Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2018

The best of Borders’ Business gathered at Springwood Park in Kelso recently, for the 2018 Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards.

For the fourth year in a row, this annual awards event was presented by the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce (SBCC), sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Malcolm Buchanan, managing director, Corporate and Commercial, the Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “These awards have once again shown the wide range of fantastic businesses operating in the Borders. We’re delighted to have been able to play our part in recognising their success, and their future potential.”

Attended by over 200 guests, the flagship business event was once again hosted by TV presenter Fiona Armstrong.   Fiona was joined by guest speakers Mary Hemingway of Prosperity Financial Advisors & Stockbrokers,and David Stevenson, CBE, founder of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Speaking about the future potential for our young people, David said:”I was thrilled to be invited to the Business Excellence Awards as a guest speaker. As the event demonstrated, there is no shortage of opportunity within this region we call home. I’m often asked about the prospects for young people in the Scottish Borders and have no hesitation in saying that to fulfil their potential, they should leave, travel and see what the world has to offer; only then will they realise that the grass is a lot greener here in the Borders.”

Awards  were presented for ten categories. The first winner of the day, Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year, was Stobo Castle. Commenting on the success, marketing director, Jenni Watts, said “We’re incredibly proud to be crowned the Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year for the second time. The Scottish Borders is a beautiful place to live and work in, and our location is undoubtedly one of the reasons many of our guests join us. This award and Stobo’s success overall is very much down to the hard work of our dedicated team of staff.”

Speaking about the success of the 2018 event, Jack Clark, Chairman of SBCC said: “This being the fourth year in which we have organised this event, the enthusiasm and ambition displayed by businesses in all sectors in our region has been recognised as significant. The majority of the businesses in the Borders are classified as micro, but are, nevertheless, the cornerstones of our economy. The support from all of our sponsors is invaluable, and without which the competition would not take place.”

Take a look at photos from the day.

Award Categories, Sponsors, Finalists and Winners.

Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year Award: Sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers

Finalists
The Orde Food Company
Crafty Workshops
Cringletie House Hotel
The Allanton Inn
Stobo Castle

Winners
Stobo Castle

Highly Commended
The Allanton Inn

Agricultural Business of the Year Award: Sponsored by NFU Mutual Borders

Finalists
Rule Valley Simulated Game
Velvet Hall Alpacas
Laprig Valley
Fluffy Moos

Winner
Rule Valley Simulated Game

High Growth/Turnover Award: Sponsored by  Davidson Chalmers

Finalists
SD Consultancy
Redpath Recycling
SoConnect

Winner
SoConnect

Innovation in Business Award: Sponsored by Scottish Borders Council

Finalists
SoConnect
Love Scottish
Findra
All Awards
ThermaFY
MB Glass
Agenor

Winner
Agenor

Highly Commended
Love Scottish

Social Enterprise of the Year Award: Sponsored Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber

Finalists
Live Borders
You Can Cook
Scottish Outdoor Education Centre
The Learning Space

Winner
The Learning Space

Supporting Young Workforce Award: Sponsored by
Developing the Young Workforce Borders

Finalists
Prosperity Financial Services
Border Safeguard
All Awards
Aquarius Hair Design
Johnston’s of Elgin

Winner
Johnston’s of Elgin

Highly Commended
All Awards
Border Safeguard

Manufacturer of the Year Award: Sponsored Reiver Recruitment

Finalists
Wonky Woolies
Love Scottish
Selkirk Distillers
Jarvis Pickle

Winner
Jarvis Pickle

Exporter of the Year: Sponsored by South of Scotland Local Export Partnership

Finalists
Collingwood-Norris
Johnston’s of Elgin
Simpson Combustion and Energy

Winner
Johnston’s of Elgin

Micro Business of the Year Award: Sponsored by NS 24 Ltd

Finalists
Danny’s A7 Car Wash
Wonky Woolies
SD Consultancy
Collingwood-Norris
Hawick Autocare

Winner
Hawick Autocare

Highly Commended
Wonky Woolies

SME of the Year Award: Sponsored by Business Gateway Borders

Finalists
SoConnect
Pearson of Duns
Agenor Technology
Hastings Legal

 Winner
Agenor Technology

 

 

 

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