The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2022 in association with Business Gateway are back for the 10th year of the awards as we continue to celebrate the success of the diverse, dynamic and innovative family business sector, and the contribution which these firms make to the communities in which they operate and to the wider economy.

Entries to the awards are now closed.


Wednesday, October 26


Thursday, December 1

Countdown to awards ceremony:

2022/12/01 19:00:00


We would like to thank our 2022 sponsors for their support.

Title Partner

Business Gateway is Scotland’s national business advice service, offering free advice and support to anyone starting a new business, as well as to thousands of existing businesses with the ambition and potential to grow.
The free and comprehensive service offers one-to-one advice and support for every stage of the business journey and to every SME in Scotland. Business Gateway’s network of local offices spans the length and breadth of the country, recognising the many and varied geographical challenges they all face and providing resources and knowledge to respond to that demand.
Business Gateway’s service includes publicly funded local workshops, one-to-one support from business advisers, extensive online resources and expert support on topics including innovation, exporting, finance and new markets. Additionally, Business Gateway works closely with national and regional economic development organisations, including Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Development International, to provide growing businesses with specialist support and financial assistance.

Business Gateway is delivered by local authorities throughout Scotland.

Category Sponsors

Azets is an SME focused, accounting, tax, audit, advisory and business services group. With 9 offices, and over 500 staff and Partners across Scotland we are also the UK’s largest regional accountancy and business advisor to SMEs and a top 10 accountancy business in the UK.

Across our network of 160 offices and more than 6,500 staff and partners we support more than 120,000 clients across the UK and Europe. Clients include SMEs, large scale businesses, public sector and private clients across a number of key industry sectors including; healthcare, rural, hotel and leisure, brewing and distilling and manufacturing.

The Azets client experience is based on delivering a highly personalised service, through its local office network of advisors and utilising cloud based technology through our bespoke client portal, “CoZone”, providing our clients with instant access to real time information about their business and a more advisory-rich accounting service.

Bio coming  soon

As Scotland’s leading business school, Strathclyde Business School is committed to the advancement of family business.  At the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship within the Business School, we use our experience as family business researchers and practitioners to inform economic policy and, with our unique Growth Advantage Programme, provide practical, accessible and useful learning so that Scotland’s family businesses can continue to be the real wealth creators in Scotland – creating employment and prosperity for our communities.

Virgin Money

Virgin Money is a full-service digital bank, serving 6.5m customers across the UK. It offers market-leading products and services to meet the full range of customers’ retail and business banking needs. Virgin Money aims to provide a consistently world-class experience for customers through its leading technology platform, telephone banking and a national network of innovative stores and business banking centres. By making banking better, Virgin Money seeks to deliver on its purpose of ‘Making you happier about money’. Virgin Money has a proud heritage of supporting businesses to help them thrive. It has over 200k business customers, providing a range of services and financing options so they can manage their money and grow their businesses. Through current accounts, short-term and long-term financing, and digital tools to make life simpler and give them control, Virgin Money provides expertise, award-winning products and Virgin perks to small and large businesses to help them succeed.

Business Bank Accounts – Current & Savings | Business | Virgin Money UK


Raise your profile across Scotland by sponsoring our awards.

If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Stephen Laughlin, Senior Events Manager on 0141 302 6050 or


Almost two thirds of businesses in Scotland are family enterprises and are an important source of employment as well as being massive contributors to the wealth of the country. These awards aim to celebrate those Scottish family businesses and individuals who are working tirelessly to ensure their business succeeds in the Scottish economy.


This category is for a family business headquartered in Scotland with 100 employees or fewer, operating in any sector of the economy, which has enjoyed outstanding success.


A business which makes a sustainable contribution to the community in which they operate. Examples of this could include supporting local initiatives, charity work, demonstrating commitment to their industry sector or taking extra care of employees and their families.


