DGBusiness Awards 2018 Winners Announced

A record-breaking 375 people celebrated the success of businesses from across the region in the 2018 Dumfries & Galloway Business Awards on Friday night.

At the glittering ceremony, hosted by DGChamber Business Development Manager and broadcaster Lee Medd at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries, the winners of the 11 keenly contested categories were announced.

Dumfries based Paul Williamson, Managing Director the Croma Vigilant was named Outstanding Business Person of the Year. Paul founded the company in 1997 and has built the company over the past 20 years. It now has a £27m-plus turnover. Paul’s leadership has ensured that the business has always remained ahead of the curve. Its phenomenal growth within the last 12 months is attributed to Paul’s entrepreneurial spirit and bold decision-making. Croma Vigilant also won the award for Outstanding Large Business Award on the night.

Callum Winspear of United Bricks was named Outstanding Young Business Person. He founded United Bricks when he was 15 with the vision of inspiring the children of tomorrow to learn history through the use of LEGO. He makes custom Lego figures and has created a sustainable enterprise which brings international business and recognition to Scotland. Aged 18, Callum employs two additional full-time staff and has distributors around the world. His company has a reputation for quality and excellent service. Around three-quarters of total sales are abroad and United Bricks prints and provides all items at its office in Dumfries& Galloway.

Well-known family business Thomsons Foodservice won the title of Outstanding Small Business (with 25 employees or under) in a category; Grange Quarry, which has its head office in Lockerbie, was recognised for its Excellence in Customer Service, impressing the judges with the way it provides a service which surpasses its customers’ expectations, and the Family Business Award went to Sanquhar-based Brown Brothers.

The Outstanding Rural Business Award went to The Cocoabean Company, which offers unique and interactive children’s chocolate workshops, extensive indoor and outdoor play areas, a factory shop with over 120 chocolate varieties, and The Cocoabean Café.

The Third Sector was represented in the Outstanding Social Enterprise category, which judges said was keenly fought, with exceptional entries. They named Stewartry Care, which provides care at home to the elderly, disabled and vulnerable people as the winner. Its service ensures that people are able to remain at home, living independently in their own communities among friends and family. It also provides activity days and trips for service users, to help combat social isolation.

Robert Beattie from Brown Brothers was named Champion in Developing the Young Workforce. He was keen to get involved in the work the company does with local schools to ensure that the workforce of tomorrow is able to engage with the food industry at an early age. Jas P Wilson of Dalbeattie was named Champion Business in Developing the Young Workforce for the work it has done with local schools and groups to educate, inform and develop its own workforce thorough apprenticeships and work education.

The Most Promising New Business category was open to businesses set up within the last three years.  With a wide range of entries in this category, judges faced some of their greatest challenges of the competition. They named Lockerbie-based Concrete Wall Products, a business which is unique, has a specialist marketplace and is doing business on a national scale, as the winner.

Tom Armstrong, President of DGChamber, which organised the awards said: “We were delighted both with the quality and quantity of businesses which came forward for this amazing event.  The judges had a tough time deciding the winners of each category, so to be shortlisted was a true achievement.”

Dumfries & Galloway Developing the Young Workforce was the principal sponsor of the awards. Project Director Tricia Hunter said: “The talent, business skills, courage and commitment which the entrants have shown in their applications highlights that the region has a bright future and by DYW working with all the businesses across the region, the future for the next generation of workforce is a promising one.”

Full List of Winners:

Outstanding Customer Service Award sponsored by The Crichton Trust

Grange Quarry


Outstanding Business with Over 25 Employees sponsored by Gates Power Transmission

Croma Vigilant


Outstanding Business with Under 25 Employees sponsored by Gates Power Transmission

Thomsons Foodservice                                                                                                                         


Most Promising New Business Sponsored by Scottish Power Energy Networks

Concrete Wall Products                                                                                                                            


Outstanding Social Enterprise sponsored by Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway

Stewartry Care  


Family Business Award sponsored by Armstrong Watson

Brown Brothers


Rural Business Award sponsored by SRUC

Cocoa Bean Company    


Champion Business or Organisation in Developing the Young Workforce Sponsored by DYWDG

Jas P Wilson


Individual Champion in Developing the Young Workforce Sponsored by DYWDG

Robert Beattie – Brown Brothers

Business Person of the Year Sponsored by DGChamber

Paul Williamson – Croma Vigilant


Young Business Person of the Year Sponsored by DGHP

Callum Winspear – United Bricks