2018 ASB National Business Awards finalists announced

The Association of Scottish Business Women is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2018 National Business Awards.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee on Friday 21st September 2018.
Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year Award sponsored by Remarkable
Introduced in 2013, this award recognises the qualities of a successful entrepreneurial woman including but not limited to, her drive, focus, vision, resilience, inspirational leadership and confidence.

Olivia Conlon, ThePropertyStagers
Lisa Weir, Flexi Business Support

Most Innovative Start up of the Year Award

Celebrating the new ideas, processes, products, services, technologies and applications that have the greatest impact on an organisation’s start up success, this Award recognises the enterprise that has most successfully applied innovation.

Diana Parusheva, Bhaile Craft Bakery
Melanie Russell, Outside In Garden Rooms Ltd
Lynne Warren, Better:Gen

Young Business of the Year Award

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen in 2006, this Award is open to businesses which began trading on or after 30 June 2015.

Olivia Conlon, ThePropertyStagers
Laura Rennie, Arena HR Ltd
Fiona Wilson, The Edinburgh Practice
Elaine Woods, Heal’n Toes

Employee of the Year Award

Introduced in 2013, this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman who makes a significant individual contribution to support her employer to deliver superior performance.

Gill Barton, Journeycall
Karen Bennie, The Fenwick Hotel
Lesley Craig, Break the Silence

Community Commitment Award

The Community Commitment Award, introduced in 2017, recognises the contribution of an individual, group, business or organisation to a charity or community project, by promoting social action, community involvement, volunteering or fundraising.Get2Grips with Grants Ltd
Street Feet Dundee
The Little Art School
The Menopause Café

Best Performing Team of the Year sponsored by Gallagher Insurance

Introduced in 2013 this award celebrates the power of the many in driving breakthrough results and impact.Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce
B-Able Business Services Ltd
Contact the Elderly – Team Scotland
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Kids Bee Happy

Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award

The Recognition of Outstanding Contribution Award was introduced in 2000, and revised in 2017, to showcase and celebrate achievement among women in Scotland across all sectors. This award will be presented to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to a business or the wider community, over and above her normal working activities. She may be a mentor, volunteer or charity ambassador giving of her time, skills and energy for the benefit of others. The award is aimed at identifying role models who inspire and motivate others.Tricia Fox, Volpa
Theresa Slevin, Journeycall
Fin Wycherley, Supersize Media
Susan Young, Gallagher Insurance

Professional of the Year

Introduced in 2013 this award recognises the qualities of a successful woman in a profession who makes a significant individual contribution to support her organisation to deliver superior performance.Louise Cameron, ICTS UK & Ireland
Monica Coyle, Positive Pulse Scotland
Lisa Manners, Workspace Designs
Louise Potter, Lothian Psychological Assessments Ltd
Laura Rennie, Arena HR Ltd
Mary Geaney, Rossie Young People’s Trust
Louise Tierney, Lash Inc. Magazine
Susan Young, Gallagher Insurance

Exporting Business of the Year

This award was introduced in 2017 and is open to any business who is exporting a product or service, or is planning to export within the next six months.Lisa Manners, Workspace Designs
Louise Tierney, Lash Inc. Magazine

Most Enterprising Business of the Year

Introduced by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen in 2003, entrants are choice nominations or current winners of affiliate club awards.Sarah Frame O’Hare, Strategy Cards Ltd
Nicola Martin, Small City, Big Personality
Diana Parusheva, Bhaile Craft Bakery

Business of the Year

Introduced in 2013, this award is open to businesses established before 31 May 2015.Emma Armstrong, B-Able Business Services Ltd
Melanie Blane, White Rabbit Skincare
Tricia Fox, Volpa
Sally Kiddie and Lynne Falconer, Heal Physiotherapy
Lisa Manners, Workspace Designs
Laura Rhoney, Journeycall
Jacqui Taylor, Lifelink

Best Affiliated Group of the Year

Introduced in 2015, this award recognises and rewards the contribution of the affiliated groups to the success of the ASB.Ayrshire Business Women
Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network

We are most grateful to our panel of independent judges who have deliberated over the application forms and interviewed all our finalists.


Sandra Benn, Board member, Mentor, Active contributor to causes I care about, especially gender diversity
Margarette Bryan
Liz Cameron, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Bonnie Clarke, Remarkable
Russell Dalgliesh, Exolta
Julie Hall, WEvolution
Helen Livingston, Branding Boutique
Nick Price, Bright Purple
Karen Ormiston, Remarkable
Gordana Ross, Rise to Health Coaching
Faith Simpson, Faith Simpson Accountants
Jeanette Stevenson, Royal College of Physicians
Alison Stitt, Gallagher Insurance

2018 ASB National Business Awards Dinner

Join us for our nineteenth National Business Awards at Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa on Friday 21st September as we celebrate the achievements and successes of businesswomen from throughout Scotland.

This is a night for dressing up, shouting from the rooftops, and applauding the hard work, determination and commitment of all our finalists.
Our evening will begin with a drinks reception in the ballroom lobby. After being seated in the magnificent ballroom we will honour all our finalists and present each with a certificate before enjoying a delicious three course dinner with wine.
We will then announce the award winners and present each with a beautiful trophy to mark their achievements. Then relax, celebrate together and dance the night away!
We are indebted to our Awards sponsors Gallaghers and Remarkable.

Tickets – Book now!

Tickets are £75 for ASB members, and £95 for non-members. Tables of 10 cost £750. Book your tickets here.

Please book your tickets by Friday 7th September.

Advertising opportunities

Promote your business to over 200 finalists and guests in the Awards Dinner programme from only £100. Contact Wendy Maltman for more information.

V&A 59 Minute Design Challenge

To celebrate the ASB National Business Awards and the opening of the V&A Design Museum we will be hosting a 59 Minute Design Challenge during the afternoon ahead of the Awards Dinner. The workshop will give you an opportunity to visit the newly opened stunning building and give you an introduction into design thinking, giving you new tools to apply in your business or place of work.

Businesses face challenges every day. Businesses like yours. But what if you could begin to address any business challenge, big or small, in under one hour? New products? New services? Better ways of working?

On Friday 21st September at V&A Museum of Design Dundee our Design for Business team will show you how in our dynamic, design-led workshop.

No prior design knowledge is required. Just bring along your enthusiasm, an open mind, and the V&A Dundee’s Design For Business team will show you how Design Thinking can solve everyday problems, and help you transform your business.​

We look forward to seeing you at the 59 Minute Design Challenge. Book your tickets here.

V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4E

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