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Peace scoops best small recruiter and top recruitment consultant in Scotland at s1 jobs awards

Construction specialists, Peace Recruitment, scooped two awards at the recent S1 Jobs Recruitment Awards.

The Edinburgh-based firm which specialises in recruitment for the built environment (construction, building, architecture) was not only named The Best Small Recruitment Consultancy but one of its consultants, Matthew Gilchrist, was awarded Recruitment Consultant of the Year.  Matthew specialises in the architecture sector at the firm.

Chris Peace, managing director, Peace Recruitment said: “One year ago we set ourselves a goal of winning the Small Recruitment Consultancy award and through the hard work and dedication of the team we have achieved this against stiff competition.  We are also delighted that Matthew’s talents have been recognised as he has done a superb job in developing the architecture side of our business.”

“What makes these awards extra special is the fact that they were both voted on by clients and candidates themselves and we are very grateful they took the time to put us forward.   Never could I have imaged when working out of my spare bedroom 7 years ago that we would be collecting these awards against such well-established and recognisable organisations in the industry, we have come a long way as a team and I could not be prouder of this achievement”.

Matthew’s award win comes on the back of 89% of his placements still being in the job he placed them in over a year later. This fantastic track record was the reason why so many of his clients took the time to vote for him to win.

He explains: “To say I was shocked is an understatement, I was delighted just to be nominated. The fact it was voted for by the candidates and clients I help on a daily basis made it even sweeter, it shows I must be doing something right. The night had already been a huge success after Peace won small recruitment firm of the year, it never really crossed my mind that I would win as well. I was up against consultants from much bigger agencies, some with between 15 and 20 years’ experience, so to win ahead of them is an amazing feeling.”

Matthew adds: “I have the mind-set, which Peace demands from all its consultants, that we are in the recruitment business, so this means finding high-quality candidates and matching them to the right job that they will be happy in, and just as importantly, remain in. I think the main reason I was nominated for the award in the first place was that 89% of my placements are still in the job I placed them in over a year later, this is a great return for the money spent by my clients.

Since its creation in 2009, Peace has transformed itself from a ‘one-man-band’ into a multi-million-pound company. It now has a team of 14 specialist consultants each with an in-depth knowledge of their target markets. Peace prides itself on being different from its competitors, and prioritises service before sales. Its success has been built on providing specialist expert advice, combined with exceptional customer service. For more information about Peace Recruitment visit


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