The winners of an annual north-east business awards have been announced at a glittering ceremony.
The Elevator Awards celebrates the successes and contributions of businesses in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Arranged by business support organisation Elevator, the event saw a number of achievements handed out across the region.
Gyles Brandreth is really getting stuck into the #elevatorawards this year!
A lifetime achievement award was handed out to Andy Willox – the former Scottish policy convener for the Federation of Small Businesses.
The prize for entrepreneur of the year was awarded to Jeanette Forbes, chief executive of PCL Group and owner of wine bar Grape & Grain, while the emerging entrepreneur of the year award was given to Rebecca Carr of Rebecca Carr Hair Salon in Kintore.
Jamie Bennett, chairman and CEO of Enerco Group and Operational Excellence Group received the inspirational mentor award and medicine and technology company Softcell Medical received the innovation prize.
The business success over three years prize was handed to engineering firm Motive Offshore Group while Fierce Beer received the business success under three years award.
Most promising new business was given to The Alexander Smokery, which specialises in seafood.
Mark Simpson, owner of The Alexander Smokery, said: “I’m hugely surprised but absolutely delighted to win. The other finalists in the category were superb and I’m very proud to have won.
“It’s great to be recognised for the work we’ve done, and I’m grateful to the judges for picking us. This award will hopefully allow us to grow our business even further, with the support and guidance of Elevator paramount to helping us achieve our goals.”
We’ve only gone and bloody done it!Most Promising New Business at the Elevator Awards 2018. Thanks so much to you all for your continued support, I really appreciate it. Mark x
Employer of the year was awarded to The Orthodontic Clinic.
Fierce Beer’s buisness development manager, Louise Grant, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won Business Success Under Three Years at last night’s Elevator Awards. This award really shows you what hard work, dedication and an amazing team can achieve in two years.
“We want to thank everyone for all of their continued support. We’re feeling very proud and very lucky to have such great support.”
Children’s charity Charlie House won the enterprising communities gong while the spirit of enterprise prize was awarded to Amy Fergusson of Animal Obsessed.
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British writer, broadcaster and actor Gyles Daubeney Brandreth was the master of ceremonies at last night’s event.