Success stories were celebrated at the recent final of the East Dunbartonshire Business Awards – with a range of firms and enterprises recognised.
East Dunbartonshire Council organised the awards to shine a light on the inspirational work of the region’s business sector.
This is the second year the awards have been held, with increased categories and nominations.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner held once again at The Eagle Lodge in Bishopbriggs. Thousands of pounds were also raised on the evening for local good causes, donated by guests.
Fleming Buildings Limited picked up Business of the Year, while a host of firms also clinched prestigious awards.
The Women in Business Award went to Lynn Martin of Martin Veterinary Centre.
Young Business Person of the Year was Vittoria Capaldi of The Honeybee Bakery.
Social Enterprise of the Year went to Bearsden Ski and Board Club.
Community Champion was taken by Huntershill Village.
Start-up Business of the Year went to Class4Kids.
Independent Retailer of the Year was Billington’s of Lenzie.
Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Business of the Year went to Nonna’s Kitchen.
Service Business of the Year was taken by Electronic Security Systems and Fire Protection Ltd.
Growth Business of the Year was Perceptive Communicators.
Best Use of E-Commerce by a Business went to Silk Blooms.
The award for Large Business of the Year was taken by Fleming Buildings Limited.
Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s awards. They have shown the innovation, determination and hard work that are vital to East Dunbartonshire’s economy.
“It was an excellent night and a great opportunity to speak to the nominees about the good work taking place locally.
“The awards offer a valuable opportunity to showcase the inspirational range of businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises in East Dunbartonshire.
“There were 40 nominees across the categories – all of which deserve great praise and credit for their endeavours.
“On the night, there was one winner for each award but it’s very much the case that every business and entrepreneur who entered was a winner in their own right. Well done to all.”
The panel of judges included representatives of the council and local business community.
More than £7,000 was raised at last year’s presentation dinner for a number of great causes and it is hoped this year’s total, which is still being collated, will be even higher.
A large number of local businesses donated items for the raffle and auction held on the night.
Tribute has also been paid to all the companies, enterprises and organisations which partnered with the council to sponsor the awards.
Business Award sponsors included The Eagle Lodge, East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action, Business Gateway, Caulders Garden Centres, Kenwil Print & Design Ltd, Alarmfast, Nonna’s Kitchen, Tillicoultry Quarries, CMS Windows, AJ Balfour, MAST Architects, Ewing Somerville Partnership and hub West Scotland.