AWARD WINNERS 2015
Awards presented by Keith Brown MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Investment, Infrastructure and the Cities
at the Awards ceremony held at Springwood Park, Kelso
on Friday, 6th November 2015
- TOURISM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers
Open to all tourism related businesses operating within the Scottish Borders. This award will be made for all round excellence of product together with the overall contribution made to the quality of the Borders tourism experience. The judges will, in addition, be interested in future plans and innovation in marketing techniques especially social media.
WINNERS: SPITAL TOWER TOURISM, DENHOLM, HAWICK
- MICRO BUSINESS OF THE YEAR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION – Sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses
Open to all businesses which have fewer than ten employees and a turnover or balance sheet total of less than £2 million. This award will recognise micro businesses that have demonstrated ecological or environmental concern within their own business, acting in a more environmentally aware fashion to reduce their carbon footprint. Judges will, in particular, be looking for micro businesses that are succeeding through the implementation of green technologies and /or developing new technology to reduce their environmental impact.
WINNERS: JIM SHANKS, STANDHILL FARM, MINTO
- MICRO BUSINESS OF THE YEAR FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION – Sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses
Open to all businesses based in the Scottish Borders which have fewer than ten employees and a turnover or balance sheet total of less than £2 million. This award will be made to the micro business that has introduced a new innovation, idea or design which has made a significant contribution to the business within the last 12 months. The judges will be interested in innovation that has improved an existing product, or an initiative that has led to the development of new products or services. The judging panel will also be interested by how innovation is embraced within the culture of the business.
WINNERS: AQUARIUS HAIR DESIGN, EARLSTON
- MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Davidson Chalmers
With manufacturing being of great importance to the Scottish Borders economy, this award is given to the manufacturing business which, in the opinion of the judges, has turnover and market share. Sustainability can only be achieved through good market research and product development and the judging panel will be interested, especially, on these areas of the business activity.
WINNERS: GIACOPAZZI’S WHOLESALE ICE CREAM, EYEMOUTH
- CREATIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course
This award is open to all businesses within the “Creative” sector including architects, designers, arts and crafts businesses – in fact any businesses where “design” in its broadest sense is practised. Obviously “design” is very subjective and, consequently, the judging panel will also be interested in proof of business growth over the past 24 months and projected growth over the next 24 months. Once again “innovation” will be key in addition to market research and product development.
WINNERS: FINDRA, INNERLEITHEN
- SPECIAL AWARD FOR THE APPLICATION OF CREATIVITY – awarded by the Scottish Borders Chamber of CommerceWINNERS: FIRST BORDERS
- BEST BUSINESS FOR HIGH GROWTH AND INNOVATION – Sponsored by Borders Business Gateway.
Open to all businesses in the Scottish Borders irrespective of size or sector, this award will be presented to the business which, in the view of the judging panel, can best demonstrate successful business performance over the past 12 months. In addition to evidence of strong financial performance and business growth, there must also be a high degree of innovation in the design and creation of products or services provided.
WINNERS: RP ADAM LTD, SELKIRK
- AGRICULTURAL SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce
With there being infinitely more sheep and other livestock in the rural lands of the Borders than there are people, the importance of agricultural suppliers not only to the Scottish Borders economy but also to our culture, is often underestimated! This award will be presented to the business which, in the opinion of the judging panel, has best demonstrated quality in terms of product range and service. The judging panel will also be requiring proof of business growth and forward business planning to ensure sustainability and future planned growth.
WINNERS: QUADCARE, LAUDER
- BEST SOCIAL ENTERPRISE BODY – Sponsored by the Scottish Borders Council
The “3rd sector” is fast becoming a major factor in the supply of regional services and this award is being given to social enterprise body that has demonstrated commitment to the sector in which they operate. Eligible organisations would include voluntary charities/Trusts and Community Trusts.
WINNERS: STABLE LIFE, ASHKIRK
- OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2015 – Awarded by the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce
Awarded to a business which is the view of the Board of Directors of SBCC has made an outstanding contribution to the economy of the Scottish Borders during 2015.
WINNER: BAM NUTTALL for the Borders Rail Project
Further information can be obtained from Bruce Simpson, Vice Convener on 0777 186 5758