NINETEEN winners were announced at last night’s s1Jobs Recruitment Awards at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, with a further four commendations made across a range of categories.

Edinburgh-based volunteering charity Venture Scotland was named Best Charity Employer after 100 per cent of staff agreed the organisation was committed to their careers and livelihoods.

“These awards are a fantastic way to recognise exceptional achievements in the world of recruitment and the talent pool we have in Scotland,” said Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, which sponsored the charity award.

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The Best In-house Recruitment Team with under 500 employees, sponsored by employment agency Reed Global, was awarded to Glasgow-based funeral planning firm Golden Charter, while the Best In-House Recruitment Team with over 500 employees, sponsored by recruitment software firm Broadbean, went to Doosan Babcock, the energy services specialist.

The Renfrew-based business also sponsored the HR Team of the year award, which was won by Borders-based seafood wholesaler Farne Salmon & Trout.

“We are proud to support an awards evening that fuels the buzz of the recruitment sector in Scotland and promotes a great candidate experience,” said Paul Motion, senior recruitment manager at Doosan Babcock.

Best Recruitment Video, sponsored by intelligent video specialist 29studios, was awarded to Greenlaw Grove care home, part of East Kilbride-based Thistle Healthcare.

More than 700,000 s1Jobs users also had the opportunity to vote for their number one employer, recruitment consultancy and consultant in the awards.

The Best Small Recruitment Consultancy, sponsored by Anderson Group, the recruitment services business, was awarded to independent recruitment consultancy Peace Recruitment, who were applauded by s1jobs users for their “amazing staff and great support.”

Recruitment Consultant of the Year winner went to Peace Recruitment’s Matthew Gilchrist.

New this year was the s1 Shine Award, created to celebrate an employee who has made an outstanding contribution within their company. This was won by Doosan Babcock recruitment advisor Louise-Ann Griffiths.

Best Employer Brand, sponsored by creative agency ABC Creative, recognises the business brand that has been most popular with s1Jobs users, and was awarded to IT services business FDM Group.

This year’s Chairman’s Award was presented by s1’s Sales Director, Gavin Mochan, to Ann Budge, owner of Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

Gillian O’Neil, chief executive officer and founder, 29Studios, said: It was a spectacular event and great to see so many Scottish businesses come together to celebrate each other’s success in the industry. It was extremely encouraging to see Scottish businesses use video as part of their recruitment drive, we would like to congratulate every single winner who gained such an achievement tonight. 29studios looks to support our local community in any way we can. Supporting and filming the awards tonight was a great way to do this.

Lorraine Gray, operations director, ABC Creative said: We were delighted to be sponsoring this year's s1 Recruitment Awards, and the event did not disappoint. It was great to meet other s1Jobs users and to celebrate their achievements. As a new business, this was our first time attending this event and we look forward to returning in 2017. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of each category, we wish you best of luck for another successful year ahead.

Reed Global team, said: We were so proud to be sponsoring this year's s1 Recruitment Awards, the highlight of the Scottish recruitment calendar - and the event last night was the best one ever. It's our fifth consecutive year at the awards and it's great to be associated with such a high-profile event. Congratulations to all the winners - very well deserved.

Clair Bush, marketing director EMEA, Broadbean, said: What a night. Great atmosphere, worthy winners and some fantastic talent recognised amongst the Scottish recruitment marketplace. We’re really proud to note some of our clients amongst the winners too.

Andrew Burton, sales director – UK, Anderson Group, said: Anderson Group once again had a fantastic evening at the s1jobs Recruitment Awards, celebrating the best talent from the Scottish recruitment industry. Such events are vital in recognising achievement, with standards increasing year on year - the competition being noticeably fierce this time around. The winners are even more deserving because of this – congratulations to all.”