This category will recognise a company which has excelled in the provision of customer service as an integral part of their business. Judges will be looking for evidence of how this has been achieved and contributed to the success and development of the organisation.


This category is for family business headquartered in Scotland with more than 100 employees, operating in any sector of the economy, which has enjoyed outstanding success.


A business which has achieved sustained expansion over recent years, against the toughest economic backdrop for decades. Growth could be in terms of turnover and profit, an increase in employee numbers, and/or through expansion into new market-places at home or abroad.


Businesses in rural areas play a vital role in providing employment and wealth in the communities in which they operate. This category recognises family businesses in rural Scotland (outwith Glasgow City, City of Edinburgh, Aberdeen City and Dundee City) from any sector.


This category looks to recognise family businesses who have demonstrated an innovative approach and made it their goal to reduce their environmental impact on the world.


This category will recognise a business which has enjoyed major success in overseas market-places in recent times. Such success could have been achieved with the launch or significant expansion of international operations, through new or existing products and services.


This category will reward a company which have embraced innovation, whether through the development of products and services, or by making changes to service delivery, production processes, or working practices, or by altering the direction of the business radically to adapt to a changing environment.

NEXT GENERATION AWARD – sponsored by Zonal Retail Data Systems

This award will be presented to an individual who plays a pivotal role in shaping and securing the future of their family business for the next generation. The award will highlight an individual who has demonstrated commitment to and understanding of their family business and the successful future of that enterprise. Individuals can enter this themselves or be nominated by a colleague.


This award will be presented to an individual who has shown loyalty and dedication to the family business in which they work in. We understand that most businesses wouldn’t be where they are without the strong workforce behind them. We want to hear about an employee that has gone above and beyond the call of duty over the last year. Let’s celebrate their hard work, achievements and outstanding contribution to their role and business. The award will highlight an individual who has become “one of the family”.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION – supported by Strathclyde Business School

This award recognises an individual or team which has made an outstanding contribution to a Scottish-headquartered family business over the years, from any level of seniority within the business.


Bio coming soon.

Ian McConnell
Judging Chair

Bio coming soon.

Hugh Lightbody
Chief Officer, Business Gateway

A career banker with 36 years experience in Retail, Business and Corporate Banking across Scotland and the UK. A founder member of the bank’s acquisition finance team in Scotland, over the last 20 years has assisted many families and businesses to fund their acquisition, growth and exit strategies. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an MSc in Organisational Development from The University of Glasgow. Maintains a keen interest in business strategy and during his career has lead a number of key strategic projects for the organisation, including most recently the bank’s LIBOR Transition Programme , representing Virgin Money on a number of key industry working groups and task forces, and lead the internal team which assisted customers to transition loans to alternative reference rates. Currently leads our team of Corporate and Commercial Managers focused on providing a face to face relationship banking service, alongside a suite of digital banking products.

David Henderson
Head of Strategic Finance West of Scotland, Virgin Money

Bio coming soon.

John Anderson
Strathclyde Business School

Norma is a Partner at Azets and has over 30 years’ experience advising family businesses and their owners on their business and personal tax and financial planning requirements.

She has worked with a wide range of businesses both in Scotland and across the UK and has developed a particular expertise in the areas of generational succession planning, the design and implementation of governance structures, the resolution of conflicts and the management of development plans for the next generation.

Norma Stewart
Partner, Azets

Mairi supports generational and business transitions through a blend of coaching, mediating and advising, she holds safe spaces for UK SME business owners and their families to make collective decisions about their futures together.  She specialises in family dynamics, planning, governance and communication.

Previously a main board director, she continues to be an active 4th generation owner of her 97 year old  Scottish construction family firm, Mactaggart & Mickel Group Ltd. She holds an independent director role on a 2nd Generation Family business in Colorado. She is the Visiting Professor for Family Business at Strathclyde University Business School and is also on Faculty for the Family Firm Institutes (FFI) ‘Certificate of Family business advising’.

