Our Story

Early 2008

Laying the foundations

An exciting and incredibly demanding time for the founders, we focussed on business plans and budgets, securing funding, and building the systems and infrastructure of a mature business.
April 2008

HorizonOne Incorporated

There is no going back now!

1 May 2008

First placement

Working from home, our first placement preceded our first phones, emails or office. A good sign!
10 May 2008

Our first office

A place to call home – 15 Murray Crescent, Manuka

2008 – 2009

Global Financial Crisis (GFC)

We couldn’t have asked for tougher economic conditions to kick off the business. With crickets chirping in the employment market and redundancies abundant, we focussed attention on building long term relationships whilst committing time to developing best practice infrastructure.
June 2009

Re-focus and refined direction

We simplified the business ownership and Board level governance allowing the Founders the freedom to refocus HorizonOne on its core values and the central tenets of the business plan. Looking back, this was a pivotal moment laying the foundation for the success to follow.

January 2010

David Harrington arrives

Returning to Australia after 11 years spent in the UK as the General Manager for a successful medium sized recruitment firm, David rapidly accelerated towards equity partner status in 2012 and is now a lynchpin of the business.

January 2010

A new home

27 Torrens Street, Braddon


Starting to have some fun


Building Year

With the market improving and continued investment in the business and new staff, HorizonOne experienced solid growth and excellent success with winning access to a host of key Government recruitment panels.
February 2011

Office refurbishment

December 2011
Job number
FY 2011 – 2012

Strong period of growth

As our team hits double figures for the 1st time, and the demand for our services grows rapidly, HorizonOne’s performance benchmarks amongst the highest performers in our industry nationally.
October 2012
professional placed
October 2012


Our busy team swells to 12 staff and we travel to Sydney to receive two great accolades the BRW Fast 100 – Number 50 and Thomson Reuters National Recruitment Excellence Award – Best Start up Recruitment Company in Australia.

June 2013

Telstra Business Awards

2013 ACT Finalist

FY 2013 – 2014

Tough year in recruitment

The 2013 Financial Year proved very tough for recruitment companies in NSW and the ACT with 41% of companies trading at a loss. With the added complexity of Canberra’s recruitment freeze in the mix, HorizonOne bunkered down whilst working hard to maintain profitability. We passed the test with flying colours!
August 2014


Following 12 months of the Commonwealth recruitment freeze and a new Government taking a while to find its feet, finally the market opens up with a surge of new work in the contractor space which stimulates strong overall recruitment activity.

February 2015
Job number
May 2015
professional placed
Revenue up
on last financial year
Looking Ahead

The future is bright

The 2015 calendar year represents a huge year of investment for HorizonOne. With a new website, new staff, new systems, databases and a surge in content marketing, we are investing in our business for the future.

We published our 100th Blog

Sharing insights and ideas is a priority

Check out our best stories from over the years on our blog page

June 2016
Government Job
Advertising Increases
May 2017
Biggest Team Yet
New Starters This Year
June 2017

Working at HorizonOne

We launched our brand new, dedicated "Work with Us" website which focuses on what it is like to work here at HorizonOne. We believe work should make your life better!

September 2017

We Made the News!

Following the success of our national campaign to bring talented Recruitment Consultants to Canberra, online publications such as The Canberra Times and News.com.au ran stories about our innovative and engaging recruitment practices.

April 2018

Recruitment Brand of the Year - Recruitment International Awards

The Recruitment International Awards are the world’s biggest recruitment industry awards programme. The aim of the awards is to recognise innovation and best practice in the Australian recruitment industry, rewarding the best recruitment companies and celebrating the success of our great profession.

April 2018
A Cause For Celebration!
years. What a milestone - our first decade in business! With 2018 our biggest year yet, we are pretty excited about our achievements so far and about the road ahead.
June 2018

Finalist - Marketing Campaign of the Year - RCSA Awards

The prestigious RCSA Industry Awards provide the opportunity to recognise the best of best in the recruitment and staffing sector. These awards are the most coveted in the industry.

