU Employment, in partnership with Keystone Talent Bank and an on-campus and online employment service was created.

Celebrating the win was Malcolm Paice, Managing Director for Keystone Talent Bank who commented: “The LSBU Employment service is truly innovative and a great example of a private enterprise joining a University to create something unique, disruptive and commercially viable. It is a testament to the vision LSBU had in setting this service up and to the award winning technology Keystone brought to the initiative.”

The annual CUBO awards reward and showcase the very best in campus and commercial services. Open to all higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland, they are run in association with media partner University Business.

The awards ceremony, taking place as part of CUBO’s annual Winter Conference, was watched by CUBO members, conference speakers, VIPs and business affiliate partners. Held for the first time in virtual format and streamed live on YouTube the format enabled a large number of people to engage and celebrate the winners’ achievements.

CUBO Chair, Jo Hardman (Head of Commercial Services, Lancaster University) paid tribute to the achievements of those working across higher education with commercial services. He said:

“The standard of this year’s entries was impressive, demonstrating inspiring initiatives taking place before the pandemic. The UK’s universities are seen as some of the best in the world and the role that CUBO members play in delivering outstanding campus services is an important part in supporting this reputation.

“This year has been immensely challenging for the sector and here at CUBO we applaud and share the success of our well deserving winners”.