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Queen’s Awards hail contribution of smaller firms

Morag McFarlane

Morag McFarlane: acknowledgement


Firms in Scotland are among 201 British businesses receiving this years Queen’s Awards for enterprise.

Three-quarters – 151 – of recipients are smaller firms, defined as those with fewer than 250 employees. Thirty of these have fewer than ten employees.

Now in their 53rd year, the awards announced on the Queen’s birthday and are one of the UK’s highest accolades recognising business achievement. The winners, in four categories, can display the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise emblem for five years.

There were 129 International trade winners, 61 in the innovation category, six in sustainable development and five in the promoting opportunity category.

Business secretary Greg Clark said: “These awards recognise the innovative products and services being provided by British businesses that are in demand across the world, as well as the sheer determination and hard work that comes with starting and running a business.

“Many of these winners are small businesses – the backbone of our economy – and we are backing them to grow, increase their productivity and create more jobs and opportunity across the UK through our modern Industrial Strategy.”

They will join more than 6,000 British businesses to have received the honour over the years.

Among the winners is Tissue Solutions, a virtual biobank and tissue acquisition company which helps researchers ethically source biological materials. It is the second time the Glasgow-based firm has been recognised for its excellence in International Trade, having also collected the award in 2014.

The award has been presented this year in the international category in recognition of its success within international markets and achieved by continual investment in growth and innovation. In the last three years, Tissue Solutions has seen overseas growth of 216% and more than 80% repeat orders by servicing global clients. The business currently employs 20 staff and is based at the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow.

Dr Morag McFarlane CEO, said: “The award is an acknowledgment of the effort put in by everyone at Tissue Solutions to ensure the best possible customer service to our clients, who have shown their appreciation by their custom and loyalty.”

2019 Scottish recipients


Ace Aquatec: Dundee
Innovative humane fish and crustacean slaughtering equipment for fish farms and wild catch vessels

Optos: Dunfermline
An ultra-widefield ophthalmoscope to image retina and software to enable diagnosing retinal disease

Thompson Recycling and Landfill: Dumbarton
Achieving zero waste to landfill by treating and recycling inert waste as a resource


Add Latent: Aberdeen
Asset Integrity Management, Maintenance Optimisation, Benchmarking Analysis, Materials Management, Operational Support

Occupancy Marketing, trading as 80 DAYS: Edinburgh
Branding, design, website build and digital marketing services for the travel and hospitality sector

TheWhiskyBarrelcom: Fife
Official distillery and independent bottlings of Scotch whisky and specialist spirits

Tissue Solutions: Glasgow
Ethically sourced human tissues and biospecimens (fresh, frozen and paraffin embedded) for pre-clinical research


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