La­nark­shire’s cream of the busi­ness crop

TV’s Kaye Adams presents awards for 2016

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Glitz and glam­our were brought to the Rad­stone Ho­tel on Fri­day as over 350 guests at­tended the most pres­ti­gious night in the lo­cal busi­ness cal­en­dar.

Fol­low­ing months of an­tic­i­pa­tion, we can now un­veil the win­ners of the 23rd La­nark­shire Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards 2016.

Upon ar­rival at the ho­tel, guests were wel­comed by a drinks re­cep­tion be­fore the open­ing of the for­mal­i­ties by TV per­son­al­ity Kaye Adams who was host for the evening.

Guests also had the plea­sure of lis­ten­ing to a live per­for­mance from lo­cal mu­sic group Sound­Sa­tional prior to din­ner. As ten­sion mounted within the room, co­me­dian Des Clarke pro­vided some en­ter­tain­ment be­fore the win­ners were un­veiled.

The event, hosted by North and South La­nark­shire Coun­cils, along­side main spon­sor Cly­des­dale Bank, raised more than £4000 for the char­i­ties Kid­ney Kids and Kil­bryde Hospice.

Coun­cil­lor Chris Thomp­son, of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, opened the event and said: “In busi­ness, we are all aware that suc­cess doesn’t al­ways come eas­ily and cer­tainly not al­ways first time.

“Suc­cess is achieved through hard work, pa­tience, faith in what you are do­ing and the courage to carry on and turn your vi­sion into a re­al­ity.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing to see this vi­brancy in our busi­ness sec­tor high­light­ing that La­nark­shire is a great place to do busi­ness, and see the en­thu­si­asm in the busi­ness com­mu­nity for ‘do­ing busi­ness bet­ter’.“

Coun­cil­lor John McLaren, of North La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “La­nark­shire has so much to cel­e­brate. Th­ese awards are an ex­cel­lent plat­form for lo­cal busi­nesses to high­light their suc­cess.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the fi­nal­ists and the win­ners tonight. With a record num­ber of en­tries this year, com­pe­ti­tion was fierce and all the judges were im­pressed by the range and qual­ity of the en­tries.

“Thank you to this year’s spon­sors – with­out their sup­port the awards would not be pos­si­ble.”

Si­mon Kerr, from prin­ci­pal spon­sor the Cly­des­dale Bank said: “The qual­ity of ap­pli­ca­tion within each cat­e­gory of the awards was truly out­stand­ing, which pays trib­ute to the strength in depth of the busi­ness com­mu­nity across the La­nark­shire area.

“Cly­des­dale Bank are priv­i­leged to play our part in help­ing busi­nesses grow and ful­fil their am­bi­tions. May I ex­press my con­grat­u­la­tions to all win­ners and nom­i­nees.”

Ex­cel­lence in Cus­tomer Ser­vices Award – Pro­vista UK Ltd

Best Small Busi­ness (50 em­ploy­ees or less) – High­lander In­ter­na­tional Re­cy­cling Ltd

The John Brink­ins Award for Ex­cel­lence in Tourism – The Elphinstone Ho­tel

En­ter­pris­ing Third Sec­tor – Cly­des­dale Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives

Best New Busi­ness – JUST: Gluten Free Bak­ery

Ex­cel­lence in In­no­va­tion – The Elec­tric Heat­ing Com­pany Ltd

La­nark­shire Food & Drink – Bor­der Bis­cuits Ltd

Ap­pren­tice of the Year – Wil­liam Smith, Amey Pub­lic Ser­vices PLC

Best Fam­ily Busi­ness – Bells Food Group Ltd

Best Busi­ness (51 Em­ploy­ees or more) – Rosti Au­to­mo­tive Larkhall Ltd

Com­pe­ti­tion was fierce and all the judges were im­pressed by the range and qual­ity of the en­tries

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