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Highland Business Women Awards shortlisted finalists named

By Calum MacLeod

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Find out who will be among this year's winners when the 2021 Highland Business Women Awards take place next week.
Find out who will be among this year's winners when the 2021 Highland Business Women Awards take place next week.

From charities to martial arts instructors and from photographers to business support services, the 2021 Highland Business Women Awards will spotlight a wide range of achievements and successes from the female members of the Highland business community.

HBW president Màiri Macdonald said it had been heart-warming to see the number of entries submitted for the awards and to see how diverse they were, with a wide variety of sectors represented and organisations of all sizes putting their names forward.

Particularly welcome were the number of entries for the awards’ two new categories for digital innovation and business resilience, which were introduced specifically in recognition of the steps local women and their organisations have taken to face the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We were almost overwhelmed by the number of entries we had for those categories,” she said.

“It made judging pretty tricky because the standard of entries was fantastic and a real reflection of what people have achieved over the last 14 months.

“The judges were really impressed by the standard of entries, even if that has made life difficult for them!”

The final shortlist also sees a number of entrants nominated in a number of categories, which Màiri also sees as a very positive sign for the north business community.

“It was great that people took the time to apply for different categories to recognise different types of achievement,” she added.

The 2021 HBW Awards shortlist:

New Business of the Year (sponsored by Business Gateway): Behind the Scenes VA; Kennedy Accountancy; The HR Dept - Highlands; Grazey Days.

Most Enterprising Business (sponsored by Tulloch Homes): Ptarmigan Home; Strath Communications;The Store Cafe and Clean Bees.

Excellence in Community Engagement (sponsored by BAM Nuttall): My Primary Tutor; Alison White Photography.

Business Woman of the Year (sponsored by HIE) Angela Roy, Ptarmigan Homes; Jennifer Macdonald-Nethercott, Strath Communications; Sarah Murray, Inverness Travel.

Business Resilience Award (sponsored by DYW Inverness and Central Highland): Corner on the Square; Mikeysline; The Body Toolkit Retreats; Thinking Space.

Team of the Year (sponsored by Springfield Properties): Meallmore Ltd; Scottish Counselling Services: Inverness Travel.

Best Third Sector Organisation (sponsored by Equiom): Feis Rois; Mikeysline.

Digital Innovation Award (sponsored by CityFibre): Feis Rois; Thinking Space; The Body Toolkit Retreats; My Primary Tutor.

Woman of Inspiration (sponsored by Port of Cromarty Firth): Emma Mulraine, Behind the Scenes VA; Dominique Sutherland, DKMA Martial Arts; Joanna Mackenzie, The Store Cafe and Clean Bees; Carol Elliot, City Mobility.

The 2021 awards take place online on Thursday, August 26.

To join the audience, visit the HBW website, www.hbw.scot, visit HBW’s social media pages, or email HBW at info@hbw.scot

Virtual tickets are free, but donations in aid of HBW charity of the year, Mikeysline, are encouraged.

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