Scotland

Celebrating Small Business Awards Postponed 

 

 

FSB Scotland’s Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019 was a tremendous success, seeing businesses from right across the country scooping prizes across a range of categories. With hundreds of small Scottish firms entering the awards last year, they are becoming a sought-after prize in the small business sector. This year’s awards will recognise achievements in 12 categories at a prestigious awards ceremony at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria .

The Scottish winners will also be entered for the UK-wide grand final held in London in  at Battersea Evolution. This year’s final saw Scottish firm, Cruise Loch Ness, lift not only the Family Business of the Year award, but the overall FSB Small Business of the Year prize too. The UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year was won by Scotland’s Liv Conlon, who runs The Property Stagers.

Good luck!

EVENT INFORMATION

Date: Postponed - new date to be Confirmed 

Venue address:
Waldorf Astoria, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB

Timings:
Registration from 12.00 noon.
Lunch and awards ceremony from
12.30 to 4.00pm and networking
up to 5.00pm

Dress code:
Business Attire

 

Our 2019 winners were:

Employer of the Year Winner
AJ Engineering 

Business & Product Innovation Award Winner
Kate Davies Designs Ltd

 

Micro Business of the Year Winner
The Wee Hemp Company

Family Business of the Year Winner
Cruise Loch Ness Ltd

 

Ethical - Green Business of the Year Winner
Highland Farm Cottages and Cafe

 

Community Award - Area only Winner
Jura Stores Community Interest Company

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under) Winner
Liv Conlon ThePropertyStagers

 

Scale-Up Business of the Year Winner
Shetland Distillery Company Ltd

 

International Business of the Year Winner
Quarch Technology Ltd

Digital Innovation Award Winner
Render Studio Ltd

 

Start-Up Business of the Year Winner
Lussa Drinks Company

Business & Product Innovation Awards

COHESION Medical Limited
www.cohesionmedical.com
COHESION Medical is an award-winning Digital Health company offering Connected Citizen Health solutions. Their product COHESION.OS is a unified health system designed to make citizens more empowered, services more efficient and sciences more innovative. COHESION has won several innovation and entrepreneurship awards, including two Innovate UK awards (2018-19). COHESION employs 10 staff, with its office located in Glasgow. COHESION is committed to developing an inclusive, wellness-centred and sustainable, workplace. Employees are encouraged to make small changes in lifestyle behaviours resulting in positive impacts on their wellbeing. “Do Good, Not Greed” frames COHESION’s core ethical values and approach to improving healthcare.

Hunters of Kinross
www.huntersofkinross.co.uk
Hunters of Kinross are a Scottish Craft Butcher who work closely with their community as well as 400 butchers on a national level. They use the finest and local produce working with local farmers and introduce new ideas in food for consumers from traditional products. They were winners of UK Butcher Shop of the year for Innovation and 2019 Scotch Lamb Butcher of The Year for Innovative Products. They are encouraging high streets butchers to help their communities be more resilient by fitting defibrillators outside their shops and training in CPR. This has resulted in 90 shops so far having defibrillators outside their Shops which has encouraged footfall and support.

Cadham Pharmacy Health Centre
www.cadhampharmacy.com
Cadham Pharmacy is a family owned business offering NHS repeat prescriptions and clinical services. Their team has grown over the last six years from four to 22 and they are proud to be the first pharmacy in Scotland to offer 24/7 365 days a year collection of life saving repeat medicines. They are also the first pharmacy to team up with seven GP practices and offer enhanced care and triage of Common Clinical Conditions employing two Independent Prescribers. They are transforming the public journey in the NHS for acute triage and care and saving lives in Asthma.

Renewable Oil Services Limited
www.renewableos.com
ROS carry out oil and glycol exchanges on wind turbines throughout the UK and Ireland. They are also a supplier of oils and greases, providing customers with products from a knowledgeable team at competitive prices. The Managing Director, Barry Sutherland, has designed and built in-house specialised oil trucks and vessel mounted pumping systems allowing ROS to carry out oil and glycol exchanges in a safe, clean and efficient manner on both onshore and offshore wind turbines. Barry is a trusted advisor to many within the wind industry having a reputation for his knowledge and willingness to support colleagues and peers.

