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Business Star Awards 2013 Results
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PEST COMPANY IS BEST COMPANY

A leading pest control company has proved there are no flies on them by being crowned Perthshire’s top business.

Popular winner, Blairgowrie-based Graham Environmental Service Ltd lifted the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business of the Year title at a glittering Star Awards ceremony in Crieff on Friday.

Managing director Ross Graham and delighted staff from the 10-year-old business celebrated after securing the Business Growth category trophy before going on to claim the overall trophy and title.

Over 300 guests heard how Graham Environmental Services, which employs nearly 50 people, captured the judges’ vote for its “focus, ambition, delivery and results”.

Impressive and sustainable growth has seen the Welton Road company diversify and build on the success of their core pest control service, now offering extensive hygiene and fire equipment checking services - predominantly to the food industry.

 Chamber President Stephen Leckie said: “Graham Environmental Services has a clear strategy and very impressive results.
“They have grown turnover and profit in the past 12 months, continued to invest in both premises and training, have a good sense of their market and customers, and have drilled out a niche between the big national players and the sole trader operations. From their base in Blairgowrie they are now reaching the Central Belt and other parts of Scotland.
“Their ambition is to be a leading player in environmental services to the food and drinks industry in Scotland from their base in Blairgowrie and they have proved themselves true Business Stars.”

A thrilled Ross Graham said the accolade rewarded years of hard work by the family and all their staff.
"This is a team award and I couldn't be more proud of everyone that made this Business Of The Year title possible," he said.
"To come out top among so many strong contenders is just amazing. We work hard at building the right team with similar values and work ethos to deliver the best possible product and service to our clients.
"I could never have imagined when the company was first set up that we would ever be named Perthshire's top business - everyone's hard work has really paid off and I couldn't be more proud and pleased."

Stephen Leckie also presented an “Outstanding Achievement Award” to the founding trustees of the recently-launched Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, based at Perth Airport.
Chairman John Bullough, Chief Executive Gavin Davey, Alan Bell, Mike Beale and the late Roddy Young were all recognised for their “vision, hard work, commitment, grit and determination” over a period of four years to bring the country’s first charity-funded life-saving helicopter air ambulance to fruition.
Launched in May, SCAA has already responded to over 170 emergency callouts – flying to those most in need right across Scotland.“SCAA is now a recognised part of the emergency service network in Scotland and we are very fortunate to have it based in Perthshire,” said Mr Leckie, “but it didn’t happen overnight.
“The vital service is the result of astonishing commitment from a small body of businesspeople who worked tirelessly to make it happen for the benefit of all – they deserve our thanks and recognition for what they have achieved.”

Chamber Chief Executive Vicki Unite reflected on “an amazing evening”.
“It was a fantastic event,” she said, “and so great to see the very best in local business being applauded by their peers and rewarded by the business sector for their outstanding work.
“We know from experience that there can be a real business benefit for winners – and finalists – and that is the underlying purpose of the Star Awards.
 `It’s a privilege to be able to showcase them at Perthshire’s leading business awards ceremony and witness their success and genuine support from the local business community.”

 George Stubbs of GS Group said:
“We were delighted to have secured the sponsorship of this year’s awards dinner, the most prestigious evening in the Perth and Kinross business calendar.
"It provided an excellent opportunity to promote our new brand but it’s also a great opportunity to put something back in to the business community.
“The number of awards and entrants illustrated how important both the Chamber and the business community see this event.
As well as being an opportunity for businesses to showpiece themselves it’s a wonderful opportunity for businesses to get together and do some networking in a wonderful setting.
 “Our team had a fantastic evening, meeting with some old friends and some new contacts.  The venue was superb and level of hospitality outstanding, making for an extremely memorable occasion.”

This year’s premier business awards event was held at Crieff Hydro Hotel and was hosted by journalist Maureen Young and presenter Gary Robinson.

Entertainment was provided by local band Lost In Music. 

In addition to the overall Business Of The Year title, 12 category Star Awards and two Highly Commended certificates were presented.

They were:

  ·        Employee of the Year Award sponsored by the Perthshire Advertiser
 Kara Scott - Mcleod Glaziers   

·          Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by Graham Environmental Services
Kayleigh McQueen - Baby Scan Studio Perth

·          Most Promising New Business Award sponsored by Enterprise & Business Gateway
Soaper Stars   

·          Excellence in Customer Service Award sponsored by RBS
 
Cafe Tabou         
Highly Commended Finalist      Miller Hendry  

·          Excellence in Business Innovation Award sponsored by Stagecoach Group
Merlin ERD  

·          Commitment to the Community Award sponsored by Binnwaste Management
GrowBiz 

Highly Commended Finalist      Ad-Lib Theatre Arts   

·          Excellence in Tourism & Leisure Award sponsored by Bank of Scotland (Large Business)
 
Crieff Hydro

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Excellence in Tourism & Leisure Award sponsored by Bank of Scotland (Small Business)
Craigatin House and Courtyard    

·          Excellence in Export Award sponsored by Perth & Kinross Council
Mackie's at Taypack    

·          Business Growth Award sponsored by Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants
Graham Environmental Services    

·          Excellence in E-Commerce Award sponsored by Perth College UHI
Bertie Browns    

·          Independent Retailer of the Year Award sponsored by Denvir Marketing
Loch Leven's Larder    

·        Excellence in Food & Drink Produce Award sponsored by The James Hutton Institute
The Wee Pie Company   

·         Outstanding Achievement Award 

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Support sponsorship for the glamorous event came from GS Group and media sponsor was The Perthshire Advertiser. 

The specially dedicated website www.businessstarawards.co.uk was provided by Momentum Design. 

Trophies were designed, crafted and donated by Sarah Peterson of Caithness Glass. 

Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner with wine and once again Highland Spring provided the water for the evening and Inveralmond Brewery provided their Homecoming Scotland Beer. 

The stunning flower decorations were provided by Something Special Flowers in Blairgowrie. 

The event was hosted by journalist Maureen Young and presenter Gary Robinson.  

Sound and light production and expertise for the show was provided by Catalyst EPS. 

Johnston Media handled all video work before and during the event while Daybreak studios recorded the voiceovers used in films of the shortlisted entries. 

A charity prize draw of a midweek overnight stay for two on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, along with a voucher for the new Aloft! Turret Trail Treetop Adventure for two came courtesy of Crieff Hydro Hotel. 

Coach transport to and from the event was provided by Stagecoach Group. 

Photographer Graeme Hart of Perthshire Picture Agency was on duty throughout the evening to catch all the drama and excitement. 

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