Ayrshire Businesses Invited To Celebrate Successes As The 2024 Ayrshire Business Awards Launch!

The annual Ayrshire Business Awards will be the culmination of Ayrshire Business Week, organised by the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and is dedicated to promoting and supporting businesses throughout the region.

The awards provide the ideal opportunity to promote your business’ achievements, raise your profile and recognise successes. The quality of entrants has continued to increase year on year, and with free application entry, all Ayrshire organisations are encouraged to apply.

The awards include 16 categories, including the new Innovation Award, and are supported by principal sponsor Business Gateway and supporting sponsor Rainton Construction. Nominations opened on April 15.

This year’s categories:

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd
Ayrshire’s Growth Business of the Year Award (0-10 employees) – sponsored by Woodward Inc
Ayrshire’s Growth Business of the Year Award (11-50 employees) – sponsored by Business Gateway
Ayrshire’s Growth Business of the Year Award (51 employees or more) – sponsored by James Frew
Charity of the Year Award – sponsored by Regency FM
Community Award – sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline
Community Wealth Building Award – sponsored by Booth Welsh
Developing Ayrshire’s Young Workforce Award – sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire
Driving Sustainability Award – sponsored by HALO
Entrepreneur of the Year Award – sponsored by William Duncan Accountants
Going Global – International Trade Business of the Year – sponsored by Neogen
Hospitality Business of the Year Award – sponsored by Trump Turnberry
Innovation Award – sponsorship opportunity available
Start-up Business of the Year Award – sponsorship opportunity available
Tourism Award – sponsored by Stagecoach
Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award – sponsored by Lighthouse IT Networks

The awards are free to enter and are open to Chamber members and non-members. Entrants can apply for up to three categories. The winners will be announced during an evening of celebration at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 4th October, with the return of magician and presenter Ben Hanlin as the evening’s host.

Ayrshire Chamber CEO Claire Baird said:

“The Ayrshire Business Awards is established as the leading awards ceremony for Ayrshire business and is a highlight of the business calendar. The awards, which attract high-profile industry support and involvement, offer Ayrshire businesses the opportunity to promote major achievements and celebrate success.”

By entering these Awards, companies gain recognition and publicity for their achievements, successes and accomplishments.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 28th June 2024.

In recognition of the importance of presenting a compelling application, Ayrshire Chamber in partnership with Strand PR are hosting an exclusive members only Application Masterclass Workshop on Friday 17th May, 10am – 12pm, to equip participants with the requisite skills.

Whether seasoned professionals or newcomers, attendees will benefit from expert guidance aimed at refining their application strategies and optimising their likelihood of success.

This session will guide you through:

  • Categories to enter
  • Award guidance
  • Tips to creating a winning entry
  • Communicating your business excellence
  • Common mistakes and pitfalls

To find out more about the 2024 Ayrshire Business Awards, please contact: dmcpherson@ayrshire-chamber.org.