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Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an ambitious organisation with a unique remit that integrates economic and community development. We work in a diverse region which extends from Shetland to Argyll, and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, covering more than half of Scotland’s land mass.
We are the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. Our purpose is to generate sustainable economic growth across the Highlands and Islands.
We want the Highlands and Islands to be a highly successful and competitive region in which increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.
Scottish Provincial Press
Scottish Provincial Press publish fifteen weekly newspapers covering Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, Inverness-shire, Strathspey, Moray and Banffshire. SPP prides itself on being at the heart of local communities throughout their circulation area by continuing to engage with our readers, customers and staff – which we’ve been doing since 1817. As well as our award winning newspapers SPP also publish many other specialist magazine titles throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.
SPP are proud of our local roots and are delighted to be in partnership with the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards which recognise and promote all that is great about our local food and drink.
At Bidfood, our mission is to deliver service excellence, making life easier and helping our customers to grow. Therefore, everything we do has the customer at heart, and is led by research and insights, be it into food trends supporting us to keep a step ahead of the curve, or into the latest technological advances allowing us to continuously develop our service offering.
Booker Group is the UK’s leading food wholesaler. The Group now comprises Booker Wholesale, Makro, Booker Direct, Classic Drinks, Ritter Courivaud, Chef Direct, Premier, Family Shopper, Budgens, Londis and Booker India. Together we are privileged to serve 1.5 million customers.
The Company is the UK's largest cash and carry operator, offering branded and private-label goods which are sold to over 503,000 customers including independent convenience stores, grocers, leisure outlets, pubs and restaurants. The Company currently lists circa 18,000 product lines, comprising an extensive range of branded and own label grocery, fresh and frozen food, beers, wines, spirits, tobacco and non-food items. In the year to March 2014, sales totalling £3.4 billion were collected by the customer from the group’s branches and sales totalling £1.3 billion were delivered to the Company’s customer premises.
Established in 1946, Brook Street has grown to become one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies, with an award winning heritage. We maintain the same traditional company values today as our founder did 67 years ago. For us, recruitment isn’t about just anybody – it’s always about finding the right role, for the right person in the right company.
Today, we employ over 600 people in high street locations across the United Kingdom. Our clients include local Small to Medium Enterprises, leading Blue Chip companies and major Public Services. We provide a local service, complimented with the infrastructure and capabilities of a national recruitment agency that enables us to offer bespoke, tailored staffing solutions. Working in true partnership with our clients, we help them to fulfil their staffing needs and achieve their company goals. Our clients value the exceptional quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness of our service, as well as our expert advice and innovative approach.
An exciting new Caledonian Sleeper service now operates between London and Scotland. The new Sleeper service sees guests arrive at the heart of their destination refreshed and ready to go. Serco has been chosen by the Scottish Government as the new operator, with a vision for the Sleeper to be a modern, revitalised overnight travel and hospitality experience between world famous destinations in Scotland and London.
This is an iconic Scottish railway journey available for all – from back-packers to business travellers. At the heart of the new service is outstanding hospitality that is emblematic of the best of Scotland, benefiting Scottish businesses from Shetland to Stranraer and from Stornoway to Stonehaven showcasing the best of Scottish produce. From 2018, the Caledonian Sleeper will take a leap forward thanks to an investment of over £100million in 75 new state-of-the-art carriages.
Gordon & MacPhail
Gordon & MacPhail, the malt whisky specialist and specialist drinks wholesaler, is a family-owned and managed business, established in Elgin in 1895, and one of the UK’s leading independent specialist wholesalers stocking over 4,500 product lines, including an extensive wine list, an impressive portfolio of spirits and a wide range of craft beers and ciders.
Gordon & MacPhail is also the UK’s top wholesaler for malt whisky, stocking every distillery bottling of single malt available in the UK market. Included in this portfolio is the award-winning range of single malts from its very own Benromach Distillery.
Johnston Carmichael is the largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in Scotland. With eleven offices across Scotland including one in Inverness, it is the only firm to offer such comprehensive geographic coverage.
Through working with some of the biggest and fastest growing names in the Scottish food and drink market, Johnston Carmichael have developed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the many issues facing this sector and can assist with all accounting, tax and business advisory matters.
The Kingsmills Hotel
The Kingsmills Hotel is a four-star luxury hotel in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Offering extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining and old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests, The Kingsmills is Inverness’ leading hotel
MacGregor Industrial Supplies
Based in Inverness, MacGregor Industrial Supplies provides a quality, cost-effective and value added service to the trade. We are a vital resource for North construction, manufacturing and commerce. From fish farms to forestry, from welding to medical application, MacGregors helps to keep the Highland wheels of industry turning.
Founded as MacGregor Supplies, MacGregor Industrial Supplies consists of 15 distinct divisions all working together, located in close proximity to one other, providing a depth of knowledge and expertise which is unrivalled in the North of Scotland. The divisions are:
Aquaculture, Auto Paints And Refinishing, Auto Valeting, Construction, Forest And Groundcare, Hire Equipment, Hygiene And Catering, Industrial And Hydraulic Hose, Ironmongery And Fixings, Oils, Lubricants And Spill Control, Saw And Tool Sharpening, Service, Calibration And Repair, Showroom And Trade Counters, Welding Equipment And Consumables, Workwear And Footwear.
Scotland Food & Drink
Scotland Food & Drink is the leadership organisation working to grow the industry a turnover of £16.5bn by 2017 and build Scotland’s reputation as a Land of Food and Drink. As the number one export sector and one of Scotland’s best performing industries, food and drink is enjoying fantastic success driven by extraordinary skill, talent and entrepreneurial flair as well as a world-class natural larder of quality produce.
We are proud that Scotland Food & Drink is an organisation at the heart of this success. The industry has a single strategy, a single action plan and a collaborative model, working hand in hand with the public sector. Critically though, the organisation is a membership body, here to support the growth of companies small, medium and large. We are the industry’s voice and have committed ourselves to work tirelessly to create the operating environment for our food and drink producers and member businesses to prosper. Please join us so that together we can be proud of a sector that is growing in value and growing in reputation.
XPO Logistics is a top ten global provider of transportation and logistics solutions.
We provide high-value-added services for truck brokerage and transportation, last mile logistics, intermodal, contract logistics, ground and air expedite, drayage, global forwarding and managed transportation.
XPO serves more than 30,000 customers with a highly integrated network of 887 locations in 27 countries. The bedrock of our company is our people: more than 54,000 employees operating as one cohesive organization with a single-minded focus on customer service. Many of the customers we serve are in the manufacturing, retail, industrial, technology, aerospace, commercial, life sciences and government sectors.
You'll find that we're passionate about helping our customers operate their supply chains more effectively. Equally important are our qualitative resources: our zero-failure mentality, our deep experience in every service we offer, and our ability to provide integrated, end-to-end supply chain solutions to large accounts.
The healthyliving award is a national award for the foodservice sector in Scotland.
It has long been recognised that caterers can play an important role in influencing what their customers eat, and it is important to recognise and reward those who are making it easier for their customers to eat more healthily. The healthyliving award aims to achieve this.
The award criteria are based on the general principles of a healthy balanced diet and have been developed to be in keeping with Scottish dietary targets. Simple changes to the way a caterer works could make a significant difference to their business.
Entry deadline – 5 May
Judging Day – 20 June
Shortlist Announcement – 28 June
Awards Ceremony – 20 October