Angus Companies Shortlisted in Courier Business Awards

Resilience, innovation and explosive growth – this year’s entries to the Courier Business Awards had it all.

It was another incredibly tough year for our expert judging panel to whittle down more than 150 entries to create a shortlist, which we reveal today.

The shortlist reflects the diverse nature of the business community across Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife.

There are businesses with hundreds of staff, down to sole traders. Sectors span cutting edge technology to retailers, food and drink producers and charities.

Angus Businesses are well represented in the shortlist with no fewer than six being nominated in the various categories.  In the Apprentice Award, Jason Talbet of Arbroath-based Journeycall has been nominated, whilst Journeycall itself is in the running for the Service award.  Michael Wells of Carnoustie Golf Links is among the nominations to pick up the title of Business Leader.  Carnoustie Golf Links also has a nomination in the Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality category.  In the Innovation category, SoilEssentials, who operate from Hilton of Fern near Brechin, are nominated.  Finally, in the Young Business listing, Angus Grill + Larder based at Balnabriech, Brechin are in the running.

This year’s judging panel was chaired by Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

She led a day of debate with the other judges to create our shortlist across 14 categories.

Ms Cameron said: “The quality was truly exceptional and it was really difficult deciding the top three or four.

“This year’s entries reflected firms’ resilience and focus on recovery.

“However, we were also blown away by the number of businesses who have achieved real growth, especially in international contracts.

“Their ambitions for the future was great to see.”

The awards, held in association with long-term partners Henderson Loggie, will take place for the ninth time in October.

Every business nominated will now be visited be representatives from The Courier and the accountancy firm before the judges select their winners.

Other members of the judging panel were David Smith, managing partner at Henderson Loggie; Graham Huband, managing editor at DC Thomson Media; Elaine Maddison, chief executive of Brightsolid; and Angela Vickers, chief executive of Apex Hotels.

Mr Smith said: “It was great to see how some businesses had transitioned through the pandemic and other challenges to positive outcomes in terms of financial performance and investment in people.

“I was also very pleased to see the amount of businesses coming forward to enter the awards for the first time.

“I really enjoyed the dynamic and challenge around the judging table.”

Mr Huband expressed his thanks to every business who entered the awards this year.

“The leaders and staff in every single nominated business should feel proud of their achievements.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the success achieved by our shortlisted companies in October.”

This year two new awards will be presented – for Resilience and Recovery as well as a trophy for Transition to Net Zero.

Category winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony Apex City Quay Hotel in Dundee on October 29.

The top award of Business of the Year will also be revealed during the ceremony.

Last year Hutchison Technologies won the honour. Other past overall winners include Castle Water, Ingenico and James Donaldson & Sons.

An award for Outstanding Contribution will be presented to an individual chosen by the judging panel.

Tickets for the event are available at

The full list of nominations in the various categories are as follows:

Apprentice Award (sponsored by D&A College)

  • Christian Williams, Here’s The Plan
  • Jason Talbet, Journeycall
  • Lucy Morrison, NCR

Business Leader (sponsored by Ninja Kiwi)

  • Kelvin Kerr, Kerr’s Dairy
  • Michael Wells, Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Tony Banks, Balhousie Care

Community (sponsored by Insights)

  • Alexander Community Development
  • Dundee Bairns
  • Social Good Connect

Family (sponsored by Thorntons)

Dundee & Angus
  • Fresh inc. Medispa
  • Gillies
  • Kerr’s Dairy
  • Blue Star St Andrews
  • Donaldson Group
  • Fisher & Donaldson
  • Auto Services Perth
  • Tabla
  • We are Extraordinary

Independent Retail (sponsored by Marsh Commercial)

  • Gillies
  • Kerr’s Dairy
  • The Little Green Larder

Innovation (sponsored by Research and Innovation Services, University of Dundee)

  • ATL Turbine Services
  • Feragaia
  • SoilEssentials

Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality (sponsored by Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce)

  • Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts
  • Dundee Science Centre

Resilience and Recovery

  • ALTAR Group
  • Balhousie Care Group
  • The Feel Look Be Formula
  • Wood Leisure Holiday Parks

Service (sponsored by Apex Hotels)

  • Fresh inc. Medispa
  • Journeycall
  • Kerr’s Dairy
  • NCR

Small Business

  • Clootie McToot Dumplings
  • Heal Physiotherapy
  • Horisk Leslie Development
  • International Testing Services

Social Media

  • ALTAR Group
  • Fresh inc. Medispa
  • Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Technology (sponsored by Blackadders)

  • Bright Ascension
  • Broker Insights
  • NCR

Transition to Net Zero (sponsored by Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc)

  • Forth Ports
  • Here’s The Plan
  • The Little Green Larder

Young Business (sponsored by NCR)

  • Angus Grill + Larder
  • International Testing Services
  • Spaces Taylored

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