THE Herald is delighted to continue to celebrate the breadth of talent from Scotland’s family businesses, who are growing internationally, creating innovative products and aiding their local economy.

The Herald Family Business Awards are organised in association with Business Gateway and supported by Burness Paull, Campbell Dallas, Clydesdale Bank, Craig Corporate, Stand, Strathclyde Business School, Supplier Development Programme and TL Dallas.

This year’s finalists will gather on Wednesday December 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow to hear the decisions of this year’s panel. The awards dinner will be hosted by Jennifer Reoch. They will also be treated to a keynote speech from Douglas Anderson, joint managing director of Glasgow based plant, tool and equipment hire company GAP Group who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

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Hugh Lightbody, Chief Officer, Business Gateway National Unit said: “These awards will celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Scotland’s family businesses, shine a spotlight on some outstanding individual enterprises and recognise the crucial role they play in both the local and national economy. I am looking forward to celebrating the hard work and achievements of our finalists.”

“With the awards date getting ever closer, and seeing the calibre of the finalists, we’re really looking forward to the evening. It promises to be a great event once again”, said Neil Grimmond, Director, Craig Corporate.

Deyrick Smith, Clydesdale Bank, said: “At Clydesdale Bank, our history of helping family-run firms dates back generations, and over time we’ve developed a heartfelt appreciation for their service to Scotland’s communities and wider economy. We’re excited about The Herald Family Business Awards next week because it is one of the few dates in the calendar that firmly recognises their true importance. We wish the best of luck to all entrants.”

Grant Stevenson, Partner, Burness Paull, said: “All the family businesses shortlisted are excellent examples of why this is a sector to be celebrated. They are all real Scottish success stories. Good luck to everyone up for an award and I look forward to seeing them all on the night.”

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Gillian Cameron, SDP Programme Manager, said: “The Supplier Development Programme is excited to announce the winners of the Rural Family Business of the Year Category during The Herald Family Business Awards.  SDP offers free support to small to medium sized businesses in Scotland to build their home-grown skills and become 'tender ready' to bid for public sector work.

"We know it is important to recognise the vital role that businesses all over the country, and especially in rural areas, in employing locally, creating and retaining local wealth, and offering a wider contribution to the communities in which they operate.”

Maggie Croft, Managing Director of Stand, said: "All businesses need to be developing their green credentials, and it was great to see the calibre of the entries into the Green Family Business category, which show how seriously family businesses are taking environmental issues."

Fraser Campbell, Head of Family Business, Campbell Dallas said: “We have seen another year of high calibre entries highlighting the vital contribution family businesses make to the Scottish and wider economy.”

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John Anderson, Director, Strathclyde Business School, said: “As the recently published Scottish Family Business Top 100 has demonstrated, Scotland is blessed with a strong family business base and at Strathclyde Business School we see signs of a positive change in attitude toward this important part of the economy and a willingness from the family business community to stand up and be counted.

"Nowhere is this more evident than in the quality of finalists in this year’s Herald Scottish Family Business Awards and we are very much looking forward to celebrating with them on 4 December.”

Bernard Dunn, Client Director at TL Dallas & Co, said: “As a proud family business ourselves, it is fantastic to be able to co-sponsor The Herald’s Family Business Awards for the seventh year in a row, in the Customer Service Excellence category.

“Family businesses make an invaluable contribution, both to the Scottish economy and to the communities in which they operate, so it’s excellent for them to be recognised through these prestigious awards. We want to extend our congratulations to all of the finalists in our category.”

For more information on how to attend the awards please visit: or contact Nina Holmes on 0141 302 6036.