SIX businesses from across Scotland have scooped seven shortlist nominations for this year’s Lloyds Bank National Business Awards after an expert panel deemed them to be among the best in Britain.
The diverse group of organisations – ranging from established enterprises to fledgling entrepreneurs – hail from Edinburgh, Blairgowrie, Livingstone and Bladnoch, include:
- The 200-year-old Bladnoch Distillery that pivoted online during COVID-19 to sell whisky overseas earning it a nomination in The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award
- Livingstone entrepreneur Brie Read, who launched the hyper inclusive and digital-native Snag brand, which makes tights that genuinely fit (no matter gender, dress size or ability). Brie is a finalist in The Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year category.
- Blairgowrie’s Bella & Duke healthy pet food business, whose mission is to offer pets a happy and healthier lifestyle after two of the founders’ dogs died from cancer following a diet of ultra-processed food; a finalist in the The Castle Corporate Finance Scale-Up Award
Plus, the following Edinburgh-based finalists:
- Cyber security consultant Adarma, whose mission after 11 years in business is to continue ‘making the world a safer place’. The team is nominated for The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award and The Castle Corporate Finance Scale-Up Award.
- Caritas Neuro Solutions CEO Leigh Fell. Caritas is the only contract clinical research organisation in the world specialising in neurology and mental health. Its social impact model supports pharmaceutical industry as well as public and third sector organisations to transform healthcare regimes, enhance patient outcomes, and subsequently reduce the burden on the health service. (The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist).
- TVSquared, which has developed the only single, unified platform that measures impressions, reach and outcomes across linear and digital TV anywhere in the world. In eight years, the business has grown from working out of a kitchen in Edinburgh into a truly global organisation, with more than 100 staff across the UK, US, Germany, Japan and Australia. (The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award finalist).
Sarah Austin, The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards director, said: “Scotland is renowned as a hotbed of entrepreneurship and a successful incubator for talent across multiple sectors. This is reflected perfectly in the businesses that have made it on to this year’s shortlist, which range from young entrepreneur Leigh Fell to a 200-year-old whisky distillery.”