SCOTLAND’S recruitment industry gathered in Glasgow last night for the s1Jobs Recruitment Awards 2017.

Comedian Kevin Bridges returned for the second year as host for the evening, leading celebrations as more than 350 guests at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow were told the winners.

The evening was a remarkable success with 18 winners collecting awards, and such was the standard of finalists that five commendations were also awarded across a range of categories.

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FDM Group was named winner in the Best Employer Brand category, which was sponsored by the event’s Title Partner, Search.

Simone Lockhart, managing director, Search said: “Congratulations to s1 for hosting yet another fantastic awards ceremony where we rubbed shoulders with other finalists to celebrate some of the finest talent across the Scottish business community.

“Search Consultancy was delighted to have been part of it, not only as sponsor of Best Employer Brand, but also as a finalist in the prestigious Best Large Recruitment Consultancy category. Congratulations to all of those shortlisted and a very well done to the deserving winners.”

One of the awards of the night celebrated an innovative recruitment campaign which achieved impressive results. The award for Best Recruitment Campaign, sponsored by Bullhorn, went to Allied Vehicles.

Clair Bush, director, international marketing, Bullhorn, said: “Globally, the recruitment industry sets the bar high and the winners who were celebrated at the s1 Awards deserve their recognition for not just stepping up, but going beyond business as usual.”

The best in-house recruitment team with over 500 employees sponsored by Primo Associates was awarded to Farne Salmon & Trout.

John Devine and Tony Devine, directors of Primo Associates, said. “We were extremely impressed by the quality of all finalists and the creativity and drive that was displayed by these businesses. We were thrilled and honoured to have been part of an event that celebrates the incredible achievements of Scottish business and enterprise.”

Farne Salmon and Trout were double winners, also scooping the prize in the most effective employer brand development category, sponsored by Allied Vehicles.

Val Wells, recruitment business partner, said: “The wealth of recruitment experience in the room was outstanding and I was proud to be part of this celebration of success.”

HR Team of the Year, sponsored by Reed Specialist Recruitment, went to Arnold Clark.

Alan McVey, area manager – Scotland, Reed said: “Thanks to s1 for hosting such a brilliant event, which seems to get bigger and better each year. A massive well done to all the finalists and winners, it is great to showcase the amazing talent in Scotland.”

The s1 Shine Award was launched last year to recognise an individual who is making an outstanding contribution to the recruitment sector and this year the category was sponsored by Farne Salmon and Trout.

The award went to Bobby Joseph for his commitment to the community, and invaluable contributions at Southview Care Home.

Craig Walker, chief executive officer, Labeyrie Fine Foods UK, said: “Well done to all the winners of this year’s awards – there really were some exceptional examples of the best that Scottish businesses have to offer.”

The Best Large Recruitment Consultancy category was sponsored by Plus, and this year’s award went to Reed Specialist Recruitment.

Andrew Burton, sales director UK, Plus said: “The level of competition was outstanding, making such events even more significant for recognising achievement.”

Maxwell Bruce won Best Small Recruitment Consultancy, sponsored by Recruit Ventures.

Paul Mizen, managing director of The Recruit Venture Group said: “The evening showcased the best of the best within our industry and provided an opportunity to allow our recruiters to truly shine.”

This year’s Chairman’s Award was presented by s1’s sales director, Gavin Mochan and awarded to recruitment industry veteran Craig Paterson.