New Year Honours List

Murray knighted, MBE for homeless campaigner

Josh Littlejohn
Josh Littlejohn

Tennis star Andy Murray and the homeless campaigner Josh Littlejohn are among those named in the New Year Honours List.

Murray is knighted, while Littlejohn, who set up the sandwich chain Social Bite, is appointed an MBE for services to social enterprise and entrepreneurship.

A founder of business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark has also received an MBE. Jim Duffy is recognised for services to entrepreneurship in Scotland.

Mr Duffy said he would be stepping down from the organisation in May. He has nothing lined up but said he is  “a great believer in life opportunities presenting themselves”.

The first ever honour for services to glassblowing is awarded to Thomas Young, from Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire.

Mr Young, who has been making glass by hand for nearly 60 years, receives the MBE. He started a business at the age of 77 aiming to train apprentices to follow in his footsteps.

Business adviser Margaret Gibson is appointed an OBE.

John Park Campbell, chairman of Glenrath Farms in the Borders, is knighted for services to farming and charitable service to entrepreneurship.

Former Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC is appointed a CBE for services to law in Scotland while the same honour goes to former MSP, Professor Susan Deacon.

Prof Deacon, assistant principal of the University of Edinburgh, is the first female chairman of the Institute of Directors Scotland and receives the honour for services to business, education and public service.

A woman who emigrated from Delhi to Scotland 15 years ago has been awarded an OBE. Poonam Gupta is CEO of PG Paper which now operates in 52 countries from its base in Greenock.

The mother of two overcame an undiagnosed form of tuberculosis between her pregnancies which temporarily left her in a wheelchair. The illness did not prevent her from running the company with the help of her husband Puneet.

Among the famous names honoured are a number of British Olympians. Runner Mo Farah is also knighted, while heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger become Dames. Gordon Reid, receives an MBE for services to tennis.

There are CBEs for cyclists Jason and Laura Kenny, swimmer Sascha Kindred and equestrians Charlotte Dujardin, Nick Skelton and Sophie Christiansen.

Kinks singer Ray Davies is knighted as is the 89-year-old comedian Ken Dodd.

Actress Patricia Routledge is made a dame.

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill is appointed an MBE.


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