2015 H&I AWARDS - SCDI Categories Recognise Business Excellence

Awards Dinner: Friday 11 September 2015 - The Drumossie Hotel, Inverness

A celebratory evening was enjoyed in Inverness on Friday 11 September at our annual Awards Dinner recognising the excellence of Highlands & Islands region businesses and revealing who our #SCDIAwards2015 Winners were!

The SCDI 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. 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. The evening's host was broadcaster Cathy MacDonald.

We were delighted that the keynote address at our 2015 Awards Dinner was given by Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution & Economy and Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP.
Prior to joining us, Mr Swinney said: "The annual SCDI Highlands & Islands Dinner & Business Excellence Awards is one of the top events in the area's business calendar and acts as an excellent showcase for thriving local businesses. I am pleased to be able to give the keynote address and am looking forward to meeting with friends and colleagues across the region during this important occasion. The Scottish Government shares SCDI's vision of a nation that is ambitious, enterprising and measures success in its ability to maximise its natural assets, potential and people. We have built upon the same themes in Scotland's economic strategy. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate SCDI on its work, both across the Highlands & Islands and nationally, to foster an inclusive and connected economy that is underpinned by sustained investment in our physical and digital infrastructure."

In a surprise award on the evening, the SCDI President's Award 2015 was presented by our chair, Brendan Dick on behalf of Lady Susan Rice CBE to Highlands & Islands Enterprise, in recognition of the contribution that HIE, and its predecessor HIDB have made to Scotland over the past 50 years. From its creation in 1965, the HIDB played a pivotal role in how the region developed, recognising that economic and community wellbeing g hand in hand. Over that period we have seen the declining population of the region halted and the area move from one of high unemployment, to one that is a leading light of the Scottish economy, with HIE at its core.

Our Awards after-Dinner entertainent came from well-known TV, radio and live-show stand-up Ed Byrne - an alumni of the University of Strathclyde, who then founded a small comedy club in Glasgow and has since gone on to sell-out many runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as making numerous festival, radio & TV appearances globally.

Details of our SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2015 category Winners are noted below.

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SCDI were delighted to have received numerous entries from businesses of all sizes and sectors for our SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2015 which recognise the achievement of businesses across the Highlands & Islands over the past year.

Fraser Grieve, SCDI's Highlands & Islands Director said: "We are fortunate to have some exceptional companies based in, and working across, the Highlands & Islands, and these Awards are a way of SCDI recognising the talents and achievement of some of our greatest successes over the past year."

THE WINNERS of #SCDIAwards2015

Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business
Presented to the organisation, based in the Highlands and Islands, which can best demonstrate a track-record of outstanding achievement in the global marketplace.
WINNER: Scottish Sea Farms Export
Highly Commended: Forsyths

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.
WINNER: MDive Ltd

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Research & Innovation
This award will be presented to the organisation, based in the Highlands and Islands, which can best demonstrate the application of Research and/or Innovation to improve their competitiveness.
WINNER: Archial NORR

Royal Bank of Scotland Award for Outstanding Business Ambassador
This award for will be presented to the business leader who can best demonstrate having made an outstanding personal difference to a business and a significant positive contribution to the region's economy. Innovation, community impact, overcoming barriers and the ability to act as an inspiration to others are as important as turnover.
RECIPIENT: The Rt Hon Brian Wilson

Scottish Environment Protection Agency Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability
This award will be presented to the business or organisation, based in the Highlands and Islands, which can best demonstrate its commitment and overall approach to improving its environmental performance and resource efficiency.
WINNER: Sureclean

University of the Highlands and Islands Award for Excellence in People Development
This award will be presented to the organisation, based in the Highlands and Islands, which can best demonstrate its commitment to developing the skills of its employees.
WINNER: Sureclean

ScotRail Business Direct Award for Excellence in Business Service & Engagement
This award will be presented to the business or organisation, based in the Highlands & Islands, which has had the greatest impact on other businesses or their sector through innovative service or engagement.
JOINT WINNERS: Scottish Sea Farms & Marine Harvest

SCDI Highlands & Islands Chairman's Award for Outstanding Business Achievement
This award will be presented to the company, based in the Highlands and Islands, which best demonstrates having made a significant positive contribution to the regional economy.
RECIPIENT: Johnstons of Elgin

We were also delighted to recognise our SCDI Highlands & Islands Young Engineers & Science Club of the Year: Charleston Academy 

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Bookings
Our Awards Dinner 2015 was fully booked. If you wish to receive information in due course for SCDI's H&I Awards Dinner 2016 next September in Inverness please contact lesley.rhind@scdi.org.uk

Partnership Opportunities
If you are interested in H&I region partnership opportunities, or to engage with our work in the region, please contact Fraser Grieve, SCDI H&I Director on T: 01463 218666 or fraser.grieve@scdi.org.uk


To view our previous Award Winners in 2014, please click to read about our SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2014 Dinner, which was hosted in Inverness by Jamie MacDougall, with our after-dinner entertainment on the evening provided by renowned satirist and impressionist Rory Bremner. We were delighted that guests 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 last summer.