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Entrepreneur of the Year


The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards recognise those businesses and individuals in Scotland who are leading the way with innovation, enterprise and quality. Entries are encouraged from small, medium and large food and drink companies. Support for the awards comes from a range of organisations and reflects the breadth of the industry. The awards are run by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland. The title sponsor is Asda.

The Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur Award will recognise the top food and drink entrepreneur in Scotland in 2016. Individuals will be assessed in a one to one interview with the judges where they will be assessed on their business performance, entrepreneurial focus, innovation success, strategic planning ability and leadership qualities.

Qualifying Businesses

The awards are open to Scottish food and drink companies whose products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland.

Businesses may be new to market or well established but ANY BUSINESS THAT WON A SPECIFIC CATEGORY IN 2016 IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THAT SAME CATEGORY AGAIN IN 2017.

Award sponsor Johnston Carmichael is Scotland's largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers and specialist in the food and drink sector with over 350 clients. They have a dedicated food and drink team who understand the industry very well, with a particular expertise in understanding clients’ issues and developing strategic plans for growth. www.jcca.co.uk

The Judging Panel

The judging panel is made up of experienced figures from the food and drink industry. The decisions of the judging panel will be final.

The Scotland Food & Drink Entrepreneur Award 2017 judging panel will be chaired by Adam Hardie, partner and Head of Food and Drink at Johnston Carmichael and will include David Kilshaw (Chairman of Scotland Food & Drink and Chairman of food companies Joseph Robertson, Lazy Day Foods, Insignia Technologies)

Judging Criteria

Judges are looking for informative and well planned answers. Entrants are solely responsible for the accuracy of the information they supply. Neither organisers nor judges will have capacity to carry out additional research; therefore entrants should ensure that all questions are answered.

All entries for each category will be narrowed down to a shortlist of three. This shortlist will be published at the start of April and all entrants notified as to their shortlisting or otherwise. A senior representative of each shortlisted company is expected to attend the awards ceremony and dinner at the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday 18th May 2016. The attendance of finalists is a condition of entry. Two tickets are made available to shortlisted companies at the time finalists are notified, these are offered at the discounted finalist rate of £95+VAT per ticket (max. 2 tickets per company at this price).

No publication of category winners is made prior to the ceremony. For publicity purposes it is assumed that winners agree to product and company details being forwarded to our PR team. Winners will receive a Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award and use of the awards branding.

All entrants will receive written feedback reports which include the comments and opinions of the judges. Entrants whose products are not shortlisted will receive their feedback first, while entrants whose products are shortlisted will receive feedback after the awards ceremony.

Further information on the awards here www.foodanddrink.scot/events/excellence-awards

The Entrepreneur award judging process will take the form of a one to one meeting with the category judges, at which the nominee will be asked to demonstrate how he or she has consistently delivered against each of the award criteria detailed below, providing examples as appropriate.

The judges will nominate finalists to progress to a final interview at which supporting accounts will be requested. All financial information received will be treated in strict confidence and used solely for the purpose of determining the merit of the entry.

Business Performance: Strong business management with consistent growth supported by strong financial performance, both top and bottom line.
Entrepreneurial Focus: A dynamic individual, resilient to knocks operating to high standards.
Strategic Planning: Developed and delivering on a strategic plan for growth for the business.
Innovation: Close to their given market, continually identifying and developing out new ideas to take their business forward.

Leader: Demonstrates leadership, continues to develop his/her business and his/her people

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