This reminds us of the enterprises whose competitive success has been recognised in a variety of awards and nominations in 2013 – and the spectrum of businesses involved, from transport to eating out, underlines the detail of what Argyll has to offer to its residents and visitors alike.
West coast ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne [CalMac], beat 13 major ferry companies to its win in being named Best Ferry Company 2013 in the prestigious Guardian and Observer Travel Awards – for the fourth year in a row.
CalMac also won two more major awards this year: Public Transport Operator of the Year, awarded to the company in the Scottish Transport Awards – the third time the company has won it in four years; and an award for Customer Focus in the Scottish Business Awards.
Ardbeg, producer of one of the best known of the world renowned Islay single malt whiskies, stormed the World Whisky Awards in London with a hat-trick of wins: World’s Best Single Malt; Best Islay Single Malt with Ardbeg Galileo; Global Icon Visitor Centre Manager of the Year for Jackie Thompson.
Scottish Association of Marine Science [SAMS]
Scientists from the Scottish Association of Marine Science [SAMS] at Dunstaffnage were part of an award winning European Project. ASIMUTH, led from Ireland and with eleven partners, was recognised as the Best Service Challenge from Copernicus Masters, a European Earth monitoring competition that annually awards prizes to innovative solutions for business and society, based on Earth observation data. The award was for a system forecasting impending harmful algal blooms [HAB Forecast], the first of its kind and important for the shellfishharvesting industry.
Ninth Wave Restaurant
Ninth Wave, Mull’s little restaurant at Fionnphort, across the sound from Iona, was made Restaurant of the Year at the Highlands and Islands 2013 Food and Drink awards, seeing off opposition from Michelin starred establishments in what was the largest nominations list in the awards.
Ninth Wave was also a finalist as Best Restaurant in the Visit Scotland 2013 Thistle Awards.
An Cridh – ‘the heart’ – a new community centre on the Isle of Coll, won the top prize in the Scottish Civic Trust ‘My Place’ Awards.
The Village at Machrihanish Dunes
The Village at Machrihanish Dunes won the Scotland Enterprise Award at the Countryside Alliance Awards – awarded to the business that is inspiring and globally competitive, while contributing to the community and the rural heritage in which it is based.
The Village at Machrihanish Dunes in South Kintyre was shortlisted in the Best Training category in the s013 VisitScotland Thistle Awards.
Loch Lomond Arms Hotel
The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in Luss has been recognised as one of Scotland’s most stylish establishments after being nominated in the cool Scottish Style Awards.
A major winner was given as ‘Gigha Seafood’ but is in reality Gigha Halibut – at the Highlands and Islands 2013 Food and Drink awards – a product for which this innovative company based on ‘God’s Island’ of Ggha,is now renowned. They took two awards – both stellar confirmations of the quality of their product: the Excellence Award and the New Product Award: for their Smoked Gigha Halibut.
Luss Prinary School
Luss Primary School, on the shores of Loch Lomond, took a highly prestigious award in the British Animal Honours, shown on primetime STV. This wass in recognition of the school’s successful participation in the trail-blazing ‘Powan in the Classroom’ project, run by the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust (LLFT).
Craig Clark of CF Productions
30 year old videographer Craig Clark saw his work with his three year old Dunoon-based company, CF-productions, earn national recognition in a big way. At the inaugural Scottish Wedding Awards 2013, CF Productions won Videographer of the Year for the South West region; and Craig himself took the prestigious Videographer of the Year Award for Scotland.
Island Bakery Organics
Tobermory’s Island Bakery Organics, a regular recipient of awards as well as a provider of treats, was given the Environment Award at the Highlands and Islands 2013 Food and Drink awards.
Fyne Ales’ Jarl won two top awards at the 2013 Great British Beer Festival. The blonde session ale won the much coveted Champion Golden Ale award and a Bronze medal in the overall Champion Beer of Britain award. This is the first time a Scottish brewery has placed in the competition since 2005.
