SCOTLAND’S finest family firms enjoyed their moment in the spotlight as the winners of The Herald Scottish Family BusinessAwards for 2018, held in association with Business Gateway, were unveiled last night.

A glittering event at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu hotel saw TV celebrity Carol Smillie announce the winners of 10 contested categories, before culminating with the award for Outstanding Contribution to family business, lifted this year by Sir John P Campbell and Glenrath Farms. The egg producer was founded in 1957 with 113 hens. It now sells 30,000 cases of 360 eggs every week.

The Awards featured a keynote speech by family business adviser Mairi Mickel, whose family have run Scottish housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel for four generations.

Toasting a double success at last night’s awards was road resurfacing company CPR Scotland, winner of the Fastest Growing Family Business and Commitment to the Community awards.

MDive, the commercial diving contractor, won the Business Innovation Award; Douglas Laing & Co, the Scotch whisky bottler and blender, won the International Growth Award; and Mearns & Company triumphed in the Customer Service Excellence category.

The award for Green Family Business of the Year went to Henderson’s of Edinburgh; Cruise Loch Ness was named Rural Family Business (small/ medium) of the year, while the award for large Rural Family Business went to Bells Food Group.

Peacock Salt was named Scottish Family Business of the Year in the small/medium category, with Zonal Retail Data Systems taking to the podium as the winner of the Scottish Family Business of the Year for Large family-owned companies.

Hugh Lightbody, chief officer of Business Gateway National Unit, said: “The high standards shown by all finalists made the judging process extremely tough again this year, however, it emphasises the quality of Scotland’s family businesses.

“Two out of three companies in Scotland are family businesses which reinforces the significant contribution this sector makes to the country’s economy. Congratulations to every winner and finalist.”

Grant Stevenson of Burness Paull said: “The calibre of entries this year was again excellent, and really demonstrates how special Scotland’s family business sector is.”

Brian Colquhoun of Clydesdale Bank said: “The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards is one of the highlights of our year. It’s a chance to celebrate the contribution family businesses make to the UK economy and demonstrate the talent and skills we have to offer on a national and global stage.”

Neil Grimmond of Craig Corporate said: “Our congratulations go to all the award winners, and in particular Zonal Retail Data Systems who won the large family business prize. The winners all thoroughly deserve this recognition of their achievements.”

Fraser Campbell of Campbell Dallas noted: “This year’s winners, and those on the short-list, demonstrated not just commercial business acumen, but also a clear passion for growing their businesses to ensure they continue to flourish for the next generation; providing jobs, security and pride for their local communities.”

Mike Kennedy of Western Pension Solutions said: “Awards like these would not be possible without the family firms themselves. Family businesses are at the very heart of the Scottish economy and it is fantastic to see an event that focuses on the fabulous businesses that contribute such a lot to our great nation.”

Bernard Dunn of TL Dallas said: “Another amazing awards evening celebrating family businesses. The winners were outstanding in their categories, and my congratulations also go to all the finalists – their people totally commit themselves to their company, their clients and their communities.”

John Anderson of Strathclyde Business School added: “Many congratulations to all the winners and finalists who were fantastic representatives of the real wealth creators of Scotland. It was a great pleasure to have presented the award for outstanding contribution to one of Scotland’s most successful family business leaders.”

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Winners and finalists from The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2018:

Fastest Growing Family Business Award – supported by Business Gateway

CPR Scotland – Winner

Davis Trackhire

Dow Group Ltd

Spectrum Service Solutions Ltd

Business Innovation Award – supported by Western Pension Solutions

Hardie Polymers

MDive Ltd – Winner

Wholesale Domestic

International Growth Award – supported by Burness Paull

Douglas Laing & Co – Winner

Marzipan Media


Customer Service Excellence – supported by TL Dallas

Anderson Maguire Funeral Directors

Connelly Security Systems – Commendation


Mearns & Company – Winner

Commitment to the Community

CPR Scotland – Winner

Bells Food Group

Wholesale Domestic

Green Family Business of the Year

GAP Hire Group – Commendation

Henderson’s of Edinburgh – Winner

WRC Recycling

Rural Family Business (Small/Medium)

Cruise Loch Ness – Winner


MacLennan Motors – Commendation

Rural Family Business (Large) – supported by Campbell Dallas

Bells Food Group – Winner

Glenrath Farms

Scottish Family Business of the Year (Small/Medium) – supported by Clydesdale Bank

Clarks Bakery

CPR Scotland

Cruise Loch Ness

Douglas Laing & Co

Peacock Salt – Winner

Wholesale Domestic

Scottish Family Business of the Year (Large) – supported by Craig Corporate

Bells Food Group

Chardon Hotels

Glenraths Farm

James Donaldson & Sons

The NWH Group

Zonal Retail Data Systems – Winner

Outstanding Contribution – supported by Strathclyde Business School

Sir John P Campbell & Glenrath Farms