Glencoe Activities
www.glencoeactivities.com/riverbeds-luxury-lodges
Originally an arable farm and transformed by the previous owner into a nine-hole golf course, the current owners have expanded the course, diversified into Café, Activity Centre and most recently, installed and operated eight luxury lodges with hot tubs. Eleven further innovative, designer-led lodges are now under construction. The business was founded in 2009 and originally had 1.5 full time equivalent employees and a turnover of £45k. The gradual and consistent diversification and expansion has evolved into a business now employing 14 FTE employees and with a turnover for 2020 of £900k!

 

International Business of the Year

The TEFL Org
www.tefl.org
TEFL Org UK rebranded to The TEFL Org in January 2020 to emphasise their growing international and online presence and strength. TEFL stands for teaching English as a Foreign Language. The TEFL Org started out as TEFL Scotland in the back garden shed of Managing Director Jennifer MacKenzie, a Women’s Enterprise Scotland Ambassador and named one of the ‘Twenty Women to Watch’ by Business Insider in 2019, and Director Joe Hallwood in the Highlands of Scotland in 2008. The Company grew over the next 10 years expanding throughout the UK, Ireland, China and in 2017 launching in the US. 

Ardmay House International Summer School
www.ahiss.co.uk
AHISS is a boutique, family-run international summer school and adventure camp where they offer English and Adventure programmes to International Students aged from 8 – 16 years in the Scottish countryside. In 2020 AHISS celebrates their 10th year of business, having welcomed thousands of young people from all over the world to Loch Long. Students unleash their inner adventurer with the exciting adventure activities, learn English and make friends with other young people from different cultures and backgrounds. They also offer excursions to some of Scotland’s top attractions and give students an opportunity to really get to know Scotland.

PG Paper Company Ltd
www.pgpaper.com
PG Paper Company Ltd is a global company, which creates markets and solutions enabling the trade of paper and packaging products worldwide. PG Paper’s initial key purpose is providing solutions for redundant material, unfit for its original purpose and often destined for landfill. Whilst providing waste solutions remains the core of the business, the business now works with top paper mills matching supply to demand to customers across several markets worldwide. Employing 29 staff at its Greenock Head Office, and remotely at its various locations worldwide, the company looks to grow and diversify further into many new products and markets.

Snag Group Ltd
www.snagtights.com
Finding a pair of tights is the UK’s biggest fashion dilemma. They dig in, fall down, tear, and sag. Shockingly, Snag Group research has shown that 90% of British women say they can’t find a pair that fit. For decades, tights measurement varied only by height and not width – a ‘one-size-fits-none’ approach that excluded millions. Now, Snag Group’s unique sizing matrix – by height, dress size and body shape – has given tights that really fit to thousands and also converted into impressive sales figures. In 20 months since launch, they have sold 1,500,000 pairs of tights.

Environmental Award

Edinburgh Remakery
www.edinburghremakery.org.uk
The Edinburgh Remakery is an innovative, award-winning social enterprise. Its business model is based on the principles of the Circular Economy; to repair items keeping them out of landfill, to teach repair skills, and to campaign for items to be made to last longer and able to be repaired. To achieve this they: Run workshops to teach reuse and repair skills; Repair and refurbish donated items of furniture and IT equipment; Sell affordable items of furniture and IT equipment; Donate furniture and laptops to people in need; Run free weekly repair surgeries for IT, furniture, clothing, textiles.

EGG Lighting
www.egglighting.com
EGG Lighting is a Scotland-based technology company that specialises in energy-efficient lighting solutions for businesses. They partner up with clients currently operating on HID and fluorescent lighting systems and provide them with tailored LED fittings that provide superior lighting, greater energy efficiency and significant cost savings. Besides offering one of the greenest and most cost-effective services on the lighting market, EGG Lighting are strongly committed to innovation. Ever since their director Brian O’Reilly developed a new sensor technology in 2011, they have been investing a considerable amount of resources in sensor research, and they have an in-house R&D team.

