Seven businesses from across the North of Scotland celebrated in style as they picked up top titles at the fourth annual Energy North Awards in Inverness last night (4 September).

Organised by leading trade body Energy North and sponsored by law firm Harper Macleod LLP, the event recognises the important contribution organisations and individuals from across the region make to the success of the oil and gas, renewable energy and supply chain industries.

Over 250 people attended the glittering ceremony to celebrate energy’s finest at the new conference suite at the Kingsmills Hotel. Hosted by Nicky Marr, with attendants from right across the Highlands, Islands and north east, the event also featured special guest, former Minister of State for Energy, Charles Hendry.

This year’s awards featured two new categories, Best Innovation and Best Trainee/Apprentice. The first reflects the growing importance of innovation and technological advancement to the future of the sector, and the latter reflects Energy North’s increasing role in promoting skills development across the region.

The winners were:

· Best Oil & Gas Industry Service Supplier - Richard Irvin Energy Solutions

· Best Renewable Energy Service Supplier – Leask Marine

· Best Renewable Energy Project – Albatern – Isle of Muck Project

· Best Exporter sponsored by SDI – Aquatera Ltd

· Best Innovation sponsored by Harper Macleod – Highland Council

· Best Trainee / Apprentice supported by DECC – Scott Jeromson at Ocean Kinetics

· Energy North Ambassador 2014 sponsored by HIE – Nicholas Gubbins, Community Energy Scotland

The top award, Energy North Ambassador of the Year is especially noteworthy as the winner is nominated by their industry peers.

This year’s winner, Nicholas Gubbins, chief executive of Community Energy Scotland, commented: “I am delighted to receive this award, which I think reflects both the diligence and hard work of the Community Energy Scotland team in helping communities address their energy requirements and how far the community energy movement has come over the last ten years.”

Ian Couper, chief executive at Energy North, said: “Each year when we work through the award entries for shortlisting, I never cease to be amazed by the amount and variety of excellent work that goes on across the region.

“2014 has been an excellent year for the north energy industry, with the work of the Energy North Oil and Gas Taskforce progressing well, and several announcements paving the way for new contracts and jobs in areas such as Caithness, Shetland and the Moray Firth.

“Tonight’s awards ceremony has given us the perfect opportunity to get together to celebrate our success, learn about some excellent projects and talk about our plans for the year ahead with friends and colleagues.

“I’d like to congratulate all our winners on behalf of Energy North and wish them all the very best for the future.”

For more information about Energy North please visit www.energynorth.co.uk.

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