The Scotland Final of the National StartUp Awards was held on Tuesday 7th June at SWG3 in Glasgow. The inaugural event saw 23 awards given out to young and inspiring businesses from all across Scotland.
The StartUp Awards National Series looked to highlight the dynamic start-up scene across the country that has grown during the pandemic. Recognising the achievements of those amazing individuals who have had a great idea, spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service.
Being unable to attend the awards ceremony in person due to other commitments, Alan had this to say on finding out P J Gaul had scooped the top prize in the Rural StartUp Category.
A wee word from The Boss
“I was delighted to have reached the top 3 finalists and to hear about winning it was a great surprise. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony, due to prior commitment to my Turriff Show President duties. It would have been great to be in Glasgow to collect the award personally and celebrate but I am sure we will manage a small celebration with the team nearer home sometime soon!
What inspired you to enter the awards?
“Entering this type of thing is not something I would usually be interested in. But as there was a rural category we decided to give it a go. Through Clare Scott (our marketing rockstar) we managed to put through what turned out to be a very worthwhile application.”
How do you feel about winning the award?
“When announced that we had won I was surprised but very proud of what we have achieved in last couple of years. It’s a team effort with Clare Scott being a key player making sure our marketing is up to date. Keeping up with current trends on social media is not an easy task so a big “high 5” thank you to Clare for all her hard work.”
What does winning the award mean for the business?
“Hopefully winning this award will give the business the recognition that we are doing something different. From the kick-off I wanted to cater for niche markets and offer customers best value solutions. We are always willing to diversify to suit customers’ needs and offer the best advice available to suit each situation. We have had big supply issues due to Covid and Brexit that has cost us a fairly high value of sales. However, on a positive side, storm Arwen and various other storms has made our chipper and stump grinder hire side of the business very busy. We have also been very busy getting involved with various windblown tree jobs in the surrounding area. I have a lot of ideas for the business in the future but would like to make sure what we have right now is working efficiently before we take any big steps.”
About the StartUp Awards Series
The StartUp Awards National Series is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. An established programme nationally receiving over 5,000 applications annually – and the Wales Start-Up Awards, the only regional awards currently celebrating new businesses in the UK.
The series has been rolled out in nine UK nations and regions. Supported nationally by BT, EY Breakthrough Incentives, Clearco, Dell Technologies & Intel, Moblox, Fearless Adventures – and with regional support from Glasgow City Council, GS1UK and the Moja Group.
The awards were judged by a panel of prominent Scottish judges. Including successful entrepreneurs and their supporters; Laura Birrell of Sticky Heelz, Danny Campbell of Hoko, Emma Macdonald of The Tartan Blanket Co. and Russell Dalgleish of Exolta Capital Partners