Ceteris Scotland Ltd
www.ceteris.co.uk
Ceteris provide serviced offices, workshops and industrial units, to rent in award winning business parks across Central Scotland. Looking after over 160 tenant companies they deliver the very best in customer service, to manage sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings. State of the art conference and meeting venues as well as virtual offices, shared offices and hot-desking are all on offer. Business Gateway services are delivered by Ceteris in the Clackmannanshire area providing support, advice and training to help local businesses grow and develop.

Architeco Limited
www.architeco.net
Architeco is a small architectural practice based in Argyll, delivering sustainable and highly efficient architecture throughout the UK. The practice was founded on strong principles and commitments to environmentally conscious architecture and business practices. Founded in 2011, Architeco has grown from a sole practitioner to a thriving practice employing nine, with projects from the Outer Hebrides to the south of England. The practice provides architectural services to both the private house building and commercial sectors, using cutting-edge technology and expertise to ensure projects are as sustainable as possible. Architeco are committed to sustainability, social responsibility, and excellence of service.

Hobbit Hideaway
www.hobbithideaway.co.uk
Kim is a foster carer, passionate about the environment, healing and natural building. Hobbit Hideaway was her vision, a mix of her passions, created to provide a unique place for visitors to escape the pressures of daily life and immerse themselves in the healing beauty of the natural home. It is an eco-build, designed to inspire low impact living whilst offering a space of relaxation and tranquility. Visitors can’t help but smile when they enter and leave feeling nourished and refreshed. It is indeed a holiday home with a difference!

Micro Business of the Year

Underdog Pets
www.underdogpets.com
Underdog Pets is your local, trusted pet service providing dog grooming services to Cumbernauld. Since 2014 they have built a strong reputation for grooming to an exceptionally high standard and providing the best customer service at an affordable price. Underdog is a family owned and run business, started by a sister duo Heather and Mhairi. It employs seven staff members and has a growing client base of over 2,000 regular customers. They sell a range of products both in store and online and have developed their own range of Dog Perfumes and Shampoos.

Outside In Garden Rooms Ltd
www.outsideingardenrooms.co.uk
Outside In Garden Rooms was formed by Mel Russell who, following a career change, took a giant leap of faith having spotted a gap in the Scottish market for highly insulated Garden Rooms for year round use. The business designs and builds bespoke garden rooms from their Glasgow base. Each room is based around a standard product developed by the business with each room customised to suit the client’s needs. The structure is pre formed in the workshop then constructed on site in clients’ gardens on a more environmentally friendly, ground screw base (avoiding the need for concrete).

 

Translate IP Ltd
www.translateip.com
Translate IP Ltd is a boutique translation company, owned and operated by Emma Grubb. Founded in 2017, Translate IP specialises exclusively in the translation of patents and other IP-related documents, primarily from German, French and Italian into English. By focusing on such a niche subject area, Translate IP is able to offer its clients an unparalleled service in terms of expertise.

WOW Scotland
www.wowscotlandtours.com
WOW Scotland gives guests the opportunity to experience the very best that Scotland has to offer. On their day tours from Inverness to Skye, Orkney and Speyside they take people to the places they love, making sure to tick off the famous sights along the way. WOW Scotland also run shore excursions from Invergordon, taking guests off the beaten track to show them the real Highlands. WOW Scotland is rated 5 stars by VisitScotland, and have maintained their status as the number one tour operator in Inverness on TripAdvisor, with over 1,500 five star reviews, since 2012.

The TechForce
www.thetechforce.co.uk
A leading cyber security specialist, The TechForce, protects and empowers organisations against external threats via email phishing and security awareness training, endpoint security solutions, vulnerability management and cyber essentials consultancy. Winning an Elevator Award (Entrepreneurial Supporter of the Year, 2016), in recognition of his dedication to helping others, provided Managing Director Jai Aenugu with the confidence boost to quit his IT manager job with an Aberdeen-based oil services firm and establish The TechForce. Throughout this period, Jai has continued to selflessly dedicate his time and energy to others who aspire to start a company or follow their own entrepreneurial dreams.

