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General Manager Gregor Welsh: ‘We are thrilled to have won the Innovation award against such a high standard of finalists. This is great recognition of the hard work and commitment from the whole SoilEssentials team based in rural Angus.’

David Webster, director of energy, Forth Ports: It’s so exciting, it’s amazing to win this award. I think our commitment to the transition to net zero has been well recognised, we’ve put a lot of time and effort into it and it’s just brilliant. It’s a combination of a lot of teamwork, a lot of time and a lot of effort into develop what we’ve done and to win is fantastic. 

Grace Sloan, operations director at Balhousie Care Group, said: “Winning the award hasn’t sunk in yet. This is for the homes. All 26 of our homes deserve this for all the work they’ve put in over the past two years, which has been a really challenging time.” 

“I feel overwhelmed, I can’t believe it. This award is not for us here tonight, this is for the 26 care homes that have given their all over the past two and a half years.” 

Deputy chief executive of Carnoustie Golf Links Adair Simpson said: “This award is not just for us, for all the tourism industry. We all realised through the pandemic that we’ve got to work together. It has been a really challenging time for the whole industry – but we are really over the moon.”

Kelvin Kerr, director, Kerr’s Dairy: This award means a lot to us, we’ve worked really hard over the last three or four years, all our staff, we’ve worked over Covid and all that supporting everybody, everyone needs milk so we’ve gone out of our way and it’s great to be recognised.