Courier Business Awards

The Event

Apex Hotel Dundee – Saturday, October 27, 2018.

We’re back… and this year we are celebrating six years of The Courier Business Awards.

Join us for a night with the stars at our prestigious awards, held at the Apex Hotel Dundee on Saturday, October 27, where we recognise and reward business and individuals from across Dundee, Fife, Perthshire and Angus; businesses and individuals with entrepreneurial flair, who are pushing the envelope in the pursuit of commercial success and who go that extra mile to serve their customers and put the community at the heart of everything they do.

There are 21 categories, plus the coveted Business of The Year, sponsored by our title partner Henderson Loggie, that is awarded to a shortlisted company which stands out from the pack and exhibits determination to achieve excellence in their field and create wealth and opportunity along the way.

Widely recognised as the leading business awards for Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife and continuing to grow year on year to become the largest event of its kind in the area, we are proud to be returning to the grounds of the Apex to ensure a very special night to remember.

Key Dates

26 Apr 2018:Entries open
8 Jul 2018:Entries close
17 Aug 2018:Shortlist announced
27 Oct 2018:Event

Itinerary

18.15:Drinks reception
18.55:Awards ceremony starts
20.15:Dinner
22.00:Awards ceremony continues
23.00:Entertainment/Networking
02.00:Carriages
Email Sharon Methven or call 01382 575563

Hosts

  • Rachel Riley

    Rachel Riley is the numbers expert on Channel 4’s long-running quiz show Countdown and a resident team member on the hit Channel 4 comedy show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Rachel has appeared on Room 101, Top Gear and Would I Lie To You (BBC). She co-presented It’s Not Rocket Science for ITV and has appeared on several TV quiz shows raising money for charity including: Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities (BBC 1), The Chase (ITV), The Bank Job, Million Pound Drop and Fifteen to One (Channel 4). Rachel is an avid Manchester United fan. She presented Fantasy Football Club and Friday Night Football on Sky Sports in 2016-17 and has appeared on Football Focus (BBC 1), Soccer AM (Sky Sports) and Follow the Football (BT Sport). She has also presented shows on MUTV as well as featuring on BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT radio. Brought up in Thorpe Bay, Essex, Rachel graduated with a degree in Mathematics, covering Quantum Theory, Fluid Mechanics and Applied Maths from Oriel College, Oxford. Rachel has a keen interest in promoting maths and science to young people and has been involved in a number of national numeracy initiatives. She is involved with Premier League Primary Stars, an initiative designed to help develop children’s skills and ambition both on and off the sports field.

  • Fred MacAulay

    Having presented the very funny and eventful MacAulay and Co. on BBC Radio Scotland for almost 18 years and with a string of TV appearances, Fred’s on air witticisms and on screen reputation are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever-Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London. Arriving late to the world of stand-up comedy in the early 90’s, he has gone on to be a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and at comedy festivals worldwide. Appearances on many Radio 4 comedy panel shows including I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just A Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz guarantee an audience for Fred’s Live stand-up tours. He has successfully featured in and presented many programmes for BBC Scotland: he hosted the talk show McCoist and MacAulay and presented Life According to Fred, Hoots, Simply Fred and Scots on the Box, as well as the 2014 On The Road magazine programme with Martell Maxwell. On national BBC Television he has been a panellist on shows including Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You. In addition, in the US he was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and his performance at The Montreal Comedy Festival has been shown coast to coast in North America as well. He lasted 7 out of 11 nights when he sang on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy. Further charity challenges saw him kayak the Caledonian Canal for Sport Relief in temperatures as low as -18 Celsius and in 2011 he scaled Mt Kilimanjaro. His West Highland Way-Hey walk was broadcast on Hogmanay 2012 on STV. Before his comedy career took off, he studied at the University of Dundee and graduated with an MA in Accountancy and Jurisprudence. He received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from the same University in 2006 in appreciation of his time there as Rector.

     

     

2018 Partners

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Shortlist

  • Apprentice of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Fraser Bruce, Michelin Tyre Plc
    2. Reece McLaren, BT
    3. Ryan Fair, Fife Council
    4. Stephanie Ewan, Fife Council
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  • Design and Innovation Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Ace Aquatec
    2. NCR
    3. SP Technology
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  • Digital Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Bella and Duke
    2. ChilliConnect
    3. Horisk Leslie Development
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  • Enterprise in Education

    Sponsored By:

    1. Pocket Sized Hands
    2. Solasonach
    3. Take Your Marks
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  • Entrepreneur of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Graeme Carling, Carling Property Group
    2. John Reynolds, Castle Water
    3. Nathan Pyne-Carter, Ace Aquatec
    4. Roy Henderson/Lee Nixon, SP Technology
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  • Export Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. ATL Turbine Services
    2. NCR
    3. STAR-Dundee
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  • Family Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Allson (Sparkle) Ltd, t/a Allson Wholesale
    2. Blacks of Brechin
    3. Blaze Manufacturing Solutions
    4. Blue Star St Andrews
    5. Caltech Lifts
    6. Clark's Bakery
    7. Gillies
    8. James F Stephen Architects
    9. Perthshire Caravans
    10. The Castlecroft Group
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  • Games Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. ChilliConnect
    2. Pocket Sized Hands
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  • Growth Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Castle Water
    2. SP Technology
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  • Manufacturing Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Blaze Manufacturing Solutions
    2. Matrix International
    3. SP Technology
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  • Retail Business of the Year

    1. Gillies
    2. HTS (Scotland) Ltd, t/a Assai Records
    3. Perthshire Caravans
    4. The Bathroom Company
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  • Science and Technology Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Ace Aquatec
    2. NCR
    3. STAR-Dundee
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  • Service Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Allson (Sparkle) Ltd, t/a Allson Wholesale
    2. ATL Turbine Services
    3. Balhousie Group
    4. Premier Properties Perth
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  • Small Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Horisk Leslie Development
    2. Jon Frullani Architect
    3. KitschnBake
    4. Premier Properties Perth
    5. Volpa
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  • Social Impact Business of the Year

    1. Better:Gen
    2. Circle Scotland CIC
    3. Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre
    4. The Yard
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  • Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
    2. Bon Viveur Group
    3. Pirate Boats
    4. The Black Watch Castle & Museum
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  • Young Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Bella and Duke
    2. Pirate Boats
    3. Redcastle Spirits
    4. The Butcher The Baker
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  • Business of the Year

    Sponsored By:

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  • Outstanding Contribution of the Year

    Sponsored By:

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Judges

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    Richard Neville

    Editor-in-Chief, The Courier

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    David Smith

    Managing Partner, Henderson Loggie

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    Lord Andrew Dunlop

    Chairman, Member of the House of Lords and Board member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry

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    Liz Cameron, OBE

    Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

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    Chris van der Kuyl

    Chairman and co-Founder, 4J Studios

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    Gayle Mann

    Chief Operating Officer, Entrepreneurial Spark

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