This year’s awards will be a highlight at Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Annual Celebration Dinner, which takes place at the Doubletree Hilton, Glasgow on St Andrew’s Night, Wednesday 30 November 2016. This year our celebration dinner will bring together Scotland’s most successful and respected entrepreneurial leaders with those starting and growing new enterprises, our Saltire Alumni and our valued partners and supporters from across Scotland and internationally.
You will meet the individuals behind some of Scotland’s most successful businesses, universities, social enterprises and learn how our Saltire programmes and other organisations are transforming opportunities for the next generation of leaders. You will also hear first hand from the next generation, particularly our Saltire Scholars and Fellows and those starting out on their entrepreneurial journey. Tickets for this year’s celebration dinner can be booked online using the booking form below.
We will be highlighting and celebrating entrepreneurial achievement of all kinds – from early to advanced; from start-up to corporate.
Last year the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Mike Loggie, Chief Executive, Saltire Energy while Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone from Cheeky Chompers were announced as the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.
Previous winners have included some of the country’s most high profile entrepreneurs such as Sir Tom Hunter of Sports Division, Ann Budge of Newell & Budge, David Milne of Wolfson Microelectronics, Simon Howie of the Simon Howie Group, Jim McColl OBE of Clyde Blowers and Hamid Guedroudj of Petroleum Experts.
Mike’s career and business experience spans the RAF, the hospitality sector, a building consultancy, graphic design and even a betting shop, before entering the oil and gas sector in 1986. That year he launched a brine filtration business, having spotted an opportunity to apply the technology used by brewers in their filtration systems to re-shape the filtration process in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Since then, Mike has gone on to create Aberdeen-based Saltire Energy – now a leading provider of rental drilling equipment to the oil industry. The Saltire business took off in the mid 2000s and, since 2010, has grown significantly.
He has subsequently bolted on a number of carefully selected complementary businesses and Saltire Energy now has three successfully integrated and profitable subsidiaries in the group.
Saltire Energy’s main customers and markets span 50 countries, working with major operators and service companies including Schlumberger, Total and Baker Hughes.
As well as being a recognised business leader in Aberdeen, Mike is a major supporter and contributor to community interests including the city’s Sports Village and new aquatics centre. He has also established Saltire Sports for Schools, which provides enhanced opportunities for children from local primary schools to participate in a variety of sports and activities. He has also funded two schools overseas.
A key business differentiator for Mike is the provision of the highest standard of equipment possible to his customers, particularly in extended reach drilling (ERD) where the equipment needs to be of the highest possible strength. Saltire currently holds 95% of the drilling tools market in their areas of operation.
The North Sea is challenging at the moment but accounts for only around 40% of turnover and therefore Saltire Energy is clearly a company operating in a global market.Find out more
Amy and Julie first met at an antenatal class when they were eight months pregnant with their first children. As young mums, they spotted a gap in the market for a teething product that would stay attached to a baby, and decided to develop their own.
They incorporated the company in August 2012 with initial funding raised via family and friends (all now repaid) and the prize money from winning the Scottish EDGE competition. In February 2013 Cheeky Chompers officially launched with their innovative Neckerchew, “The world’s first chewable dribble bib for teething tots”.
It was a busy first year – Cheeky Chompers quickly established a direct retail network in the UK and a distribution network overseas. Today they count major retailers like John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bebe, Joules, Boots and M&S amongst their UK customers and they now sell in over 30 countries.
Following the success of the Neckerchew, in 2014 they launched the Comfortchew, a chewableable comforter that can be attached to the child/buggy. In April this year Julie and Amy began producing Neckerchews in larger sizes in order to cater for children and adults with special needs. Although the baby market will continue to be the main target for Cheeky Chompers’ products, the initial response from the special needs market has been very positive.
Over the next 12 months, Cheeky Chompers plans to grow total exports by 30%, focussing on the US, Chinese and South Korean markets, while maintaining and expanding its portfolio of UK national retailers. They are currently launching two exciting new products and have plans for a range of stylish products that aim to make parents’ lives easier.Find out more