Business Awards 2016

A wealth of worthy contenders were in the running for the 2016 awards - organised by East Dunbartonshire Council to shine a light on local success stories.

The winners - chosen by a judging panel involving representatives of the Council, local businesses and Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce - were announced at a fundraising awards night in The Eagle Lodge, Bishopbriggs, on Friday 20 May.

The winner of the 2016 East Dunbartonshire Business of the Year was Training Initiatives Ltd T/A TIGERS, based at Huntershill Village, Bishopbriggs. 

An employment broker and training provider, TIGERS has shown excellent growth, a commitment to developing the business and undertaken significant work to enhance the community benefits it provides.

The 2016 winners are:

Business of the Year

Training Initiatives Ltd T/A TIGERS

Start-up Business of the Year

Alessio's Cafe & Bistro

Growth Business of the Year

Training Initiatives Ltd T/A TIGERS

Best use of E-Commerce

121 HR Solutions

Independent Retailer of the Year

Elba Artisan Gallery 

Service Business of the Year

Ouzman IP Ltd

Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Business of the Year

Billington’s of Lenzie

Social Enterprise of the Year

Freedom Bakery

Community Champion

Kirkintilloch Baptist Church

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration, helped to present the awards.

He said, "What a fantastic advert for business and commerce in East Dunbartonshire. Congratulations to all the winners - who displayed the innovation, determination and hard work so vital to the success of East Dunbartonshire's economy.

"It truly was a great night and an ideal opportunity to speak to the nominees about the tremendous work taking place locally.

"The awards offer a valuable opportunity to showcase the inspirational range of businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises in East Dunbartonshire.

"There were over 30 nominees across the categories - all of which deserve great praise and credit for their endeavours.

"On the night, there was one winner for each award, but - once again - it's very much the case that every business and entrepreneur who entered was a winner in their own right."

The event also involved a fundraising raffle and auction to support a range of good causes locally.

The final amount is still being tallied. The 2014 and 2015 awards raised a total in excess of £15,000 for over 20 good causes.

Thanks are given to the large number of local businesses, organisations and people who donated items for the raffle and auction held on the night. 

Tribute has also been paid to all the companies, enterprises and organisations which partnered with the Council to very kindly sponsor the 2016 East Dunbartonshire Business Awards.

They included Alarmfast, CMS Windows, Highland Spring, Martin Veterinary Centre, The Eagle Lodge, Morgan Sindall, Grafton Merchanting, Rainton Construction, Xerox (UK), Kenwil and East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Association.

To see video highlights of the night.

  • The Council provides a range of support programmes for new and existing businesses in the area through Economic Development and Business Gateway services.
  • Below is the various nominees in each category...