The Business Success (under and over three years) categories are an opportunity for North East Businesses to shout about their successes.

Last year saw a good mix of businesses entering and reaching the finals, but there could only be one winner in each category:

 Winner of business success under three years wasThe Mains of Drum - an independent family-run business which has created a purpose-built garden centre and shopping destination at Drumoak. The Forbes family, which had little or no retail experience before launching the venture, took six long years to negotiate a rigorous and demanding planning process. But their determination paid off and the first 24 months of trading far exceeded initial expectations. Judges were impressed with the strong family values of the company and their commitment to staff, their understanding of products and client base, and their future plans for diversification.

 Business success over three years winners Survival Craft Inspectorate was set up in 1991 by Angus Campbell and Keith Hunt after they were tasked in their previous employment of carrying out an audit of an offshore operator’s life-saving equipment. Concerned by what they discovered during the process, they decided to go it alone and establish a business focused on raising and maintaining standards. Over the past 20 years they have been supplying, servicing and maintaining life-saving and safety equipment to ensure that merchant shipping and offshore oil and gas operators meet their statutory obligations. They were recognised for their solid, dependable growth and ability to adapt to a changing market place.
Highly commended in the category was AMC Engineering from Portlethen.

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