Edith Bowman returns to host 20th anniversary awards ceremony

Edith Bowman

BBC television and radio star Edith Bowman will be returning as the host for the North-east’s top business awards next month.

The award-winning broadcaster will be heading back to the Granite City to present the 20th anniversary celebration of the Northern Star Business Awards, organised by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and title sponsors Brodies LLP.

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This year sees a total of 70 organisations shortlisted across 14 categories for what will be the biggest business celebration of 2024.

The glittering ceremony – which will take place at P&J Live on April 19, 2024 – celebrates the exceptional accomplishments of organisations across the North-east of Scotland.

Born and raised in Anstruther, Fife, Edith’s broadcasting career has flourished over more than two decades and she is now one of the most well-respected and sought after personalities in the film, television and audio industry.

In 2023 Edith took the reins as co-presenter on Coast to Coast: Food Festival, a show celebrating all things food, farming, and countryside, with fellow hosts Colin Murray and Sean Fletcher. She can be heard on Radio 2 regularly filling in for Jo Whiley and has her own specials on the network including Music Therapy.

Her radio work has spanned all the major stations, presenting shows on BBC Radio 1, 2, 6 and 5Live as well as Virgin Radio. As a TV host and producer, she has fronted a versatile mix of shows for BBC, Channel 4, Sky Arts, MTV and the list goes on.

From hosting her own internationally-acclaimed podcast, Soundtracking With Edith Bowman, to music festival coverage, the 2021 BAFTA Film Awards for BBC1 and the BAFTA Scotland Awards and Hogmanay celebrations for BBC Scotland, to presenting dozens of movie premieres, Edith has incorporated her genuine passion for, and in-depth knowledge of, music and film into her work.

Russell Borthwick, Chief Executive of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: “For us, Northern Star is the best night of the year – a unique stage to showcase and celebrate the brilliant work being done by businesses of all sizes, from all sectors, across our fantastic region.

“This year, the Northern Star Business Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary and we are delighted to welcome Edith back to Aberdeen to host what will be the biggest business party of the year.”

A handful of tables are still available for the Northern Star Business Awards, which is also being supported by Royal Bank of Scotland, Aberdeen International Airport, Gary Walker Wealth Management, Balmoral, CALA, University of Aberdeen, ANM Group, Port of Aberdeen, bp, Shell, RGU, True North, Luxe Scotland and Robert Gordon’s College. To book your table of ten, or individual spaces, click here.

The companies shortlisted for the 2024 Northern Star Business Awards are:

Business of the Year (sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland):

  • Craig International Ltd
  • ICR Group
  • Mackie’s of Scotland
  • Sport Aberdeen
  • WM Donald

Customer First (sponsored by ANM Group):

  • Bancon Homes
  • Goldstar Cleaning Services
  • IT Hotdesk
  • Load Monitoring Systems (LMS)
  • Specsavers Hearcare Aberdeen

Driving Sustainability (sponsored by bp):

  • ATPI Energy Travel
  • Aberdeen Performing Arts
  • Cairngorm Bothies
  • Duncan Farms
  • Port of Aberdeen

Family Business of the Year (sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland):

  • Amity Fish Company
  • Craig International Ltd
  • Katoni Engineering
  • PMC Property Management Lettings
  • WM Donald

Going Global (sponsored by Aberdeen International Airport):

  • ASCO
  • Fulkrum
  • ModuSpec
  • TWMA
  • Viper Innovations

Inspiration from Innovation (sponsored by Port of Aberdeen):

  • AISUS Offshore Ltd
  • Balmoral
  • eserv
  • Intellicore Ltd
  • PCL Live

Inspiring Futures (sponsored by Robert Gordon’s College):

  • Aberlour Futures Aberdeen
  • Build Your Future, Grampian Construction Training Group
  • Stork
  • TechFest
  • WM Donald

Making the Difference (sponsored by Balmoral):

  • Aberdeen International Airport
  • AberNecessities
  • Kayleigh’s Wee Stars
  • TechFest
  • The Archie Foundation

Marketing Magic (sponsored by CALA):

  • Clan Cancer Support
  • Fifth Ring
  • Maritime Developments Ltd
  • Mearns & Gill
  • ThinkPR & Autism & Neurodiversity North Scotland (A-ND)

Rising Star (sponsored by University of Aberdeen):

  • Murray Collie – Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust
  • Grace Arthur – Aberdeen Performing Arts
  • Nicole Thompson – Grampian Housing Association
  • Chloe Leslie – Infinity Partnership Limited
  • Cassie McGunnigle – The Archie Foundation

Staff Matter (sponsored Gary Walker Wealth Management):

  • Appetite for Business
  • Balmoral
  • Bancon Group Ltd
  • Mackie’s of Scotland
  • MRS Training & Rescue

Start-up Business of the Year (sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland):

  • Amuse by Kevin Dalgleish
  • Ondo Catering
  • PCL Live
  • Planner Bee VA Services Ltd
  • Usana Mindset

Student Placement (sponsored by Robert Gordon University):

  • CNR International
  • RSM UK
  • Sealand Projects Limited
  • Renaissance The Cowdray Club

The Archibald Simpson Award (sponsored by True North Advisors):

  • Aberdeen Performing Arts
  • Ardent Group
  • City Restoration Project
  • Dough and Co
  • Sugarbird Wines Ltd

Regional Contribution (sponsored by Shell):

  • To be announced on the night

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