Carnoustie Golf Links win Courier Business of the Year 2023

It operates one of the jewels of Angus, bringing millions of pounds in tourism revenue every year while providing a growing number of jobs to Carnoustie.

It is steeped in history, but by no means resting on its laurels.  The Courier’s Business of the Year award went to Carnoustie Golf Links.

It carefully navigated the pandemic, when tourism was hit hard.

Carnoustie Golf Links has recovered strongly and is investing heavily in apprentices and its retail operation with an eye on becoming more environmentally friendly.

And, determined to bring The Open Championship back, it has attracted investment to transform Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

Accepting the trophy, chief executive Michael Wells said: “It’s a great honour and a testament to the whole team.

“We are determined to bring The Open back this decade and make Carnoustie one of the best leisure and tourism destinations in the world.”

Host Gaby Roslin welcomed more than 750 people to the Apex City Quay Hotel on Saturday evening, with other Angus winners being Theresa Lawson (ESP Group) – Business Leader, Powerwasher Services – Angus Family, Carnoustie Golf Links – Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality and Chocolatia – Young Business.

The full list of winners were:

  • Business of the Year – Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Young Business – Chocolatia
  • Apprentice Award – Jake Meakins (Here’s The Plan)
  • Business Leader – Theresa Lawson (ESP Group)
  • Community – Kanzen Karate
  • Angus Family – Powerwasher Services
  • Dundee Family – Caltech Lifts
  • Fife Family – The Fix Fife
  • Perthshire Family – Crieff Hydro Hotel
  • Overall Family – Crieff Hydro Hotel
  • Independent Retail – Tiger Lily Boutique
  • Innovation – Wasted Degrees Brewing
  • Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality – Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Marketing and Social Media – Tiger Lily Boutique
  • Resilience and Recovery – The Lass o’Gowrie
  • Rising Star – Shelley Booth
  • Service – WBS Keillor
  • Small Business – Clootie McToot
  • Technology – NCR Atleos
  • Transition to Net-Zero – Realise Energy Services
  • Special Recognition – John Bullough

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