The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 5 March 2006

Ayrshire Business Award winners


THE nine business champions of Ayrshire have been declared.

Winners of the 2005-6 Ayrshire Business Awards were announced at a dinner and ceremony last Thursday, 23 February 2006.

The prize giving was hosted by radio presenter Fred MacAulay.

The event was organised by
Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire and sponsored for a third year by pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline.

A judging panel studied over 100 entries before settling on 27 finalists.

Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire chief executive of Evelyn McCann said: "Ayrshire continues to produce excellent, successful and unique businesses and these awards allow us to celebrate their achievements. Companies and organisations are working hard to bring prosperity and opportunity to the area and the annual awards scheme provides an ideal opportunity to highlight those efforts.

"This exercise also allows us to recognise the achievements of the businesses across Ayrshire as a whole. The sheer range of entries we received this year illustrates what a thriving and diverse economy we have in the area."

Winners in this, the eighth Ayrshire Business Awards event, were:

Business in the community:
Kerr & Smith.

Partnership formed in 1975, the once two man team now employs 160 employees. The company holds Vauxhall car and van, IVECO van and truck and Irisbus franchises.

International business:
Neogen Europe Ltd.

Neogen Europe Ltd, Ayr, manufactures and markets rapid diagnostic test kits to the food and agricultural markets to meet the growing need for higher levels of safety and quality within the agri-food industries, research, development, sales and marketing. Their key markets are the food industries of Europe.

Innovation and creativity:
EDpaX Ltd.

EDpaX Ltd, Irvine, was created in 2004 when two teachers identified a gap in the marketplace. Their unique products support and ease the pressures that modern day teachers face by delivering the curriculum in a series of step by step interactive whiteboard lessons. EDpaX’s software has transformed school whiteboards from just another piece of furniture into an inspirational educational tool.

Excellence in skills and learning:
Clyde Muirshiel Park Authority.

Scotland’s largest regional park is nationally important for its wildlife and historical interest. The park, accessed from Lochwinnoch one side and Greenock on the other, is marketed as "The Great Escape" to locals and visitors. A wide variety of formal and informal outdoor recreational activities are on offer in an attractive landscape of hills, woodland, lochs, and coastline.

E-business:
Consolidated Carriers Ltd.

Consolidated Carriers, Troon, is a logistics company with a difference. It outsources the physical delivery and collection activities to the Blue Chip providers. The company creates a single logistics platform for all its customer’s needs, without actually handling their packages. Instead it manages logistics companies through its complex bespoke computer systems.

Most entrepreneurial young company: Wearable Technologies Ltd.

Wearable Technologies Ltd is a dynamic company founded to allow the creative adaptation of technology into apparel. It is essentially a multi-media company with a key focus on technology, merchandising and media. Their aim is to become the first consumer brand synonymous with the fusion of electronics into garments.

Best performing business (25 employees or under):
The Dessert Depot Ltd.

Located in Ayr, it is the brainchild of the two directors. Founded in 2002 the company makes a range of fresh handmade desserts and patisserie, supplying both trade and wholesale. In three short years the business has grown from an idea into a real live growing business.

Best performing business (26-250 employees):
Newton Holdings (Ayr) Ltd.

The group consists of a holding company and two principle trading companies, Newton Security Doors Ltd and Newton Fabrications Ltd. The main focus of the group is sheet metal work and fabrications. Manufacturing operates from three sites in Ayr and the customer base is spread throughout Britain.

Best performing business (over 250 employees):
Food Partners, Kilmarnock Ltd.

Food Partners is the leading supplier of fresh sandwiches for the out of home markets in the UK. It was formed four years ago with the amalgamation of four sandwich businesses starting with Food Partners Kilmarnock in 2000, creating a national company which now has over 1100 employees and 115 chilled distribution vehicles.

See also: www.ayrshirebusinessnews.com