Congratulations to the 27 Finalists of the Elevator Awards 2017 from all of Team Elevator!

Twenty-seven finalists in one of the North-east’s highest profile business awards - the Elevator Awards 2017 – were announced today (Monday, March 27).  

Applications were received from entrepreneurs and businesses across Aberdeen and Grampian for the 10 award categories, which commend business excellence, entrepreneurial behaviour and outstanding community contributions made by top businesses in Aberdeen City and Shire.  

Several categories, most notably Most Promising New Business, Emerging Entrepreneur, The Innovation Award and Spirit of Enterprise, have seen a significant increase in the number of applicants this year.  Tables for the event have also sold in record time, with more than half already booked 

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The winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony, which will be held at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday, June 29, 2017, and will be hosted by charismatic and well-known writer, TV Personality and former MP, Gyles Brandreth. 

Gary McEwan Elevator Website2Elevator Chief Executive Professor Gary McEwan said that judging this year’s applications had been ‘extremely tough’ given the number of high calibre entries.  

We have received a great show of applications this year, especially encouraging in the current climate,” he said. 

We have had 11 applications for the Spirit of Enterprise Award, which is quite exceptional given that it celebrates the achievements of successful business owners who have overcome significant obstacles, and more than 30 applications for the Most Promising New Business (looking at the success of businesses under a year old). The event sold out more than a month in advance last year and it’s likely to do so earlier in 2017  

It was a very difficult task to choose just 27 finalists out of what was a very competitive field, and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an application as we really do appreciate how busy they all are.”   

Royal Bank of Scotland is the principal partner and sponsor of the awards, and Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are event partners. 

russell whyte Elevator Awards 78Russell Whyte, director with Royal Bank of Scotland's corporate and commercial team, said: "Royal Bank of Scotland is once again very pleased to be supporting the Elevator Awards.  

"Every year it is a reminder of the crucial work and importance businesses in the North-east play in the success and prosperity of the Scottish economy. This year we've been delighted with the quality and standard of entries which has made judging such a difficult process. We wish every Finalist the greatest success this year." 

The finalists of the Elevator Awards 2017 are:  

Business Success Over Three Years - sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland:  
  • Aberdeen Sports Village 
  • Matrix Risk Control 
  • SBP Accountants & Tax Advisors 


Business Success Under Three Years sponsored by Scottish Enterprise 
  • Rebecca Carr Hair Salon  
  • Step Change Engineering Ltd 
  • Tekserv  


Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year - sponsored by the University of Aberdeen Business School: 
  • Gregor Mackintosh of Mackintosh of Glendaveny  
  • Stuart Lawson of AISUS Offshore 
  • Christopher Farman of Jacks Steakhouse 


Employer of the Year - sponsored by Avensure: 
  • Acumen Accountants & Advisors  
  • Cammach Recruitment Ltd 
  • Hall Morrice LLP 


Enterprising Communities Award - sponsored by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council: 
  • Banchory & District Initiative Limited 
  • Crow House Projects 
  • Me Too! 


Most Promising New Business sponsored by Business Gateway: 
  • Esker Spirits 
  • Fierce Beer 
  • The Unit Gym & Fitness 


Spirit of Enterprise sponsored by The Prince’s Trust:  
  • Arizona Brodie, Mango Bay 
  • Naz Hussain, Breakneck Comedy 
  • William Lawson, Bobs Buddies 


The Grampian Award for Innovation - sponsored by Murgitroyd:  
  • RigDeluge 
  • Aiken Group 
  • DDK Positioning 


Entrepreneurial Supporter of the Year - sponsored by FSB: 
  • Karen Stewart 
  • Chris Minchin 
  • Ann Johnson 

There are no finalists in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, which is sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, as the winner is announced on the evening of the awards in June 

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