West Lothian Chamber Awards
West Lothian firms celebrate year of success
Winners with prizes awarded at the Chamber gala dinner
West Lothian’s business community celebrated a year of success and growth at the 2018 West Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Dinner sponsored by Edinburgh Airport.
Over 180 people attended the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony at The MacDonald Houston House Hotel, Uphall, on 30 November.
The evening kicked off with inspirational speech by Fraser Doherty MBE, the young entrepreneur founder of SuperJam, Envelope Coffee, and co-founder of Beer52, before the main task of choosing winners across the eight categories – each of which highlighting the best endeavours of West Lothian’s diverse and dynamic business community.
Door Entry solutions business, Entrotec was named Best Business of The Year in recognition of its exceptional customer service and commitment to its innovation journey.
The Shona Sibbald Woman in Business Award, which recognises the outstanding contribution to the local economy made by a businesswoman, went to Michelle Quinn, director of Livingston-based precision engineering and fabrication company, Almond Engineering, the judges praising her “exceptional vision for the future growth of the business.”
The Regional Employer Developing Young Workforce West Lothian Award went to Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, described by the judging panel as ‘an employer committed to promoting career opportunities in their sector and actively engages with local young people to raise awareness.’, whilst the Entrepreneur & Business Start-up Award was given to healthcare company Lucerne Scotland, which in its two years of trading, has witnessed exception growth and development.
A newly-created category, Environmental Champion Award was won by Sibbald Training, impressing the judges with its total commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and negative environmental impact throughout the organisation, whilst Linlithgow-based utility consultant DB Group (Europe) Limited, picked up the Excellence in Staff Learning & Development Award.
The Enterprising School Award, presented to a school demonstrating and delivering commitment to innovation, creativity and enterprise, was won by Bathgate Academy, whilst the Business Growth & Innovation Award was picked up by Livingston-based IT and Print Services company Workflo Solutions (Scotland), the judges praising strong growth & development within this company, through investment in its people and technology, making it a leader in its sector.
Commenting on the 2018 awards, Linda Scott, chief executive, West Lothian Chamber, said: “The Awards provide an important opportunity to recognise and celebrate thriving business excellence throughout West Lothian and to acknowledge the best of the best.
“The Chamber is passionate about supporting the communities we serve, and is a key driver in the future economic, social and cultural growth of our region, particularly in preparing young people for the jobs and skills of the future.”
A charitable draw helped to raise £1,645 on the evening for the Chamber’s nominated charity for this year The Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust, the vision of Scottish football legend Willie Henderson.
Willie’s daughter died from the disease in 2012 on her 28th birthday and since then Willie and a team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise funds towards hospital equipment, medicines and support groups for women suffering from the illness.