Scottish recruitment sector toasts winners of s1jobs Awards

A CELEBRATION of the Scottish recruitment industry last night saw the winners unveiled for the 2021 s1jobs Recruitment Awards, highlighting the achievements of companies, individuals and sector leaders across Scotland. The awards, in association with esure and sponsored by Harvey Nash, Lidl, Quarriers, Turning Point Scotland and Volvo Truck & Bus Centre, rewarded firms of all sizes that are making their mark in the Scottish recruitment sector. Scrutinised by an expert panel of judges chaired by s1 sales director Gavin Mochan, the ninth edition of the prestigious awards took place via virtual event platform The Awards Room with Joel Dommett, the popular stand-up comedian and presenter, hosting the evening live.

Attendees were able to network and connect with sponsors and colleagues, all while enjoying the interactive event experience. The judges were looking for leading businesses that deliver a great candidate experience as well as an innovative approach to recruitment. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Chairman’s Award, sponsored by Lidl GB, which was presented to Hilary Roberts of HRC Recruitment for the second year running.

And with diversity and inclusion very much in focus across all sectors of the business community, Quarriers sponsored the Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. Recognising the Scottish employer that best demonstrates diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their candidate attraction and people management activities, this award was won by South Lanarkshire College. The award for Best Recruitment Consultancy (UK & International) went to Search Consultancy while Contract Scotland picked up the award for Best Recruitment Consultancy (Scottish Operations).

In the Best Recruitment Consultancy (Newcomer) category, the award went to Amplifi Talent while the hotly-contested Recruitment Consultant of the Year award was won by Linzi Murphy of Pertemps. Meanwhile, Lidl GB was unveiled as Best Employer Brand with the Best Recruitment Campaign going to Together Energy Ltd. Barchester Healthcare was declared the winner of the Best In-House Recruitment Team.

Charity Quarriers won two awards on the night – Best Use of Social Media, sponsored by esure, and Best Recruitment Video. Esure, meanwhile, won the Best Digital Creative category while Best Recruitment Website went to NFU Mutual with WM Morrisons receiving a commendation. The Best Charity Employer, sponsored by Lidl GB, was won by the Simon Community Scotland, the country’s largest provider of homelessness services.

Also up for grabs was HR Team of the Year, sponsored by Turning Point Scotland. This category was won by Best HR Ltd. The Best Early Careers Employer (Apprentice/Graduate) category, sponsored by Career Ready, went to Springfield Properties.

In addition, the winner of the Best Employer Learning & Development Initiative, also sponsored by Career Ready, was unveiled as Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland. Finally, the s1 Shine Award, sponsored by Volvo Truck & Bus Centre North & Scotland, was won by Louise Robertson of Bakkavor Salads Bo’ness. Gavin Mochan of s1 Jobs alluded to the “outstanding” quality of entries across the board and praised entrants for displaying innovative recruitment campaigns as well as their dedication to developing their staff.

He said: “The pandemic forced us to rethink everything that we do. “It is not the strongest or most intelligent businesses who survived or even thrived through the lockdowns – it was the businesses who could innovate, adapt and hold true to that now tested promise of putting their people first. “I was astonished to review how high businesses were able to push the bar in such a short period of time while keeping their people front and centre.”

See the full list of winners at: www.s1recruitmentawards.co.uk. Other judges pointed to “some great examples of companies responding to the changing marketplace” and the way in which “organisations have demonstrated how they are rethinking working practices and focusing on people in an honest, compelling and authentic way”. Another judge commented: “Many have changed the way they deliver services through harnessing technology, developing new services and working with other businesses on a range of issues affecting employees and the wider organisation.

This has been very positive and was very evident from the excellent entries we judged.” The 2020 winners and finalists were also acknowledged, given that there was no ceremony last year. Finalists and Winners 2021

Best Recruitment Consultancy (UK & International) Blue Arrow Harvey Nash

Pertemps Search Consultancy – Winner Best Recruitment Consultancy (Scottish Operations)

Contract Scotland – Winner Denholm Associates iMultiply

HRC Recruitment Best Recruitment Consultancy (Newcomer) Amplifi Talent – Winner

PFC Careers Recruitment Consultant of the Year Jackie Macgregor, HRC Recruitment

Isabel Muller, Search Consultancy Kerry McFarlane, Denholm Associates Gillian Pate, Anderson Knight