Start-Up Business of the Year

Outside In Garden Rooms Ltd
www.outsideingardenrooms.co.uk
Outside In Garden Rooms was formed by Mel Russell who, following a career change, took a giant leap of faith having spotted a gap in the Scottish market for highly insulated Garden Rooms for year round use. The business designs and builds bespoke garden rooms from their Glasgow base. Each room is based around a standard product developed by the business with each room customised to suit the client’s needs. The structure is pre formed in the workshop then constructed on site in clients’ gardens on a more environmentally friendly, ground screw base.

Doqaru
www.doqaru.com
Yekemi Otaru and Sarah Downs are the co-founders of Doqaru, a strategy-led sales growth consultancy based in Aberdeen. They work mainly in the energy and technology sectors, helping companies looking for a step-change in sales and/or brand awareness over a 12-24-month period. They have each run their own successful businesses before merging to create Doqaru in November 2018.

Anomalous Technologies Limited
www.anomalous.ai
Anomalous provides AI-powered tools that make visual inspection in the aerospace industry faster and more accurate. Visual inspection is widely used across aerospace to ensure the quality of safety-critical parts and assemblies. The intelligent inspection tools created by Anomalous enable inspection teams to digitally record and manage their inspection processes. By digitising a currently paper-driven process, inspection is significantly sped up. The digitised inspection data gathered can also be used to provide greater insight and drive operational efficiency. Anomalous use cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) to highlight defects to inspectors and augment their decision making; making inspection more accurate.

The Wee Book Company
www.theweebookcompany.com
The Wee Book Company publishes books, mainly in broad Scots, which are a' aboot 'the funny' but which huv positive mental health messages lurkin' unner a' the laffs. The Director, Susan, published her first book - a light-hearted broad Scots take on mindfulness - with another publisher. Deeply moved by a testimonial which told her that this book was being read by nurses in chemotherapy wards, she realised that there was a gap in the market in Scotland for funny motivational books touching upon topics being talked about in relation to mental health but which were written in a way which was down to earth and funny. The Wee Book Company's books are largely written in broad Scots and this helps to engage with a whole new readership, many of whom wouldnae dream o' buyin' wan o' thae po-faced self help books.

Saulderson Media
www.saulderson.com
Suhit Amin, 18, is a Young Entrepreneur and Founder of Saulderson Media. In July 2018 he launched Saulderson Media, a premium talent management and influencer marketing agency based in Scotland. They are exclusively managing a roster of high profile social influencers who are responsible for millions of monthly impressions. Alongside this they work with endemic and non-endemic, brands on creative campaigns, to boost their presence utilising an extensive list of influencers for activation.

High Growth Business of the Year

Graham Dawson Body & Paint Shop Ltd
www.graham-dawson-bodyshop.co.uk
Graham Dawson Body & Paint Shop is a family owned and run business, repairing all vehicles from cars and motorcycles to commercial lorries and trucks. Graham has 35+ years of experience in the trade and is very much hands on and likes to meet as many of the customers himself, offering a very personal service, building trust and loyalty, with customers returning and referring friends and family. Customer value and a personal service is at the forefront of the business. Linda runs the office and again aims to offer a personal, customer focussed service.

Snag Group Ltd
www.snagtights.com
Finding a pair of tights is the UK’s biggest fashion dilemma. They dig in, fall down, tear, and sag. Shockingly, Snag Group’s research has shown that 90% of British women say they can’t find a pair that fit. For decades, tights measurement varied only by height and not width – a ‘one-size-fits-none’ approach that excluded millions. Now, Snag Group’s unique sizing matrix – by height, dress size and body shape – has given tights that really fit to thousands and also converted into impressive sales figures. In 20 months since launch, they have sold 1,500,000 pairs of tights.

Cloud Cover IT
www.cloudcoverit.co.uk
Cloud Cover IT (CCIT) is a Glasgow-based technology company specialised in providing digital business solutions, cloud services and infrastructure management to more than 150 clients around the world. Its purpose is to empower clients through technological innovations that fuel collaboration, foster productivity, and eliminate paper-based business processes – meaningful contributions towards achieving Industry 4.0 in Scotland. CCIT was founded in 2012 by father and son Lance and Alasdair Gauld. CCIT is a proud resident of the East End of Glasgow, having moved into the Albus building in Bridgeton as part of the ambitious regeneration programme Clyde Gateway.

