Aberdeen represented well in The Scottish Business Awards, Scotland’s biggest business awards event

The Scottish Business Awards has announced the 2013 shortlist, with over 140 companies competing across 18 categories, making it the biggest scale business event in Scottish history.


Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire representation sees James Watt of BrewDog Plc, Keith Fletcher of Fletcher Shipping Limited, Bill Bayliss of Viking SeaTech, Jim Milne of Balmoral Group Holdings Ltd, Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management, Alfie Cheyne of Ace Winches and Louise Wood – ProDrill Engineering amongst the nominations.

Organisers of the event, which is supported by RBS, can reveal that the combined turnover of the companies involved in the event will exceed an astonishing £100 Billion. The companies present on the night will include the likes of Stagecoach, John Menzies, Arnold Clark, Sainsbury’s Bank, Tesco Bank, Aberdeen Asset Management, KPMG, Highland Spring, SECC, BskyB Scotland, First Group, Johnson and Johnson, Scottish Gas, BrewDog, Quiz Clothing, Glasgow Airport, Wood Group, Herald and Times, Standard Life and Weir Group.

Over 250 entries were received for the awards with only 140 companies making the short-list. The shortlisted companies will now be judged by a prestigious judging panel led by one of Scotland’s most iconic business figures Sir Tom Hunter, and featuring other business leaders including Donald MacDonald OBE of MacDonald Hotels, Secret Millionaire Jennifer Cheyne, as well as Owen Kelly, Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise, and Dragon’s Den star Shaf Rasul.

Event organiser Josh Littlejohn (26) said “We are absolutely astonished by the unbelievable array of companies participating in the awards this year. Along with our main supporter RBS, the 140 companies involved are truly the ticking heartbeat of our economy. We are looking forward to bringing the Scottish business community together for the evening, raising a considerable sum for charity, and hearing President Bill Clinton deliver his key-note remarks. The fact that it will be the biggest business event in Scotland’s history, in the midst of a recession, makes it all the more remarkable.”

President Bill Clinton will be returning to Edinburgh, the city he proposed to his wife Hilary, to deliver the keynote address at the ceremony, which will be held on 21st of June at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). With almost all of the tables already sold, the event will be largest business awards ceremony in the UK this year including London based events, attracting 1400 business leaders as well as Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, MSP, the Scottish Secretary Michael Moore MP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney and legendary Scottish racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart.

With the support of RBS, The awards are expected to raise over £250,000 for charity this year, as 100% of the profits from the event are given to good causes. The awards will also feature a charity auction, with prizes already confirmed including a track day at Silverstone with Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Tom Hunter – Ultimate Employee for the Day, Spend the Day with Bill Clinton in New York, and a development trip to Africa with a personal briefing from Sir Bob Geldof.

Sir Tom Hunter said:
“These are exceptional awards run by a young social entrepreneur who is an example to us all. The fact he has former President Clinton speaking at the event tells you all you need to know about the quality of the awards and I am delighted that the Scottish business community have got right behind this fantastic opportunity. I am really looking forward to the judging process and the night”

Ken Barclay, Chair of the Scotland Board and Head of the Corporate Banking Division for RBS in Scotland, said:
“Josh Littlejohn has done a great job putting together such a prestigious event. RBS is delighted to have played a key role in helping Josh get the SBA established as one of the main events in the Scottish Business Calendar. RBS is the bank of choice for entrepreneurs in Scotland and it is great to see so many businesses entering the awards. We wish them all the best of luck.”

Full nomination list - 

The Chivas Brothers Entrepreneur of the Year
Tarak Ramzan - Quiz Clothing (Lanarkshire)
James Watt – BrewDog Plc (Aberdeen)
Simon Howie - Simon Howie The Scottish Butcher (Perthshire)
Bill Munro - Barrhead Travel (Glasgow)
Keith Fletcher – Fletcher Shipping Limited (Aberdeen)
Noel Wicks - Rightmedicine Pharmacy (Stirling)
David Sutherland – Sutherland Brothers (Wick)
Bill Bayliss - Viking SeaTech (Aberdeen)

The Auriga Partnership CEO of the year
Jim Milne - Balmoral Group Holdings Ltd (Aberdeen)
Tom Barrie - Currie European Transport (Dumfries and Galloway)
John Sharkey – Scottish Exhibition Centre Limited (Glasgow)
Martin Gilbert - Aberdeen Asset Management (Aberdeen)
Geoff Ellis - DF Concerts & Events Ltd (Glasgow)
Les Montgomery - Highland Spring Group (Perthshire)
Stella David - William Grant & Sons Limited (Bellshill)
Alfie Cheyne – Ace Winches (Aberdeenshire)

The Microsoft Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Olivia Giles - 500 Miles (Edinburgh)
Jim Duffy - Entrepreneurial Spark (Glasgow)
Keith Anderson - Port of Leith Housing Association (Midlothian)
Robert Tamburrini – North Glasgow Housing Association (Glasgow)
Graham McLennan – Solas (Renfrewshire)
John Cape – iPower Energy Ltd (Stirling)
Alison McCluskey - Early Bird Social Media (Ayrshire)
Donnie Maclean - Alphabet Babies Ltd (Glasgow)

The Deloitte Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Rabinder Buttar - Clintec International Ltd (Glasgow)
Faith Simpson – Faith Simpson Accountants Ltd (Moray)
Amanda Mcmillan - Glasgow Airport (Glasgow)
Apex Hotels – Angela Vickers (Edinburgh)
Valerie Barr - EBS Trustees Ltd (South Lanarkshire)
Louise Wood – ProDrill Engineering (Aberdeen)
Liz Cameron - Scottish Chambers of Commerce (Glasgow)
Poonam Gupta - PG Paper Company (Renfrewshire)

