2014 AWARDS - 8 Categories recognised H&I Business Excellence

Friday 12 September 2014, Inverness



Keynote Address given by David Grevemberg, Chief Executive, Glasgow 2014 Ltd

Entertainment provided by Rory Bremner

The SCDI Annual Dinner & Business Excellence Awards is the highlight of the Highland business calendar. In 2014, our H&I Awards Dinner was held on Friday 12 September at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness. Hosted this year by presenter and broadcaster Jamie MacDougall, our after-dinner entertainment on the Awards evening was provided by renowned satirist and impressionist Rory Bremner.

We were delighted that guests at our Awards Dinner also heard from our Keynote Speaker - David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 Ltd - the man who lead the team of thousands who delivered such a successful XX Commonwealth Games in Scotland this summer.

In his address, David highlighted that people are Scotland's greatest asset, and that as an innovative, authentic, sincere and engaging country, Scotland exceeded its own expectations and ambitions in delivering a great XXth Commonwealth Games. It was also the first Games to incorporate a call to action, with £5m being raised for Unicef during the Opening Ceremony to support children throughout the Commonwealth, as viewers were encouraged to 'Put Children First'. They were also the first Games to completely integrate para-sport into the main sporting programme. The Glasgow 2014 Games were not just a friendly Games, but a connected Games, providing a global platform for business. Indeed, organisations in Scotland from across a variety of sectors inclufing energy, manufacturing, food & drink, tourism, education and financial services amongst others have secured business as a result of relationships forged during the Games. David also highlighted that the legacy of these Games will be what Scotland wants it to be, and that everyone is responsible for playing their part in driving that agenda forward.

SCDI's Highlands & Islands Annual Dinner & Business Excellence Awards celebrates excellence and is the premier event for showcasing the achievements of the region's businesses. The Awards Dinner was again a sell-out, with 350 guests drawn from the Highland business and economic community across Scotland.

Businesses from across the Highlands & Islands region had the opportunity to enter for this year's SCDI H&I Excellence Awards in categories as detailed below, and we were delighted to announce the Winners in each category as:

Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business - Orion Group
A Highly Commended recognition was also made in this category to Keltic Seafare

The Crown Estate One to Watch Award for Excellence in a Marine Business - Moray First Marine Ltd

Global Energy Award for Excellence in People Development - Moray Firth Radio

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Research & Innovation - Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd

ScotRail Business Direct Award for Excellence in Business Service & Engagement - The Wee Agency

SEPA Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability - Carbon Clever

The Walkers Shortbread Award for Outstanding Business Ambassador - ANTA Scotland

SCDI Highlands & Islands Chairman's Award for Outstanding Business Achievement - The Kingsmills Hotel
A Highly Commended recognition was also made in this category to Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries Ltd

Also recognised at the Awards Dinner were Tain Royal Academy, who received the SCDI Award for H&I Young Engineers & Science Club of the Year. On the evening the SCDI President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scotland was presented by video-link by Lady Susan Rice CBE, President, SCDI, to the whole team responsible for delivering the Glasgow 2014 Games, recognising the efforts of those from bid stage, to infrastructure development and then of course to the successful delivery of the Games. This surprise Award was accepted by David Grevemberg on behalf of all of those involved.

Details of the date for our 2015 Awards will be available shortly. For further information regarding our H&I Business Excellence Awards, please contact lesley.rhind@scdi.org.uk




To view our previous Award Winners in 2013, please click to read about our 2013 SCDI Highlands & Islands Awards Dinner, which was hosted by Cathy MacDonald, with the Keynote Address delivered by The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and after-dinner entertainment provided by comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti.


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