Primal Strength Limited
www.primalstrength.com
Primal Strength was founded in 2016 by Steven Rinaldi and represents aspirational, British-designed, fitness equipment aimed at commercial fitness facilities. They present a cutting edge, design-focussed strength brand, dedicated to delivering the highest specification of strength equipment, gym design and installation. Primal Strength has two core ranges; the Commercial Series and the Monster Series. The Commercial series has been designed to offer best value and optimum functionality. The Monster Series offers the highest level of design, build-quality and ergonomics for premium gyms and performance centres. The Primal Strength brand is globally distributed in over 25 countries.

Family Business of the Year

Mapes of Millport
www.mapesmillport.co.uk
Mapes of Millport has been a family business since 1946. It recently changed hands from the Mapes family to the Ferris family. Now Scott, Deborah, William (13) and Edward (10) are custodians of this well-known family business. They have an extensive fleet of bicycles, tricycles, tandems, quadricycles, tag alongs, kiddie cabs and even dog carriers for hire by the hour, day or week or more. They also sell new bicycles and service existing ones. Their Toy Shop carries an extensive range of toys and games from leading manufacturers. Fishing tackle is also available to be purchased.

The Victor Pizza Company Limited
www.victorpizza.co.uk
The Victor Pizza Company is a family owned and operated Pizza manufacturing company based in Glasgow, Scotland. The business produces pizza and pizza bases for councils, schools, healthcare and the Scottish Fish and Chip Shop market. Husband and wife duo, Anne Marie and Paul have been running the company since 2006. The last 3 years have seen the expansion into new markets, accomplishing BRC Accreditation, rebranding of the company and products, and finally receiving funding for new machinery. Anne Marie's cousin David is Factory Manager and director, and her 3 children Matt, Mel and Ryan all work in the business.

Bute Tools General Store
www.butetools.com
Bute Tools is a General Store with a whole lot more, established in 1978 by Willie and Diane McFie. Now a three-generation partnership, the traditional hardware store has expanded into a general store of products and services to meet the community needs on the Isle of Bute. In 1984 daughter Gillian joined helping grow the business and is today a partner, Head Buyer and Supervisor. In 2013 granddaughter Jennifer joined. Jennifer is now a partner and co-manages office administration with Gran, Diane. Granddaughter Claire manages the shop floor. Papa Willie is Head of Repairs and Services. The family motto is “If I can't fix it, I will leave it in that bad a state nobody can.”

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)

Rachel Hanretty - Mademoiselle Macaron
www.mademoisellemacaron.co.uk
Mademoiselle Macaron is the love story of a year in Paris where Rachel Hanretty learned how to make the perfect French macaron. Returning to graduate, she struggled to find a full time job and decided to start making macarons at home and selling them at local markets. Six and a half years later, she leads a team of 13 to produce thousands of macarons that are sold online, to wholesale, corporate and wedding customers and still at those local markets. One product in many flavours and colours create a moment of luxury for every Mademoiselle and Monsieur.

Suhit Amin - Saulderson Media
www.saulderson.com
Suhit Amin, 18, is a Young Entrepreneur and Founder of Saulderson Media. In February 2018, aged 16, he was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. In July 2018 he launched Saulderson Media, a premium talent management and influencer marketing agency based in Scotland. They are exclusively managing a roster of high profile social influencers who are responsible for millions of monthly impressions. Alongside this they work with endemic and non-endemic brands on creative campaigns, to boost their presence utilising an extensive list of influencers for activation.

Danny Campbell - Hoko Design
www.hokodesign.com
Hoko is making residential architecture aspirational for Architects, rewarding for homeowners and easier for contractors. In a market where there is no clear leader or a household name, Hoko is boldly earning the title as; The Homeowner’s Architect. Hoko’s founder Danny started the company in 2016 at the age of 25 with the ambition to demystifying the residential architecture journey. Using technology, Hoko has unleashed the latent potential of the Architectural workforce, the most creative design ideas have been allowed to flourish with considerable success, measured both in terms of client satisfaction and business growth.

