MELCC Awards 2015
Location: Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh. Date: 28th October 2015
The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh hosted one of the highlights of the local business calendar, the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce annual Business Excellence Awards Ceremony on October 28th, 2015.
Owners, employees and clients of Small and Medium-sized companies from Midlothian, East Lothian and the surrounding area joined forces to eat, drink, network and celebrate the successes of their peers and colleagues.
The MELCC Awards 2015 started, as it does every year, with a short exhibition. The room was full with some of the most diverse, innovative and ambitious businesses the area has to offer and as always, the networking was in full swing from the opening bell.
Guest speaker: Jim Mather
On then, to the main event of the evening. Dinner and the awards ceremony, hosted by MELCC Chief Executive, George Archibald and Chairman, Keith Barbour. Guest speaker for the evening was former Scottish Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Jim Mather. Jim is currently the Chairman of Homes for Scotland, the trade body that represents Scottish home builders.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Jim has held roles in the Whisky industry, sales & marketing and IT before becoming an SNP MSP, making him the perfect candidate to give an insightful and knowledgeable speech at this prestigious annual business awards ceremony.
Mr Mather delivered an impassioned account of how he believes the future of Scottish enterprise as a world-beating and modern economy should and hopefully will look.
His observations included the need to increase the number of ‘discretional learning’ jobs from the current level of around 28% of the working population to become more in line with England and some of our European counterparts such as The Netherlands.
He also went on to talk about the need for greater employee engagement and collaboration within the SME market. The benefits would include a boost to workforce morale, increased productivity, and consistently high levels of service and product delivery.
Another astute observation on Mr Mathers’ part was the need for companies of all sizes to align their objectives more closely to those of their customers. Smaller teams working to provide even greater value and avoiding what he called ‘race to the bottom’ where zero hours contracts and low pay prove unsustainable for the longer term economic health of the country.
Mr Mathers’ speech was positive and uplifting; he spoke of the bright future that lies ahead for Scottish businesses, with the SME environment at the forefront of his thoughts.
Next on the evening’s agenda were the Business Excellence Awards.
List of award winners and highly commended businesses
Best Business High Growth and Innovation Award – Sponsored by Midlothian Council
Winner – Icon Fabrications Ltd
Joint Highly Commended – Supernature Oils and Solus Medical Ltd
Best Family Business Award – Sponsored by Thomson Cooper
Winner – Clear Mortgage Solutions
Joint Highly Commended – Winton House and JS Main & Sons
Best Green Business Award – sponsored by EDF Energy
Winner – Humbie Hub
Joint Highly Commended – Sunamp Ltd and Hickory
Best Company for Youth Engagement Award– sponsored by East Lothian Council
Winner – Dobbies
Joint Highly Commended – EDF energy and Limelight Careers
Social Enterprise of the Year – Sponsored by Midlothian Council
Winner – Midlothian Sure Start
Joint Highly Commended – Lead a Bright Future and Cockenzie House
Best employer for Student and Graduate Recruitment
Winner – MacTaggart Scott
Joint Highly Commended – Hickory and EDF Energy
Networker of the Year Award – Sponsored by CA Cameron ACA
Winner – Ian Pilbeam of The HR Department
Joint Highly Commended – Ross Prentice of Prentice Coaches