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Star Award Scene Setters - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Star Award Scene Setters

Meeting the team behind this year’s glittering Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Star Awards

The stage is being set for the district’s most glittering awards ceremony as Perthshire Chamber of Commerce counts down to the 2017 Business Star Awards sponsored by Binn Group.

Once again, a raft of professionals has been engaged to ensure the top business awards black tie dinner and presentation ceremony on Friday, November 24, is a night to remember.

Chamber Chief Executive Vicki Unite said it was a case of “calling in the experts” to create something worthy of the galaxy of Business Stars who would be crowned on the night.

“The Business Star Awards now has a tried and tested team of experts who deliver 100 per cent for us time and time again,” she said. “Their skills and expertise are what make our awards dinners so special and we work really well as a unit.

“Everyone - from the staff pouring drinks to the guys working the sound and lights - has a pivotal role in the ‘show’ and they really care about the event and want it to go well. Their commitment really adds value and quality to the night and makes it a lot of fun for everyone involved behind the scenes as well.”

An audience of around 400 will dine and delight in this year’s high-profile Awards event unaware of the weeks of work put in by the preparation and delivery team.

“Most of us have worked together for years and we always try to raise the bar each time,” explained Vicki. “Everyone brings something special to the mix and goes the extra mile to deliver a special event. It’s their professionalism that helps make this event the highlight of the local business calendar.

“It’s not only a night to recognise and reward the best businesses in the area, it’s one of the biggest business networking events in the year and also a great night out thanks to our top team on the night.”


Bringing what promises to be another five star Awards event together are:


Venue - Crieff Hydro:


Crieff Hydro is one of Scotland’s leading corporate resorts, with over 200 4* hotel bedrooms, and 50 3-5* self- catering units set on a 900 acre Perthshire estate. There are six food outlets and over 60 indoor and outdoor activities on site from high-ropes to horses; quads to laser quest and tennis to trekking. The business welcomes up to 1000 customers a day and employs over 630 staff.

Crieff Hydro is predominantly a short break leisure destination, welcoming guests from across the UK and central Europe. The hotel also offers 12 flexible function spaces hosting large corporate events, meetings and outdoor team building too. The resort is also a popular destination with day visitors with its 18 hole golf course, Riding Centre and Action Glen adventure centre.

The Chamber and the Star Awards both play a key role in supporting the Perthshire business community. Allowing businesses to network, develop and grow together in forum with common goals and values.

The Business Star Awards are an important factor in recognising business excellence within Perthshire. Often it’s too easy to focus on what’s ahead without taking some time to look back and celebrate our achievements.


Event hosts - Maureen Young and Gordon Bannerman


Seasoned presenters Maureen Young and Gordon Bannerman team up to host this year’s black tie event.

The journalist duo, who worked together for over 20 years at the Perthshire Advertiser, renew their working relationship to steer the Business Star Awards safely through a fun-filled evening.

Maureen, who has co-hosted the glittering ceremony for the past seven years, is looking forward to the latest stage pairing.

“It’s been terrific working with a selection of personalities on the Star Awards stage over the years,” she said. “Each one brings something different to the pairing and I’m sure Gordon will fit the mould perfectly.

“It will be great to exchange banter with my old friend and hopefully the audience will appreciate our unique verbal swordplay.”

Gordon, who like Maureen has diversified into PR consulting, is no stranger to the Awards gala night, being a former Chamber director and regular attender at the event.

“We really look forward to the PCC Business Star Awards,” they agreed. “It’s a night of high drama and excitement and everyone is there to enjoy themselves and have a good time.  Even those eagerly and nervously awaiting the outcome of the judges’ decisions relax and just enjoy the night - whatever the outcome.

“Our job is to keep the night flowing with just the right mix of gaiety and gravitas,” added Gordon. “So while we ensure that the business side of things is treated with appropriate decorum, we’ll make sure there’s a bit of fun thrown in to the mix as well.”

“It’s wonderful to witness the very well deserved accolades being made to the local business Stars,” they said, “and to see how well supported the event is by the wider business community which recognises the need to encourage and support others as they aspire to even greater heights.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone on November 24 and to seeing what names are on the coveted trophies this year.”


The Star Awards - Caithness Glass:


Caithness Glass based in Crieff, has established a proud tradition of fine glass making over the last 50 years and today it maintains its position as a world leader in the design and production of collectable, gift and corporate glass paperweight and artglass. Each and every piece we produce is a unique work of art, handcrafted to the highest possible standards by our skilled makers.

This will be the eighth year running that Caithness has created the Star Awards for the Chamber and designers will be creating unique works of art for the winners.

To play a part in such a prestigious event and to be in a position to help is a fantastic opportunity for Caithness to give something back to the local area. The help and support that the Chamber offers local business is immeasurable, promoting and representing established businesses and helping grow new throughout the area.  

The Star awards are important as they help bring the business community together and help champion local organisations, individuals and talent.


Filming and Production - Johnston Media:


Johnston Media is delighted to be involved in the filming and production of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Star Awards 2017 and are proud to be celebrating over 14 years of this successful partnership.

Johnston Media are producers of Corporate Videos and DVDs throughout Scotland and the UK. The Crieff based business specialises in producing videos for the web, including videos for Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and Youtube. They film awards ceremonies, conferences and outdoor events in the UK and Europe.

