Awards Dinner: Friday 8 September 2017 - The Drumossie Hotel, Inverness 


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. This year's celebratory business Awards Dinner took place on Friday 8 September 2017 in Inverness, with the Awards being hosted by popular comedian, actor and satirist Marcus Brigstocke.

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. 

We're delighted that joining us as Keynote Speaker at this year's Awards Dinner was Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, The Scottish Government.

The SCDI H&I Business Excellence Awards 2017 categories closed to applications on 1 August 2017.


SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2017 categories are as follows*:
(*please note that the Closing Date for entries was 1 August 2017)   

Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business 
- WINNER: Marine Harvest Scotland
An organisation, working in the Highlands & Islands, which best demonstrates a track-record of outstanding achievement in the global marketplace, involving a strong internationalisation & export strategy which underpins growth and an ability to innovate and break into new markets. (view entry form) / (download form)

Crown Estate Scotland Award for Excellence in a Marine Business 
 WINNER: CalMac Ferries Ltd
The company working in the Highlands & Islands, which best demonstrates successful working in the region's marine environment - supported by evidence of business performance, environmental care and sustainability and including local community involvement. (view entry form) / (download form)

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Research & Innovation 
-WINNER: MIME Technologies
The organisation working in the Highlands & Islands, which best demonstrates the application of Research and/or Innovation to improve their competitiveness - including evidence of significant productivity increases, enhanced business processes and how this has affected future plans for the organisation. (view entry form) / (download form)

Liberty British Aluminium Award for Outstanding Business Ambassador 
-WINNER: Dr Gareth Davies, MD, Aquatera Ltd
The business leader who best demonstrates 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. (view entry form) / (download form)

Scottish Environment Protection Agency Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability 
-WINNER: Carbon Clever (The Highland Council)
The business or organisation, working in the Highlands & Islands, which best demonstrates its commitment and overall approach to improving its environmental performance and resource efficiency - including innovative solutions which minimise environmental impact, sharing good practice and effectively working with third parties, in ways which go beyond regulatory compliance and also increase profits and/or efficiency. (view entry form) / (download form)

SCDI Award for Excellence in People Development 
- WINNER: Aquascot Ltd
The organisation, working in the Highlands & Islands, which best demonstrates its commitment to developing the skills of its employees. This will involve leadership and a company-wide ethos of investment in people which shows a high priority to excellence of service, health & safety, sustainability and the communities in which its works. (view entry form) / (download form)

SCDI Highlands & Islands Chair's Award for Outstanding Business Achievement
- WINNER: Loch Ness By Jacobite
Presented to the company based in the Highlands & Islands, which best demonstrates having made a significant positive contribution to the regional economy. (view entry form) / (download form) 

On the Awards Dinner evening, we also presented our Young Engineers & Science Clubs (YESC) Regional Club of the Year 2017 trophy to pupils from Forres Academy.  


We're delighted that popular comedian, actor and satirist Marcus Brigstocke was the host of this year's SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2017.

He returned to the region having once worked on an oil rig moored in the Cromarty Firth!

A well-known entertainer, Marcus has worked extensively in stand-up comedy, TV and radio - particularly the comedy slot on BBC Radio 4. 


John Swinney MSP joined the Scottish National Party in 1979, and graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Politics. He has worked for the Scottish Coal Project, Development Options and Scottish Amicable. Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, he held a number of posts in the SNP at local and national level. In 1999, he became the MSP for Tayside North, remaining as the constituency's MP until standing down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election.

From 1998 - 2000, he served as deputy leader of the SNP, and then as party leader between 2000 - 2004. He was re-elected as an MSP at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Sustainable Growth. He was appointed as Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution & Economy in November 2014; and Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills in May 2016.

SCDI would like to thank our Principal and Associate Partners for their much appreciated support of our SCDI H&I Business Excellence Awards 2017.

Partnership Opportunities & Bookings
If you are interested in H&I region partnership opportunities, to engage with our work in the region, or to enquire about the SCDI H&I Awards Dinner, please contact Fraser Grieve, SCDI H&I Director on T: 01463 218666 or

To view our previous Award Winners in 2016 - please click to read about our SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2016 Dinner, which was hosted in Inverness, with Awards and after-dinner entertainment on the evening provided by well-known comedian Tim Vine. Guests also heard from our Keynote Speaker, Secretary of State for Scotland The Rt Hon David Mundell MP.