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Courier Business Awards 2018 shortlist revealed: Judges blown away by talent

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The judges for the 2018 Courier Business Awards have confessed to being blown away by the strength of the entrepreneurial talent pool in the region.

The expert panel met in Dundee this week to whittle down more than 120 entries to a shortlist for October’s glittering black-tie awards dinner.

The session was chaired by Lord Andrew Dunlop, the former UK Government Minister for Scotland.

Judging for the Courier Business Awards

An experienced businessman in his own right, Lord Dunlop said being involved in the awards for the first time had been a fantastic experience.

And he said he was looking forward to meeting some of the entrants at the Courier Business Awards ceremony at the Apex City Quay hotel in Dundee on October 27.

“One could not fail but be impressed by the range and quality of the
submissions and that bodes well for the future development of the Tayside and Fife economy,” he said.

Lord Andrew Dunlop is chairman of the Courier Business Awards judging panel for 2018

“It is incredibly hard as a judge to decide between some very strong

Judging for the 2018 Courier Business Awards

“Not operating within the regional economy myself, it was a real eye-opener to see the range and diversity of business that are here and that are not just doing well locally but which are going out and having an impact on both the UK and international stage.”

Gayle Mann, chief operating officer at Entrepreneurial Spark and another first-time Courier Business Awards judge, was similarly impressed.

Gayle Mann, chief operating officer at Entrepreneurial Spark and first-time Courier Business Awards judge.

“I was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of the businesses we saw,” she said.

“I thought they were all really exciting businesses.”

David Smith, managing partner of long-time Courier Business Awards partner, Henderson Loggie, said it had been another strong year for entries.

“What was noticeable this year was the focus on customer service and
service excellence,” he said.

Guests enjoying the 2017 Courier Business Awards at Apex City Quay Dundee.

Courier Business Awards shortlist 2018


Apprentice of the Year

Fraser Bruce
Reece McLaren
Ryan Fair
Stephanie Ewan


Design and Innovation

Ace Aquatec
SP Technology


Bella and Duke
Horisk Leslie


Enterprise in Education

Pocket Sized Hands
Take Your Marks


Entrepreneur of the Year

Graeme Carling
John Reynolds
Nathan Pyne-Carter
Roy Henderson / Lee Nixon


ATL Turbine Services



Allson (Sparkle) Ltd, t/a Allson Wholesale
Binn Group
Blacks of Brechin
Blaze Manufacturing Solutions
Blue Star St Andrews
Caltech Lifts
Clark’s Bakery
James F Stephen Architects
Perthshire Caravans
The Castlecroft Group



Pocket Sized Hands



Castle Water
SP Technology
Stoneridge Electronics



Blaze Manufacturing Solutions
Matrix International
SP Technology



HTS (Scotland) Ltd t/a Assai Records
Perthshire Caravans
The Bathroom Company


Science and Technology

Ace Aquatec



Allson (Sparkle) Ltd, t/a Allson Wholesale
ATL Turbine Services
Balhousie Care Group
Premier Properties Perth


Horisk Leslie Development
Jon Frullani Architect
Premier Properties Perth


Social Impact

Circle Scotland
Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Limited
The Yard


Tourism and Hospitality

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Bon Viveur Group
Pirate Boats
The Black Watch Castle & Museum



Bella and Duke
Pirate Boats
Redcastle Spirits
The Butcher The Baker


Two further awards will be announced on the night:

Business of the Year

Outstanding Contribution

* Categories and nominees all in alphabetical order

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