Worthy winners honoured
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