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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 2017. 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 2017 IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THAT SAME CATEGORY AGAIN IN 2018.

Johnston Carmichael are Scotland’s largest firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers specialising in food and drink. Working with over 425 food and drink businesses, they have a wealth of industry and technical expertise which they use to help business owners make better business decisions. The judging panel is led by Adam Hardie, Business Development Partner and Head of Food & Drink who helps our clients to develop strategic growth plans and regularly makes introductions across his significant network of business leaders, investors and intermediaries. www.jcca.co.uk

Judging Panels

 The judging panel is made up of experienced figures from relevant sectors of the food and drink industry. Judges are independent of both Scotland Food & Drink and RHASS. The decisions of the judging panel will be final.

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 end 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 7th June 2018. 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.

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/sfd-excellence-awards.aspx

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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