This Award has been presented to North East Businesses for nearly twenty years.

It is presented in memory of Alick Buchanan Smith, who was the MP for Kincardine and Deeside from 1983 until his untimely death in 1991. He was committed to enterprise and the small businesses of his local constituency. The first Award was presented by Kincardine & Deeside Enterprise Trust to Tom Ironside, Furniture Maker.

Janet Buchanan Smith & Karen Farquhar In 2011 the Award was presented to Scotland’s oldest befriending charity – Befriend A Child by Alick’s widow Janet.

The charity made a bold move by recruiting fund-raising and marketing staff when other third sector organisations were cutting back. The gamble paid off, and in the past year Befriend A Child has supported a record number of children and been able to access new pockets of funding by carrying out a detailed case review which showed that many young people had backgrounds of substance misuse. The additional funding has allowed the charity to work outside of Aberdeen city for the first time. They were praised for identifying and responding to the differing needs of vulnerable children in rural areas, and the way in which it has developed strategies for closer links with the business community.

Past Winners of the Alick Buchanan Smith Spirit of Enterprise Award

1993  Tom Ironside
1994  Poppy's Coffee Shop
1995  No 10 Coffee Shop
1996  Kaliks
1997  Rainbow International Contract Cleaners
1998  Ross Deeptech Initiative (now part of Neptune)
1999  Kincardine O'Neil Estates
2000  Blitz Entertainment
2001  RRC (Gordoun)
2002  Banchory Book-keeping Services & Co.
2003  Mackies Ltd
2004  Whitehills Harbour Commissioners
2005  ANM Group Ltd
2006  Mitchells
2007  JG Ross (Bakers) Ltd
2008  Thorpe Molloy Recruitment
2009  ITF (Industry Technology Facilitator)
2010  Inverurie Chartered Physiotherapy Clinic Limited
2011  Befriend a Child



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