Those entering will be hoping to emulate the winners at the inaugural event held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow in December last year. Ayrshire engineering firm Booth Welsh, run by Martin Welsh, was among the success stories that night as it secured the international growth award for its success in selling its services around the world.
Hotel operator Auchrannie Leisure, on Arran, was a double winner, picking up the rural and customer service excellence prizes in front of more than 200 guests, after impressing judges with its treatment of staff and focus on providing customers with the best experiences possible.
Kelso-based country clothing specialist A Hume (Outfitters) also picked up two gongs with the retailer winning fastest growing family business and the small/medium family business of the year titles.
Edinburgh-based Apex Hotels, founded by Norman Springford, was named large family business of the year while other winners on the night included education specialist TeeJay Publishers and Coatbridge's Patersons Quarries
Law firm Macdonald Henderson was named leading adviser to family businesses while Harper Macleod partner Donald Munro was given a special chairman's award for his contribution to advising family-owned firms.
This year's event, in association with Business Gateway, takes place on December 4 at the Grand Central Hotel.
Hugh Lightbody, chief officer at the Business Gateway National Unit, said: "There is no doubt family businesses play a key role in Scotland's economy and I am delighted that Business Gateway is principal sponsor of an awards programme that recognises the significant achievements of these important enterprises.
"Business Gateway supports thousands of new start and existing business owners every year and our extensive network of advisers understands the issues and challenges these businesses, many of which are family owned, face as they look to grow. The 2012 Awards programme showed the high calibre of family businesses currently operating in Scotland and I am sure we will see equally impressive entrants this year."
Tom Craig, chairman of Craig Corporate, said: "Craig Corporate were delighted to have sponsored the inaugural Scottish Family Business Awards last year. There was an excellent cross section of family businesses present, from all parts of Scotland, from many business sectors and a wide range of sizes.
"It was a delight to see the family business sector being recognised. There are so many successful family businesses in Scotland, making a huge contribution to our economy and employment in Scotland. We are pleased to continue our support in sponsoring the awards again."
Bernard Dunn, client director of Glasgow-based insurance broker and risk management group TL Dallas, said: "TL Dallas is itself a fourth-generation family company, and since 1919 our business has been built on advising family & owner-managed companies on their insurance affairs.
"Therefore the Scottish Family Business Awards is a perfect fit for us, as an event to support, and we are delighted to be sponsoring the customer excellence award category. We would encourage family businesses to think about entering the awards process. It's a great opportunity to network, to share experiences, and build your contact base."
The small and medium family business of the year category is open to companies with less than 100 employees and which have enjoyed outstanding success.
The large family business prize, supported by Craig Corporate, is for those operating in any sector of the economy with more than 100 staff. The innovation category, supported by accountancy firm Campbell Dallas, is to reward any family business which has embraced innovation through the development of new products or services or by making changes to its service delivery, production processes or working practices or by radically altering its direction to adapt to a changing environment.
Entries for the commitment to the community title, supported by the Grand Central Hotel, are open to businesses that have made a major difference in the communities they operate in, either by supporting charitable causes, allowing employees time off to undertake work in the community or supporting staff and their families through difficult times.
Business Gateway is supporting the fastest growing family business category, which is to reward those which have achieved sustained expansion in areas including turnover, profits, staff and new markets in tough economic times. The international growth award, backed by law firm Burness Paull, is for businesses that have enjoyed overseas success in recent times.
The customer service excellence category is seeking those companies that recognise the treatment of customers as a key part of their operations. There are also rural family business categories for small and medium enterprises and for larger companies with more than 100 staff.
A special chairman's award will also be made on the night to someone who has made a valuable contribution to the family business sector in Scotland.
The closing date for entries is October 25. Full details are available at www.herald-events.com/familybusiness or by calling Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407.