2014 WeDO Scotland Entrepreneurs Awards

Judges, sponsors & winners cropped
L to R: Rod McMillan, Dougie Walker, Graham Langley, Tam Henderson, Brian Hay Smith, Kenny Kemp, Mike Crerar, Martin Walker, Steve Hand, James Magee, Stuart Hunter, Nathan Pike, Anna Christopherson, Mike Christopherson, Craig McKie, Belinda Roberts, Martin Mutch

Our Awards Ceremony & Dinner took place on Friday the 21st of November at The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa with over 180 Scottish entrepreneurs in attendance. The Judging Panel was, for the third year, chaired by Graham Langley, Ambassador in our Executive team and he was joined by fellow Ambassadors Martin Mutch, , Dougie Walker (winner of our 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year) and Rod McMillan. This year’s dinner was bigger than ever and competition for the Awards continues to grow year-on-year, we congratulate all of our winners and runners-ups on their fantastic achievements.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Claymore Global Solutions

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L to R: Belinda Roberts of WeDO Scotland, Dougie Walker – of Claymore Global Solutions & WeDO Scotland Ambassador, Winner Stuart Hunter of Advance Global Recruitment & Tam Henderson of Claymore Global Solutions – Award sponsors.

WINNER: Stuart Hunter of Advance Global Recruitment

“Winning Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014 at the WeDO Awards was absolutely fantastic. To have only been a member for just under a year and to win an award of this magnitude has really made me feel very proud. Since joining WeDO I feel I have matured a lot in business and this has been partly to do with the other members. WeDO is full of like-minded, ambitious and positive business people and this has really helped push me further. As a winner of this prestigious award I now feel it is my duty to spread the word about WeDO to more businesses like mine and help with the continual growth of such a fantastic and inspiration business. An Award such as this also recognises the work and effort put in by my co-founder Cameron Taylor and all of our staff, my thanks go to them for their loyalty, hard work and commitment.” Stuart Hunter.

RUNNER UP: Erica Moore of Eteaket

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

sponsored by CNJ Accounting

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L to R: Rod McMillan of RJM Consultants, Awards Judge & WeDO Scotland Ambassador, Winner Nathan Pike of Pike & Bambridge, Belinda Roberts of WeDO Scotland, Craig McKie of CNJ Accounting – Award sponsors.

WINNER: Nathan Pike of Pike & Bambridge

“Thank you to WeDO Scotland from Pike & Bambridge! We are delighted, proud and honoured to be recognised as Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 by an organisation representing such a high calibre of businesses and entrepreneurs in Scotland. We would like to thank all of our clients who have bought or leased new vehicles using our services as it is your satisfaction that is of the utmost importance. Piers and I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our team of Jack, Beth, Robyn, Danny, Stuart, Neil, Micheal and to all of the businesses that have provided their excellent services to us. Here?s to a fantastic 2015.” Nathan Pike.

RUNNER UP: Nick Cohen of PCR Business

HIGH GROWTH COMPANY OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Santander

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L to R: Belinda Roberts of WeDO Scotland, Graham Langley of GL Capital, Judging Panel Chair & WeDO Scotland Ambassador, Winner Martin Walker of Everycare Edinburgh & Steve Hand of Santander – Award sponsor.

WINNER: Martin Walker of Everycare Edinburgh

?I?m thrilled to bits to have been awarded this tremendous accolade, particularly when it has been evident that the field was so strong this year. I know that we?re doing good things and making a real difference and that is extremely rewarding on an emotional level. However, to have received recognition from my peers in the business community for what we have achieved means a great deal to me. Of course, none of it would have been possible without having a fantastic team around me, and I?d like to send a massive thank you to each and every one of them too!? Martin Walker.

FINALIST: Abigail Stevens of Think Global Recruitment

MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS

sponsored by Geoghegans Accountants & Business Advisors

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L to R: Belinda Roberts of WeDO Scotland, Winner Mike Christopherson of Nordic Drinks, Mike Crerar of Geoghegans, Award sponsors & Kenny Kemp of BQ Scotland magazine, WeDO media partners.

WINNER: Mike Christopherson of Nordic Drinks

“What a wonderful experience this has been. To be recognised for innovation within our industry has been amazing. One of the most important things when you run your own business is the positive and can do attitude that you have to have and that is what WeDO is about. It’s about celebrating and achieving things no matter what industry you’re in and what your business does. A big thank you to all of my teams who all work so hard to help me innovate within the hospitality sector and deliver my vision of outstanding customer service, winning this Award really makes it all worthwhile.” Mike Christopherson.

RUNNER-UP: Gavin Neate of Neatebox

NEW START BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

sponsored by Mazars

From L to R: Brian Hay Smith of Mazars - Award sponsors, Winner James Magee of Securicorps Security Management, Belinda Roberts & Martin Mutch of Mutch Associates, Awards Judge & WeDO Scotland Ambassador.
From L to R: Brian Hay Smith of Mazars – Award sponsors, Winner James Magee of Securicorps Security Management, Belinda Roberts of WeDO Scotland & Martin Mutch of Mutch Associates, Awards Judge & WeDO Scotland Ambassador.

WINNER: James Magee of Securicorps Security Management

“It was an honour and a privilege to win New Start Business of the Year on Friday Night especially against such great competition. The whole process has been an invaluable insight into our own business, as well as being very interesting to meet the other competitors and judges learning about theirs. I would highly recommend this process to everyone who is starting a new business, you need to stop every now and again, look up and see just how much you have achieved. It was a great night all round, and I would like to thank Belinda , the judging panel and all the WeDO Team who tirelessly give up their time to make events like this possible.” James Magee.

RUNNER-UP: Ian LeBruce of Cappuccino Ads