Annual Scottish Business in the Community awards
Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) announced the winners of its annual Awards last night at a spectacular event at Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House, attended by the President of SBC, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay.
SBC is one of The Prince’s Charities and Scotland’s leading organisation in responsible business practices. The Awards celebrate companies of all sizes across all sectors that make Scotland a better place in which to live and work.
Rigorously judged by an informed and mixed panel including politicians, business leaders and academics, the Awards, held at Prestonfield in Edinburgh, are a unique opportunity for businesses to be recognised for their achievements by their peers, customers, employees and relevant stakeholders.
Winners on the evening included Asda, who received Scottish Business in the Community’s Large Company of the Year Award and Vegware, who were presented with SBC’s SME of the Year Award.
Jane Wood, CEO of Scottish Business in the Community, said: “This is the first year we’ve opened the Awards to all businesses in Scotland and we’ve been thrilled with the quality of the applications. Picking a winner was very difficult but incredibly rewarding as the judging panel read about so many great examples of business embedding our core values of fairness, equality and sustainability into the heart of their operations.”
The Awards not only celebrated the good work of responsible business across Scotland but were also the occasion to announce the appointment of this year’s Prince’s Ambassador in Scotland.
Mike Still, Chair of the Business Emergency Recovery Group (BERG) – an initiative of His Royal Highness – takes the baton from outgoing Prince’s Ambassador Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money.
Mike Still, Managing Director, Client Service, UK and Ireland, Corporate business at Marsh, the global insurance broker and risk adviser, commented: “Building sustainable and resilient communities is only possible when businesses both large and small, individuals, agencies and communities collaborate for the common good.
“I am deeply honoured to be appointed as the Prince’s Ambassador in Scotland. I look forward to encouraging businesses across Scotland to be more sustainable and resilient through support from Scottish Business in the Community, as well as collaborating with the Prince’s Ambassadors network to strengthen communities across the UK.”
Every year, His Royal Highness personally appoints an inspirational business figure in each of the UK’s regions and nations to represent the responsible business movement and inspire other businesses in the region to take action to address key issues.
The appointment of Mike Still was one of the highlights of the SBC Awards celebration dinner attended by hundreds of representatives from Scotland’s leading businesses.
Scottish Business in the Community Award Winners 2015
Large Company of the Year – Asda
SME of the Year – Vegware
Volunteering Company of the Year – State Street
Volunteering Team of the Year – Scottish Widows (Lloyds Banking Group)
Employee Volunteer of the Year – Emma Blaikie / John Lewis Partnership
Closing the Education Gap – DWF
Environmental Leadership – The Crown Estates and Elan Hair Design (joint award winners)
- Working Better – Enterprise Rent-A-Car