New Year Honours for Scottish business leaders

New Year Honours for Scottish business leaders

A number of business leaders from across Scotland have been honoured by HRH The Queen in her New Year Honours List for 2017.

One of the most high profile entrepreneurs hailed by the Queen is Josh Littlejohn, the social entrepreneur behind Social Bite and The Scottish Business Awards, who has been awarded an MBE for services to social entrepreneurship in Scotland.

Social Bite is a social enterprise soup, sandwich and baguette chain which is helping the homeless find useful employment and the Scottish Business Awards is now the UKs largest annual business dinner which has brought the likes of George Clooney and Leonardo di Caprio to Scotland in recent years.

Joshsaid: “I’m honoured to receive this award in recognition for my work with Social Bite. I would like to dedicate it to the hundreds of homeless people Social Bite works with in Scotland who are marginalised from society and have no stake in the economic system. 

“I’m relatively young but I hope to dedicate the rest of my working life to helping people who have been excluded from the system. By working alongside the amazing Social Bite team - and other charities - I hope I can play my part in eradicating homelessness from Scotland and spread the social enterprise business model further afield." 

Known for his straight talking and a real advocate of entrepreneurship in Scotland, Entrepreneurial Spark managing director and co-founder Jim Duffy has also received an MBE in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the business community.

Jim announced shortly after that he will be stepping down from his position at Entrepreneurial Spark after five years at the helm. 

He said: “When we started Entrepreneurial Spark in 2011 we knew there was a great opportunity ahead. Scotland has been shaped by great inventions, entrepreneurship is in our blood. 

“But in a global and digital marketplace, cutting through the noise takes more than a good idea and commitment, it needs the right support across a range of areas to help entrepreneurs thrive and grow.

“Five years later, thanks to Royal bank of Scotland and all our amazing partners we have launched 12 hatcheries with a 13th launching soon. We’ve supported over 660 businesses to turnover more than £85m. It’s been an incredible journey and one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and been changed by."

Another business leader to be named among the list is Margaret Gibson, the former chief executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), who has been awarded an OBE for services to business and entrepreneurship.

Margaret was born in Glasgow in 1962 and has carved out her career running businesses and supporting entrepreneurs and young people to build careers and start their own enterprises.

She is the only woman in Scotland to have received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, which she was awarded in April 2015. Commenting on her OBE. Margaret said: “I have worked with and been inspired by so many people in my life and this accolade is both unexpected and humbling to receive.”

Across Scotland, there are 98 recipients in the Queen's New Year Honours in total.

There is one Knighthood and one Damehood:

  • Andy Murray OBE for services to tennis and charity
  • Katherine Grainger CBE for services to rowing and charity

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) include:

  • Christopher Haslett FRSE for services to medical research
  • Paul Martin for services to healthcare and education
  • Margo Whiteford for services to healthcare and charity
  • Frank Mulholland for services to the rule of law in Scotland

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) include: 

  • Poonam Gupta for services to business and charity
  • Susan (Jill) Millar for services to culture in Glasgow
  • Michael Cavanagh for services to sport and the Commonwealth Games Movement
  • Catherine McCulloch for services to children’s rights and wellbeing
  • Alexander Featherstonhaugh (Lord Kinclaven) for services to the Introduction of the Scottish Legal System in schools

Among those receiving a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) are:

  • Iain Baikie for services to the promotion of science education in Caithness
  • Josh Littlejohn for services to social entrepreneurship in Scotland
  • Douglas McGowan for services to the preservation of the PS Waverley and charity
  • Gaston (Robin) Iffla DL for services to equality and community cohesion
  • Tony Singh for services to the food and drink industry and charity
  • Andrew Kerr for services to the arts and conservation in Edinburgh
  • Samuel Morshead for services to UK horse-racing and to charity
  • Agnes Whyte for services to people with lung conditions

Five Olympic and Paralympic stars also receive MBEs:

  • Libby Clegg for services to athletics and charity
  • Katie Archibald for services to cycling
  • Jo Butterfield for services to athletics
  • Karen Darke for services to sport particularly cycling and triathlon
  • Gordon Reid for services to wheelchair tennis

Among those receiving a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) are:

  • Audrey Fraser for services to children and the community in Inverclyde
  • Rhona Ritchie for services to education
  • George Cochrane for services to dog management in West Dunbartonshire
  • Margaret Worsley for voluntary service to the community on the Isle of Tiree, Inner Hebrides
  • Adam Kelly for services to business and the community in Galashiels, Scottish Borders