Business Excellence Awards

2018 Nominations Are Open

West Lothian is a great hub for successful and progressive businesses therefore it is only right that this is celebrated. The Business Excellence Awards is a time for deserving winners to be publicly acknowledged for demonstrating continued pursuit of excellence and for having a passion for business improvement.

With a selection of categories, there should be something that will suit your businesses achievements. Please click the relevant award category below for  further information:

Nominations are now open and will all close on the 5th October 2018

To be notified when nominations go live please contact the Chamber team on or call 01506 414 808


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Business Excellence Awards 2017

For their exceptional leadership, ingenuity and positive impact on West Lothian and the wider Scottish business landscape, six companies, one high school and one individual have been selected by West Lothian Chamber of Commerce as winners of its 2017 Business Excellence Awards.

The winners, from across the region, received their awards at a Gala Dinner held at the Macdonald Houston House Hotel, Uphall, on Friday 24th November, sponsored by Edinburgh Airport.

This year’s West Lothian Business Excellence Awards category winners are:

Best Business Award 2017 (Sponsored by West Lothian Chamber of Commerce)

This award is presented to a local business which has demonstrated continued true business excellence.

Winner – John Bean Technologies

In 2009 John Bean Technologies (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.


Entrepreneur & Business Start-up Award 2017 (sponsored by West Lothian Council)

Awarded to a successful business start-up company which has demonstrated entrepreneurial potential for long-term business success and is a good role model for other start-up companies.

Winner – Waste Switch Ltd

Waste Switch launched in 2015 to assist businesses to comply with new legislation, and save money by optimising their waste disposal and recycling opportunities. Using their extensive background in waste management and in-depth knowledge of the waste disposal market, the directors now offer a holistic approach to commercial waste management, including training, comparison collection and disposal services and consultancy.


DYW West Lothian Regional Employer of the Year Award 2017 (sponsored by DYW West Lothian Regional Group)

This award recognises an employer who has demonstrated commitment to inspiring and developing young people in West Lothian.

Winner – Best Western Hillcroft Hotel

The Hillcroft Hotel has been involved in a wide ries aimed at inspiring local young people and range of activities developing their employability skills. The staff employs 66 people, all who live within a 7-mile radius of the Whitburn-based establishment.


High Growth & Innovation Award 2017 (sponsored by West Lothian Economic Growth)

Presented to a business which has shown either outstanding growth or developed a new and innovative approach to business.

Winner  – David Philp Commercials Ltd

David Philp Commercials is a family business founded in the 1970’s as a panel shop offering maintenance, accident and mechanical repair services for commercial vehicles.

Now established as a market leader, offering a comprehensive range of state of the art services to maintain and repair a full range of commercial vehicles from their purpose-built premises in East Calder.


Best Tourism Business Award 2017 (Sponsored by Mercure Hotel Livingston)

Awarded to a business that demonstrates all-round excellence and helps to make West Lothian a first-choice destination.

Winner  – Williamscraig Holiday Cottages

Williamscraig Holiday Cottages, Linlithgow, is a family run business that excels in quality and efficiency, recognised by its 4-star rating from Visit Scotland. Over the past seven years owners Findlay and Rose have grown the business from 3 to 7 cottages, all with their own hot tubs in response to visitors’ feedback.


Excellence in Staff Learning & Development Award 2017 (Sponsored by West Lothian College)

This award recognises a company that demonstrates excellence in the development of staff skills and knowledge

Winner  – Dacoll Ltd

Founded in 1969, Bathgate based Dacoll is an award-winning independent provider of high quality, reliable and affordable IT services.

This family business prioritises values, long service and investment in young people. With a key objective of creating an environment for continuous employment, and a commitment to investment in their staff, are encouraging young people into their industry.


Enterprising School Award (Sponsored by Lareine Engineering)

This is presented to a school demonstrating and delivering commitment to innovation, creativity and enterprise in the curriculum.

Winner – St. Kentigern’s Academy

St Kentigern ensures all students have the opportunities to excel. Key to this, is the creation of and maintaining a host of strong partnerships within education and the business community. One of the initiative to support these links, is the school’s 16+ Hub which has helped create a variety of learning pathways for students.


Shona Sibbald Women in Business Award 2017 (Sponsored by Sibbald Ltd)

The award recognises the hard work and achievement of business women in West Lothian.

Winner – Joanne Tod, JHM Dance & Fitness

Professional dancer Joanne Tod established JHM Dance Academy in 2003, bringing quality and affordable dance instruction to West Lothian. Joanne’s vision is to offer full and part time vocational training for aspiring dancers to train and gain accreditations through further education with SQA.


Commenting on the 2017 awards, Linda Scott, Chief Executive, West Lothian Chamber, said;

“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.

“Many of these business owners are working day in day out to build upon the companies they have built from scratch, creating jobs in their local community, and contributing to the economic of West Lothian and further a field too. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the success of these companies through the Business Excellence Awards.

“This annual event is a great opportunity to recognise and reward outstanding performances of business excellence, while continuing to encourage the entrepreneurial and community spirit West Lothian has become renowned for.”

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