Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business, winner Marine Harvest (Scotland) Ltd
Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards showcased the achievements of organisations from across the Highlands and Islands and celebrated business excellence in a range of sectors- from local authorities initiatives and fish farming, to marine energy and transport demonstrating the diverse nature of the Highlands and Islands economy.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney was keynote speaker at the Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards, hosted at the Drumossie Hotel by comedian Marcus Brigstocke.
The Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business was presented to salmon farming company Marine Harvest (Scotland). The award is presented to the business, which must be based in the Highlands and Islands which has demonstrated a track record of outstanding achievement in the global market place.
Scottish salmon enjoys an outstanding reputation across the world and Marine Harvest have an impressive track record in growing top quality salmon. That has helped make them the largest salmon farming company in Scotland, producing over 50,000 tonnes in 2011. Export sales in their last financial year increased by 101 % over the previous year.
They were the first company to export salmon to China in 2011 and from small beginnings they have building a strong market selling 1,800 tonnes in their first full year of export.
Commenting on their success Alan Sutherland, Managing Director of Marine Harvest (Scotland) said: Were proud of our salmon. Were proud that the fish we grow in the seas and lochs of the Western Islands and Highlands of Scotland is shipped all over the world to be enjoyed by consumers who appreciate its outstanding quality.
Loch Ness by Jacobite won the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Business Achievement. MIME Technologies won the Excellence Award for Research and Innovation.
Other winners were: Calmac Ferries – Crown Estate Award for Excellence in a Marine Business; Aquatera Ltd – Liberty British Aluminium Award for Outstanding Business Ambassador; Carbon Clever, Scottish Environment Protection Agency Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability and; Aquascot Ltd – SCDI Award for Excellence in People Development.
SCDI Highlands and Islands chair Jane Cumming said: “The Highlands and Islands is home to a diverse, strong and vibrant economy which has grown into a regional powerhouse – breaking boundaries, setting standards and demonstrating true leadership in many sectors.
“The SCDI awards recognise businesses for their significant strengths and successes. We commend all of the award winners on their continued investment and growth in the region and the vital contributions that their companies make towards our country’s sustainable economic growth.”
Also recognised on the evening were the SCDI Highlands & Islands Young Engineers & Science Club of the Year -Forres Academy from Moray, who were awarded a trophy for their excellent STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) projects. Working with industry partners, YESC engages with more than 1500 school clubs and over 30,000 primary and secondary school pupils across all Scotland's 32 local authority areas.