Wor­thy win­ners hon­oured

West Lothian Courier - - News -

The an­nual West Loth­ian Business Ex­cel­lence Awards was held last Fri­day at Mac­don­ald Hous­toun House Ho­tel, Uphall.

The awards cel­e­brate the suc­cess and achieve­ments of lo­cal busi­nesses and the Cham­ber of Com­merce con­tin­ues to host the event as we feel it is im­por­tant that West Loth­ian is recog­nised for its business suc­cess and that it is high­lighted as a re­gion that holds un­lim­ited po­ten­tial for the fu­ture.

This thought was ex­pressed by our key­note speaker, Gordon De­war, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Ed­in­burgh Air­port – this year’s main event spon­sor – as he called on busi­nesses in West Loth­ian to re­alise the ex­tent of its ‘pulling power po­ten­tial’ as a world class hub for in­vest­ment.

He went on to fur­ther de­scribe the re­gion as ‘ex­cep­tion­ally am­bi­tious’, en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­ni­ties to see the po­ten­tial that is there to be har­nessed and used as a business op­por­tu­nity.

This year’s win­ners rep­re­sent true suc­cess and all over business ex­cel­lence, mak­ing them prime ex­am­ples of what makes West Loth­ian a true hub for business.

It is now time to in­tro­duce the wor­thy win­ners from the Business Ex­cel­lence Awards 2017: fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties with the SQA, classes from nurs­ery age all the way to adults while de­vel­op­ing a team of highly qual­i­fied dance in­struc­tors.

Re­cently ex­pand­ing with a three-month ren­o­va­tion project of Brox­burn Bingo hall to of­fer her clients a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity to en­sure she keeps of­fer­ing a first-class ser­vice. spon­sored by West Loth­ian Cham­ber of Com­merce to cel­e­brate a lo­cal business which has demon­strated con­tin­ued true business ex­cel­lence.

John Bean Tech­nolo­gies (JBT) was crowned‘Best Business’for their sus­tained business per­for­mance that has a had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the area.

In 2009, JBT ac­quired Dou­ble D Food En­gi­neer­ing, a man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany based in Brox­burn for over 30 years.

JBT is now a lead­ing global so­lu­tions provider to the food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try, man­u­fac­tur­ing an im­pres­sive range of high qual­ity, equip­ment and em­ploys over 3500 staff world­wide.

JBT man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­cel­lence demon­strates a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive im­pact on West Loth­ian with con­tin­ued in­vest­ment into their Liv­ingston premises and op­er­a­tions. in­vest­ment and com­mit­ment to cus­tomer care, the business has had strong recog­ni­tion through­out their in­dus­try.

Re­cently ac­quir­ing a new three-acre ad­ja­cent site to help with the busi­nesses grow­ing needs in­clud­ing a growth within staff num­bers.

The business is also cur­rently work­ing on a new in­no­va­tive coat­ing for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles which will have sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial in the UK and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. en­ter­prise in the cur­ricu­lum. St Kentigern’s Acad­emy was awarded for their com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing all stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to a pos­i­tive and sus­tained des­ti­na­tion.

This was helped by the school’s cre­ation of and main­tain­ing of strong part­ner­ships within the ed­u­ca­tion and business com­mu­nity.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ous suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship, the school cre­ated the 16+ Hub ini­tia­tive which looks to help fa­cil­i­tate a va­ri­ety of learn­ing path­ways for stu­dents in­clud­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for work place­ments, mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ships, col­lege places etc, which leads to a more pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dent. will see a class of S5 stu­dents, who are study­ing Na­tional 5 Hos­pi­tal­ity Skills for Work, ben­e­fit­ing from a tai­lored work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gramme which will help them ap­ply what they have learnt in the class­room into a real life work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

This col­lab­o­ra­tion is a great ex­am­ple of how a lo­cal em­ployer and a lo­cal school can suc­cess­fully work in part­ner­ship to ben­e­fit the fu­ture work­force.

Linda Scott, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of West Loth­ian Cham­ber of Com­merce, com­mented on the awards: “West Loth­ian Cham­ber is proud to hon­our the hard work, in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity of ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated in this year’s Business Ex­cel­lence Awards. The awards pro­vide a snap­shot of some of the most im­pres­sive com­pa­nies from across the re­gion.”

Over 180 peo­ple at­tended this year’s event where, along­side the award an­nounce­ments, the at­ten­dees were en­ter­tained by the West African percussion and dance group, Ayawara through­out the night.

As part of the evening, a Char­ity Draw was held to raise funds for lo­cal char­ity The Larder Cook School and through the gen­er­ous do­na­tions from SCHUH, Mac­don­ald Hous­toun House Ho­tel, Ar­ti­san Cheese­cakes, Claire Wat­son Pho­tog­ra­phy, Har­burn Golf Club and Macraes Seafood over £1400 was raised. If you would like to know more about the Business Ex­cel­lence Awards 2017 visit: www.wlcham­ber.com.

Award suc­cess The Business Ex­cel­lence Awards were held on Fri­day night

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