The WeDO Scotland 2019 Awards took place at the Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel in Edinburgh on Friday the 24th of May. Eleven of Scotland’s most outstanding business leaders scooped at our ninth annual Awards.
Doddie Weir was crowned Inspiring Leader of the Year for work with his charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. The Foundation has granted £2.4 million of funding into research to find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease and gained global reach raising awareness of the disease which affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ricky Nicol of Edinburgh based Commsworld, one of the UK’s most successful and profitable Information & Communication Technologies services organisations.
Ricky describes the business as:
“A 25-year-old startup with a lot more to come. We’re an innovator and a disruptor in a sector that’s been crying out for disruption for years.”
Teaming up with digital infrastructure provider CityFibre, Commsworld brought about a 150km fibre optic network that put Edinburgh on the map as a Gigabit City and has also been instrumental in helping Glasgow and Aberdeen gain the same status.
This year, we added 4 new Awards to our existing 8 categories including International Entrepreneur of the Year, Scottish Product of the Year, Most Innovative Technology and Intrapreneur of the Year.
The 2019 Award winners in addition to those above are:
Belinda Roberts, founder of WeDO Scotland commented:
“This year we received a record number of extremely high calibre entrants for our Awards highlighting the fantastic talent, innovation and variety of businesses across Scotland and beyond.
Our finalists go through a stringent and challenging 2 step process including a video submission and face-to-face panel interview with our judges, it’s not simply a tick in a box exercise. This year sees the widest range of sectors we’ve had in the 9 year history of our Awards which is a big positive and demonstrates that business in Scotland is thriving despite current economic and political challenges.
We congratulate all of our winners on their considerable achievements and look forward to following the next stages of their business journeys.”