2017 Association of Scottish Business Women National Business Awards finalists announced

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The Association of Scottish Business Women has announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2017 National Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held at Glasgow Grand Central Hotel on Friday 29th September.

Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year Award

Introduced in 2013, this award recognises the qualities of a successful entrepreneurial woman including but not limited to her drive, focus, vision and resilience, inspirational leadership and confidence.

Stephanie Bain, The Bridal Boutique
Melanie Blane, White Rabbit Skincare
Olivia Conlon, ThePropertyStagers
Greer Phillips, Ayrshire Hampers

Most Innovative Start up of the Year Award

Celebrating the new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have the greatest impact on an organisation’s start up success, this Award recognises the enterprise that has most successfully applied innovation.

Heather Ashley, Heather Ashley Health and Fitness
Karen Elwis, The Learning Cauldron
Lynn Warren, BetterLife

Young Business of the Year Award

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) in 2006, this Award is open to businesses which began trading on or after 30 June 2014.

Lucy Bradshaw, Skocia Web Design
Lisa Crawford, Elvinside Florist
Tracy Cromar, TLC Accounts Services
Allison Harrison, Hot Yoga Edinburgh
Karen McRostie, Langtoon Times
Angela Prenter-Smith, This is Milk

Employee of the Year Award sponsored by Investec

Introduced in 2013 this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman who makes a significant individual contribution to support her employer to deliver superior performance.

Heather Borderie, Glendoick Garden Centre
Carol Lambie, Little Art School
Heini Lopponen, Hot Yoga Edinburgh
Elaine Murray, Faith Simpson Accountants
Michelle Reynolds, Journeycall/ESP Group
Stephanie Seath, Mindstretchers

Community Commitment Award

The Community Commitment Award, new for 2017, recognises the contribution of an individual, group, business or organisation to a charity or community project, by promoting social action, community involvement, volunteering or fundraising.

Glendoick Garden Centre
Hi Street
Savills Management Resources

Best Performing Team of the Year

Introduced in 2013 this award celebrates the power of the many in driving breakthrough results and impact.

Break the Silence
Glendoick Garden Centre
Microtech Digital
MWA Tartan Trekkers
Opus Couture
Rape Crisis Centre

Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Badenoch & Clark

The Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award was introduced in 2000, and revised in 2017, to showcase and celebrate achievement among women in Scotland across all sectors. This award will be presented to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to a business or the wider community, over and above her normal working activities. She may be a mentor, volunteer or charity ambassador giving of her time, skills and energy for the benefit of others. The award is aimed at identifying role models who inspire and motivate others.

Lorraine Brown, Lighthouse Financial Advice
Julie Hall, WEvolution
Linda Hill Miller, LAH Travel
Faith Simpson, Faith Simpson Accountants Ltd
Alison C Tait, Break the Silence
Theresa Wishart, Journeycall/ESP Group

Professional of the Year sponsored by Investec

Introduced in 2013 this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman in a profession who makes a significant individual contribution to support her organisation to deliver superior performance.

Lorraine Arnott, Montrose Dental Care
Monica Coyle, Positive Pulse Scotland
Susan Lightbody, Opus Couture
Laura Rennie, Arena HR Ltd.

Exporting Business of the Year

This award was introduced in 2017 and is open to any business who is exporting a product or service, or is planning to export within the next six months.

Sheila Kerr, Sheila Kerr Jewellery
Dianne Teo, Fatburn Extreme

Most Enterprising Business of the Year

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) in 2003, entrants are choice nominations or current winners of affiliate club awards.

Jane Banks, LaserFlair
Melanie Blane, White Rabbit Skincare
Liz Jackson, Fairways
Jude Simms, Hellygog

Business of the Year sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

Introduced in 2013, this award is open to businesses established before 31 May 2014.

Stephanie Bain, The Bridal Boutique
Linda Hill Miller, LAH Travel
Liz Jackson, Fairways
Janet Martin, Class Cocktails
Emma McDonnell, B-Able Business Services Ltd
Cariss Moir, Moirs
Fiona Rosamond, Hands for Feet

Best Affiliated Group of the Year

Introduced in 2015, this award recognises and rewards the contribution of the affiliated groups to the success of the ASB.

Ayrshire Business Women
Fife Women in Business
Moray Business Women

We are most grateful to our panel of independent judges who have deliberated over the application forms and interviewed all our finalists.

Judges

Sandra Benn, Virgin Money
Jackie Brierton, Grow Biz
Russell Dalgliesh, Exolta
Jamie Fowler, Business Gateway
Lesley Gilmartin, Badenoch & Clark
Yvonne Greeves, RBS
Adam Hardie, Johnston Carmichael
Helen Livingston, Branding Boutique
Liz Macareavey, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
Ann-Maree Morrison, Labels for Kids
Val Russell, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce
Kirsty Sharp, Investec
Jeanette Stevenson, RCPE
Mary Young, Investec

Join us for our eighteenth National Business Awards at Glasgow Grand Central Hotel on Friday 29th September as we celebrate the achievements and successes of businesswomen from throughout Scotland.

This is a night for dressing up, shouting from the rooftops, and applauding the hard work, determination and commitment of all our finalists.

Our evening will begin with a drinks reception in the ballroom lobby. After being seated in the magnificent ballroom we will honour all our finalists and present each with a certificate before enjoying a delicious three course dinner with wine.

We will then announce the award winners and present each with a beautiful trophy to mark their achievements. Then relax, celebrate together and dance the night away!

We are indebted to our Event sponsor Investec Wealth and Investment; our Awards sponsors Badenoch & Clark, and Royal Bank of Scotland; and to our Reception sponsor Fairways HR Business Support & Recruitment Specialists.

Tickets

Tickets are £70 for ASB members, and £90 for non-members. – Visit the ASB website to purchase your tickets. Tables of 10 cost £700.

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Promote your business to over 200 finalists and guests in the Awards Dinner programme from only £100. Contact Wendy Maltman for more information.

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