Northern entrepreneurs makes finals of 2017 AccelerateHER Awards

Nairn’s Wooha Brewing Company, led by Heather McDonald and Black Isle-based Black Isle’s Prickly Thistle, led by Clare Campbell have been shortlisted as finalists in this year’s AccelerateHER Awards.

Wooha Brewing, established by Heather in 2014, produces a range of award winning bottled conditioned ales and lagers which have a distinct focus on the rapidly expanding export market.

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Prickly Thistle enables lovers of tartan to create their own design which they can then officially register with the Scottish Tartan Authority.

The companies joins five fellow finalists in the Growth category: Prickly Thistle (Black Isle), Scottish Bioenergy (Midlothian), My Diabetes My Way (Dundee), Pick Protection and Hello Uni (both Glasgow-based).

The winners of the awards, which recognise women-led businesses in Scotland, will be announced on 9 March at the at the Investing Women Ambition and Growth conference.

The competition serves as an ideal platform to help finalists attract business angel investment into their companies with three winners securing an all-expense paid trip to meet US investors in California in April.

Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women which runs the AccelerateHER Awards said: “I would like to congratulate Heather and Clare on their success in making it to the finals of this year’s awards.

Businesses like theirs demonstrate the immense entrepreneurial achievements of women across Scotland and I wish them every success going forward. Last year’s awards provided a great platform for so many of the women who participated, with four of the six finalists securing over £2m worth of growth financing between them since their involvement in the programme.”

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