Carrick representation at Ayrshire Business Awards

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to reveal the shortlisted finalists for the Ayrshire Business Awards 2015.

This year’s categories were packed with top quality entrants emphasising just how well business in Ayrshire is performing right now.

An independent judging panel narrowed down over 100 entries to make the final shortlist.

These include We Hae Meat in the family business awards and Girvan Youth Trust for Excellence in People Development,

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Val Russell said: “Congratulations to the shortlisted finalists and commiserations to those who just missed out this year. We are taken aback each year with the high quality of entry we receive, it definitely bodes well for Ayrshire that there are so many top and varied businesses in the area.

“The judging panel had an extremely tough job selecting the finalists.”

Ayrshire Chamber is also pleased to announce that Ayrshire Cancer Support has been selected as this year’s charity partner for the Business Awards. If you are interested in donating a prize for the raffle on the night please contact Laura at Entourage UK on 0141 887 6181.

The awards, part of Ayrshire Business Week, takes place on Thursday 8th October at Seamill Hydro and is hosted by actress and comedian Karen Dunbar. Demand for tickets is high so book early to avoid disappointment. You can book by visiting

The finalists for 2015 are:

Family Business Award sponsored by Ingram Motoring Group Cecchini Group; McColm Civil & Structural Engineers Ltd; We Hae Meat Ltd

Health at Work Award sponsored Westfield Health; Wabtec Rail Scotland; Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd; NATS Prestwick Centre

Investors in Education Award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline; Ayrshire Hospice; GE Caledonian Ltd; KCP; Stellar Europe LLC

Most Promising New Business Award; Frosty Fridge Trailers; Saltire Healthcare Limited; Sophistikatie; Innovation in Business Award sponsored by North Ayrshire Council; Aspire Scotland Ltd; Entrepreneurial Spark; Microtech Group Limited

Excellence in People Development Award sponsored by Microtech; Girvan Youth Trust; Kitchens by JS Geddes Ltd; Munro Partnership Ltd

Entrepreneur of the year Award sponsored by Entrepreneurial Spark; Chris McMail – Microtech Group Limited; Lloyd Allam – Nuwave Solutions Ltd; Jill Woodburn – Woody’s Ice Cream Ltd

Tourism Award sponsored by Media Scotland; The Cook School Scotland; Heads of Ayr Farm Park; Kelburn Castle and Country Park

Excellence in International Trade Award sponsored by South Ayrshire Council; Atlas Cables; GM Instruments Ltd

Excellence in Customer Service Award sponsored by First Independent Finance; Ayrshire College; LAH Travel Limited; Richard Healey Removals Ltd; Wabtec Rail Scotland

Local Food and Drink Hero sponsored by East Ayrshire Council; Aye Love Real Food; Howard Wilkinson; Woody’s Ice Cream Ltd

Modern Apprentice of the Year; Craig Boyle – Ashleigh (Scotland) Limited; Graham McClung – GE Caledonian Limited; Yasmin Warren – Kilwinning Community Sports Club

Outstanding Performing Business (Less than 25 employees) sponsored by Clydesdale Bank; Russell Consulting Scotland Ltd; Saltire Healthcare Ltd;

Outstanding Performing Business (More than 25 employees) sponsored by Ayrshire Weekly Press; Ashleigh (Scotland) Limited; Avesta Scotland Limited; Munro Partnership Ltd; Stellar Europe LLC