Ian Johnston, owner of Johnston Media, explains why they continue to be involved with the Star Awards for a record 14 years;

“The Star Awards play a vital part in showcasing and highlighting the success of Perthshire businesses and we are delighted to be positioned at the heart of this process. Our brief is to visit and film the shortlisted businesses and produce a short film for each nominee; this film is played to 400 guests on large screens during the awards ceremony on 24th November. We particularly enjoy meeting the nominees at their place of business and producing a film which shows off the skills, processes or people that have propelled the business to short-listed finalist at the PCC Business Star Awards.”



Lights, Sound and Vision – Catalyst EPS:


Catalyst Event Production Services is a leading audio visual and live event production company which prides themselves on extremely high levels of customer satisfaction.  Working closely with their clients they create individual and exceptional events. Catalyst EPS have recently added additional premises in Edinburgh due to expansion and provide technical event production services and audio visual support to all types of venues and events throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Using industry-leading equipment, Catalyst can offer solutions and creativity to all types of events.

They have supported the Star Awards for a number of years and are proud to help recognize local companies that help keep Perthshire at the forefront of Scottish Business.

The awards are a fantastic way to recognise and reward the commitment and hard work of both individuals and companies on a local and community level.



Table Water – Highland Spring:

Founded in 1979, Highland Spring Group is the UK’s leading supplier of naturally sourced bottled water, producing 504m litres in 2016, equivalent to one in every six litres of unflavoured water consumed in Britain.

From its Blackford headquarters, the company oversees five rural bottling plants in Scotland and Wales and exports to 30 territories worldwide, including the Middle East, Asia, North America and the Caribbean.

The brand portfolio includes Highland Spring, the crown jewel and the No. 1 UK produced plain bottled water brand, plus Speyside Glenlivet and Hydr8.  The company also produces a range of private label waters for some of the UK’s major supermarkets and food-service retailers. 

As a major employer in Perthshire, Highland Spring Group is active in supporting the local business community and committed to encouraging economic growth in the region.  The Chamber of Commerce is an invaluable resource for companies in the area, providing networking and development opportunities and acting as a voice for local business.

Highland Spring Group is proud to support the Star Awards which are an excellent platform for celebrating success in Perthshire and showcasing it’s many inspiring and innovative companies.


Band – Groove Culture:


Groove Culture is a premier Scotland wedding and function band.  Consisting of six members and incorporating male and female lead vocals, saxophone, electric and acoustic guitar, bass, drums and keyboards they are a wedding band not to be missed.  They play music from the 60s right up to current chart hits with great accuracy and just as you remember them.  From weddings to corporate events and special occasions Groove Culture can provide an entertainment package for your event anywhere in Scotland and have your guests dancing all night.


Web Partner - Momentum Design:


Momentum Design is a graphics company that provides expert consultation for every element of your web or print design project, including the design, print and delivery of websites, logos, letterheads, business cards, brochures and leaflets.
They will ensure that your web and print requirements are being fulfilled within budget and delivered on time.
Momentum Design is committed to understanding the specific needs of each customer. They can work with you to plan, produce and manage all aspects of your visual communication and help you communicate more quickly, effectively and confidently. They will also be happy to provide consultancy and support to any website or graphic design project, whether or not creative input is required.
Momentum Design have recently completed the branding for First4Recovery and have also worked on the brand management and development for Van Monster and UK General.
Momentum is delighted to partner with the Chamber of Commerce and provide the fabulous stand-alone Business Star Awards website. They believe that the Awards are an excellent and valuable tool that the Chamber provides to help promote and raise the profile of Perthshire businesses and would encourage people to take the time to enter and take advantage of this superb marketing opportunity.


Our deserving finalists are:


Developing Young Workforce Partnership Award

Crieff High School and Remake Scotland

Kinross High School and WSP

Perth High School and Entier


Blackadders Employee of the Year Award

Megan McCole, Eva Lucia

Rachael Prothero, Horsecross Arts

Neil Riley, Kilmac


Perth College UHI Apprentice of the Year Award

Steven Gardner, Vector Aerospace Component Services UK 

Niamh Gilmartin, Perth College UHI

Olivia Pardoe, ConsultingM3


Elevator & Business Gateway Most Promising New Business Award

Club 300         


Scotia Cabins


Graham Environmental Services Excellence in Customer Service Award

Club 300

Deja Hair and Beauty

Premier Properties Perth


Fairways Excellence in Business Innovation Award

Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic

The Learning Cauldron

Tiny TAYstes


Urban Union Commitment to the Community Award

Hunters of Kinross


Motorvate Therapies

The St. Johnstone Community Trust


The Enchanted Forest Excellence in Tourism & Leisure Award

Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery

Taymouth Marina

The Old Manse of Blair


Stagecoach Group Contribution to Sustainability Award

Green Tourism


DWK Office Solutions Beyond Scotland Award

Castle Water


Merlin ERD


Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants Business Growth Award

Black Watch Castle Museum

Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic

Castle Water



Perthshire Advertiser Independent Retailer of the Year Award

Eva Lucia

Precious Sparkle

The Original Chair Company


Castle Water Excellence in Food & Drink Produce

Allan’s Chilli Products

Good Life Farming

Murrays Bakers


Farquhar & Son Employer of the Year Award

Heaven Scent


Louisa Clements Professional Haircare



Thorntons Most Inspirational Business Leader

To be announced on the night.

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