EY Entrepreneur of Year shortlist

Under fire Garrett-Cox on awards shortlist

Garrett CoxAnother for the “you couldn’t make it up” folder. The boss of  “a self-managed investment trust seeking increasing value over the long-term – based in Dundee” is among the shortlisted candidates for this year’s EY Scottish entrepreneur of the year.

Yes, you guessed it: Katherine Garrett-Cox – currently facing a boardroom battle at Alliance Trust over claims that it is underperforming.

Ms Garrett-Cox, whose company will face a shareholder vote next week to install three new directors, is already shortlisted for another top award: the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year.

The EY award is on 25 June while the Veuve Cliquot is on 11 May.

But being shortlisted or winning the Veuve Clicquot  has often been a mixed blessing. A number of winners have subsequently left their jobs in difficult circumstances.

Last year’s winner Harriet Green stepped down from running Thomas Cook just six months later. Former EasyJet boss Carolyn McCall, a judge in this year’s competition, was another victim of the Cliquot curse when she had to resign as a non-executive director at Tesco just days after winning in 2008 due to a conflict of interest.

Ms Garrett-Cox, who faces 27 rivals for the Scottish prize, is unlikely to be focused on either of the awards while rebel shareholder Elliott Advisers continues to muster support for its plans. Former director Tim Ingram poured more oil on the fire by claiming she was overpaid.

Well, at least she could afford a couple of bottles of the finest fizz if she wins.

Full list of Scotland 2015 Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists:

Mrs Katherine Garret-Cox – Alliance Trust – A self-managed investment trust. The Company’s objective is to be a core investment for investors seeking increasing value over the long-term – based in Dundee.

Josh Littlejohn and Alice Thompson – Social Bite – Social Bite is a chain of sandwich shops which employs and feeds the homeless and give profits to charity. Also founded largest business dinner in Scottish history – based in Edinburgh.

Michael Wilson – Ecosse Subsea Systems – a subsea technology, equipment hire and offshore engineering consultancy specialising in oil and gas, offshore wind, wave and tidal industries based in Aberdeen.

James   Watt – BrewBog – BrewDog describe themselves as libertines, mavericks and revolutionary. They are on a mission to make people as passionate about great craft beer as they are – based in Aberdeen.

Prof Jim Duffy – Entrepreneurial Spark – Entrepreneurial Spark® (ESpark) is The World’s Largest Free Business Accelerator for early stage and growing ventures – based in Hamilton.

Stuart Pender – Lomond Capital – A partnership of entrepreneurs, with the aim of transforming the management of residential investment assets across the UK – based in Edinburgh

Sophy Green – Instant Neighbour – Alleviates poverty in Aberdeen, creating a better quality of life, providing practical assistance, developing social enterprises and campaigning for change – based in Aberdeen.

Dr Graeme Malcolm, OBE – M Squared Lasers – M Squared Lasers research, design and manufacture world-class lasers and advanced photonic systems for use in academic, commercial and industrial applications – based in Glasgow.

John Abbott – Abbott Risk Consulting – Safety engineering and risk management company – based in Edinburgh

James   PatonADIL – an independent consultancy focused on providing market leading development and operations management support to the energy industry – based in Aberdeen

Stuart Hunter and Cameron TaylorAdvance Global Recruitment – a recruitment consultancy servicing the oil and energy market specifically within the fields of ROV, survey & inspection and drilling –based in Edinburgh.

Stephen NewlandsAMG Group Ltd (t/a Vango) – Owner and distributor of established international outdoor and ski brands – based in Glasgow.

Andrew Kerr – CMS Windows – Manufactures and installers of PVCu, alumnium and timber hybrid windows, doors and curtain walling systems, based in Cumbernauld.

Colin Woodward  – Contract Scotland – Technical/professional recruitment consultancy to the Scottish and international markets – based in Stirling.

Graeme Bone – Drum Property Group – A privately owned property investment and development company – based in Aberdeen.

Gordon Dewar – Edinburgh Airport – Airport operator – based in Edinburgh.

Peter Bruce – Entier – Provides catering and hospitality services to business and educational establishments, events and delivered catering services and offshore catering ad hotel services – based in Aberdeen

Scott Davidson – Glencairn Crystal – Concept designs of bespoke crystal glassware to logo and packaging design – based in Glasgow.

Ramin Golzari – Highlander Outdoor – Highlander is a European brand that designs and manufactures over 2,500 for the camping, outdoor and military markets – based in Livingston.

Grant Keenan – Keenan Recycling – Keenan Recycling (KRL) is Scotland’s largest organic recycling company. It processes all of the garden and food waste that arises in the wheelie bins from Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Moray and Highland Council. The company also collects food waste from over 2,000 businesses in the North East and all waste is transformed into BSI accredited compost and sold to landscapers and farmers – based in Aberdeen.

Alastair Macphie – Macphie of Glenbervie – Food ingredient manufacturer supplying bakers, caterers and food manufacturers – based in Stonehaven.

David Wood – Northern Oils – Industry leading UK fuel and lubrican specialists – based in Moray.

Mike Loggie – Saltire Energy – Saltire Energy is a leading rental specialist in oil and gas equipment to the global energy sector with seven bases located across the world – based in Aberdeen.

Murray Kerr – SengS Subsea Engineering Solutions – a multi-discipline engineering and service company providing engineering, testing, controls and tooling rentals to the energy industry – based in Ellon.

Paul Reid – Sigma Seven – Helps enterprise organisations to use mobile technology to enable their field and office staff to work together more efficiently – based in Edinburgh

Alastair Davis – Social Investment Scotland – SIS is a community development finance institution making social investments in charities and social enterprises across Scotland – based in Edinburgh.

Scotland judging panel

Duncan Skinner
Chairman – Glencraft

Martin Armstrong
Chief Executive Officer – Wheatley Housing Group

Jann Brown
Audit Committee Chair – John Wood Group

Allan Dowie
Chief Financial Officer – Clyde Blowers Capital

Hamid Guedroudj
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman – Petroleum Experts

Afzal Khushi
Director – Jacobs & Turner (t/a Trespass)

Calum Paterson
Managing Partner – Scottish Equity Partners


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