Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards highlight success of Scottish enterprises



A 500-strong froup of Edinburgh’s business leaders acclaimed 16 organisations and leaders for their outstanding achievements during the past year at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards yesterday. 

Amongst the winners were finance broker LendingCrowd, who won the Innovation in Business award, which is sponsored by Forth Ports.

Wilkinson & Associates, LS Productions and Forth Ports were crowned winners in the Best Performing Business (small, medium, large) categories, while Brigadier David Allfrey MBE collected the Director of the Year Award.

As well as celebrating achievements in business performance and leadership, the awards recognised contributions to sustainability, wellbeing and inclusion. Balfour Beatty won in the Responsible Business category, with Dishoom winning in the Employer of the Year award.

Big Hearts, with the North British Distillery, collected the Inspiring Partnership award, recognising sustainable business-third sector relationships which deliver meaningful benefits for the organisations and their respective communities.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, cabinet secretary for economy, fair work and culture

Shonaig Macpherson CBE, the first female President of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to business and culture in the capital.

Guests heard from keynote speakers Fiona Hyslop MSP, cabinet secretary for economy, fair work and culture and Emil Kristoffer Lie, director of Talent Solutions Europe for LinkedIn on the evening.

Jane Clark-Hutchison, president of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our Business Awards have grown significantly over the past nine years to become a key date in the Edinburgh business calendar. This year saw a record number of entries and we were delighted to see a wide range of organisations small and large, across multiple sectors, recognised for their achievements. I would like to congratulate all the winners as shining examples of the fantastic businesses we have here in our capital city.”

A list of the winners is as follows:

  • Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Edinburgh Airport – Wilkinson & Associates
  • Mid-Sized Business of the Year, sponsored by Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP – LS Productions
  • Large Business of the Year, sponsored News Scotland – Forth Ports Ltd
  • Responsible Business, sponsored by City of Edinburgh Council – Balfour Beatty
  • Director of the Year, sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland – Brigadier David Allfrey MBE
  • High Growth Business of the Year, sponsored by Balfour Beatty – Forth Ports Ltd
  • Export Business of the Year, sponsored by HSBC UK – The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Ltd
  • Developing the Young Workforce, sponsored by DYW Mid & East Lothian – Edinburgh Airport
  • Young Leader of the Year, sponsored by Turcan Connell – Ryan Porteous - Forth Ports Ltd
  • Inspiring Partnership Award, sponsored by Openreach - Big Hearts Community Trust with The North British Distillery
  • Innovation in Circular Economy, sponsored by Circular Edinburgh – Freeze Pro Shop
  • Service Excellence Award, sponsored by Stagecoach - Barrhead Travel
  • Innovation in Business, sponsored by Forth Ports – LendingCrowd
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by Parabola - Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home of the Year, sponsored by Edinburgh Trams – Dishoom
  • Lifetime AchievementShonaig Macpherson CBE


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