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Highland entrepreneur's UK awards success makes it two years in a row


By Philip Murray

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Iain Macphail with his award.
Iain Macphail with his award.

A successful Highland entrepreneur is celebrating after triumphing in a coveted UK awards for the second year running.

Highland-based IDM Energy founder Iain Macphail won the Start-up Entrepreneur for Scotland and Northern Ireland title at the Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards in London for a second year in a row.

He received the trophy ahead of 5000 entries at the awards in Grosvenor House in Park Lane.

Recognised as the UK’s ‘Grammys of Entrepreneurship’ previous winners include the likes of Justin Basini of ClearScore.

Iain Macphail, Founder and Chief Visionary at IDM Energy, said: “It is incredible, absolutely phenomenal. I’m ecstatic to have been recognised for the second year in a row, something no-one is sure has ever been done before. It's a shock but a huge honour to take such a prestigious award home again.

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“What started as an idea just a few short years ago is now established as being one of the UK’s most promising businesses as our reputation grows from strength to strength. None of it would be possible without our incredible team who go above and beyond, and our clients who have shown incredible support. I’m so very grateful to every one of them.

Iain Macphail (centre) at the awards.
Iain Macphail (centre) at the awards.

“It has been a fantastic year and we cannot wait for what 2024 brings as we continue delivering as a trusted partner driving positive change.”

Francesca James, founder of The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “I am thrilled to witness the extraordinary achievements of this year's winners.

“Their success stories are a testament to the dynamic and innovative spirit that thrives within UK entrepreneurship. These inspiring entrepreneurs embody the creativity, determination, and passion that are at the heart of our nation's business success. Their accomplishments not only celebrate their own journeys but also light the way for future generations of innovators and business leaders”.

Richard Davies, CEO of Allica Bank, commented: “It has been a real honour to sponsor this year’s GBEA awards. Hearing the inspiring stories from this year’s winners really brings to life the important contribution British entrepreneurs make to our economy. At Allica, we couldn’t be more excited to see such a talented group of individuals making their mark in the business world and we'll be keeping a close eye on what they do next.”

Earlier this month IDM Energy also won a highly commended award as New Business of The Year at the The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards.


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