Celtic Renewables were honoured at the Scottish regional finals for the UK Private Business Awards. Now in their seventh year, the UK awards – referred to as the Diamonds – celebrate the best of UK private businesses and their contribution to communities and the UK economy. The UK finalists are drawn from regional winners across the UK. This year’s Scottish regional winners, which had a strong focus on innovation, were celebrated at the exclusive PwC Private Business Awards dinner in Glasgow, where the awards were presented. Pictured above from left to right, Prof Martin Tangney, President Celtic Renewables and Thomas Clark, Director PwC.
The awards were judged by a panel of business leaders and entrepreneurs and the Scottish qualifiers across nine categories go forward for consideration at the UK final, with the UK winners announced at an event in September at The Brewery in London.
Scottish head judge and PwC Director Thomas Clark commented, “The Awards recognise the private business scene in the UK, which is not only the lifeblood of the economy, particularly in Scotland, but an exciting, innovative and dynamic marketplace.”
“After a really tough judging session, the Scottish Regional Qualifiers for this year have now been revealed, and there are some fantastic stories behind these successful and exciting private businesses.”
Celtic Renewables were recognised for “Technology Innovation” – the other award categories included CEO, High Growth, Private Business, Family Business, International, Rising Star, and PB Woman.
Commenting on the Technology Innovation Award, Head Judge Clark said; “The judges found this category particularly challenging. Our qualifiers’ technology spans a range of sectors”. He added, “the level of innovation on show and the breadth of sectors these companies are disrupting has been quite amazing.”
On receiving the award for the company, Prof Tangney, President Celtic Renewables, said; “This is a tremendous honour which reflects the skills and hard work of everyone involved in this initiative from its beginnings as a research project to now being one of the most respected biotech companies in the country”.
Previous Scottish regional winners who have made big news over the last 12 months include Brewdog and last year’s Scottish qualifier, Skyscanner.
Susannah Simpson, partner at sponsors PwC and Private Business lead for the awards in Scotland said: “As we know, in Scotland the private business is the beating heart of the Scottish economy, so it’s only right that we have a chance to celebrate and praise the best in this sector. But it’s not just about praising these organisations, it’s about learning from what has made them so successful and showing other businesses – both SMEs and startups – the way forward”.