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Inverness arts venue Eden Court among winners as ceremony recognises contribution and success of Highlands and Islands businesses

By Andrew Dixon

Eden Court.
Eden Court.

Business leaders gathered in Inverness last night to celebrate success at the annual SCDI Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards.

The awards showcased the achievements of organisations from across the Highlands and Islands and celebrated business excellence in a range of sectors.

Among the winners was arts venue Eden Court in Inverness. It picked up the SCDI Highlands and Islands chair's award for outstanding business achievement.

Eden Court chief executive James Mackenzie-Blackman said: “This is fantastic recognition of all the hard work put in by the whole team at Eden Court, and all those who have played a part in our journey so far.

"We’re proud of the work we do, and while we’ve come a long way, we know that there continues to be more we can do to play a bigger role in bringing more performances to the Highlands and nurture more of the creative talent that exists around this region.

“Eden Court has a special and important place in the Highlands and as we continue to look at what exciting developments the future might hold, we’ll continue to ensure that we’re open to all and attract the very best theatre, performing arts, visual arts and cinema to Inverness.”

Other winners were:

  • Moray First Marine – Crown Estate Scotland award for excellence in a marine business
  • University of the Highlands and Islands Institute of Health Research and Innovation – Highlands and Islands Enterprise award for excellence in research and innovation
  • Argyll College UHI – Scottish Environment Protection Agency award for excellence in environmental sustainability
  • Highland Hospice – SCDI Award for excellence in people development

SCDI Highlands and Islands chairwoman Jane Cumming said: “The Highlands and Islands have a strong and vibrant economy that is home to some of Scotland’s most outstanding businesses.

“The SCDI Awards recognises just some of the businesses and organisations who have played their part in its success and we commend all of the award winners on their continued investment and growth in the region.

“The businesses recognised at the SCDI awards are a fantastic example of our economic strengths. We have an arts organisation at the cultural heart of the Highlands, education institutions making a difference in how they work and supporting business growth and commercialisation, a charity investing in its people and a business leading the way below the water.”

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