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Courier Business Awards 2022: Full shortlist as excitement builds for tonight’s event

The stage is set for this year's Courier Business Awards. Image: Steve Brown/DC Thomson.
The stage is set for this year's Courier Business Awards. Image: Steve Brown/DC Thomson.

More than 600 people will gather in Dundee tonight for the biggest event in the Tayside and Fife business calendar.

The Courier Business Awards will be held for the ninth time in a specially constructed marquee in the grounds of the Apex City Quay Hotel.

A total of 19 awards will be presented at the black tie awards ceremony, held in association with accountants Henderson Loggie.

Ed Byrne to host Courier Business Awards

This year’s host, comedian Ed Byrne, has been brushing up on his knowledge of the local business community ahead of the event.

He said: “Over the last few weeks I’ve been learning about all the great businesses in Tayside and Fife – from a clootie dumpling producer to a company working at the cutting edge of space to a championship golf course and a botox clinic.

Excitement is building – Mock the Week star Ed Byrne will compere the Courier Business Awards. Image: Supplied.

“I can’t wait to meet the people behind these successes at the awards.

“It is going to be a great night as we celebrate the top business talent in Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife.”

Guests will enjoy a three-course meal and be entertained by the RC Dance Company, The Essential Elton John and the Waterfront band until the early hours.

The event will be raising funds for Business Beats Cancer Dundee.

Courier Business Awards 2022 coverage

New Courier Business Awards for 2022

The awards reflect the diverse nature of the business landscape in Tayside and Fife with categories including technology, innovation, retail, community and tourism and hospitality.

This year two new awards will be presented – for Resilience and Recovery as well as a trophy for Transition to Net Zero.

The ceremony will conclude with our top awards for Business of the Year and Outstanding Contribution.

Last year these awards were given to Dundee’s Hutchison Technologies and V&A chair Tim Allan.

Praise for shortlist

DC Thomson managing editor Graham Huband, who was on this year’s judging panel, said every shortlisted company and entrepreneur should be proud of their achievements.

He said: “Deciding on winners caused fierce debate among the judges, with so many businesses doing something special.

“Everyone on the shortlisted was visited by staff from The Courier and Henderson Loggie before a final decision was made.

“It’s a tough time for many companies at the moment but, despite the challenges, the judges were delighted to see that so many of our local companies are punching above their weight.

The Courier Business Awards 2022 judging panel – David Smith (Henderson Loggie), Liz Cameron (Scottish Chambers of Commerce), Angela Vickers (Apex Hotels), Elaine Maddison (Brightsolid) and Graham Huband (DC Thomson). Image: DC Thomson.

“The Courier is proud to shine a spotlight on some of our region’s incredible success stories.”

David Smith, managing partner of Henderson Loggie, added: “We have been delighted to support The Courier Business Awards over the last decade as headline sponsors and partner.

“The quality of submissions has been exceptional again this year.

“It’s been inspiring to see how determined and resilient the business community has been across Courier Country. Congratulations to the finalists and best of luck!”

Courier Business Awards 2022 shortlist

Apprentice Award (sponsored by D&A College)

  • Christian Williams, Here’s The Plan
  • Jason Talbert, Journeycall
  • Lucy Morrison, NCR

Business Leader (sponsored by Ninja Kiwi)

  • Kelvin Kerr, Kerr’s Dairy
  • Michael Wells, Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Tony Banks, Balhousie Care

Community (sponsored by Insights)

  • Alexander Community Development
  • Dundee Bairns
  • Social Good Connect

Family (sponsored by Thorntons)

Dundee & Angus
  • Fresh inc. Medispa
  • Gillies
  • Kerr’s Dairy
  • Blue Star St Andrews
  • Donaldson Group
  • Fisher & Donaldson
  • Auto Services Perth
  • Tabla
  • We are Extraordinary

Independent Retail (sponsored by Marsh Commercial)

  • Gillies
  • Kerr’s Dairy
  • The Little Green Larder

Innovation (sponsored by Research and Innovation Services, University of Dundee)

  • ATL Turbine Services
  • Feragaia
  • SoilEssentials

Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality (sponsored by Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce)

  • Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts
  • Dundee Science Centre

Resilience and Recovery (sponsored by Forth Ports)

  • ALTAR Group
  • Balhousie Care Group
  • The Feel Look Be Formula
  • Wood Leisure Holiday Parks

Service (sponsored by Apex Hotels)

  • Fresh inc. Medispa
  • Journeycall
  • Kerr’s Dairy
  • NCR

Small Business (sponsored by Elevator)

  • Clootie McToot Dumplings
  • Heal Physiotherapy
  • Horisk Leslie Development
  • International Testing Services

Social Media (sponsored by Purple Imp)

  • ALTAR Group
  • Fresh inc. Medispa
  • Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Technology (sponsored by Blackadders)

  • Bright Ascension
  • Broker Insights
  • NCR

Transition to Net Zero (sponsored by Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc)

  • Forth Ports
  • Here’s The Plan
  • The Little Green Larder

Young Business (sponsored by NCR)

  • Angus Grill + Larder
  • International Testing Services
  • Spaces Taylored