Winners of the 2017 Highland Business Awards are announced

Recognition was given to the achievements of businesses across the Highlands on Friday 29th September, as the winners of the prestigious Highland Business Awards 2017 were unveiled during a lunch and awards ceremony at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.

Organised by Inverness Chamber of Commerce, and supported by media partner Scottish Provincial Press, as part of Highland Business Week 2017, the Highland Business Awards were attended by around 300 business men and women from across the region.

Entry for these awards opened on the 1st of June with the launch of Highland Business Week, Inverness Chamber saw more than 100 entries across the 12 categories with businesses from all reaches of the Highlands submitting evidence of their achievements over the past twelve months. A shortlist was produced, and finalists were announced on Tuesday 15th August.

Winners and finalists across the broad range of awards categories were recognised for their contribution to the economic success of the Highlands.

Outstanding Performing Small Business
Sponsored by Business Gateway

Black Isle Renewables Ltd
Cruise Loch Ness Ltd
Fishbox Ltd
Winner: Fishbox Ltd

Outstanding Performing Business (25+ Employees)

Equiom (Scotland)
Gael Force Group
Innes & Mackay Solicitors and Estate Agents
Winner: Gael Force Group

Most Promising New Business

Sponsored by Ritsons

Grassroots Garden Shop
Inverness Kart Raceway Ltd
Loch Ness Spirits
Winner: Grassroots Garden Shop

Best Family Business
Sponsored by Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Gows Lybster Ltd
Loch Ness Spirits
Williamson Foodservice
Winner: Gows Lybster Ltd

Best Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Isle of Skye Ferry Community Interest Company
Kinlochlovin’
The Shieling Project Community Interest Company
Winner: The Shieling Project Community Interest Company

Developing the Young Workforce

Sponsored by DYW Highland Regional Groups

Mackays Hotel (North Highland)
Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd (West Highland)
Robertson Group Ltd (Inverness & Central Highland)
Winner: Mackays Hotel

Exporter of the Year

Sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Made in Scotland
Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd
Speyside Distillers Co Ltd
Winner: Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd

Inverness & Ross-shire Business of the Year


Fishbox Ltd
Innes & Mackay Solicitors and Estate Agents
Macleod & MacCallum Ltd
Winner: Macleod and MacCallum Ltd

Caithness & Sutherland Business of the Year

Sponsored by Caithness Chamber of Commerce

BBM Solicitors
Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd
Gows Lybster Ltd
Winner: Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd

Lochaber Business of the Year

Sponsored by Ben Nevis Distillery

BSW Timber Ltd
Glenuig Inn
Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd
Winner: BSW Timber Ltd

Cairngorm Business of the Year


G2 Outdoor Ltd
Speyside Distillers Co Ltd
Winner: Speyside Distillers Co Ltd

Business Leader of the Year


Colin Marr – Eden Court Theatre & Cinema
David Siegel – HighNet Telecoms
Willie Watt – Subsea 7 / Wick Harbour Authority
Winner: Colin Marr - Eden Court Theatre & Cinema

Overall Highland Business of the Year selected from the category winners above
Winner: Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd

Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the Highland Business Awards, and thanks to all who entered!