Summit Entrepreneurship Awards

Business leaders vying for top honours

Celia Hodson

Celia Hodson hopes to be among this year’s winners (pic: Terry Murden) 


A woman whose business is fighting period poverty and a property developer reviving some of Edinburgh’s neglected gems are among the finalists vying for prizes in the 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards.

Grandparent Celia Hodson was a late starter in running her own business but her sanitary products have been a sensation and are now stocked in supermarkets across the UK.

Chris Stewart has converted a number of rundown properties in the capital, the latest being the former RBS branch in St Andrew Square, for years a derelict eyesore and now home to the luxury Edinburgh Grand hotel which boasts the most expensive room in Scotland.

The awards recognise outstanding entrepreneurial talent across seven categories from more than 250 nominations.

The full list of finalists:

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Derek Pierce, J&D Pierce Contracts
  • Chris Stewart, Chris Stewart Group
  • Simon Hannah, Filshill

Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Mike Wilson, Ecosse Subsea
  • Neil Logan, Incremental Group
  • Steven Gray, ROVOP

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite
  • Celia Hodson, Hey Girls
  • Alan Mahon, Brewgooder

Intrapreneur of the Year

  • Robin Watson, Wood plc
  • Mark Hunter, Sainsbury’s Bank
  • Hugh Edmiston, The University of Edinburgh

Academic to the Entrepreneur

  • Caroline Barelle, Elasmogen
  • Cait Murray-Green, CuanTec
  • Monika Tomecka, uFraction8

Rising Star of the Year

  • Martin McDonnell, Sublime Digital
  • Kristian Tapaninaho, Ooni
  • Michael Corrigan, Trtl

Young Entrepreneur of the Year in association with Scotland is Now

  • Erin McGinley, E-mogis
  • Isla Leslie, Estrele
  • Lucy Sinclair, iBaller


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