Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Awards 2024

Eligibility Criteria

Entrants must operate in the Highlands and Islands. There is no need for the business to be based in the region but there should be a significant element of business done – significant may refer to size or to impact.

Entrants should not be engaged in a current political campaign as an MP or MSP, or plan to do so in the next twelve months. Holding office as a councillor will not preclude nominations being accepted.

Sponsors may not enter the category they are sponsoring, but may enter other categories.

Entries for the Awards will open at midnight on Tuesday 14th May 2024 and close at 2200 on Wednesday 10th July.

Bakkafrost Scotland Award for Outstanding Island Business 

This award will be presented to a business or social enterprise that is making an outstanding contribution to prosperity and sustainable growth for one or more island communities in the region.

Benromach Award for Excellence in International Business

This award celebrates the business or organisation working in the Highlands & Islands which best demonstrates a track-record of outstanding achievement in the global marketplace, involving a successful internationalisation or export strategy which underpins growth and an ability to innovate and break into new markets.

BlueFloat Energy | Renantis Award for Excellence in Natural Capital, Climate Change and Sustainable Communities

Throughout our journey towards net zero, Scotland’s Natural Capital must be protected and enhanced. Small, medium and large businesses, organisations and community groups in the Highlands and Islands will need to continue to play a part in delivering initiatives that create positive environmental impact.

Crown Estate Scotland Award for Outstanding Supporter of Coastal Communities

Coastal Communities across the Highlands and Islands have shown their resilience in recovering from the pandemic and dealing with the recent economic challenges of skills shortages and rising costs, whilst showing the way in tackling a range of longer-term challenges including climate change.

The Highland Council Award for Purposeful Business

A commitment to purposeful business allows organisations to solve the problems of people and the planet profitably, without harming either. This award will recognise the small or medium sized organisation that has best demonstrated how business can be both purposeful and profitable.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Local Supply Chain

This award aims to highlight businesses or organisations that have made significant efforts to support and develop the local supply chain, going above and beyond the standard business practices.

Loganair Award for Excellence in Customer Service, Care & Experience

Current economic challenges are often bringing out the best in many organisations that are going above and beyond to look after their customers. Organisations who put their customers’ needs first are reaping the rewards and proving resilient to economic ups and downs.

Scottish National Investment Bank Award for Outstanding Business Leader

This award recognises the business leader in the Highlands and Islands who best demonstrates making an outstanding personal difference to a business and a significant positive contribution to the economy.

SSEN Transmission Award for Excellence in Innovation

Entrants will be able to evidence innovation in the development of products and/or services, within a culture of inclusion and openness which inspires employees to contribute towards business improvement, ideas and overall employee wellbeing.