The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. SCDI's diverse and influential membership forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.

Awards Dinner: Friday 9 September 2016 - The Drumossie Hotel, Inverness

ENTRIES FOR AWARD CATEGORIES CLOSE 1 AUGUST!                   #SCDIawards2016  

SCDI's Annual Highlands & Islands Dinner & Business Excellence Awards is the highlight of the Highland business calendar and is always a sell-out, with 350 guests drawn from the Highland business and economic community and across Scotland.

We are delighted to announce that this year's Keynote Address will be delivered by the Secretary of State for Scotland, The Rt Hon David Mundell MP. Our host for the evening's proceedings at the SCDI H&I Business Excellence Awards 2016 Dinner in Inverness will be well-known Edinburgh Festival and TV comedian & entertainer Tim Vine - holder of the world record for the most jokes told in an hour!

More specifically, SCDI's Highlands & Islands Annual Dinner & Business Excellence Awards celebrates excellence and is the premier event for showcasing the cream of the region's businesses.

2016 H&I AWARDS - SCDI Categories Recognise Business Excellence:         

  • Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business  
  • The Crown Estate Award for Excellence in a Marine Business
  • Heathrow Airport Award for Outstanding Business Ambassador
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Research & Innovation 
  • ScotRail Business Direct Award for Excellence in Business Service & Engagement
  • SEPA Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability  
  • SCDI Award for Excellence in People Development
  • SCDI Highlands & Islands Chairman's Award for Outstanding Business Achievement


Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business This Award will be presented to the organisation, working in the Highlands and Islands, which can best demonstrate a track-record of outstanding achievement in the global marketplace. This is likely to involve a strong internationalisation or export strategy which underpins growth and an ability to innovate and break into new markets.To enter this category please click here

The Crown Estate Award for Excellence in a Marine Business  This Award will be presented to the business, working in the Highlands and Islands, which can best demonstrate successful working in the region's marine environment. This should... (Read more)


"I can sum up the day as one of the most insightful for SME businesses exporting or aspiring to export. I was encouraged on the approach of all the speakers. It was real, they connected with our challenges as SMEs in Scotland, and gave very practical ways of working through the challenges. No theories or highly charged technical speak, simple to digest and practical enough to start navigating, well done!"    Delegate at SCDI International Bus... (Read more)

SCDI Forum 2016 energised the debate in driving economic growth for Scotland. 


 The Forum programme consisted of three main sessions
- an Executive Symposium, Forum Dinner & the Forum 2016 conference.

SCDI FORUM 2016 - Friday 18 March (08.00 - 15.00)
A full day conference featuring main-stage plenary sessions, i... (Read more)