Argyll Holidays’ Campbell family were winners again in 2013, given the coveted Best Scottish Family Business of 2013 at the Scottish Business Awards; and the Renewable Energy Supplier of the Year at The Scottish Farmer Agricultural Awards 2013.
South Shian Tern Rafts and Dr Clive Craik
The South Shian Tern Rafts – an initiative to protect breeding common terns in West Scotland – and the retired Barcaldine-based scientist behind it, Dr Clive Craik, were shortlisted in RSPB Scotland’s 2013 Nature of Scotland Awards – Dr Craik for the RSPB Species Champion Award - which he won against all comers.
Mull and Iona
The sister isles of Mull & Iona have more Green Tourism Business Scheme members than any other island and were shortlisted for the Green Tourism Destination Goldstar Award at the Green Tourism Awards in November – the only destination in Scotland to be shortlisted.
Sam Coley of Samteq
Sam Coley of Samteq in Dunoon was made Argyll’s top young entrepreneur at the regional finals of the 2013 Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Young Entrepreneur (PTYBS) Awards.
Leonie Woolf, Art & Sea
Leonie Woolf of Oban-based Art and Sea, a custom kayak graphics business established at the beginning of 2011 with funding and advice from the PTYBS, was runner up to Sam Coley as Argyll’s top young entrepreneur at the regional finals of the 2013 Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Young Entrepreneur (PTYBS) Awards.
Argyll and the Trossachs
Argyll and the Trossachs was shortlisted in the Britain’s favourite holiday destination category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013.
The Scottish Beaver Trial
The Scottish Beaver Trial at Knapdale in Argyll was shortlisted for the Best Conservation Project in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2013. The Scottish Beaver Trial was also shortlisted in the 2013 RSPB Scotland’s Nature of Scotland Awards.
Ethical Shellfish Company
The Ethical Shellfish Company on Mull was shortlisted in two separate categories in RSPB Scotland’s 2013 Nature of Scotland Awards.
Silurian – the Tobermory-based Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s floating classroom which provides a venue for the practical training of hundreds of volunteers – was shortlisted in RSPB Scotland’s 2013 Nature of Scotland Awards.
Snapberry, an annual partnership project between SNH and Lochgilphead High School which uses photography to connect local school students with the natural landscape, then uses an outdoor town centre projection to link to a much wider audience, was shortlisted in RSPB Scotland’s 2013 Nature of Scotland Awards.
Heart of Argyll Tourism Cooperative
Heart of Argyll Tourism Alliance has been named as one of the UK’s leading co-operatives and has been shortlisted for Most Innovative Co-operative Award. The Most Innovative Co-operative Award is one of the annual awards run by Co-operatives UK, the trade association for co-operatives and mutual businesses.
The Ardrorna B&B in Oban, a much awarded establishment, was a finalist as Best B&B in the 2013 VisitScotland Thistle Awards.
Clan Cottages, near Oban, was a finalist in the Best Self-Catering category in the s013 VisitScotland Thistle Awards.
Helensburgh’s Cottage Kindergarten, was a finalist is in the Numeracy Across Learning category of the 2013 Scottish Education Awards – an aspect of competence Scotland as a whole needs to get seriously cranked up – and seeing off hefty competition from the sector across Scotland.
For the third year in a row, Argyll College, University of the Highlands and Islands, has featured in one of the Scotland’s Best Workplaces Awards. The college was awarded 6th position (Medium and Large Business Category) in the 2013 awards.
Community Dementia Team
Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Dementia Team was been shortlisted for the 2013 Care Accolades.
Campbeltown Grammar school pupil Justine Nawrot was the winner of the 2013 Jolomo Schools Painting Award.
Nancy Craig, a volunteer with three decades of support given to the National Trust for Scotland’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh gem in Helensburgh, Hill House, was given the Chairman’s Award, recognising her long service for the Trust.