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Highland Business Awards 2024: Resilience and positive environmental impact celebrated with two awards


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RI Cruden is sponsoring the award for positive environmental impact which it won in 2023. Picture: James Mackenzie
RI Cruden is sponsoring the award for positive environmental impact which it won in 2023. Picture: James Mackenzie

The Highland economy is a diverse one but regardless of the sector, businesses here face common challenges – how to reduce their impact on the region’s environment, renowned the world over for its beauty, and showing resilience by adapting to market and digital changes.

At this year’s Highland Business Awards, efforts undertaken by local organisations to tackle both challenges are recognised with awards for positive environmental impact and resilience.

The award for positive environmental impact will be presented to a business that takes responsible decisions to reduce its negative impact on the environment, actively promotes the benefits and brings about efficiencies in its operations. Organisations are invited to nominate themselves or nominate another business.

RI Cruden, Inverness is sponsoring the award which they won in 2023.

Director, Callum Cruden, said: “We at RI Cruden are honoured to sponsor the positive environmental impact award at the 2024 Highland Business Awards. Winning this award last year, along with the Highland business of the year, was a significant milestone for our company. “It underscored our commitment to sustainability and innovation. By sponsoring this award, we aim to celebrate and support other businesses making impactful strides towards a greener future.”

The winner of the award for resilience will be a business that has adapted its operations to overcome a short-term difficulty or challenge, enabling it to deliver on its objectives and continue to prosper. Organisations can nominate themselves or another business for the award which is being sponsored by Caithness Chamber of Commerce.

Trudy Morris, chief executive at Caithness Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the business resilience award. Picture: DGS
Trudy Morris, chief executive at Caithness Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the business resilience award. Picture: DGS

Trudy Morris, Chamber chief executive, said: “The Oxford English Dictionary defines resilience as "the ability of a substance to return to its usual shape after being bent, stretched, or pressed”. I find this definition particularly fitting when considering the strength and adaptability of our Highland business community, which withstands and recovers from challenges, facing adversity head on.

“However, I would argue that the most resilient businesses are not those that return to their original form, but those that harness the power of challenge to grow, adapt, and thrive, finding new ways of working and opportunities for success.

“We are delighted to once again sponsor the Highland business award for resilience. At Caithness Chamber, our mission remains to nurture a successful, sustainable, and diverse north Highland economy. Our motto, “Stronger Together,” embodies our commitment to this goal, and these awards are a fantastic example of the power of community and the strength that comes from uniting to uplift and support one another. They provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate the very best of Highland businesses and showcase the innovation, ambition, and unique skills of our region.”

The awards ceremony and lunch at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on Friday, September 27, will bring an end to Highland Business Week 2024, Monday, September 23 to Friday, September 27.

The busy programme of events, networking opportunities and seminars includes the Highland Spotlight business exhibition at the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel on Tuesday, September 24. Businesses across all sectors will be exhibiting with around 300 people attending on the day.

For more information visit www.inverness-chamber.co.uk/events. To discuss sponsorship opportunities email events@inverness-chamber.co.uk


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