Business Awards

Carrick has always enjoyed a rich history of varied businesses and now four of them have been recognised by the Ayrshire Business Chamber.

As they have been nominated in several categories for next month’s Ayrshire Business Awards.

GC Growers at Dowhill Farm, A.D Rattray’s whisky experience and shop in Kirkoswald, Cosses Country House in Ballantrae and the Nestle Factory in Girvan have been nominated.

Gordon Caldwell, who runs GC Growers has seen his business nominated in the local food hero award category.

He said: “We are proud of the vegetables we produce and it is great to be recognised by the Ayrshire Chamber for the contribution we make to local food in Ayrshire. Ayrshire has so much to boast about in terms the quality of the food we produce, hopefully this exposure gets more people to seek it out in their shopping baskets.”

Also nominated in that category is Cosses Country House.

Owner Susan Crosthwaite said: “I’ve always been a great promoter of Ayrshire food and I’m absolutely delighted to be nominated.

“I think we’re getting a lot better in Ayrshire at growing and producing our own stuff.”

A.D Rattray’s whisky experience and shop have been nominated in two categories; the tourism award and the outstanding business award for less than 25 employees.

Nick White, managing director said: “It’s nice to get shortlisted in two categories.

“We feel we have a passionate team here that knows about what we are selling.

“Our team here are efficient in what we do and welcome visitors from all over the world to our shop which we promote to many different countries.”

And the Nestle Factory has been shortlisted for an investors in education award.

Emma Smith, communications co-ordinator at the company’s factory said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the ‘Investors In Education’ Award. Reaching the finals alone is great recognition for all our efforts in creating an ‘Education Biodiversity Site’ in partnership with Girvan Academy.

“We couldn’t have achieved any of this without the commitment of key members of the Girvan Academy teaching team.”