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
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.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
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.
HIGH GROWTH COMPANY OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Santander
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.
MOST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS
sponsored by Geoghegans Accountants & Business Advisors
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.
NEW START BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
sponsored by Mazars
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.