Winning the top award and beating off opposition from your competitors makes victory all the sweeter.
That was the case for everyone involved at The Wheelhouse restaurant in Falkirk.
At last year’s Falkirk Herald Business Awards they took the title of Best Small Business and were still celebrating when it was announced they were winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award 2014.
Judges said the winner “was now reaping the rewards of investing when many in the industry were cutting back and showed a real desire to keep growing”.
After the double success, Wheelhouse boss Josie Binnie said: “The whole team put so much into The Wheelhouse and it was great to get something back. I’m delighted we have received this recognition.”
For 2015 the awards have a new sponsor and venue.
This year, the Aurora Hotel Collection is sponsoring the prestigious event, which recognises those companies and individuals making their mark on the Falkirk district economy.
Colin Hume, Falkirk Herald editor-in-chief said: “Over the years, our business awards has attracted a high calibre of entries. The scope and variety of entrepreneurs and companies in this area never ceases to amaze me.”
Entry is open to any business operating in the Falkirk Council area, whether you have been open a matter of months or are an established part of the local community, a sole trader or a large multi-national.
Closing date for entries is September 28 and those who successfully make the shortlist, will be invited to the final judging round which will take place between October 26 and November 6.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 19, at the award-winning Airth Castle Hotel.
You can get your entry form here or by calling (01324) 690222 to have one posted out.
Categories for this year’s awards are:
Best Green Business
Best Independent Retailer
Best Tourism Business
Best Sales & Marketing – demonstrate the success of a sales or marketing campaign over the past 12 months
Best Growth Business
Best Social Enterprise
Best Business in the Community
Best Small Business – turnover up to £500,000
Best Large Business – turnover over £500,000
Young Entrepreneur of the Year – open to all business people aged 35 or under on August 1, 2015
Employer of the Year