Wellbeing Award of the Year

Balanced Physiotherapy Ltd
www.balancededinburgh.co.uk
Balanced Physiotherapy Ltd is a small but growing independent healthcare business. It offers physiotherapy and related healthcare to help clients reach their fitness and functional potential by restoring them not just to their previous levels of fitness and health but beyond this so they can achieve their goals and live a fully active and pain free life. This is achieved by a skilled team of physiotherapists, Pilates instructors, massage therapists, podiatrists as well as a nutritionist, audiologist and hypnotherapist. Balanced have five locations across Edinburgh appealing to all from children to elderly, elite to recreational sports people.

Alliance Creative
www.alliancecreative.co.uk
Alliance Creative isn’t an agency, but it does many of the things conventional creative agencies do. It’s a disruptive model, delivering a broad range of high-quality creative services without expensive overheads. Their team works remotely or in a client’s office, providing an extensive and flexible service. The Alliance employ a core staff backed up by the sizeable wider creative network they have brought together. They provide a bigger, more diverse choice of talent under their non-existent roof than anyone. Because they have less overheads, it stands to reason their clients pay less too. They are the agency alternative.

COHESION Medical
www.cohesionmedical.com
COHESION Medical is an award-winning Digital Health company offering Connected Citizen Health solutions. Their product COHESION.OS is a unified health system designed to make citizens more empowered, services more efficient and sciences more innovative. COHESION has won several innovation and entrepreneurship awards, including two Innovate UK awards (2018-19). COHESION employs ten staff, with its office located in Glasgow. COHESION is committed to developing an inclusive, wellness-centred and sustainable, workplace. Employees are encouraged to make small changes in lifestyle behaviour’s resulting in positive impacts on their wellbeing. “Do Good, Not Greed” frames COHESION’s core ethical values and approach to improving healthcare.

Community Award – Area only

Kids Gone Wild
www.kidsgonewild.co.uk/about
Kids Gone Wild is a family run business, started by Lauren and Rob. Based in Livingston and working throughout Central Scotland, Kids Gone Wild deliver nature, bushcraft and outdoor play based sessions to children and families. The goal is to normalise outdoor and “risky” play, helping children to reconnect and respect nature. They are also tackling current social issues amongst young people including reducing screen time, helping families to become more physically active together and improving mental health. Kids Gone Wild believe that this is a grass roots solution, by guiding children through play outdoors, they will connect, respect and protect their local environment.

The Glasgow Barons
www.glasgowbarons.com
The Glasgow Barons are an orchestra based in Govan, designed around the needs of the people and heritage. Revitalising the spaces with classical music, Scottish hip hop, folk and world music. Their goal is for everyone to enjoy making and listening to live music in Govan. They do this with concerts, community and school music projects in Govan.

AVO
www.instagram.com/avoabz
AVO is an avocado inspired cafe and outside catering concept which places a large emphasis on supporting local suppliers, charities and the community. They embrace a collaborative don’t compete ethos, working with many other local cafes and food concepts to promote collectively, for the benefit of the Aberdeen street food scene as a whole.

Bùth Bharraigh Ltd
www.barrashop.co.uk
Bùth Bharraigh is a community hub and visitor information centre on the Island of Barra. This social enterprise is a route to market for local producers, providing a showcase and sales point for goods and services made by local people. It also sells items such as wholefoods, craft materials and books, concentrating on filling in the retail gaps in this remote location. The services it provides include a laundrette plus laundry service for social care, free WiFi and accommodation-finding service. It is an excellent meeting-place for visitors and a welcoming environment for islanders to come in for a chat.

Cobhair Bharraigh SCIO
www.isleofbarra.com/cobhairbharraigh.htm
Cobhair Bharraigh SCIO supports people in Barra to remain independently in their own homes. Key principles of the organisation are inclusivity, compassion and care. Located on the remote and economically fragile island of Barra, this organisation provides a home-based support service and day-care centre for people with dementia, long-term ill-health, mental, physical or sensory disability; those at risk of isolation or exclusion. There is support also for care-givers for whom the stress of caring can often go unrecognized.

