West Lothian Businesses Central Stage
Business Excellence Awards 2018
The best of the best came together at a black-tie dinner to celebrate business success at the luxurious Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall on Friday 30th November, the evening was sponsored by Edinburgh Airport.
These awards celebrate the success and achievements of local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce continues to host the awards 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. All businesses start small but with the determination of its people can grow to achieve great things.
This thought was expressed by Fraser Doherty MBE of Superjam, an international Scottish Brand, as he provided the keynote speech. Fraser kindly shared his journey from starting his company at 14 years old in his Gran’s Kitchen to having a Korean documentary made about his life, to creating a second brand Beer 52 all while touring the world providing motivational talks.
During his speech, Fraser highlighted that his journey wasn’t all smooth sailing with numerous rejections as he defined his brand. This didn’t stop his determination for SuperJam to become a household name and he eventually received the ‘yes’ he was looking for to launch his product to the mainstream market.
Fraser’s journey and willingness to succeed can be reflected in the majority of our Winners and Highly Commended runner-ups at the 2018 Business Awards which highlights that not all businesses will have a smooth path to success, but the hard work put into the business will ultimately prevail.
On the night we had the privilege of welcoming some new and familiar faces, we were particularly delighted to welcome Peter Byrne, Chief Executive for South Dublin Chamber. We have been working closely with Peter on our international activities for the past two years but have maintained a long established relationship with South Dublin Chamber. We hope by having our international partners at our events like the awards it will help to showcase West Lothian to a bigger audience.
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 2018:
- Best Business -Sponsored by Ashwood Scotland.
This award is presented to a local business which has demonstrated continued true excellence.
Winner – Entrotec
The winner of the award was Entrotec, based in Livingston, recently celebrated 30 years of designing innovative, high quality, vandal resistant door entry systems primarily for the housing sector. As a trusted vendor, Entrotec supply over 250 local authorities UK wide while maintaining an innovative approach to the technology they use to suit the ever- changing housing market. To accommodate the growth, staff numbers have increased while still maintaining a passionate workforce who represent the values and vision of Entrotec. There overall commitment to excellence in all areas of the business was the reason they were awarded the title of ‘Best Business’.
Highly Commended- Almond Engineering
- Business Growth & Innovation – Sponsored by West Lothian Council Business Gateway
Presented to a business which has shown either outstanding growth or developed a new and innovative approach to business.
Winner –Workflo Solutions
Workflo Solutions was recognised with this award for their strong growth and determination with investment in staff and technology making them a leader in their sector. With significant increase in staffing and turnover in the past 2 years and with future growth projection for 2019/20 equally substantial this made them a great example of positive business growth.
Highly Commended – Food Options
- Shona Sibbald Woman In Business – Sponsored by Sibbald Training
This award recognises the hard work and achievement of business women in West Lothian.
Winner – Michelle Quinn, Almond Engineering
Michelle was awarded this award for having committed 13 years of extremely hard work and dedication since joining Almond Engineering in 2005 as an office junior working her way to becoming the company’s youngest and first female Director in 2018. Michelle ensured she had a robust working knowledge of each part of the business while supporting the developing workforce as part of the Board of the charity Edeta and as a Regional Board Member of DYW- West Lothian Regional Group.
Joint Highly Recommended – Carole Reddiex, Entrotec & Angela Crolla, Lucerne Scotland Ltd
- Entrepreneur & Business Start Up – Sponsored by West Lothian Council Business Gateway
Awarded to a successful business start- up company which has demonstrated entrepreneurial potential for long term business success.
Winner- Lucerne Scotland Ltd
Lucerne was launched in 2016 to offer a different idea and concept of care provision raising the standards of care in West Lothian. Employing 75 exceptional carers supporting over 100 clients daily, achieving a customer satisfaction rating of over 98%, Lucerne is growing from strength to strength with further plans to open a dedicated training centre by the end of 2018, they are truly an example to other start-up companies.
Highly Commended- Hideaway Café Beecraigs
- Environmental Champion Award – Sponsored by Shin-Etsu
This award recognises companies that have made changes to have a positive impact on the environment.
Winner- Sibbald Training
Sibbald Training are renowned for their continuous investment into their award-winning business and this includes a full commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and negative environmental impact. They were recognised with this award for their incorporation of a strong sustainable strategy which includes green energy production infrastructure, new fuel efficient and electric vehicles and plans to build on the success of these to continue their positive impact to the environment while encouraging other businesses.
Highly Commended- Hideaway Café Beecraigs
- Excellence in Staff Learning & Development- Sponsored by West Lothian College
This award recognises a company that demonstrates excellence in the development of staff skills and knowledge.
Winner- DB Group
DB Group an award -winning utilities consultancy offering commercial organisations utilities procurement and management systems have seen significant growth. The company have grown from 1 member of staff to a team of 32 who are the foundation of the business and its significant success. They were recognised with this award for their people strategy, framework for people development and their investment into a new Human Capital Management system which collates evidence of staff learning and development.
Highly Commended- Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
- DYW Regional Employer – Sponsored By DYW-West Lothian Regional Group
This awarded is presented to an employer who has demonstrated commitment to inspiring and developing young people in West Lothian.
Winner – Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Having developed strong links with local schools in West Lothian with the support of Developing the Young Workforce West Lothian Regional Group, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club has committed to promoting the hospitality industry as a great place to work. They were recognised for providing real life experiences fostering young people’s ambition while creating a learning culture within the workplace for staff and young people alike.
Highly Commended- NHS Lothian
- Enterprising School – Sponsored by Paterson Arran
This award acknowledges a school demonstrating and delivering commitment to innovation, creativity and enterprise in the curriculum.
Winner- Bathgate Academy
Bathgate Academy have truly shown their commitment and enthusiasm for the promotion of enterprise within the school with on going projects with businesses such as AK Stodart, Tesco and Scottish Food and Drink Federation. Leading from these projects more links are being put in to place to continue the enterprising culture. The school has also been working closely with the SQA to offer a vocational qualification next year. Bathgate Academy was recognised with the award as they have showcased a true commitment to offering young people an opportunity to learn many skills preparing them for the world of work.
Highly Commended – Blackridge Primary School
Over 180 people attended this year’s event, where alongside the award announcements, the attendees were entertained by the JHM Dance Academy Highland Dancers who are now going to the Dance World Cup as part of Team Scotland.
As part of the evening, a Charity Draw was held to raise funds for local charity The Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust and through the generous donations from SCHUH, Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Claire Watson Photography, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, The Cambridge Satchel Company and Macraes Seafood we raised more than £1600.