THE winners were last night unveiled for the 2019 s1jobs Recruitment Awards, highlighting the achievements of companies and industry leaders across Scotland.

A packed audience of more than 500 guests at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow saw the winners of 17 awards revealed by comedian and television star Katherine Ryan.

It was the eighth time the annual awards were held, with the 2019 event staged in association with Fyte and sponsored by Anderson Knight, Broadbean, Badenoch + Clark, Bullhorn, Career Ready, Contact Scotland, Demand Talent, esure, Firefish Software, Gillespie People Solutions, Manpower Group Solutions, Margaret Hodge Recruitment, Net Talent, Peace Recruitment Group and Reed.

Alistair Shaw, regional director of Fyte, said: “What a great event celebrating the best in our industry. The quality of all finalists was the highest we’ve seen. A strong recruitment sector is hugely important for the success of the Scottish economy and with these worthy winners in role, we are in good shape. Congratulations to everyone.”

The evening’s highlights included the presentation of the Chairman’s Award, sponsored by Reed, which this year was given to Paul Atkinson of Taranta Group.

The award for Best Recruitment Consultancy (Scottish operations), sponsored by Demand Talent, went to Denholm Associates, with Blue Arrow named Best Recruitment Consultancy for firm’s with UK and international operations (sponsored by Demand Talent).

Craig Dunn, business director at Demand Talent, said: “Thanks to all who came and celebrated with the best of our industry and a massive congratulations to the winners and finalists who made it through in what was a very competitive year. We personally found it a perfect way to end and celebrate our own first year in business.”

Isabel Muller of Search Consultancy was unveiled as the Best Recruitment Consultant of the Year, sponsored by Gillespie People Solutions. And Ardour Solutions was the best newcomer among recruitment consultancies (sponsored by Broadbean).

The Best Use of Social Media in Recruitment award, sponsored by Peace Recruitment Group, went to Sky via Manpower Group Solutions. Chris Peace, managing director at Peace, said: “The s1job Awards is the premium event in the Scottish recruitment event calendar, and last night did not disappoint. Congratulations to all shortlisted finalists and huge credit to all the winners on the night.”

Babcock, via Blackbrigde, won the Best Digital Creative award, sponsored by esure, while Blackbridge was also commended for its work with Rolls-Royce. Angela Renfrew, recruitment manager at esure, said: “Congratulations on your well-deserved success in winning this award. It is fantastic recognition for your teams hard work throughout the year.”

The University of Edinburgh triumphed in the Best Apprenticeship/Graduate Award, and Alan Shave, associate director of award sponsor Contract Scotland said: “The 2019 awards were bigger and better than ever. It was brilliant to hear all the stories of success and to celebrate just how strong the recruitment industry is in Scotland.”

The awards also celebrated a charity organisation which demonstrated an ongoing commitment to employees and has established itself as an outstanding place to work. The Best Charity Employer Award, sponsored by Badenoch + Clark, was presented to Simon Community Scotland for placing its employees at the heart of the business.

Scott Miller, director of Badenoch + Clark in Scotland, said: “Congratulations to all of the finalists and the winner of the Best Charity Employer. It’s great to see the innovative approaches taken by our finalists who deliver essential services for our communities at a local and national level.”

Tesco Bank won the Best Recruitment Video, sponsored by Manpower Group Solutions. The sponsor said: “The s1jobs awards allow Scotland’s recruitment sector to shine and to showcase its incredible talent.”

Steven Woods, Director, Anderson Knight said: “For the 2nd year running Anderson Knight were delighted to sponsor the HR Team of the Year Award at the S1 Recruitment Awards and enjoyed a fantastic night with our staff and clients. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners of this prestigious award likewise all winners for each individual category and nominated finalists, everyone should be proud of their achievements!

Hazel Gillespie, Director, Gillespie People Solutions Ltd said: “Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, and especially to the talented group who were shortlisted for the ‘Recruitment Consultant of the Year’ award, sponsored by us.

It was another great night and a worthy celebration of some of the great professionalism and performances by businesses and individuals within the recruitment sector in Scotland.”

