Falkirk Herald Business Awards winners revealed

Falkirk’s top businesses have been unveiled in a celebration of success.

The Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2014 took place at the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa when a range of firms and organisations were honoured for their achievements.

The Wheelhouse Restaurant, winners of the Best Small Business and Outstanding Achievement of the Year at The Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2014''Picture: Michael Gillen

The Wheelhouse Restaurant, winners of the Best Small Business and Outstanding Achievement of the Year at The Falkirk Herald Business Awards 2014''Picture: Michael Gillen

Held annually, the event recognises success stories across a range of areas, including environmentally friendly, tourism, growth and sales.

It also highlighted independent retailers and young entrepreneurs, as well as large and small companies.

Winner of the Outstanding Achievement of the Year, having earlier taken the Best Small Business Award, was The Wheelhouse Restaurant.

Steven McLeod, chief executive of the Aurora Hotel Collection, owners of Airth Castle and Glenbervie House Hotel, was presented with the inaugural Business Personality of the Year Award.

Colin Hume, editor of The Falkirk Herald, said: “Once again, our awards ceremony has been a great success. We are delighted to have been joined by so many people from businesses across the district, along with their staff and guests.

“The judging process was incredibly difficult and everyone who was shortlisted should consider themselves a winner.

“Thanks go to all involved in the judging, especially our sponsors, who help make this event so successful.”

The full list of winners is:

Best Start-Up Business (sponsored by Young Enterprise Scotland) – GCM Services Scotland

Best Green Business (sponsored by Alexander Dennis) – Cloybank Estate

Best Social Enterprise (sponsored by Montana Home Care Ltd) – Gingerbread Cafe

Best Tourism Business (sponsored by Falkirk Council) – The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

Best Sales and Marketing (sponsored by Digital Kitbag) – Lion Safety

Best Growth Business (sponsored by Business Gateway) – Ecosse Holdings

Best Business in the Community (sponsored by Forth Valley College) – ASDA Logistic Services

Best Independent Retailer (sponsored by Falkirk Delivers) – Hogan’s Fine Food Company

Employer of the Year (sponsored by WOW 247) – Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa and Montana Home Care Ltd

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Ineos) – Lisa Wardlaw of The Belle of the Ball

Best Small Business (sponsored by Mrs Tilly’s) – The Wheelhouse Restaurant

Best Large Business (sponsored by Tapestry AV) – Central Demolition

Outstanding Achievement of the Year – The Wheelhouse Restaurant

Business Personality of the Year (sponsored by The Falkirk Herald) – Steven McLeod

Take a look at our live coverage from the evening http://bit.ly/14WwzFS here.