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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Business Star Awards Finalists Announced

Business finalists selected for Star billing

 

The countdown to Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards 2014 has begun in earnest as judges reveal their finalists from an impressive entry of local companies.

 

The shortlisted entrants for Perthshire’s most prestigious business awards will now be asked to “play their aces” as judges begin the task of visiting and interviewing this year’s finalists.

 

And Chamber chief executive Vicki Unite said the competition couldn’t be fiercer as one of the most impressive line-ups ever assembled for the Star Awards goes under the spotlight.

 

“It’s now up to each of those companies shortlisted to convince judges that they have real ‘Star quality’,” she said. “The standard this year is exceptional and the judges’ task will be extraordinarily difficult - any of the finalists could be our ultimate winners.

“Finalists now have to deliver a sharp impressive presentation to judges, matching the high standard of their entry, and backed by a stand-out profiling of their business as they bid to secure the judges’ vote.”

 

But Vicki stressed that entrants who have not been shortlisted this year should not be downhearted.

“We were very impressed by the standard of entry - right across the board - and whittling down each category to choose our finalists has been a really tough job,” she said. “Everyone who entered should be extremely proud of their business and what they have achieved to even make them a candidate for the awards.”

 

Celebrating all aspects of the local business world, the area’s premier Awards will highlight the real “stars” across leading sectors including tourism and leisure, food and drink, retail, innovation, customer service, commitment to the community and exporting.

 

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce also recognises the value of emerging talent and individuals who have proved outstanding in their particular sector will have a chance to shine in the apprentice and employee of the year categories.

Entrants this year include regular Star Awards supporters as well as new faces, with established internationally renowned organisations sharing the shorltisted slots with emerging one man operations.

 

Chamber directors, sponsors and experts from the business world will help unearth the shiniest Stars in one of the country’s most robust judging procedures in the run-up to a glittering showdown at a black tie dinner at Crieff Hydro on Friday, November 21.

 

“The Chamber is so proud to be able to showcase the best in the business at our awards dinner,” explained Vicki. “It really is a very exciting evening for everyone and the suspense among the finalists is tangible. Everyone joins in the celebration and acclaim for our winners and that makes for a great atmosphere.

 

“We’re looking forward to another outstanding celebration of Perthshire’s high achievers this year,” she added.

 

“As the definitive local business awards, Perthshire Business Star Awards continues to attract, showcase, applaud and reward those companies and individuals who are making a difference - those keeping the wheels of commerce turning during difficult times and ‘shining’ even when our economy is at its most challenging.

 

“Over the years, the PCC Business Star trophies have become much-sought-after targets for companies to achieve,” she added, “and we have rolled out hundreds of examples of business excellence in the form of our winners. This November we will undoubtedly discover some new bright shining Stars.”

 

* This annual celebration of the best in the business world always proves a spectacular night out and tickets (£65 + VAT) can be booked in advance by contacting the Chamber office on 01738 488325 or by email to events@perthshirechamber.co.uk or online at www.businessstarawards.co.uk.

 

Our deserving finalists are:

 

  1. Employee of the Year Award sponsored by McLeod Glaziers

Dawn Baillie, CheckIn Works & Giraffe Trading

Louise Crawford, Graham Environmental Services

Mhairi Frame, Perth Autism Support

John Harvey, Vector Aerospace Component Services UK

 

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

Kirsty Burns, Vector Aerospace Component Services UK

Scott Mason, Gary Bruce Electrical Contractors

Haley Napier, Copperfields Hairdressing and Beauty

Conor Nisbit, Kilmac Construction

 

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

    Energy Perspective

    Strathearn Distillery

    studioEAST Chartered Architects

     

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

Blend Coffee Lounge

BlueSky Experiences

Craigatin House & Courtyard

Flintriver

 

  1. Excellence in Business Innovation Award sponsored by Binn Group

    Air Service Training (Engineering)

    Baby Scan Studio Perth

    Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic

     

  2. Commitment to the Community Award sponsored by RBS

Ballathie House Hotel

CheckIn Works/Giraffe Trading

Perth Autism Support

Westbank Enterprises

 

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

    Ballathie House Hotel

    Crieff Hydro

    Perth Racecourse

     

  2. Contribution to Sustainability Award sponsored by Stagecoach Group

Binn Group

Perth College UHI, Perth & Kinross Green Technology Accelerator

The Gleneagles Hotel

 

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

    Agrivision (Scotland)

    Merlin ERD

     

  2. Business Growth Award sponsored by Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants

Carbon Financial Partners

Blimey Loans

BlueSky Experiences

Merlin ERD

 

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

    Scone Palace

    VTP Clothing

     

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

    Bertie Browns

    Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier

    Loch Leven’s Larder

     

     

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

    Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier

Strathearn Distillery

The Inveralmond Brewery

ANNUAL DINNER & BUSINESS STAR AWARDS

Click on the logo below to enter the world of the Business Star Awards 2014 sponsored by GS Group

Deadline Passed.  Good luck to all those who entered.

Shortlist will be announced shortly. 

 

Book your tickets now by clicking on the logo below. 

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Perth & Kinross Business Month

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Following on from last year’s hugely successful Business Month, Perth and Kinross' business support organisations are planning some exciting events again with a wide range of business topics being addressed making it a “must” for Perthshire businesses.

Perth and Kinross Council, Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise North East Trust , Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Enterprise and Perth College UHI ,  have developed an innovative and exciting programme of events, the vast majority of which are free, which will run from the last week in October until 22nd November. The Business and Enterprise Month offers something for everyone regardless of the size or nature of your business. The programme content throughout the month has been specifically designed to assist, encourage and inspire businesses to grow.

This will be a great opportunity for businesses from all sectors to be inspired, entertained, challenged with new ideas and encouraged to consider new ways of thinking. Businesses will also be made fully aware of the huge amount of local support available to help them achieve their objectives.

To achieve this, we have pulled together a full programme of inspiring keynote speakers, innovative workshops, expert panels and targeted exhibitions.

The month will cover a raft of issues related to business including family and succession planning,  innovations, digital marketing, social media, accessing finance, sales, sustainability, exporting and enterprise. The programme offers engagement through a wide range of formats from one to one surgeries and small workshops to larger seminars and a flagship ½ day conference on November the 6th.

Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to develop your business and engage directly with the private and public sector in a collaborative, supportive and dynamic environment.

For full information and bookings please go to: http://pkbem.co.uk

 

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