Linzi Murphy, Pertemps – Winner Best Employer Brand Lidl GB – Winner

Children 1st University of Glasgow University of the West of Scotland

Webhelp UK West College Scotland Sky

Wheatley Group The Richmond Fellowship Gap Group

Best Recruitment Website Balhousie Care Group DR Newitt

NFU Mutual – Winner WM Morrisons – Commendation Best Recruitment Video

Allied Vehicles Group Balhousie Care Group Quarriers – Winner

Best Use of Social Media – sponsored by esure WM Morrisons Quarriers – Winner

Best Digital Creative Allied Vehicles Group esure – Winner

Best Recruitment Campaign Jupiter Advertising Quarriers

Together Energy Ltd – Winner esure WM Morrisons

Best In-House Recruitment Team Barchester Healthcare – Winner City Facilities Management

esure The Richmond Fellowship HR Team of the Year – sponsored by Turning Point Scotland

Best HR Ltd – Winner Bakkavor Salads Bo’ness French Duncan LLP

North Lanarkshire Council Springfield Properties Best Charity Employer – sponsored by Lidl GB

Capital City Partnership Simon Community Scotland – Winner Quarriers

Best Early Careers Employer (Apprentice / Graduate) – sponsored by Career Ready Springfield Properties – Winner Together Energy Ltd

Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland Best Employer Learning & Development Initiative – sponsored by Career Ready Brasserie Ecosse Restaurant and Bar

Simon Community Scotland Springfield Properties Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland – Winner

Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative – sponsored by Quarriers Capital City Partnership South Lanarkshire College – Winner

Springfield Properties Together Energy Ltd s1 Shine Award – sponsored by Volvo Truck & Bus Centre North & Scotland

Louise Robertson, Bakkavor Salads Bo’ness – Winner David McCarroll, TMS UK Ltd Douglas McFarlane, Abbeycare Scotland

Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Achievement – sponsored by Lidl GB Hilary Roberts, HRC Recruitment Finalists and Winners 2020

Best Recruitment Consultancy (UK & International) Blue Arrow – Winner NRL

One Recruitment Pertemps Sanderson

Best Recruitment Consultancy (Scottish Operations) Anderson Knight Contract Scotland – Winner

Denholm associates FPSG iMultiply

Johnston Greer Murray Recruitment Net Talent

TMM Recruitment Best Recruitment Consultancy (Newcomer) Iconic Resourcing – Winner

Incubate Consulting Star Recruitment Recruitment Consultant of the Year

Alison Miller, Blue Arrow Amanda Kho, Denholm Associates – Commendation Andrew Robinson, iMultiply

Gillian Pate, Anderson Knight – Winner Grant Dalziel, Contract Scotland – Commendation Isabel Muller, Search Consultancy

Karen White, Change Kieran O’Neill, FPS Linzi Murphy, Pertemps

Monica Lochrie, hrc Recruitment Paul McGuinness, Murray Recruitment Stuart Aird, FPSG

Best Employer Brand Police Scotland Scottish Government – Winner

Spirit AeroSystems Best Recruitment Website Balfour Beatty – Winner

Mercedes-Benz TMM Recruitment Best Recruitment Video

Allied Vehicles Group – Winner Capability Scotland – Commendation Net Talent

Quarriers Best Use of Social Media ENABLE Scotland

Hays Travel – Winner Lidl GB Best Digital Creative

Allied Vehicles Group Hays Travel Lidl GB – Winner

Best Recruitment Campaign ENABLE Scotland Hays Travel

Lidl GB – Winner Together Energy Best In-House Recruitment Team

Avaloq Business Stream – Winner FNZ

Lidl GB HR Team of the Year Farne Salmon & Trout – Commendation

French Duncan Hays Travel Zonal Retail Data Systems – Winner

Best Charity Employer Kibble Education and Care Centre Quarriers

Scottish Professional Football League Trust Simon Community Scotland Support in Mind Scotland – Winner

The Food Train Best Candidate Journey Balfour Beatty

Chivas Brothers International Graduate Programme iMultiply – Winner Best Early Careers Employer (Apprentice/Graduate)

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Chivas Brothers International Graduate Programme Hays Travel

Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland – Winner Best Employer Learning & Development Initiative Farne Salmon & Trout

Simon Community Scotland University of Strathclyde Organisational and Staff Development – Winner Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland

Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Capgemini EY – Winner

iMultiply s1 Shine Award Jamie Lee Morley & Margaret Mackie, Northcare Scotland

Linda Dickson, Farne Salmon & Trout Mary Fox, Holmlea Healthcare – Winner Natasha Earle, Birth, Baby & Beyond

Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Achievement

Hilary Roberts, HRC Recruitment

Find out more at www.s1recruitmentawards.co.uk.