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Final 4 Category Shortlists announced

The shortlist for the final 4 categories of the DGBusiness Awards 2018 in association with Dumfries & Galloway Developing the Young Workforce has been unveiled.

Two new categories this year include Champion in Developing the Young Workforce and Business Champion in Developing the Young Workforce.

Tricia Hunter, Project Director of Dumfries & Galloway Developing the Young Workforce - the headline sponsor of the awards said “These two new categories have been highly contested, and it has proven very difficult to get it down to our shortlist.”

“It’s now time for the judges to look even closer to the shortlisted businesses before the winners of these categories are announced.”

 

As the announcement of the Business Person and Young Business Person finalists was made Lee Medd, the host of the 2018 awards said “There are so many great personalities in business across the region, so many great people that are their brand and looking at the shortlist for both Business Person and Young Business Person that is shown by the shortlist.”

The winners will be announced on Friday June 15th 2018 at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. Tickets are on sale now for this event and demand is high so book early to avoid disappointment.

For tickets contact Lee Medd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01387 270866.

 

The  Shortlisted finalists are:

Champion Business or Organisation:

Jas P Wilson                                           Let’s Get Sporty

EnterprisingDG                                       Currie Solutions

Ashleigh Scotland                                   FTS Dyers

Loreburne Housing                                 Brown Brothers        

The Langholm Initiative

 

The Shortlisted finalists are:

Individual Champion in Developing the Young Workforce

 

Silvia Oliveira – Eco-Genics

Claire Hosie – Ashleigh Scotland

Robert Beattie – Brown Brothers

Jade Ahmed – Treats, Darling?

Lesley Sloan & Sharon Glendinning – Curriculum Support Officer and Crichton Campus Leadership Group

Business Person of the Year Sponsored by DGChamber

 

Tom Hogan – Atlas ICT

Ruth Jardine - Roucan Loch

Paul Williamson – Croma Vigilant

 

Young Business Person of the Year Sponsored by DGHP

 

Lewis Stairmand – Corberry Print

Dayne Boyd – The Boyd Group

Callum Winspear – United Bricks

Category Shortlist Announced for DGBusiness Awards 2018

The shortlist for the DGBusiness Awards 2018 in association with Dumfries & Galloway Developing the Young Workforce has been unveiled.

Organisations, individuals and businesses from across the region put their name forward for one of the prestigious awards.

From start-up businesses and individual entrepreneurs, to family businesses and social enterprises, the whole business community wanted to be in the running.

Tom Armstrong President of the Chamber of Commerce that organised the Awards said “ We were delighted both with the quality and quantity of businesses that came forward for this, our fourth Business Awards.  The judges had a tough time deciding each category so just to be shortlisted was a real achievement. These awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the strength of the business community across the region whilst recognising those who excel within their field.”

Two new categories this year include Champion in Developing the Young Workforce and Business Champion in Developing the Young Workforce.

Tricia Hunter, Project Director of Dumfries & Galloway Developing the Young Workforce - the headline sponsor of the awards said “These two new categories have been highly contested, and it has proven very difficult to get it down to our shortlist.”

“It’s now time for the judges to look even closer to the shortlisted businesses before the winners of these categories are announced.”

As the announcement of the Business Person and Young Business Person finalists was made Lee Medd, the host of the 2018 awards said “There are so many great personalities in business across the region, so many great people that are their brand and looking at the shortlist for both Business Person and Young Business Person that is shown by the shortlist.”

The winners will be announced on Friday June 15th 2018 at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. Tickets are on sale now for this event and demand is high so book early to avoid disappointment.

For tickets contact Lee Medd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01387 270866.

The  Shortlisted finalists are:

Outstanding Customer Service Award sponsored by The Crichton Trust

Finalists:           Mostly Ghostly Tours                                                                                                                             

                         The Star Hotel                                                                                      

                        Genesis Occupational Health & Safety

                        Grange Quarry

 

Outstanding Business with Over 25 Employees sponsored by Gates Power Transmission

Finalists:           Grange Quarry                                                                                                                                      

                         Robinsons Scotland                                                                                                                              

                         Brown Brothers

                         ETB Technologies

                         Croma Vigilant

 

Outstanding Business with Under 25 Employees sponsored by Gates Power Transmission

Finalists:         

Concrete Wall Panels                                                                                                                            

Thomsons Foodservice                                                                                                                         

Genesis Occupational Health & Safety

Eco-Genics

 

Most Promising New Business Sponsored by Scottish Power Energy Networks

Finalists:          

MacRebur

Concrete Wall Panels                                                                                                                            

Light Up Your Venue                                                                                                                              

More Organised   

Eco Workspaces & Communications

 

Outstanding Social Enterprise sponsored by Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway

Finalists:          

Theatre Royal                                                                                                                                       

The Usual Place                                                                                                

Stewartry Care  

 

Family Business Award sponsored by Armstrong Watson

Finalists:          

Print Copy Centre                                                                                                                                 

Thomsons Foodservice                                                                                                                         

Cocoa Bean Company

Robinsons Scotland

Brown Brothers

 

Rural Business Award sponsored by SRUC

Finalists:          

Cocoa Bean Company                                                                                                                          

Damsel Fly Fishing                                                                                                                                

Second Nature

Saviour Associates

 

Champion Business or Organisation:

Jas P Wilson                                           Let’s Get Sporty

EnterprisingDG                                       Currie Solutions

Ashleigh Scotland                                   FTS Dyers

Loreburne Housing                                 Brown Brothers        

The Langholm Initiative

The Shortlisted finalists are:

Individual Champion in Developing the Young Workforce

 

Silvia Oliveira – Eco-Genics

Claire Hosie – Ashleigh Scotland

Robert Beattie – Brown Brothers

Jade Ahmed – Treats, Darling?

