We are different. When you work with Denholm, you'll partner with a highly respected specialist in sales & marketing who understands you and your business needs. But don't take our word for it.

What our clients say about us...

"Our Company has a long-standing & excellent relationship with Paul & Denholm Associates! Paul operates with an open mind, always willing to challenge proposals & decisions in order to seek the best outcome for all. With Paul’s assistance, Recruitment is a stress free exercise providing us the opportunity to improve as an Organisation via excellent Candidate Recommendation & Recruitment."
Terroirs Distillers

International Sales

“We have used Denholm successfully over the years to help build Innis & Gunn’s Marketing and Sales functions. Their marketing-centric approach to the process of Executive Search which Douglas has applied to the wide-ranging headhunting assignment for an Operations and Supply Chain Director has generated an excellent candidate response. I’d have no hesitation in recommending them for senior Executive Search mandates across the board.”
Innis & Gunn

Managing Director

"I engaged with Denholm, having worked with them successfully in the past, to support the National Galleries of Scotland to recruit our Head of Marketing & Communications. We had already tried to fill the role directly through an advertising campaign and this experience showed us that our brief required a very broad mix of skills across marketing and communications – from crisis comms to SEO and content marketing to CRM. We concluded this was rare and we needed a more targeted approach. In addition, we needed to find an individual who would embrace the opportunity to apply their experience from other sectors to the arts and have a real understanding for what we do as an organisation so a fit culturally as well. Denholm undertook a proactive search process to identify a suitable shortlist, worked very tirelessly to ensure the top candidate stayed keen throughout the process and following that, we secured an excellent candidate for the role – who now, 6 months in, is settled in well and having a really positive impact."
National Galleries of Scotland

Director of Public Engagement

“We asked Denholm to help us find an Inside Sales person for our business; as well as a Global Marketing Manager. Fiona was keen, productive and easy to work with. She took away all the effort and made employing our new person fun, and I think that went for the candidates too. If you don’t work with Denholm, you should. We could have hired all candidates from both shortlists. Highly recommended.”


"Amanda took time to really understand what it was I was looking for, and asked all the right questions. I felt she really nailed the brief I gave her, so much so that it made candidate selection difficult because they were all excellent – a nice problem to have when recruiting!"
Home Energy Scotland

Marketing Communications Manager

"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."
AG Barr

HR Business Partner

"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."

HR Operations Manager

“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."
The Leith Agency

Group Managing Partner

"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

"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

“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.”
Gyro, Manchester

Managing Director

"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."
Edrington Beam Suntory UK

Managing Director

"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."


"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

“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.”

Former Director of Marketing

“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.”


“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. 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.”
Johnston Carmichael

Chief Executive

What our candidates have to say...

