Awards night is just the business for Lanarkshire firms

This year's winners at the Lanarkshire Buisness Awards with host Fred MacAulay (left)
This year's winners at the Lanarkshire Buisness Awards with host Fred MacAulay (left)

Lanarkshire’s most entrepreneurial organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors were honoured at the 22nd Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.

Almost 500 guests gathered at Motherwell Concert Hall to join in the celebrations as the local winners were announced after being crowned the best in their categories by a panel of judges.

The very talented and local celebrities St Aidan’s High School Jazz Band opened the ceremony performing three songs to the delighted guests. Fred MacAulay compered, with “Only an Excuse” star Jonathan Watson filling the room with laughter following his entertaining after dinner speech.

Guests were treated to a selection of desserts, which were designed and made by local college students from South Lanarkshire College and New College Lanarkshire helping to make the 2015 awards the biggest and most successful of all time.

North and South Lanarkshire Council hosted the Awards alongside main sponsor Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd with joint media sponsors Johnston Press.

Councillor Jim McCabe from North Lanarkshire Council opened the evening and said: “The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards were a massive success and highlights the fantastic businesses and individuals within our great community. Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event such a success.”

The awards continues to go from strength to strength with both applications and ticket sales exceeding all previous records.

Ronnie Smith, Chief Executive from the main sponsor Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd said: “We have loved being a part of these prestigious awards again and are delighted with the exceptional standard and number of entries this year.

“I would like to take this opportunity to extend our congratulations to all of the winners and finalists.”

Councillor Chris Thompson, Chair of Enterprise Services of South Lanarkshire Council said: “The finalists and winners are a positive illustration of the excellent strides that are being made in Lanarkshire to develop the area as a good location to do business. We look forward to next year.”

Best New Business sponsored by Business Gateway - Sanondaf UK

Best Green Business sponsored by Healthcare Environmental Group - CMS Window Systems

John Brinkins Award for Excellence in Tourism sponsored by Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership - AlonA Hotel

Lanarkshire Food & Drink Award sponsored by Pipers at Enterprise Foods - Gardiners of Scotland Ltd

Enterprising Third Sector sponsored by Clyde Gateway - Kilsyth Community Market Garden t/a Kelvin Valley Honey

Excellence in Innovation sponsored by Westcrowns Contracting Services Ltd - Just: Gluten Free Bakery

Lanarkshire’s Best Small Business (50 employees or less) sponsored by UK Steel Ltd - Scotwood Interiors

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Hamilton Park Racecourse - Mears Scotland LLP

Lanarkshire’s Best Business (51 employees or more) sponsored by Business Gateway - CMS Window Systems Ltd

Excellence in Young People Development sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working and South Lanarkshire Works 4 U - CCG

Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Banks Group - Reece Tham (TS-UK)