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Business finalists selected for Star billing - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Business finalists selected for Star billing

The countdown to this year’s Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards has begun in earnest as judges reveal their finalists from a huge entry of local companies.

The shortlisted entrants for Perthshire’s most prestigious business awards – sponsored by Binn Group - will now be asked to “play their aces” as judges begin the task of visiting and interviewing this year’s finalists.

And Chamber chief executive Vicki Unite said the competition couldn’t be fiercer as one of the most impressive line-ups ever assembled for the Star Awards goes under the spotlight.

“It’s now up to each of those companies shortlisted to convince judges that they have real ‘Star quality’,” she said. “The standard this year is exceptional and the judges’ task will be extraordinarily difficult - any of the finalists could be our ultimate winners.

“Finalists now have to deliver a sharp impressive presentation to judges, matching the high standard of their entry, and backed by a stand-out profiling of their business as they bid to secure the judges’ vote.”

But Vicki stressed that entrants who have not been shortlisted this year should not be downhearted.

“We were very impressed by the standard of entry - right across the board - and whittling down each category to three or four finalists has been a really tough job,” she said. “Everyone who entered should be extremely proud of their business and what they have achieved to even make them a candidate for the awards.”

Celebrating all aspects of the local business world, the area’s premier Awards will highlight the real “stars” across leading sectors including tourism and leisure, food and drink, retail, innovation, customer service and commitment to the community.

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce also recognises the value of emerging talent and individuals who have proved outstanding in their particular sector will have a chance to shine in the apprentice and employee of the year categories.

Entrants this year include regular Star Awards supporters as well as new faces, with

established internationally renowned organisations sharing the shorltisted slots with emerging one man operations.

Chamber directors, sponsors and experts from the business world will help unearth the shiniest Stars in one of the country’s most robust judging procedures in the run-up to a glittering showdown at a black tie dinner at Crieff Hydro on Friday, November 25.

“The Chamber is so proud to be able to showcase the best in the business at our awards dinner,” explained Vicki. “It really is a very exciting evening for everyone and the suspense among the finalists is tangible. Everyone joins in the celebration and acclaim for our winners and that makes for a great atmosphere.

“We’re looking forward to another outstanding celebration of Perthshire’s high achievers this year,” she added.

“As the definitive local business awards, Perthshire Business Star Awards continues to attract, showcase, applaud and reward those companies and individuals who are making a difference.

“Over the years, the PCC Business Star trophies have become much-sought-after targets for companies to achieve,” she added, “and we have rolled out hundreds of examples of business excellence in the form of our winners. This November we will undoubtedly discover some new bright shining Stars.”

* This annual celebration of the best in the business world always proves a spectacular night out and tickets (£70 + VAT) can be booked in advance by contacting the Chamber office on 01738 488325 or by email to events@perthshirechamber.co.uk


This year’s shortlisted entries are:


McLeods Glazier Employee of the Year Award

Raymond Jamieson, Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service

Amber McQuillan, AliBob @ Cairn O’Mohr

Liam Pennycook, Strathearn Distillery


Perth College UHI Apprentice of the Year Award

Kieran Foley-Hall, Vector Aerospace, Component Services UK

Paul Moran, Perth & Kinross Council

John Muirhead, Fairbank Decorators

Stuart Walton, Steve Brown Electrical (Scotland)


Enterprise & Business Gateway Most Promising New Business Award

Glenshee Craft Distillers

Grewar's Farm Shop

MDG Telecoms


Graham Environmental Services Excellence in Customer Service Award

The Blairgowrie Golf Club

Club 300 Exclusive Gym



Blackadders Excellence in Business Innovation Award

The James Hutton Institute

Perth Racecourse

Taymouth Marina

Wee Tea Plantation Co.


Royal Bank of Scotland Commitment to the Community Award

Career Ready

McLeod Glaziers

Motorvate Therapies


Fairways HR Business Support and Recruitment Specialists Excellence in Tourism & Leisure Award

The Black Watch Castle and Museum

Craigatin House and Courtyard

Crieff Hydro

Enchanted Forest Community Trust

Littles Restaurant


Stagecoach Group Contribution to Sustainability Award

Horsecross Arts

The James Hutton Institute

Littles Restaurant


Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants Business Growth Award


Loch Leven's Larder

Perth Racecourse



Thorntons Excellence in E-Commerce Award

Fairways HR Business Support & Recruitment Specialists

Find Me That Wine


Perthshire Advertiser Independent Retailer of the Year Award

The Black Watch Castle and Museum Gift Shop

Fish in Crieff

Loch Leven's Larder


The James Hutton Institute Food & Drink Producer of the Year Award

Allan’s Chilli Products

Glenshee Craft Distillers

Strathearn Distillery

Summer Harvest Oils

Wee Tea Plantation Co.

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