Digital/e-commerce Business of the Year

Snag Group Ltd
www.snagtights.com
Finding a pair of tights is the UK’s biggest fashion dilemma. They dig in, fall down, tear, and sag. Shockingly, Snag Group Ltd research has shown that 90% of British women say they can’t find a pair that fit. For decades, tights measurement varied only by height and not width – a ‘one-size-fits-none’ approach that excluded millions. Now, Snag Group’s unique sizing matrix – by height, dress size and body shape – has given tights that really fit to thousands and also converted into impressive sales figures. In 20 months since launch, they have sold 1,500,000 pairs of tights.

Yellow Cherry Digital
www.yellowcherrydigital.co.uk
Yellow Cherry Digital was created in 2009 by Sarah Francis who recognised the need for digital and creative innovation throughout the Highlands & Islands. At this time the area was seriously lagging behind the rest of the UK both in terms of connectivity and in the uptake of digital solutions by businesses in the area. Since 2009 they have worked in conjunction with other companies to support and promote the uptake of digital technologies throughout the region.

RK Creative
www.rk-creative.com
RK Creative is your one-stop shop to effective Digital Marketing Solutions. Based in Edinburgh, they work with businesses near and far. Their range of powerful digital marketing solutions delivers fantastic results for their clients, in various industries. They provide tailored packages based upon your marketing ambitions, to ensure you get the most out of their services. They have helped a range of businesses grow through the application of their services. From property agencies and corporate companies to food and drinks brands, tradespeople, tourism businesses and fitness studios, they can deliver results for any business type. They provide a variety of services including Branding, Web Design, SEO, Social Media, Photography and Videography.

Miconex
www.mi-cnx.com
Established in 2010, Miconex provides Smart City Loyalty Rewards and Gift Card Programmes for towns and cities. Miconex have developed a passion for helping high streets and independent businesses and have a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing places. In 2015 this led to them partnering with Scandinavian company Presend, to establish local Mastercard-based currencies in the form of Town Centre Gift Card programmes. This is the only Town Centre Gift Card Programme currently in the UK with the aim to lock in spend to the local economy and combat the effects of internet retailers.

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year

Nom Noms
www.facebook.com/nomnoms101
Nom Noms was established by Laura Battles in 2015 to offer a bespoke Afternoon Tea service, delivering handmade cakes and freshly made sandwiches to customers across West Lothian. Nom Noms has grown organically leading to contracts with local businesses to provide a range of catering solutions for meetings, training and events, for five to 200 people. Through the use of social media engagement, positive customer reviews and consistent quality standards, the business has flourished and become popular with the local community.

The Royal Oak Hotel
www.theroyaloakcullen.co.uk
After being closed for eight years, Caroline Ronald purchased and re-opened The Royal Oak Hotel in Cullen in May 2018. Caroline was brought up in the hotel industry and ran a livestock farm for 30 years alongside a farm shop and outside catering business. She has now gone full circle and back into her passion for hospitality. She has worked tirelessly to get the Royal Oak back on the map. Caroline has a vast knowledge of all aspects of the catering industry which shines through in the hotel’s rapid business growth.

House of McCallum
www.mccallumwhisky.scot
The Art of Whisky and Vintage Auld Alliance collection of House of McCallum were launched in November 2018 and March 2019 after two years of development. This follows a career of 25 years as a Master Blender and Malt Master. The drive behind the brands was to bring a younger image and visual to the world of whisky and new flavours and a more affordable premium selection with the Auld Alliance series in response to market data and analysis within Europe. They also had to overcome challenges in terms of supplies due to Brexit.

My Primary Tutor
www.myprimarytutoronline.com
My Primary Tutor is a private tuition business offering 1:1 or group support for pupils working at primary level. Their support with literacy and numeracy is available in person and online by experienced, fully registered primary teachers. They aim to create confidence in learning through their fun and engaging approach to teaching. They offer a flexible and convenient service, as you can access their support from home. They are safe, as all their associate teachers are disclosure checked and their online sessions can be recorded. Most importantly they get results! Pupils gain confidence and increase their ability with their help.