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Mon, 2016-11-28 13:43

Livingston, West Lothian – Friday 25th November 2016; For their exceptional leadership, ingenuity and positive impact on West Lothian and the wider Scottish business landscape, five companies, one high school and one individual have been selected by West Lothian Chamber of Commerce as winners of its 2016 Business Excellence Awards.


The winners, from across the region, received their awards at a Gala Dinner held at the Macdonald Houston House Hotel, Uphall on Friday 25th November, sponsored by local organisation Developing the Young Workforce (DYW). DYW fosters collaborative partnerships between local industry and education in West Lothian to ensure young people make a successful transition into the world of work. 


This year’s West Lothian Business Excellence Awards category winners are:


Best Business Award 2016 -

Dacoll Ltd. Bathgate-based Dacoll is the largest independent provider of IT services in Scotland which focuses on long-term managed contracts and supports career-ready projects in local schools, recruiting around 12% of employees through the Modern Apprentice Scheme


Entrepreneur and Business Start Up Award

FlexMedical Solutions. Founded in 2014, FlexMedical Solutions help customers create a healthier tomorrow by providing ‘Point of Care’ diagnostics offering specialist design, development and manufacturing services to the medical technologies sector.


High Growth and Innovation Award –

Cappers Group Ltd.  Plant hire and winter maintenance services specialist, Cappers Group was formed in 2004 and provides facilities maintenance and preventative gritting services. Demand for its services should see the Blackridge-based company achieve a turnover of £5 million by 2019


Best Tourism Award -

Five Sisters Zoo. Owners Shirley and Brian Curran have made customer service a prime focus at Five Sisters Zoo, which is home to around 180 species of mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world, many of which are endangered species. The zoo is recognised for is excellent animal husbandry and rehabilitation, locally and the world over.


Excellence in Staff Learning and Development Awards -

First Scotland East. First Group’s Livingston deport based at Deans provides continual development for its staff through a diverse range of internal and external training courses. The company promotes all training opportunities through driver appraisals, personal development plans and succession planning to identify existing training needs.


Enterprising School Award –

Broxburn Academy. The high school’s commitment to enterprise in the curriculum has been demonstrated through several key areas, including its Youth and Philanthropy initiative which raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community. The whole of S5 recently competed against each other for the sum of £3000 to be donated to charity and which was duly given to the Yellow Teaport Charity which supports young people with additional needs.


Shona Sibbald Women in Business Award –

Darina Garland. This award recognises the hard work and achievement of business women in West Lothian and this year goes to Darina Garland, founding director of Uuni, which offers portable, affordable options to traditional outdoor wood-fired ovens to cook authentic pizza and other dishes. The company is based in Broxburn, employs seven staff with a further six being recruited from early next year. Earlier this year, Uuni, won a ScotEdge Award for innovation and growth.


Linda Scott, Chief Executive, West Lothian Chamber, comments;


“West Lothian Chamber is proud to honour the hard work, innovation and creativity of everyone who participated in this year’s Business Excellence Awards. The awards provide a snapshot of some of the most impressive companies from across the region.


“Many of these business owners are working day in day out to build upon the companies they have built from scratch, creating jobs in their local community, and contributing to the economic of West Lothian and further a field too. We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the success of these companies through the Business Excellence Awards.


“This annual event is a great opportunity to recognise and reward outstanding performances of business excellence, while continuing to encourage the entrepreneurial and community spirit West Lothian has become renowned for.”


Around 180 people attended this year’s event which featured keynote speaker Dr Peter J Nelson, Operations Director, The Glenmorangie Company Ltd who talked about how this internationally recognised brand is trying to build sustainability into its business.


A charitable draw helped to raise money on the evening for The Chamber’s nominated charity for 2016/17, Bles Training. Bles is a voluntary charitable organisation that focuses on the skills development for unemployed 16-24-year olds within West Lothian. 


It has a dedicated training centre that allows young people to learn skills such as decorating, joinery, plumbing and basic electrical training.


Full details on all winners and finalists can be found at –



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