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Business Star Awards 2014 Results

Magical night for Merlin

 

Global oil and gas well drilling engineers Merlin ERD have shown they’re a wizard at what they do by lifting the title of Perthshire’s Business of the Year 2014.

 

The popular winner, based at Cherrybank, Perth, claimed the prestigious Perthshire Chamber of Commerce’s top business title at a glittering Star Awards ceremony in Crieff on Friday.

 

Managing Director Iain Hutchison and delighted staff from the seven-year-old business celebrated after securing both the Business Growth and Exporting category trophies - and then going on to claim the overall trophy and title.

 

Over 300 guests - including Scotland’s newly installed Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP - heard how Merlin ERD captured the judges’ vote for its “excellence and expertise in every aspect of its business”.

 

Chamber President Mike McDiarmid said the leading Extended Reach Drilling company, which employs around 35 people, had demonstrated impressive increases in terms of turnover, market share and profitability.

“The company is earning an enviable reputation across the globe for the  impressive delivery of outstanding services and expertise,” he said. “It is an industry leader in its field and uniquely based in Perth - outwith the more recognised oil and gas sector hubs.

 

“Merlin ERD impressed us for both its current operations and its future growth aspirations,” he added. “This company is the absolute embodiment of a Business Star. It is an outstanding company run by exceptional people and I’m sure it will continue to represent us well as one of the flagships for business in Perthshire.”

 

A thrilled Iain Hutchison said the overall title and individual category awards proved the “perfect” ending to what has been a “magical” year for Merlin, having attained a coveted Queen’s Award For Enterprise in the spring.

 

“Our business is all about our people and this award belongs to everyone at Merlin,” he said. “The staff have worked so hard to bring the company to where it is today and I am immensely proud of everyone that made this Business Of The Year title possible.”

 

Iain said that the award was particularly pleasing as it represented the endorsement of his business peers in Perthshire.

“To be judged the best in the business by the area’s leading business organisation and come out top among so many strong contenders is just wonderful,” he said.

“I always believed Perth was a special place to base Merlin’s special business and I’m so proud and pleased that the local business community recognises our achievements and supports us in everything we do,” he said. “Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year 2014 is a title we will wear with immense pride.”

 

Mike McDiarmid also presented an “Outstanding Achievement Award” to

St Johnstone Chairman Steve Brown and manager Tommy Wright in recognition of the football club’s towering triumph in lifting the Scottish Cup earlier this year and rewarding the years of economic spin-off the club generates for the local community.

 

In a year when sport dominated the events calendar, five outstanding Perthshire sportsmen and women were awarded the first-ever Chamber “Sporting Achievement Awards” in a profile of the year’s events by Perthshire Advertiser sports editor Gordon Bannerman.

 

These went to golfer Bradley Neil, curler Eve Muirhead, track athlete Eilidh Child, swimmer Stephen Milne and trainer and jockey duo Lucinda Russell and Peter Scudamore.

 

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 and from the local business community.”

 

George Stubbs of GS Group (Main Sponsor of the event) said on the night:

"In comparison to other regions in Scotland and the size of our business community we punch way above our weight when it comes to this event.  It is the best awards dinner - illustrated by the commitment made by all our businesses who have entered the awards."

 

This year’s premier business awards event was held at Crieff Hydro Hotel and was hosted by journalist Maureen Young and presenter Gary Robinson.   Chelsea Flower Show medal winners Something Special Flowers from Blairgowrie provided the stunning centre pieces.

Entertainment was provided by local band Lost In Music.

 

In addition to the overall Business Of The Year title and sporting achievement awards, 13 category Star Awards and two Highly Commended certificates were presented.

They were:

 

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1.      Employee of the Year Award sponsored by McLeod Glaziers

WINNER:  John Harvey, Vector Aerospace Component Services UK

HIGHLY COMMENDED RUNNER UP:  Mhairi Frame, Perth Autism Support

 

2.      Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by Perth College UHI

WINNER:  Kirsty Burns, Vector Aerospace Component Services UK

HIGHLY COMMENDED RUNNER UP:  Conor Nisbet, Kilmac Construction

 

3.      Most Promising New Business Award sponsored by Enterprise & Business Gateway

WINNER:  Strathearn Distillery

 

4.      Excellence in Customer Service Award sponsored by Graham Environmental Services

WINNER:  BlueSky Experiences

 

5.      Excellence in Business Innovation Award sponsored by Binn Group

WINNER: Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic

 

6.      Commitment to the Community Award sponsored by RBS

WINNER:  CheckIn Works/Giraffe Trading

 

7.      Excellence in Tourism & Leisure Award sponsored by Bank of Scotland

WINNER:  Perth Racecourse

 

8.      Contribution to Sustainability Award sponsored by Stagecoach Group

WINNER:  Binn Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED RUNNER-UP: Perth College UHI - Perth and Kinross Green Technology Business Accelorator

 

9.      Excellence in Export Award sponsored by Perth & Kinross Council

WINNER:  Merlin ERD

 

10.   Business Growth Award sponsored by Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants

WINNER:  Merlin ERD

HIGHLY COMMENDED RUNNER UP:  Carbon Financial Partners

 

11.   Excellence in E-Commerce Award sponsored by Bertie Browns

WINNER:  VTP Clothing

 

12.   Independent Retailer of the Year Award sponsored by Fairways HR Business Support & Recruitment Specialists

WINNER:  Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier

 

13.   Excellence in Food & Drink Produce Award sponsored by The James Hutton Institute

WINNER: The Inveralmond Brewery

  

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Support sponsorship for the glamorous event came from GS Group, Website Sponsor was Momentum Design and media sponsor was The Perthshire Advertiser. 

 

The exclusive trophies were designed, crafted and donated by Caithness Glass.

 

Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner with wine and once again Highland Spring provided the water for the evening.

 

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 "Just the Tonic" package and overnight dinner, bed and breakfast stay 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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