The evening was hosted by Stuart Cassells, a Saltire Fellow and founder of the bagpipe phenomenon, Red Hot Chilli Pipers. It took place at the newly refurbished Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, and more than 500 members of Scotland’s business community were in attendance.
In association with Deloitte, Entrepreneurial Scotland’s awards featured two elite categories. The Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to James Milne CBE, Chairman and managing director of Balmoral Group, while Chris Gauld, chief executive of Spark Energy, was announced as the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.
Sandy Kennedy, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, said: "Awards and achievements matter because they recognise skills, determination, talent, tenacity and hard work. They highlight excellence and, most importantly, they provide an opportunity to focus on the characteristics that we want to see more of for ourselves, our businesses, and our communities.
"I am thrilled to congratulate both Jim and Chris. This year we received a tremendous response to the awards resulting in the highest-ever number of nominations. Each of the finalists was chosen after a rigorous judging process and they have emerged as Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurial leaders."
The event raised funds for the Saltire Foundation, which aims to find, fuel and spark the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.
Richard Slater, partner and head of private markets for Deloitte in Scotland, and a member of the judging panel for the 2016 awards, said: "Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners. This year we saw a real mixture of companies from a range of sectors on the shortlist for both awards, this is great news for Scotland, as the economy continues to diversify and breed new success stories.
"Uncertainty may be the word that currently pervades the Scottish economy – yet there are businesses, and people, who are finding ways to do incredible things, whatever the circumstances. The ambition and drive of Scotland’s entrepreneurial community continues to thrive."
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