Scots entrepreneurs in running for top award

24 April 2014

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  • Finalists of EY Scotland Entrepreneur Of The Year awards announced

The inspirational figures behind 20 of Scotland’s most successful businesses have been named as finalists in the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.

The Scotland winners will be announced at an exclusive event held at The Gleneagles Hotel on Thursday 19 June. All regional winners will vie for the title of UK Entrepreneur Of The Year at a London ceremony to be held in October.

The judging panel, led by SSE PLC finance director Gregor Alexander, will make its decision based on a number of criteria, including: entrepreneurial spirit; innovation; strategic direction; financial performance; national and global impact; and the companies’ approach to social responsibility.

Last year, David Lamont, CEO of Proserv, took the UK Private Equity-backed business title having been named overall Scotland Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Alan McLeish, managing director of civil engineering company QTS, Simon Howie, CEO of the Simon Howie Group and Carl Hodson and Duncan Skinner, general manager and chairman of Aberdeen-based social enterprise Glencraft, also tasted UK success in the business and consumer service, manufacturing and services, and social enterprise categories, respectively.

Jim Bishop, senior partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader at EY Scotland, said: “Scotland enjoyed phenomenal success in the competition last year and the calibre of this year’s entrants speaks volumes about the country’s standing as a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent.

“Our finalists employ a combined total of over 5,000 people and turnover more than £600 million; the contribution they make to the economic health of the nation as job creators and wealth generators deserves recognition.”

Gregor Alexander, chair of the Scotland judging panel, added: “I have been involved with nurturing a number of entrepreneurs through start-ups and the SSE Venture Programme. What I see in great entrepreneurs is vision, passion, drive and balanced risk-taking to achieve the success of their businesses.

“I am delighted to be chairing the Scotland judging panel at a time when the economy is improving and successful entrepreneurs are hopefully starting to see their businesses thrive.”


Scotland finalists

  • Scott McEwan, CEO, Boston Networks Limited, Glasgow
  • Bill Drummond, Managing Partner, Brodies LLP, Edinburgh
  • Tommy Cook, CEO, Calnex Solutions Ltd, Linlithgow
  • Alastair Wylie, Chairman & Chief Executive, CCG (Scotland) Ltd, Glasgow
  • Teresa Bray, Chief Executive, Changeworks, Edinburgh
  • Andy Bird, CEO, Inoapps, Aberdeen
  • Gordon McGhee, Managing Director, McGhee Group Limited, Glasgow
  • Dr Deborah O’Neil, CEO & Scientific Officer, NovaBiotics, Aberdeen
  • Kate Mooney, Founder & CEO, Occa-Home, Glasgow
  • Robin MacGeachy, Managing Director, Peak Scientific Holdings Ltd, Renfrew
  • Hamid Guedroudj, Director, Petroleum Experts Limited, Edinburgh
  • Tarak Ramzan, Managing Director, Quiz Clothing, Glasgow
  • Dave Mackay, Joint Managing Director, REC Consultancy Services, Aberdeen
  • Steven Gray, Managing Director, ROVOP, Aberdeen
  • Jacob Fuller, CEO, SKYCIG, Edinburgh
  • Gary Smart, CEO, Tendeka, Aberdeen
  • Dougal Sharp, CEO, The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Ltd, Edinburgh
  • David Cook, CEO, Wasps Studios, Glasgow
  • Martin Armstrong, CEO, Wheatley Housing Group, Glasgow
  • Stuart McLean, CEO, Zonal Retail Data Systems Ltd, Edinburgh

Scotland judges

  • Gregor Alexander, Finance Director, SSE PLC
  • Susan Aktemel, Director, Homes for Good
  • Jann Brown, Managing Director & CFO, Cairn Energy
  • Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Founder, Genius Foods
  • Tony Hackney, CEO, BSW Timber Ltd
  • Simon Munro, Regional Director, Scotland, Business Growth Fund
  • John Scott, Founder, Scott Group Investments
  • Duncan Skinner, Chairman, Glencraft