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Top city organisations named at Edinburgh business awards

Posted: 1st March 2019

An audience of hundreds of Edinburgh’s business leaders acclaimed 16 organisations and leaders for their outstanding achievements during the past year at a glittering ceremony on Thursday (28thFebruary 2019).

Finalists of the Business Awards were announced earlier this month, with 69 businesses in the running across the 16 categories. Winners were announced on the night, with activpayroll picking up two awards – Export Business of the Year and Director of the Year. The Best Performing Business titles, which celebrate organisations who’ve excelled managerially and financially, were awarded to Anturas Consulting (micro), Changeworks Recycling (medium) and Edinburgh Airport (large). Professor Joe Goldblatt, retired lecturer of Event Management at Queen Margaret University, and long-time supporter of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his contribution to business in the capital.

Guests heard from three keynote speakers on the evening – Kevin Mathers, Sales Director at Google UK, Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, and Rebecca Moore, Senior Growth Director, Skyscanner. Each speaker shared insight on the changing face of business, covering topics such as digitalisation and internationalisation, as well as drawing upon their own business journeys and highlighting Edinburgh as a fantastic city to do business.

Kevin Mathers, Sales Director at Google UK

Rebecca Moore, Senior Growth Director, Skyscanner

Derek Mackay MSP

Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said:

“It was a pleasure to attend the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

“Edinburgh is an outstanding place to live, work, raise a family, grow a business, be educated and be entertained and despite the obvious adversity, with pro-business and pro-economy leadership, I believe we are on the cusp of something very exciting for the capital and the country. 

“I want to congratulate all those who were nominated for the recognition they rightly deserve.  Being in business is hard work and I want to thank you them, and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, for their continued commitment and drive which underpin Scotland’s economic success.”

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce chief executive Liz McAreavey said:

“Our Business Awards have now become a key date in the Edinburgh business calendar. Over 500 guests turned out to support and celebrate the immense talent and success we enjoy across many sectors in the city.

“With sustainability becoming a priority for businesses and the city, we added a Circular Economy Award this year and were particularly pleased that this was one of the most popular categories. A strong message from the business community.

“I would like to extend huge congratulations to all winners and finalists, all of whom are truly inspirational and well deserving of the recognition. Sincere thanks also to all our sponsors whose support has enabled this event to go from strength to strength. We are already looking forward to next year.”


Winners List – Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Awards 2019

Micro Business of the Year – Anturas Consulting Ltd

Mid-Sized Business of the Year – Changeworks Recycling

Large Business of the Year –Edinburgh Airport

Responsible Business – Mercat Tours

Innovation in Business – ARX Maritime

Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year – Marketing Edinburgh

Director of the Year – Alison Sellar, activpayroll

High Growth – Edinburgh Trams

Export Business of the Year – activpayroll

Developing the Young Workforce – Leonardo

Diversity in Business – Edinburgh Napier University

Young Leader of the Year – Alex Cann, BSC Edinburgh

Innovation in Circular Economy – Cirkel

Inspiring Partnership – Grassmarket Community & Laing O’Rourke

Service Excellence – Mary Kings Close

Lifetime Achievement – Professor Joe Goldblatt


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