The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 15 February 2008

Winners of the Ayrshire Business Awards
sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

By Murdoch MacDonald

THE WINNERS of the Ayrshire Business Awards 2007/2008 hosted by Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire and sponsored by Clydesdale Bank have been announced at a gala ceremony at The Park Hotel, Kilmarnock.


There was fierce competition in the eight categories. Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire operations director Evelyn McCann said the high attendance demonstrated the strong level of commitment from the public and private sectors to ensuring Ayrshire had a vibrant and dynamic economy.

Evelyn McCann (pictured above) congratulated all the finalists and told the audience: “These business awards are a tremendous opportunity to recognise and showcase Ayrshire’s top performers.

“In addition to overall performance, we focus on some of those characteristics that are likely to bring about business success – entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, accessing international markets, utilising technology, and investing in skills and learning.

“I’ve been struck over the past few years that businesses in Ayrshire are often modest about their successes. There’s no reason to be. There are fabulous stories to tell.”

Willie Mackie, managing partner of Clydesdale Bank’s Ayr Financial Solutions Centre (pictured above) said “We are proud to have been involved with this prestigious event and extend our congratulations to all the winners. The competition was as fierce as ever and the diverse range of sectors demonstrates the strength and depth of the business community in Ayrshire.’’


Business Growth through People Development Award
Category Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline
Winner - The National Autistic Society Daldorch House School and Continuing Education Centre
Pictured below: Susan Forrest receives the award from Christine Cochrane of sponsor GlaxoSmithKline.

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Potential Business Growth by Most Entrepreneurial Young Company Award
Category Sponsor: The Park Hotel, Kilmarnock
Winner - AvantiCell Science Ltd
Pictured below: Colin Wilde receives the award from Gareth Paschke of sponsor The Park Hotel, Kilmarnock.

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Best Performing Business Award (25 employees or under)
Category Sponsor: Cunninghame Housing Association
Winner - Consolidated Carriers Ltd
Pictured below: Callum Bastock receives the award from Frank Sweeney of sponsor Cunninghame Housing Association.

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Business Growth through Sustainable Development Award
Category Sponsor: Kilmarnock College
Winner - Gas Call Services Ltd
Pictured below: Les Gorst receives the award from Gordon Jenkins of sponsor Kilmarnock College.

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Business Growth through Marketing & Sales Award
Category Sponsor: West Sound and West FM
Winner - Neogen Europe Ltd
Pictured below: Steve Chambers receives the award from Brenda Ritchie of sponsor West Sound and West FM.

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Business Growth through International Activity Award
Category Sponsor: DIAGEO
Winner - Alchemedia Interactive Ltd
Pictured below: Nathan Elliot-Ling receives the award from Gail Anderson of sponsor Diageo.

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Best Performing Business Award (26 – 250 employees)
Category Sponsor: Clydesdale Bank
Winner - Neogen Europe Ltd
Pictured below: Stephen Holmes receives the award from David Kennedy of sponsor Clydesdale Bank.

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Business Growth through Innovation and Creativity Award
Category Sponsor: Alba Smart Thinking and ICASS
Winner - William Tracey Ltd
Pictured below: Graeme McDonald receives the award from Graeme Currie of sponsor Alba Smart Thinking and ICASS.

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