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Knight Property Group shortlisted for SME of the Year

September 20th, 2015

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The shortlist for the Scottish Business Awards has been announced, with organisers declaring that this year was the most competitive applications process to date with around 250 entries.

The shortlist for the Scottish Business Awards has been announced, with organisers declaring that this year was the most competitive applications process to date with around 250 entries.

The Awards ceremony, which is supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland and is attended by 2,000 business leaders from across Scotland and the UK, will be addressed by Hollywood legend George Clooney at the EICC in Edinburgh on November 12th.

The awards programme also has several categories which will feature for the first time at the Festival of Entrepreneurship with Sir Chris Hoy on the afternoon of the prestigious dinner including “Scottish SME of the Year” and “Tech Company of the Year”.

The full shortlist is:

Chivas Brother’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Peter Bruce, Entier
Bruce Wishart, Empteezy
Ricky Nicol, Commsworld
John Watson, John Watson Printers
Mike Welch, Blackcircles
Jim Duffy, Entrepreneurial Spark
James Watt, BrewDog
Andrew Dobbie, MadeBrave

Itison Female Business Leader of the Year

Heather Matthews – Little’s
Fiona McBain – Scottish Friendly
Marlene Shiels –Capital Credit Union
Allison Sellar – activpayroll
Faith Simpson – Faith Simpson Accountants
Elaine Motion – Balfour + Manson
Marie Owen – Location Scotland
Jennifer Paice – Safe Deposits Scotland

CEO of the Year

Ken McEwan – McEwan Fraser Legal
Gordon Dewar – Edinburgh Airport
Keith Cochrane – Weir Group
Nigel Eccles – FanDuel
Martin Brown – EMC
Edel Harris – Cornerstone
Juliana Delaney – Continuum Attractions
Alistair Wilson – Warranty Services

RBS Customer Focus Award

Adopt An Intern
Spectrum Service Solutions
Gilson Gray
Sykes Global
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Hub North Scotland
Social Care Alba
ISSOS

People’s Postcode Lottery Green Business of the Year

Élan
Albert Bartlett
CR Smith
Campbell and Kennedy
SgurrEnergy

Employer of the Year

FES Ltd
Skyscanner
Barrhead Travel
NVT Group
McEwan Fraser Legal
Fleet Alliance
City Building LLP
BrewDog

Johnson and Johnson Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Burness Paull
Asda
Harper Macleod
Scottish Power
CalMac
Itison
Tesco Bank
CR Smith

PwC Commitment to Company Values Award

BCF Technology
First Mortgage
Peak Scientific
GAP Group
Wheatley Group
EnQuest
Mace
Royal Bank of Scotland

Investor in Scotland

Lidl
HSBC
JP Morgan
Morgan Stanley
EY
Tilney Bestinvest
BT
CGI

Growth Strategy of the Year

Fleet Alliance
Genius Gluten Free
Brodies LLP
QTS Group
Lomond Capital
Babcock LGE
Critiqom
Iomart

Family Business of the Year

GAP Group
Albert Bartlett
MacTaggart & Mickel
Little’s
Spectrum Service Solutions
We Hae Meat
Highlander
Campbell & Kennedy

KPMG Large Business of the Year

Stagecoach Group
Cala Homes
Arnold Clarke
Standard Life
Aberdeen Asset Management

Financial Services Company of the Year

Scottish Friendly
Green Investment Bank
Social Investment Scotland
Glasgow Credit Union
Virgin Money
Tesco Bank
Royal London
Nucleus

Sunday Times SME of the Year

Ness Clothing
Ryden LLP
Montpeliers Group
Knight Property
Abbott Risk Consulting
Chisholm Hunter
Exsel IT & Communications
ECS Group

Frame Creates Marketing & PR Strategy

Cala Homes
The Lane Agency
Leith Agency & Stripe Communications
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau
Nucleus Financial
Virgin Money

Tech Company of the Year

Made Brave
FanDuel
Skyscanner
Mallzee
Swarm Online
Intelligent Point of Sale
Pure LiFi
Bright Solid

RBS Business Innovation of the Year

Spoonfed
Sodexo
Procure Wizard
Route Monkey
Celtic Renewables
ESPC
J&D Wilkie
Sykes Global

CKGSB International Business of the Year

BrewDog
Peak Scientific
TBR Global
Balmoral Group
Lingo24
Alba Power
Retail Management Consultants
Vascutek

Emerging Business of the Year

Celtic Renewables
Escape
Gilson Gray
Spoonfed
Tens
Vermillion
Lux
iPos

Josh Littlejohn, the founder of the Scottish Business Awards, said – “We are delighted by the shortlist for the 2015 awards – every year the shortlist gets stronger and stronger. The companies and business leaders involved are truly the heartbeat of our economy. We are looking forward to bringing the Scottish business community together for an evening which includes a once in a lifetime audience with George Clooney to celebrate the success stories of the Scottish economy and raising a considerable sum for charity. The event continues to grow and we can smash the 2,000 attendee record we set last year and this is a testament to the strength of the Scottish business community.”

This year’s Scottish Business Awards will see George Clooney take part in a Q&A during a ceremony hosted by A-list comedian Rob Brydon. Clooney will focus on the ‘business of Hollywood’ and his humanitarian work in sub-Saharan Africa. The event will also feature a guest appearance by Britain’s greatest ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy.

Clooney follows a prestigious list of Scottish Business Awards speakers including Sir Richard Branson, President Bill Clinton and Sir Bob Geldof. This year’s event aims to break the £500,000 mark for good causes this year which include the Social Bite Fund, Scot Edge and Not On Our Watch


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