North East Excels in Scottish FSB Awards

Press Releases 28 Feb 2024

Five north-east businesses have been announced as worthy winners in this year’s Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Celebrating Small Business awards.

Companies from Stonehaven, Portlethen, Oldmeldrum, and two from Aberdeen have beaten over 300 applicants from across Scotland to claim the top prize in their respective categories.

The two Aberdeen-based businesses, HR Hub Plus Limited run by Edward Obi and SHOT 'N' ROLL started by David Griffiths and Michael Robertson of ABERDAM Dutch Fries, are celebrating for the second year in a row.

Startup Business of the Year: Shot ‘N’ Roll, Aberdeen

Community Award: HR Hub Plus Limited, Aberdeen

Self-employed/Freelancer of the Year: Laura Ripley, Northern Frights and Fantasy Scotland Events, Portlethen

Family Business Award: ITC Hydraulic Services Ltd, Oldmeldrum

Sustainability Award: DM Training and Replenish, Stonehaven

FSB’s Development Manager in the North-east, Mike Duncan, said:

“Year upon year we see the quality of awards applications grow, and it’s no surprise that small businesses from across the North-east outshine their national competitors.

“There are twelve awards categories, so to have five worthy winners from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is a fantastic result.

“When we launched the awards back in January, I put a call out to local marketing and PR professionals asking them to spread the word and involve their clients. Their support has been remarkable, and I thank everyone who took the time to complete an application.

“The variety of winners emphasises the FSB’s diverse membership right across the region, and this positive news couldn’t come at a more important time. These small businesses thoroughly deserve the recognition, and I hope their awards win inspires them to even greater achievements.”


David Griffiths, SHOT ‘N’ ROLL:

"We're absolutely thrilled to have won the FSB Start-up Business of the Year Award! Our entire concept was developed and opened in just under two months, on a very limited budget whilst repurposing much of a former department store to get off the ground. The first 4 months have been a complete whirlwind, dishing out upwards of 6,000 cinnamon rolls as week at times and amassing an astonishing organic following across social media platforms without the use of any external agencies!

“The FSB is an invaluable organisation for small businesses like ours and while this award is a much-deserved pat on the back for our incredible team, we’re sure it will also be hugely beneficial in getting our story out there to a wide network of key people who can assist in the next phases of our journey.”

Edward Obi, HR Hub Plus Ltd:

“Wow! This is an incredible surprise and a moment of immense joy for our team to win this FSB Community Award. It's a true testament to the passion and dedication we pour into our work every day. We're thrilled and honoured to receive this recognition, which has been achieved by the collective effort of every team member. This win motivates us to continue pushing boundaries and contributing to our community. Thank you to the FSB for this honour. We're excited about the positive impact we can make moving forward.”

Laura Ripley, Northern Frights:

"I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been recognised by FSB with the Self-employed / Freelancer of the Year Award for my work with Northern Frights and Fantasy Scotland events. These events are a labour of love, designed to be as inclusive and immersive as possible, offering a unique experience that can only be found in Scotland.

“My commitment to working with local suppliers and partners has not only helped me in creating something truly special but has also played a significant role in supporting and boosting local tourism. Winning this award is a recognition of my efforts to celebrate the weird and wonderful in an innovative way, and it underscores the importance of community and collaboration in achieving excellence.

“This award motivates me to push the boundaries further, ensuring that I continue to offer unique, high-quality experiences that celebrate the best of the people and places in Scotland. It's a proud moment for me, and I look forward to continuing to contribute positively to Scotland's vibrant tourism landscape."

Tracy Clark, ITC Hydraulic Services Ltd:

“When I first heard that we’d won the Family Business Award I was surprised, but quickly delighted and very happy.

“This year we’re celebrating 25 years in business, and to receive this recognition in a hotly contested category is particularly meaningful. The energy sector is rapidly changing, with ITC’s efforts very focused on being a significant supplier in Renewables. This award reinforces and gives strength to these efforts.

“I would like to thank everyone in the ITC “family” for all their hard work and effort over the years, and also the Federation of Small Businesses for their continued support.

Donna Maver, DM Training & Replenish:

“To win this Sustainability award is fantastic news for DM Training and the team at Replenish.  As a small business, it’s not often we get the opportunity to gain recognition for what we do.

“Setting up Replenish in the middle of the two lockdowns was a brave decision and a big risk at a time when other businesses were closed due to the pandemic.

“This award will be great for the team, who work tirelessly to ensure customers are looked after, and it will increase our contribution towards sustainability for both the town and the environment.

“The shop has, over the past 3 years, established itself in the heart of Stonehaven and beyond. Customers have been coming from far and wide to visit.  By offering a personal service the shop is continuing to go from strength to strength. Overall, this award is very welcome acknowledgment for the hard work and effort during these challenging times.”

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