Local business success celebrated at Northern Star Business Awards

L-R Eddie Moore, Motive Offshore group business development director and Declan Slattery, chief financial officer

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NORTH-EAST firms from Banff to Banchory are celebrating today after being named winners of the region’s longest-standing local business awards.

Organised by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and now in their 17th year, the Northern Star Business Awards recognise companies in the region for their exceptional accomplishments across a range of fields from energy and innovation to people development, customer service and environmental action.

Motive Offshore Group Ltd, formed in 2010 by James Gregg and Dave Acton, followed up its win in the ‘Going Global’ category of last years awards by being named ‘Business of the Year’ in 2021.

The Banff-headquartered firm specialises in the manufacture, rental and servicing of high-capacity winches, umbilical testing and deployment equipment and associated services to the onshore and offshore energy and marine industries.

Russell Borthwick, Chamber chief executive, said: “Through these most challenging of times, there are still good news stories out there. Businesses innovating, adapting and doing incredible things among the economic mayhem. This year’s awards had a record number of entries and while things didn’t turn out quite as we planned but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate business success in North-east Scotland.

“We congratulate the winners and finalists who have once again raised the bar across a whole range of sectors and encourage organisations to draw inspiration from these businesses in order to redouble our efforts to create the economic conditions that will ensure the long-term success of the North-east.”

The awards, held in association with principal sponsor Nucore Group, were held virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The winners in the 12 categories were as follows:

  • Inspiring Futures
  • Grampian Training Services Ltd
  • Student Placement
    • BW Offshore
  • Rising Star
    • George Strachan, TaxAssist Accountants
  • Marketing Magic
    • BIG Partnership and Aberdeen Football Club
  • Inspiration from Innovation
    • Ecosse IP
  • Customer First
    • Nimbus Blue
  • Driving Sustainability
    • Keenan Recycling Ltd
  • Making the Difference
  • North East Sensory Services (NESS)
  • Family Business
    • Greenwell Equipment
  • Staff Matter
    • TaxAssist Accountants
  • Going Global
    • James Fisher Offshore
  • Business of the Year
    • Motive Offshore Group Ltd


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