Our Sponsors & Supporters

The Awards could not take place without the support of our generous sponsors.  Please take some time to find out more about them below.

We still have sponsorship opportunities available.  To find out more please email joanne@luxevents.co.uk 

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.

Our Operating Plan 2016-2019 sets out our four priorities, the building blocks of our work for the next three years, in line with Scotland's Economic Strategy. Our priorities are:

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.

Brook Street

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.

Johnston Carmichael


Johnston Carmichael is Scotland's largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers and are experts in food & drink with over 425 clients in this sector. They have a dedicated food & drink team so in addition to managing accounting & tax requirements, have specialists with a wealth of sector expertise who regularly advise businesses on funding options and strategic growth www.jcca.co.uk  

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.



MacRoberts is one of Scotland’s leading independent law firms, providing market-leading legal expertise to businesses across the food and drink sector in Scotland (and beyond) from our offices in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow. Our dedicated Food & Drink team advises on the full range of legal issues faced by businesses across the supply chain on a daily basis, from intellectual property, branding, commercial contracts and manufacture to business acquisitions and disposals, pricing, health & safety and property. We have an extensive network of clients and contacts in the sector, both across the UK and internationally, which allows us to support your business with first-hand knowledge of local, national and international markets.

With a history and heritage tracing back over 150 years, our lawyers are more than just lawyers. We are industry experts with unrivalled commitment to the sectors in which our clients operate, meaning the legal advice and support we provide reflects the needs of the sector, both within the food and drink industry itself and in its interactions with other industries, such as retail, hospitality and technology.

We act and have acted for a large number of food and drink businesses (big and small) across the Highlands and Islands and truly understand the regional-specific issues facing such businesses.

Saffery Champness

Based in Inverness, Saffery Champness is a firm of chartered accountants that advises a range of entrepreneurial food and drink businesses across the UK, including producers, manufacturers and wholesalers.

We provide a tax advisory and compliance service that ensures that everything our clients do, whether in their businesses or when looking at their private and family wealth, is planned and structured to be as tax efficient as possible, without ever losing sight of their immediate or longer term commercial and broader personal objectives.

Our distinctive, partner-led approach means that we get to know our clients well and can advise them according to their individual aspirations, whether that be to prepare for sale, provide for their families or create an environment that allows them to continue working in the business for many years to come.

For more information about us visit www.saffery.com or contact Coll Murchison MacDonald:

E: coll.murchison-macdonald@saffery.com

T: +44 (0)1463 246313

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.

Sharon Leon

For over 52 years, Sharon Leon has enjoyed a reputation for supplying the best quality carpets and floor coverings at competitive prices - with excellent service to match! Sharon Leon, the oldest family-run flooring business in the Highlands, is a trusted name for thousands of homeowners and businesses throughout Scotland.

We are delighted to offer our customers the advantages of our status as an Amtico One Exclusive Retail Partner, as well as stocking many award-winning brands including Quick-Step, Cormar Carpets, Brintons, Woodpecker Flooring, and Moduleo.

In addition to our free measuring service, we offer like-for-like price matching. Visit us at one of our showrooms in the Highlands - and experience our superior product quality and service standards for yourself!

INVERNESS, 33 Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1UA

AVIEMORE, Highland Home Centre, 18 Spey Valley Business Park, Dalfaber Industrial Estate, Aviemore, PH22 1ST

With Sharon Leon, you’re always on to a winner!

XPO Logistics

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.

Be Personnel

Small but, we believe, perfectly formed, Be Personnel is now in its second decade of trading and has grown to be one of Scotland’s most successful and innovative recruitment businesses, recognised for offering value for money without ever compromising its excellent quality of service to both clients and candidates across Scotland. While Be Personnel work with clients in numerous industries and sectors across the UK, we are specialists in the GLAA Food Processing and Packaging sector as well as the Driving sector.

We have built our reputation through a professional approach tailored to meet the individual needs of clients and while our business has grown, we still endeavour to maintain the ‘personal touch’. Be Personnel never forgets that you have a choice but we hope by making your experience a positive one we will always be your first choice. 

The Be Personnel team of skilled consultants works closely with clients to deliver permanent, temporary, short term contract and interim recruitment services for semi-skilled, skilled and professional level appointments. Our portfolio of clients is both diverse and nationwide. Trained and qualified, our Recruitment Consultants are also industry and/or process specific specialists with the necessary knowledge and skill to ensure that candidates sourced and placed are “best in class”. We aim to satisfy by quickly and efficiently fulfilling client expectations and needs.

REC Member, ISO9001 Accredited, Gangmaster Licensed and Stronger Together Business Partner, we offer unrivalled solutions addressing volume recruitment for the temporary labour needs of organisations of any size, who rely on flexible and readily available personnel to meet the peaks and troughs of business. We offer a comprehensive range of professionally recognised selection tools and techniques all tailored to your requirements and supported by up to date operational processes including:

  • Extensive database searching
  • Personality profiling
  • In-depth interviews
  • Skill assessments


We are a group of people happily living in the Highlands of Scotland with a passion for quality food, sustainably produced. Great food is a delight to eat and we think it can have a huge impact on people’s well being. Aquascot is as much in the health business as it is the food business.

Aquascot began the journey into employee ownership in 2008 with a long-term plan of becoming 100% employee owned by 2017. Seven years on and we are on track to achieve this goal.

The company directors chose this path as a way of keeping the business local and to protect the long-term interests of everyone involved with Aquascot: supply partners, partners in the business, customer partners and the many people who enjoy our products every day.

In preparation for Employee Ownership, an employee elected ‘Partnership Council’ was formed to represent the interests of the employees. This is our way of collecting employee views and ensures a healthy flow of communication runs through the business. We believe this adds an additional strength to our partnership.

Every two years we hold an election where new members replace the longest serving members, giving everyone a fair a chance to represent their colleagues.

We are firm advocates of growing our business sustainably. Aquascot has developed a bespoke monitoring system to closely track the environmental impact of our operations. Our company newsletter ‘Fish Tales’ includes monthly updates on our utility consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in order to raise awareness amongst our employees.

Aquascot has set an ambitious target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production by at least 15% by 2020. This is being achieved through improved energy efficiency, encouraging behaviour change and ensuring new projects follow the highest environmental standards. Minimising our impact will not only benefit the environment, it will also reduce costs and strengthen the reputation of Aquascot as a responsible and sustainable member of Scotland’s food community.

Key Dates 2019

Call for Entries - Wednesday 17 April
Entry deadline – Wednesday 3 July
Judging Day – Tuesday 3 September
Shortlist Announcement – Thursday 5 September
Awards Ceremony – Friday 15 November

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