Lesley Sloan & Sharon Glendinning – Curriculum Support Officer and Crichton Campus Leadership Group

 

Business Person of the Year Sponsored by DGChamber

 

Tom Hogan – Atlas ICT

Ruth Jardine - Roucan Loch

Paul Williamson – Croma Vigilant

Young Business Person of the Year Sponsored by DGHP

 

Lewis Stairmand – Corberry Print

Dayne Boyd – The Boyd Group

Callum Winspear – United Bricks

The Ethical Dairy Cheeses Win Silver

Two cheeses from The Ethical Dairy have won sought after Silver Medals at the Artisan Cheese Awards.  The Awards, which are held at Melton Mowbry each year, recognise the very best artisan cheeses across the UK and Ireland.  

The silver medal winners, Rainton Tomme and Carrick, are both hand made unpasteurised hard cheeses.  Rainton Tomme is a rustic, mellow, well rounded cheese with a natural rind that is aged for between 3 to 7 months.  Carrick is a curd washed cheese which is aged for around 9 months. 

The Ethical Dairy, which is based at Rainton alongside Cream o’ Galloway, was launched earlier this year and makes cheese from milk farmed by the pioneering cow with calf method.  This means the calves stay with their mums to suckle rather than being separated from them shortly after birth, which is the norm in dairy farming.

Director Wilma Finlay said she was pleased to see the quality of the cheeses being recognised at this national event:

“It’s always nice to win awards for a product you’ve made, and it’s particularly exciting to see our cheeses holding their own and indeed excelling at this nationally important event.  These awards don’t take our brand or our method of farming into account; it’s all about the quality of the product made, so we are thrilled that our cheeses have been recognised alongside some of the most established artisan cheeses in the UK.” 

More information about The Ethical Dairy and its products can be found at www.theethicaldairy.co.uk on Twitter on @theethicaldairy and on Facebook @EthicalDairy

MSP Slams RBS as execs fail to answer questions over branch closures

SNP MSP   Joan McAlpine has said that RBS ‘failed to answer‘ many questions as three   senior executives appeared before the Scottish Affairs Committee (SAC) at   Westminster this morning.
   
  Ms McAlpine – who has campaigned against RBS branch closures in the south of   Scotland -said it was ‘disappointing‘ that RBS had also failed to listen to   the anger and frustration voiced by so many of the customers and businesses   hit by their branch closure plans. 
   
  Ms McAlpine commented:

“It is clear that RBS has no sense of responsibility to communities across Scotland – and it appears to me after that they would have no qualms about cutting services even further in the future.

“I was shocked that Mr McEwan stated he was ‘comfortable’ with the current situation and the number of branches in Scotland he’s planning to close - and I was also very concerned that he refused to guarantee the remaining rural services such as mobile vans – which is what people must rely on if their branch closes.

“Just last week RBS wrote to me, and other elected members to tell us how well they are doing, after making pre-tax profits of £1.2 billion in the first three months of 2018.

“This begs the question why RBS is so desperate for the £9.5 million savings they will make through the branch closures, if they are making those kind of profits.

“When Mr McEwan wrote to me to congratulate himself on RBS’s profits, it was the first time that he had ever written directly to me. He has never replied to me when I have contacted him about the local branch closures in Dumfries and Galloway and across the South of Scotland.

“That irony is completely lost on him and the other RBS executives, and I am deeply disappointed. 

Seasonal migrant labour threat.

Reducing access to seasonal labour and skills from the EU by ending free movement will damage businesses in every sector of the rural economy, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has warned.

Research has shown that the agricultural sector experienced a shortage of seasonal non-UK workers of between 15 and 20% last year, because:

  • Many EU workers are      choosing to leave the UK, not return, or not come here, due to continued      uncertainty about their status after Brexit
  • Membership of the EU has      helped improve employment conditions and social protections in the country      of origin of many EU seasonal workers
  • Seasonal EU workers can      earn more in the Eurozone due to the weak Pound

While visiting Angus Growers, where the majority of workers are from the EU, Mr Ewing said:

“The soft fruit sector is one of Scotland’s success stories, with an estimated income of £134 million last year and having experienced considerable growth over the last decade. That growth is now at risk from Brexit due to the prospect of barriers to trade and labour being introduced.

“Stakeholders, such as Angus Growers, have repeatedly highlighted the fact that seasonal non-UK workers provide a significant, valuable contribution to the rural economy and that filling the employment gap, post-Brexit will be extremely challenging. So it is concerning that the UK Secretary of State Michael Gove has failed to provide the complete clarity on future access to migrant agricultural workers, which he committed to by the end of March.

“The UK Government could end this on-going uncertainty by committing to remaining in the EU single market and customs union – a position the Scottish Government has continually argued for since the referendum. Such a position would demonstrate to seasonal workers that Scotland, and the whole of the UK remains an open and welcoming place to live and work.”

William Houston at Angus Growers, said:

“With the number of EU nationals looking for seasonal work in Scotland already dropping as their own economies expand and the Pound continues to decline, it is important that we are able to recruit workers from outside the EU. This is already happening in Portugal and Germany.”