Firm picks up Business of the Year accolade

Claire and Grant Keenan
Claire and Grant Keenan

A New Deer-based organic waste management firm has been named as Business of the Year at a Scottish awards ceremony.

Family-owned Keenan Recycling secured the Business of the Year (under 250 staff) at the inaugural Scottish SME Business Awards.

The event acknowledged and celebrated the achievements, determination and hard work of professionals and businesses from the SME industry in Scotland.

Keenan Recycling launched its commercial food waste collection service in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in 2010 and now processes more than 60,000 tonnes of waste each year, transforming it into British Standards Institute accredited compost. 

The company, which boasts a 14-acre facility at New Deer, opened a base at Linlithgow in August 2015 and has invested £1.2m in a fleet of lorries to roll out its award-winning organic waste collection service to customers in Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

Grant Keenan, managing director of Keenan Recycling, said: “Securing this award and being recognised as one of Scotland’s leading business is a fantastic accolade for Keenan Recycling.

“We faced some strong competition in the category, so we are delighted to have come through as winners.

Keenan Recycling’s growth in the central belt was fuelled with a £2.2m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) in 2015, supporting the business to increase its food waste collection in the south of Scotland from 600 customers to over 7000 customers.