North-east business champions rewarded

2014 Grampian Awards for Business Excellence winners
2014 Grampian Awards for Business Excellence winners

Talented entrepreneurs from a diverse range of industries in the area have been unveiled as winners in one of the North-east’s most prestigious business awards.

More than 400 people gathered for the 2014 Grampian Awards for Business Excellence, which took place on Thursday June, 26 at The Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe Hotel and Spa.

This year’s winners include young up-and-coming businesses, family owned enterprises and long established companies from a variety of sectors in the North-east including hospitality, childcare, IT, and the oil and gas industry.

Top North-east hotelier Stewart Spence of The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to tourism and hospitality in the North-east.

Mr Spence has owned seven different hotels and restaurants over the course of his successful career and is a dedicated patron of numerous charities based in the North-east.

Gary McEwan, chief executive of Enterprise, said: “This is the second year we have presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to a notable figure from the North-east business community, and Mr Spence received the accolade for his contribution towards tourism, and his dedication to supporting young people with potential in the industry.

“We received a record number of entries this year from talented entrepreneurs and businesses in the area, and applaud the achievements of all of our finalists and winners and wish them every success in a future that looks bright for the North-east.”

Mike Fergusson, director of commercial banking, said: “The commitment and passion shown by the winners and indeed all the finalists is truly inspiring and all the more outstanding given the current economic climate.”