"I've dealt with agencies throughout my career, matching me with jobs here and there and the experience can be well, quite stressful - often the agent doesn't know the spec well, or doesn't know the industry well, and that can be frustrating. Amanda and Fiona recently called me about an opportunity, and I've never had such a positive experience with an agency as I did with Denholm. Both ladies knew their stuff, were attentive and personable and made me feel, well, like a person - ha! It's tough out there, so knowing there's an agency doing it right, is pretty encouraging!"
eCommerce Specialist
"Denholm Associates are the only Recruiters I would go to for a job in Marketing. I’ve been with them my entire Marketing Career and have placed me in all my jobs. They know exactly how to see beyond your skills, into softer skills, cultural fit, and really tease out what jobs would suit you. I’ve always had an amazing service from them from placing me in manager positions, head of roles and my current Director position. I also think the people at Denholm are truly fantastic, both on a personal level and professional! I wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again and would fully recommend them, and have done to other people."
Marketing Director
I just wanted to thank Steph for helping me to get back into employment after living abroad. She gave great advice and recommendations for updating my CV and took the time to get to know me and understand the kind of role I was looking for. Steph helped build my confidence and made the process straightforward and enjoyable! I am very thankful for all her hard work in helping me secure my new role.
Category Analyst
"I recently undertook a big career change, one that involved a move to an entirely new industry and a step outside my comfort zone - Jackie's support, knowledge and genuine enthusiasm in me, my prospective employer and the marketing industry as a whole filled me with confidence. I'm positive that if we all had a Jackie in recruitment we would save a lot of time by applying for the right jobs and interviewing the right people the first time round!"
Strategic Director
"From the first meeting I had with Steph and Douglas I felt that I was in extremely good hands. At the same time, I had met with another recruitment agency to help me with my search but very quickly realised that Denholm's level of professionalism, expertise and personal approach made me feel like I had come to the right place. Most importantly I felt I could trust the team to do the best for me and go about the process in the right way, I have had the opposite experience with other recruitment agencies in the past! The process started with a detailed conversation not just to help Steph and Douglas understand what I was looking for and my past experience but it was one that really helped me clarify what would be the best next step in my career. An opportunity came up quite quickly and I got the impression that the closing date had passed but the team managed to get me an initial interview which I was delighted with and extremely grateful for. Not only that but Steph went well above and beyond to both prep me for the interview and also fill me with confidence, both went a very long way to ensure the first interview was a success. Although I'm sure Steph is dealing with a number of roles and supporting a number of candidates I was made to feel like I was her number one priority throughout the process which is a huge credit to her. She even made time for me on the phone late one evening when she was at home and also had a sick child to deal with at the same time. I was massively impressed by the service I received from Denholm and I will certainly be recommending them to anyone looking to progress their marketing career in Scotland."
Brand Manager, Irn-Bru
"In an Edinburgh marketplace where I was unfamiliar with the agency landscape, Jackie deftly guided me to the right people and places. She found opportunities for me and I'm very happy with the results. She's knowledgeable, responsive, and also a nice person."
Business Director Marketing Services
"I found Paul to be highly professional, knowledgeable about the industry, and extremely supportive during my interview process with Innis and Gunn. I would highly recommend Paul to other professionals looking to make their next move."
Head of Sales
"Jackie was a complete breath of fresh air during my job hunt. Her friendly nature makes her extremely approachable which always put me at ease. She was a great help ensuring my cv properly conveyed my experience and I never felt like I couldn't ask any questions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jackie to any friends looking to make a career move."
Content Manager
"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
"Fiona helped place me in a new role as Head of Digital with Mary's Meals at the end of last year and I just wanted to sing her praises a bit, as she was absolutely brilliant throughout what ended up being a slightly more convoluted process than I think she, I or anyone expected. She was really friendly, supportive and couldn't have been more accessible and helpful throughout. I've spent most of my career agency side and wanted a move client side and a change of scene in a role like this with a charity or similar, so I'm really grateful to her and to Denholm for helping me with what is basically the perfect role for where I am just now."
Head of Digital
"I don't think I've ever come across a recruitment professional (or any professional for that matter!) with such a genuine investment in the success of her clients. From the get go Jackie worked incredibly hard to understand my needs and skill set, and was in constant contact with me throughout the recruitment process. Her feedback was helpful and detailed and she has incredible professional insight into the digital marketing and agency space. After being referred to Jackie from another happy (and employed!) camper, I can't recommend her highly enough."
Head of Digital Marketing
"What can I say, Douglas was an absolute pleasure to work with throughout my transition from P&G to Edrington. From our initial discussion through to following up post the beginning of my new role to check how things were going, Douglas's attention to detail has been first class. He's highly responsive & I genuinely felt like he had my best interests in mind. Put simply, if you need a recruitment consultant - don't consider anyone else!"
Global Marketing Manager - Cutty Sark
"Looking for a new job can be stressful, but Jackie makes the entire process a bit less nerve-wracking. Throughout the process, she was there to support me and help me prepare for interviews. She even continued to check in when she was off with bronchitis, and had her colleague check in on me, too. Once I received the job offer, she didn't just disappear like some recruiters do--instead, she reached out at regular intervals to ensure I was doing well and was comfortable in my new position. Jackie has a true investment in the people she is recruiting, which truly makes it wonderful to work with her."
Content Manager
"I worked with Jonathan in my search for a new position in Edinburgh. Jonathan was extremely, helpful, responsive, efficient and professional. He made the whole search on moving from Galway, Ireland to Edinburgh and the entire interview process so much easier. Jonathan went the extra mile and was there when needed and provided updates even when he was out of the office. I am now starting in a role in Edinburgh in the next couple of weeks! I would highly recommend Jonathan. He was a pleasure to work with."
Business Development Representative
"Paul, secured me a role with a Top Tier UK spirits business. Paul's professionalism and integrity are his true qualities along with his personal coaching of me through an Industry and Company I had no experience of was invaluable. In short the best recruiter I have worked with in FMCG in 20 years."
Head of Commercial Capability

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