Best Borders businesses recognised at awards ceremony

David Chapman of Scott & Charters Ltd receiving the marketing from Bryan McGrath of Scottish Borders Council

David Chapman of Scott & Charters Ltd receiving the marketing from Bryan McGrath of Scottish Borders Council

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Duns firm Topling Ltd collected a brace of awards at the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards on Friday.

The biomass boiler company were awarded the technology/innovation award and best environmental business.

Technology & Innovation Award: Donna Waddell & John Seed of Topling Ltd receiving their award from Raymond Kerr of QubeGB
Technology & Innovation Award: Donna Waddell & John Seed of Topling Ltd receiving their award from Raymond Kerr of QubeGB

Councillor Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development, praised the quality of entries and said that the shortlisted firms highlighted the strengths of the Borders economy.

Mr Bell said: “All of the finalists across the seven awards categories were worthy candidates. Our winners therefore overcame strong competition.

“Overall, these awards have given us a valuable insight into the vitality of the business community within the Borders.

“I think we can be very optimistic about our business base as the economy continues to recover.”

Tourism Award: Helen Currie & Sarah Peat of Bowhill House & Country Estate receiving their award from Catherine Maxwell Stuart of the Area Tourism Partnership
Tourism Award: Helen Currie & Sarah Peat of Bowhill House & Country Estate receiving their award from Catherine Maxwell Stuart of the Area Tourism Partnership

The awards were handed out at a business lunch at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, with the lunch showcasing local produce.

Following the lunch, the audience watched a brief video about each of the 20 finalists. These were filmed by Adam Johnson of Scottish Borders Living, and all of the videos will be available to view at Melrose Living, the first of the Scottish Border Living town sites – www.melroseliving.co.uk

Mr Johnson said: “Filming the finalists was a great experience and insight into the many different business areas and industries that operate from within the Scottish Borders.

“There are many companies and organisations working hard within their respective sectors to achieve success.

Employer Award: Jim Stark and Victoria Forbes receiving their award from Brian Hermiston of Skills Development Scotland
Employer Award: Jim Stark and Victoria Forbes receiving their award from Brian Hermiston of Skills Development Scotland

“This year’s finalists are a good example of that success.”

The start-up/new business award has been postponed to enable it to form part of the first Scottish Borders Business Week in September.

A council spokesperson said: “As the lead for local economic development, SBC actively seeks to encourage and support business start-ups. As such, we have decided to promote Scottish Borders businesses – and the support available to them – in the first Scottish Borders Business Week later this year.

“Taking place from Monday, September 29, the inaugural Scottish Borders Business Week will acknowledge the importance of new business start-ups to the local and national economy, as well as raising awareness of the wide range of opportunities and support available to would-be entrepreneurs in our area.

Retail & Town Centre Award: Andrew Fraser & Christina Dodds of Scotlight Commercial Lighting Ltd receiving their award from Jack Clark of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce
Retail & Town Centre Award: Andrew Fraser & Christina Dodds of Scotlight Commercial Lighting Ltd receiving their award from Jack Clark of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce

“As a special celebration of new local business, the start-up award will now be a key feature of Scottish Borders Business Week rather than part of the Business Excellence Awards.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming nominations for the new award from late July onwards.”

Environmental Award: Donna Waddell & John Seed of Topling Ltd receiving their award from Karen Jervis of ProStrakan
Environmental Award: Donna Waddell & John Seed of Topling Ltd receiving their award from Karen Jervis of ProStrakan
Rural Award: Graeme Murray & Graham Murdoch of Real Wood Studios Ltd receiving their award from Iain Laidlaw of Forestry Commission Scotland
Rural Award: Graeme Murray & Graham Murdoch of Real Wood Studios Ltd receiving their award from Iain Laidlaw of Forestry Commission Scotland
All category winners with category sponsors alongside Michael Moore MP and Cllr Stuart Bell
All category winners with category sponsors alongside Michael Moore MP and Cllr Stuart Bell
 

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