Applications for the Elevator Awards 2015 closed last Friday (the 13th of March) and we began sifting through the hundred of fantastic applications we have received. We would like to thank each of you who took the time to complete an application and we hope you found it a worthwhile experience to reflect on the recent successes of your business.

Our judges noted the high calibre of applicants who entered though unfortunately we can't award everyone.

So here we are, delighted to present the Elevator Awards 2015 finalists in 9 different categories representing successful businesses in the North-east of Scotland in a variety of sectors and at differing stages of business:

Most Promising New Business - sponsored by Business Gateway

  • Bagels & Stuff Ltd
  • Deeside Classic Campers Ltd
  • XOXO Floral Boutique

Business Success Under Three Years - sponsored by RBS Ahead for Business

  • Aisus Offshore Ltd
  • OEM Diesel Products
  • Zenith Energy

Business Success Over Three Years - sponsored by RBS Ahead For Business

  • Dynamic Edge
  • EFC Group
  • Motive Offshore Group

The Grampian Award for Innovation – sponsored by Murgitroyd & Co

  • Blaze Manufacturing Solutions
  • Divex Ltd – for COBRA (Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus);
  • Equalizer Flange Integrity Systems Ltd

The ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award – sponsored by partner Aberdeen City Council

  • Cake! By Shannon
  • Dee-Vine Living
  • Definition Skin & Laser Clinic

The Alick Buchanan-Smith Enterprising Communities Award – sponsored by partner Aberdeenshire Council

  • Aberdeen Business Network
  • North East Sensory Services
  • Home-Start Aberdeen

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year - sponsored by ACE Winches

  • Elaine Duthie of Aberdeen Engineering Solutions Ltd
  • Barry Park of OEM Diesel Products
  • Murray Kerr of SengS Subsea Engineering Solutions Limited

Employer of the Year - sponsored by Empire

  • AVC Media Ltd
  • Blaze Manufacturing Solutions
  • Grampian Fasteners

Entrepreneurial Supporter of the Year - sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses

  • Jackie Allan – Inverurie Business Association
  • June Burnett – Aberdeenshire Council
  • John Davidson of NESCOL (North East Scotland College)

Gary McEwan and Russell Whyte

Professor Gary McEwan, Chief Executive of Elevator, said

“The awards support and showcase the success of entrepreneurship in business in the North-east, and once again we have received a high volume of top quality entries from some of the finest businessmen and women in the area. The rise in the number of entries in specific categories demonstrates that although the area is experiencing a downturn, there is still a real sense of optimism amongst our entrepreneurs for a bright future.

“Reaching the final stages of the awards offers these individuals and businesses the perfect opportunity to demonstrate why they are the best in their chosen field during a face-to-face judging day in May. Following this, some of them will ultimately secure a winning position, gaining the recognition they truly deserve for their achievements.”

Russell Whyte, RBS – Ahead for Business, director of commercial and private banking, said:

“The quality of businesses selected for this year's final is truly outstanding and reflect the diverse and dynamic economy we have here in the north-east. They have all achieved exceptional success and are true leaders in their fields.

“RBS – Ahead for Business is delighted to once again support the awards and we wish every finalist the best of luck in a competition which highlights the great work taking place in the region.”

The black tie awards ceremony will be held at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday 25 June 2015, though we have a finalist celebration event and judging day for the finalists to present to our panels of judges before then.

If you would like to book a table at the celebratory dinner then please visit the event page

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