The KPMG Scottish PLC of the Year
Standard Life PLC (Edinburgh)
First Oil PLC (Aberdeen)
John Menzies PLC (Midlothian)
Murgitroyd & Company PLC (Glasgow)
Iomart Group PLC (Glasgow)
Space and People PLC (Strathclyde)
Weir Group PLC (Glasgow)
Stagecoach Group PLC (Edinburgh)

Corporate Social Responsibility
KPMG (Glasgow)
Scotshield Fire and Security (Lanarkshire)
Scottish Water (Fife)
Tesco Bank (Lothian)
Lloyds Banking Group PLC (Edinburgh)
Johnson & Johnson Medical Limited (Livingston)
First Group (Aberdeen)
Opito (Aberdeen)

Customer Focus
Arnold Clarke Automobiles Ltd (Edinburgh)
BskyB Scotland (Livingston)
Caledonian MacBrayne (Gourock)
Galloway & Macleod Limited (Lanarkshire)
Schuh Limited (Livingstone)
Scottish Gas (Edinburgh)
Digby Brown LLP (Edinburgh)
If Only Holidays (Glasgow)

The Total Jobs Employer of the Year
City Building LLP (Glasgow)
SecuriGroup (Glasgow)
Abbott Risk Consulting Ltd (Edinburgh)
MacTaggart & Mickel Group (Glasgow)
LifeTechnologies (Paisley)
Fleet Alliance (Lanarkshire)
Chisholm Hunter (Glasgow)
Pharos-Offshore Group (Lanarkshire)

Family Business of the Year
Argyll Holidays (Argyll)
Glenrath Farms (Peeblesshire)
A C Whyte & Co Ltd (Glasgow)
Forsyths (Moray)
Patersons Quarries Ltd (Glasgow)
Lindsay and Gilmour Pharmacy (Edinburgh)
Macphie of Glenbervie (Aberdeen)
Andron (Glasgow)

Marketing Strategy of the Year
Balfour & Manson (Edinburgh)
Border Biscuits Ltd (Lanark)
Herald and Times (Glasgow)
LBi (Edinburgh)
Langstane Press (Aberdeen)
Strathmore Hotels (South Lanarkshire)
Cala Group (Edinburgh)
Cigna HealthCare (Inverclyde)

Financial Services Company of the Year
Brewin Dolphin (Edinburgh)
Core Asset Consulting (Edinburgh)
Sainsbury’s Bank (Edinburgh)
Scottish Friendly Assurance Society (Glasgow)
Johnston Carmichael (Scotland) Ltd (Edinburgh)
Kames Capital (Edinburgh)
Nucleus Financial Group (Edinburgh)
Franklin Templeton Global Investors (Edinburgh)

The People’s Postcode Lottery Green Business of the Year
Kettle Produce Ltd (Fife)
Stagecoach Group (Edinburgh)
Lothian Buses (Edinburgh)
SFF Services Ltd (Aberdeen)
FMC Technologies (Fife)
Redeem (Bathgate)
Nu-Phalt Ltd (Fife)
Robert Cullen Ltd (Glasgow)

Growth Strategy of the Year
Advance Construction Scotland (Blantyre)
Cefetra (Glasgow)
Chivas Brothers (Banffshire)
Insights Learning and Development Ltd (Dundee)
Jumpstart (Edinburgh)
TAQA Bratani (Aberdeenshire)
Brodies LLP (Edinburgh)
FoundOcean (Livingstone)

Business Innovation of the Year
Spirit Aerosystems (Prestwick)
Scott & Fyfe Ltd (Fife)
Stork Technical Services (Aberdeen)
Walker Precison Engineering (Glasgow)
Ross-Shire Engineering (Stirling)
Highlands and Islands Airports (Highland)
Vascutek (Glasgow)
Webhelp TSC (Stirlingshire)

The RBS International Business of the Year
John Wood Group Plc (Aberdeenshire)
Amor Group (Renfrewshire)
Coherent Scotland Ltd (Glasgow)
Sykes (Edinburgh)
Empteezy Ltd (West Lothian)
Howden (Renfrewshire)
Expro (Aberdeen)
HotDocs (Edinburgh)

Entrepreneurial Spark New Business of the Year
Cake Cetera (Glasgow)
Carbon Finance
Flavourly (Midlothian)
KML Car Wash (Ayrshire)
Newbridge Green (Edinburgh)
Vicki Fiddes Podiatry (South Ayrshire)
The Service Directory (Glasgow)
Fabulous Inventions Ltd (Stirlingshire)

New Product of the Year
BenRiach Distillery (Newbridge)
Browns Food Group (Dumfriesshire)
CMS Enviro Systems Ltd (Cumbernauld)
Wolfson Microelectronics PLC (Edinburgh)
Optos (Dunfermline)
Scott Group Investments Ltd (Fife)
Meta (Aberdeen)
Flexcon Europe (Aberdeen)

Online Business of the Year
NS Design (Renfrewshire)
Free Agent (Edinburgh)
Alienation Digital (Glasgow)
FanDuel (Edinburgh)
Firefish (Glasgow)
Gift Experience Scotland (Edinburgh)
TEFL Scotland (Dingwall)
My1login (Glasgow)