THE wait is finally over for businesses and individuals in the area desperate to discover if they have made it to the finals of one of the North-east’s most prestigious business awards.
The shortlist of finalists in the Grampian Awards For Business Excellence 2013 has been unveiled, with a total of 30 contenders in the 10 award categories, including young up-and-coming businesses, family owned enterprises and long established companies in the Grampian area.
Enterprise North East Trust (Enterprise) received a record number of entries from top talent in the North-east for this year’s competition, and the judges have been impressed by this year’s high standard of applications.
Gary McEwan, chief executive of Enterprise, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of registrations. This shows the pure determination of people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to succeed in the business world.
“The excellent standard of entries made it extremely difficult for the team of judges to make a decision about the finalists. It’s clear from the entries that businesses in the North-east are flourishing and it really is a tough competition this year. I wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
Mike Fergusson, from headline sponsors RBS said: “I’m delighted that RBS has supported the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence for over a decade. Through our partnership, we continue to focus on supporting SMEs by linking them with other businesses, industry experts and the Government to help them succeed.”
The finalists in the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence 2013 are:
- Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Business Gateway: Boost Business Support; Concerto Live Scotland; Libra Engineering
- Business success under three years – sponsored by RBS Ahead for Business: Apollo Offshore Engineering; Itsy; Advantec
- Business Success over three years – sponsored by RBS Ahead for Business: Control Valve Solutions; Meldrum House Hotel; Qtec; The Bay Fish and Chips
- The Grampian Award for Innovation: CDL; Grey and Adams; Subsea Technologies
- The ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award: Aberdeen Textiles and Workwear; Helping Hands; and The Battle Grounds
- The Alick Buchanan-Smith Enterprising Communities Award – sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council: Aberdeen Sports Village, Cornerstone, Cash For Kids
- Employer of the Year – sponsored by Aberdeen City Council: Hall Morrice; Indigo Technologies; McGregor Consultants
- Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year: Adrian Gomes, 10 Dollar Shake and The Tippling House; Jamie Hutcheon, Cocoa Ooze; Joanne Gardiner, J. Puddleducks Childcare
- Entrepreneurial supporter of the year – sponsored by FSB: Andrew Smith, Aberdeen Business Network; Jamie Hutcheon, Cocoa Ooze; Kaye Munter, The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland
- Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by RBS Ahead for Business: Andy Bird, Inoapps Ltd; John Clark, John Clark Motors; Simon Robertson, Joseph Robertson
The winner will be announced at the black tie awards ceremony being held at Mercure Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday 27 June 2013.