Elevator announces finalists for annual awards


Twenty-seven finalists for this years Elevator awards have been announced. 

Applications were received from entrepreneurs and businesses across Aberdeen and Grampian for the 10 award categories, which commend business excellence, entrepreneurial behaviour and outstanding community contributions made by businesses in Aberdeen City and Shire.

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Elevator Chief Executive Professor Gary McEwan said that judging this year’s applications had been ‘extremely tough’ given the number of high calibre entries.

“We have received a great show of applications this year, especially encouraging in the current climate,” he said.

“We have had 11 applications for the Spirit of Enterprise Award, which is quite exceptional given that it celebrates the achievements of successful business owners who have overcome significant obstacles, and more than 30 applications for the Most Promising New Business (looking at the success of businesses under a year old).

“It was a very difficult task to choose just 27 finalists out of what was a very competitive field, and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an application as we really do appreciate how busy they all are.”

Royal Bank of Scotland is the principal partner and sponsor of the awards, and Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are event partners.

Russell Whyte, director with Royal Bank of Scotland’s corporate and commercial team, said: “Royal Bank of Scotland is once again very pleased to be supporting the Elevator Awards. Every year it is a reminder of the crucial work and importance businesses in the North-east play in the success and prosperity of the Scottish economy. This year we’ve been delighted with the quality and standard of entries which has made judging such a difficult process. We wish every finalist the greatest success this year.”

The finalists of the Elevator Awards 2017 are:

Business Success Over Three Years – sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland:
Aberdeen Sports Village
Matrix Risk Control
SBP Accountants & Tax Advisors

Business Success Under Three Years – sponsored by Scottish Enterprise:
Rebecca Carr Hair Salon
Step Change Engineering Ltd

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by the University of Aberdeen Business School:
Gregor Mackintosh of Mackintosh of Glendaveny
Stuart Lawson of AISUS Offshore
Christopher Farman of Jack’s Steakhouse

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Avensure:
Acumen Accountants & Advisors
Cammach Recruitment Ltd
Hall Morrice LLP

Enterprising Communities Award – sponsored by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council:
Banchory & District Initiative Limited
Crow House Projects
Me Too!

Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Business Gateway:
Esker Spirits
Fierce Beer
The Unit Gym & Fitness

Spirit of Enterprise sponsored by The Prince’s Trust:
Arizona Brodie, Mango Bay
Naz Hussain, Breakneck Comedy
William Lawson, Bobs Buddies

The Grampian Award for Innovation – sponsored by Murgitroyd:
Aiken Group
DDK Positioning

Entrepreneurial Supporter of the Year – sponsored by FSB:
Karen Stewart
Chris Minchin
Ann Johnston

There are no finalists in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, which is sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, as the winner is announced on the evening of the awards in June.

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