July 2018

Finalist - Medium & Making Waves Telstra Business Awards

For 26 years, the Telstra Business Awards have been a hub for Australia’s remarkable small and medium-sized businesses to gather, explore their dreams, celebrate their achievements and to become ‘that’ business.

March 2019

Fiona Grimmer wins at the Telstra Women in Business Awards!

Our Marketing Manager, Fiona was crowned the ACT Telstra Women in Business Emerging Leader recognising the outstanding value she brings to our business and her own personal and professional achievements.

April 2019

Recruitment International Marketing Campaign of the Year!

Our winning Marketing Campaign of the Year centered around our work with the Regional Investment Corporation, a new Government agency offering farmers emergency financial relief and encouraging growth, investment and resilience in Australia’s regional communities.

June 2019

RCSA Industry Award for Operational Excellence

Our Scribing and Campaigns team were announced as winners of the operational Excellence award at the prestigious RCSA Industry Awards. The win was an emotional one for the team who have been working together now for over 10 years.

July 2019
We are bursting at the seams! Our biggest ever team of
have outgrown our office! Watch this space!....
July 2019

Finalist - Medium & Making Waves Telstra Business Awards

Named as finalists in the Medium and Making Waves category, the night was a chance for the whole team to recognise and celebrate the ongoing hard work and effort required to stand out from a total of 21,000 applications submitted this year!

September 2019

Farewell to 27 Torrens Street!

With our biggest team yet, it was time for us to find a new office space to support our ongoing growth. A significant investment saw us move into our new home - a brand new, completely re-modelled 2 story office space. And best of all? We stayed in our beloved Braddon, moving just next door to 29 Torrens Street!
November 2019

Runner-up, Recruitment Agency of the Year

Our first ever entry into the SEEK SARA Awards saw us named runner up for Recruitment Agency of the Year and finalists for RPO Company of the Year.

December 2019
was our biggest year yet! With huge, continuous growth over the few years, 2019 saw every area of the business expand. And we are on target to make 2020 even bigger! Stay tuned!....
January 2020

Record breaking 12 month for Scribing and Campaigns Team

Our Scribing and Campaigns Team has gone from strength to strength with a huge 80 percent of job orders received in the last 12 months successfully filled by us.
January 2020

David celebrates 10 years!

Director, David Harrington celebrated his 10 year anniversary with the HorizonOne team. And what a decade it has been!

February 2020
We published blog post number
Check out our best articles over the years on our blog page.
March to June 2020

Working from home

Like many, we worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine for Canberra. A challenge no doubt, but we are very proud of our team for the resilience and adaptability they showed throughout this period.

July 2020

Building Healthy Bodies & Minds

We began offering weekly boot camps for our team to help improve their mental and physical wellbeing in and out of the workplace. We also implemented our Employee Assistance Program to continue investing in and supporting our team members.

September 2020
We reached a milestone of over
contractors currently working for our clients, and that number grows by the month!
November 2020

Winner – TALiNT International Growth Company of the Year

Being named Growth Company of the Year following such a tumultuous and challenging period was a huge testament to our incredibly hard working team. To top it off we were also a finalist for RPO Company of the Year!

December 2020

We continue to support local charities, by raising just under $15,000 for 3 not-for-profit organisations

We offered our friends, families and supporters the chance to throw water balloons and cream pies at each other.
June 2021
Employer brand campaigns launched on behalf of our clients.
November 2021

Biggest Team Ever

With such rapid growth, our team has expanded to 32 staff.

December 2021

Growth Company of the Year

Runner up, Tiara Recruitment Awards.

December 2021
Unprecedented growth of
this year.
Projects completed:
for almost 100 different government agencies.
March 2022

Celebrating our long game:

80% of our top 10 clients have partnered with us for over 10 years.

Innovative recruitment solutions delivered with old school professionalism