“At Net Talent we are delighted that we were shortlisted not only for Best Recruitment Consultancy but that two of our brilliant people were shortlisted in the Best Consultant category. The s1 Awards are really important for our industry and they showcase the quality of talent we have here in Scotland. We’re proud to be a sponsor and congratulate everyone who entered – and see you all next year!” Yvonne Moffat, CEO, Net Talent

Steven Jack, Managing Director, Margaret Hodge Recruitment said, “Margaret Hodge Recruitment are delighted to have sponsored the “Best Employer Brand Category” at the S1 jobs Recruitment Awards. Well done to all the excellent organisations who made the final shortlist, it shows that all of you are organisations that people aspire to work for and be associated with.

I am sure that you will all have had a great night at the superbly organised event and congratulations to the winner of the Award which was thoroughly deserved.”

Winners & Shortlist

Best Apprenticeship/Graduate – sponsored by Contract Scotland
Loreburn Housing Association
Set Training
The University of Edinburgh – Winner

Best Digital Creative – sponsored by esure
Babcock via Blackbridge – Winner
Capital One via Blackbridge
Chivas Brothers via Pink Squid
Rolls Royce via Blackbridge – Commendation
Sky via Manpower Group Solutions

Best Recruitment Website – Sponsored by Bullhorn
Chivas Brothers via Pink Squid
Firefish Software
HRC Recruitment
The AA – Winner

Best Recruitment Campaign
Peak Scientific
Quarriers – Winner
The AA
Walgreen Boots Alliance & Global Brands via Pink Squid

HR Team of the Year – Sponsored by Anderson Knight
Early Years Scotland
Forth Valley College
SMS Plc – Winner
Zonal Retail Data Systems – Commendation

Best Use of Social Media as part of a Recruitment Campaign – Sponsored by Peace Recruitment Group
Capgemini via Pink Squid
HRC Recruitment
Sky via Manpower Group Solutions – Winner

Best In-House Recruitment Team
Edinburgh Napier University
ENABLE Scotland
Firefish Software
Incremental Group
Lothian Buses – Commendation
The AA
Zonal Retail Data Systems – Winner

Best Recruitment Video – Sponsored by Manpower Group Solutions
CPM via Blackbridge
Incremental Group
Tesco Bank - Winner
Peak Scientific
Best Employer Training & Development – Sponsored by Net Talent
Bandrum Nursing Home
EGGER – Winner
Simon Community Scotland

Best Charity Employer – Sponsored by Badenoch + Clark
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity
Loreburn Housing Association
Simon Community Scotland - Winner
Venture Scotland

Best Employer Brand – Sponsored by Margaret Hodge Recruitment
Edinburgh Airport Limited
Greggs – Winner
Royal Mail

s1 Shine Award – sponsored by Career Ready
Charlotte McKenzie – Southview Care Home
Craig Morgans - The AA
Kyle Webber - Lothian Buses
Raymond Heffernan - Holmlea Healthcare – Winner

Chairman’s Award – Sponsored by REED
Paul Atkinson of the Taranata Group

Best Recruitment Consultancy (Newcomer) – Sponsored by Broadbean
Ardour Solutions – Winner
Demand Talent
Two Rivers Recruitment
Best Recruitment Consultant of the Year – Sponsored by Gillespie People Solutions
Cheryl Leonard – Morson Group
Darren Dalrymple – Net Talent
Douglas Darby – Head Resourcing
Emma Pringle – Fyte
Gillian Pate – Anderson Knight
Isabel Muller – Search Consultancy - Winner
Joseph Telford – Net Talent – Commendation
Jonathan Watt – Denholm Associates
Nicole Verden-Glenn – Contract Scotland
Paul Spencer – Margaret Hodge Recruitment
Stuart Aird – FPSG

Best Recruitment Consultancy (Scottish Operations) – Sponsored by Demand Talent
Anderson Knight
Connect Appointments
Contract Scotland – Commendation
Denholm Associates - Winner
HRC Recruitment
Murray Recruitment
Net Talent – Commendation
Peace Recruitment Group
Thorpe Molloy

Best Recruitment Consultancy (UK & International Operations) – Sponsored by Demand Talent
Blue Arrow – Winner
Margaret Hodge Recruitment
Parity Professionals - Commendation
PMP Recruitment
Stanton House – Commendation