Enterprise winners

13 Scots firms honoured in Queen’s Awards

Among the winners: the Remakery

A social enterprise running workshops to teach recycling skills, and the developer of a modular building system using wooden blocks, are among 13 Scottish recipients of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Altogether 232 businesses from across the UK are recognised for their achievements. One Scottish company – the Linlithgow-based telecoms equipment testing firm Calnex Solutions – received awards in two categories.

Awards are valid for 5 years and winners are permitted to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at their main office and use the emblem on their marketing materials.

Small Business Minister Paul Scully said: “This country is renowned for its entrepreneurial achievements and there is no greater showcase for it than the Queen’s Awards. It’s vital we celebrate the success of our businesses and recognise the contributions they make to communities across the country.”

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart added: “These firms showcase the excellence Scottish business is renowned for.

“Their innovation, contribution to sustainable development and achievements in trade prove once again that Scotland is a major player on the global business stage.”

The Scottish winners are:


Calnex Solutions, Linlithgow: Established in 2006 and a winner of the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2015, it designs test and measurement solutions for the telecoms sector.

Kaseum Technology, Aberdeen: a specialist design and manufacturing company producing a range of well intervention tools for the oil and gas industry.

Sustainable development

AES t/a AES Solar, Forres: set up in 1979 to develop solar thermal products for the Findhorn Foundation ecovillage.

Edinburgh Remakery, Edinburgh: an environmental social enterprise. It teaches and adopts sustainable practices around repair and reuse to prevent valuable materials and resources, such as electronic devices, from going to waste.

Healthy Nibbles, Edinburgh: established in 2013, it has seven employees and sells healthy snacks and grazing boxes for vending machines and other outlets.

John Lawrie Tubulars, Montrose: part of the John Lawrie Group, it focuses on the purchase and repurposing of oil and gas tubulars direct from operators, for use as piling by the construction industry.

International Trade

Bladnoch Distillery, Wigtown: began trading in 2015 and is now the fourth largest independently owned Scotch Whisky distillery.

Calnex Solutions, Linlithgow (see above)

IQA Operations Group, Glasgow: began trading in 2002 and is a contractor specialising in designing, building, maintaining and upgrading multi utility networks, telecom and electrical infrastructure for both the public and private sector and for distribution network operators. Now employs 300.

Maritime Developments, Westhill, Aberdeenshire: trading since 1999, it operates in the energy industry, particularly in the subsea sector, delivering equipment and services for handling cables and flexible products.

TEFL Scotland t/a TEFL Org, Inverness: founded in 2008 to train people how to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), it trains more than 20,000 per year internationally.

Nairn’s Oatcakes, Edinburgh: founded in 1896 and bought by its current owners in 1996, it is the UK’s largest producer of oatcakes, sweet biscuits, crackers, flatbreads, cereals and snacks.

Phil Mac Associates LLP t/a AgbioInvestor, Pathhead, Midlothian: launched in 2017, it provides market intelligence and analysis using online subscription-based products and bespoke reporting.

WoodBlocX, Dingwall: the 10-year-old firm designs and manufactures a modular system of wooden blocks that can be used to build almost any structure in a garden including raised beds, planters, retaining walls, ponds, edging, seats and more.

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