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Glory for Highlands and Islands businesses at SCDI Awards

By Andrew Dixon

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SCDI Awards 2023 winners.
SCDI Awards 2023 winners.

Businesses across the region were recognised for their contribution at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards this evening.

Around 300 people at the Kingsmills Hotel, in Inverness, celebrated the positive impact north businesses have on communities and the wider economy.

The winners were:

  • The Alvance Aluminium Award for Outstanding Business Leader: Alasdair Ferguson, group managing director, Ferguson Transport & Shipping
  • The Bakkafrost Scotland Award for Outstanding Island Business: Atlantic58
  • The Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business: Bakkafrost Scotland
  • The Crown Estate Scotland Award for Outstanding Supporter of Coastal Communities: Royal Dornoch Golf Club
  • The Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Innovation: HiTrans
  • The Highland Council Award for Purposeful Business: Highland Hospice
  • The Loganair Award for Excellence in Customer Service, Care & Experience: Sonas Collection
  • The SSEN Transmission Award for Excellence in Local Supply Chain: DeepWind Cluster
  • The Stromar Award for Excellence in Natural Capital, Climate Change and Sustainable Communities: Alvance British Aluminium
  • SCDI Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Regional Economy: Isle of Harris Distillers

Grant Campbell, SCDI’s regional manager for the Highlands and Islands, said: “A big congratulations to all the winners and also the finalists of SCDI’s 23rd Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards. The winners really do showcase the diverse nature of businesses in the Highlands and Islands and their contribution to Scotland's economy. The judging panel was really impressed to hear about the work of the nominees and the positive impact that businesses are having in the region.”

The evening was hosted by STV's Nicola McAlley with a performance from comedian Susie McCabe.

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