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27 February 2019

FSB Celebrating Small Business Award - Winners from Scotland

FSB Celebrating Small Business Award  - Winners from Scotland

FSB’s Celebrating Small Business Awards recognises the achievements of  Scotland’s small business community. Details of the winners of the 2019 awards, held in February at the Playfair Library in Edinburgh, can be found below:

Quarch Technology

International Business of the Year – Quarch Technology - Aviemore

Quarch Technology design, part-manufacture, sell and export a huge array of data storage testing tools. Their customers include international big name technology firms.

Business & Product Innovation Award (sponsored by HIE) – Kate Davies Designs - West Highland Way Kate Davies Designs

Kate Davies Designs was founded in 2010 and has grown from producing digital patterns for hand knitters to publishing books and manufacturing wool yarn.

Micro Business of the Year (sponsored by Worldpay) – The Wee Hemp Company - Aberdeen

The Wee Hemp CompanyLaunched in May 2018, Aberdeen’s The Wee Hemp Company are a small family run business that sell CBD infused products via their online store. Owner’s Rebecca and Calum also advise their customers on adopting a healthier lifestyle.

 Ethical-Green Business of the Year (sponsored by Resource Efficient Scotland) – Highland Farm Cottages and Café - DingwallHighland Farm Cottages & Cafe

Highland Farm Cottages and Café are a 5 star holiday cottage and eco-café business situated on a small family farm just outside Dingwall. They opened their eco-café last year, specialising in sustainably sourced local products, and have grown it into a hub for locals and touring cyclists alike.

Scale-up Business of the Year (sponsored by Business Gateway) – Shetland Distillery Company - Unst

Shetland Reel DistilleryLocated at the north end of the UK’s most northerly inhabited island, Unst, the Shetland Distillery Company went into production just over four years ago and has seen phenomenal growth in one of the most remote places in the UK. The distillery plans to install Shetland’s first single malt distillery.

Family Business of the Year – Cruise Loch Ness

Cruise Loch Ness is a family-run business in Fort Augustus which has carried over twoCruise Loch Ness million passengers on Loch Ness since it was founded by the current owner’s father, Norman Mackenzie in 1968. Today, husband and wife team, Ronald and Debi Mackenzie, supported by Norman’s two brother, operate two passenger vessels and three high-speed RIBs. 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Stagecoach) – Liv Conlon - The Property Stagers - Bothwell

Liv Conlon Property StagersLiv Conlon started her business, The Property Stagers, at age 17 after her mother struggled to sell a property. Liv decided to stage the property – using art, light and furniture to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers - resulting in a sale three days later. Liv now works with clients across the country. 

Employer of the Year (sponsored by Skills Development Scotland) – AJ Engineering – ForresAJ Engineering

AJ Engineering - a metal fabrication and engineering company - was founded 1999 and over the past 20 years the Forres-based firm has employed apprentices and young people. The firm’s managing director Alan James started his career as an apprentice himself.

Community Business of the Year – Jura Store Community Interest Company

Jura Community StoreThe Jura Community Shop is the only shop on the Isle of Jura serving a population of just over 200. The store, which was bought in 2013, when the only private shop on the island faced closure, became a Community Interest Company. Now 6 years later the store plays a vital role in ensuring that life on the Isle of Jura remains sustainable.

Digital Innovation Award – Render Studio - Aberdour Render Studio

Fife-based business, Render Studios, is a 3D visualisation company. Over the past two years Render have specialised in CGI imagery, virtual reality and augmented reality services.

Start-up Business of the Year – Lussa Drinks Company - Jura

Lussa Gin The Isle of Jura’s Lussa Drinks Company sold their first bottle of gin in August 2016, since then they have sold over 15,000 bottles. The small team behind the business use 15 botanicals that they can grow or forage on the isle to make their gin, with love of their location being fundamental to the business.


Winners of these awards – with the exception of the community business recognition go forward to the UK-wide final.

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