Mairi Mickle
Family Business Expert


The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards in association with Business Gateway will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

Tickets to attend the awards include access to the welcome drinks reception, a 3-course evening meal with ½ bottle wine per person, entertainment, awards ceremony and official event programme along with the opportunity to network on the evening.

Tickets to attend the ceremony are priced £1400 +VAT for a table of 10 guests, £1550 +VAT for a table of 12 guests respectively (booking fees apply). Individual tickets to attend the awards are also available for £150 +VAT per person.

Bio comin soon.

Danni Menzies


Fastest Growing Family Business –  sponsored by Business Gateway

The Beauty of Marble Limited
The Paint ShedWINNER
The Power Within Training & Development Ltd
Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company Ltd

Business Innovation Award

Allied Vehicles Limited WINNER
Douglas Laing & Co
Plsea Ltd (The Inn At Kippen)
Union Technical Services Ltd

Customer Service Excellence

Anderson Maguire Funeral Directors WINNER
BlueSky Experiences Ltd
Caulders Garden Centres (A Caulder & Co Ltd)
Plsea Ltd (The Inn At Kippen)

Green Family Business of the Year

Brewster Brothers WINNER
The Beauty of Marble Limited
The Oak Tree Inn / Frasers of Balmaha COMMENDATION

International Growth Award

Angels’ Share Glass WINNER
Douglas Laing & Co
Hunter Laing & Company Limited
The Power Within Training & Development Ltd

Commitment to the Community

Anderson Maguire Funeral Directors
The Inn at Kippen (PLSea ltd) WINNER
The Alba Explorers Ltd WINNER
Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company LTD

Rural Family Business of the Year

BlueSky Experiences Ltd
Clootie McToot Dumplings
Glendoick Gardens and Garden Centre WINNER
Plsea Ltd (The Inn At Kippen)

Next Generation Award – sponsored by Zonal Retail Data Systems

Neal Christie – Christies (Fochabers) Limited WINNER
Diamond Industrial Supplies
John Mitchell (Grangemouth) Ltd
Kirsty Imrie – Caulders Garden Centres COMMENDATION
The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club, Dumfries

Scottish Family Business of the Year (Micro) – sponsored by Business Gateway

Angels’ Share Glass
BlueSky Experiences Ltd
Story + Stage
The Power Within Training & Development Ltd WINNER
The Wee Book Company Ltd

Scottish Family Business of the Year (Small) – sponsored by Virgin Money

Diamond Industrial Supplies
Fore Play Crazy Golf
Plsea Ltd (The Inn At Kippen)
Spring Distribution (Scotland) Limited WINNER

Scottish Family Business of the Year (Medium) – sponsored by Virgin Money

A.Alexander & Son (Electrical) Ltd WINNER
Christies (Fochabers) Limited
Hunter Laing & Company Limited
Perfect Service Solutions Ltd
Stag Bakeries Ltd
The Paint Shed

Scottish Family Business of the Year (Large) – sponsored by Azets UK

Allied Vehicles Limited
Caulders Garden Centres
Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels COMMENDATION
D McGhee & Sons Ltd

Recognition Award

Caulders Garden Centres
Christies (Fochabers) Limited
Ed Monaghan – Mactaggart & Mickel group WINNER
Gerry Facenna – Allied Vehicles

Outstanding Contribution – sponsored by Strathclyde Business School

The Malcolm Group


You have until Tuesday, October 18 to submit your entries.

The awards are free to enter.

Tickets to attend the ceremony are priced at £150+VAT with tables of 10 available at £1400 +VAT and Table of 12 available at a cost of £1,550+VAT respectively (booking fees apply).

The winners will be announced at our awards ceremony that takes place on Thursday, December 1.

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If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Stephen Laughlin, Senior Events Manager, on 0141 302 6050 or
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Stephen Laughlin

Senior Events Manager
0141 302 6050



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