Finalists Line Up Announced for Bee’s Knees Awards 2017

More than 20 finalists have been selected for the Bee’s Knees Awards 2017, the 14th annual challenge for Inverclyde businesses and one of the major highlights in the Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce calendar of events.

Finalists were chosen from a shortlist of entrants who made presentations to ten category judging panels. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner in the Marquee at the Chartroom, Kip Marina, on Friday 9 June, when the Lifetime Achievement winner, selected by
Inverclyde Chamber, will also be revealed.

Bee’s Knees 2017 finalists in the ten categories are:

Best Performing Small/Medium Business – sponsored by Waterfront Cinema
Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Synergy Lifting Solutions, Union Projects Ltd

Best Performing Large Business – sponsored by premier partner Riverside Inverclyde
CalMac Ferries, Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd, West College Scotland

Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Holiday Inn Express Hotel
DMAC Scaffolding, Lose It and Love It, PJH Bookkeeping

Manufacturer or Producer of the Year – sponsored by Union Projects Ltd
Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd, Scotcrest

Excellence in Customer Focus – sponsored by premier partner Inverclyde Council
Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Union Projects Ltd, Waterfront Cinema

Excellence in Marketing & Communications – sponsored by Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce
Lorraine Woods Flowers, Wet Wall Works, WW & J McClure Solicitors

Excellence in Skills and Learning – sponsored by West College Scotland
Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Morton in the Community, Welsh Walker

Best Use of New Technology or Innovation – sponsored by Autotec Scotland Ltd
RIG Arts

Emerging Young Talent – sponsored by Texas Instruments (UK) Ltd
Jack Morgan, Manager, The Chartroom; Brian Evans, Programme Assistant, DYW West; Claire McParland, Deputy Manager, Holiday Inn Express Hotel

Proud to be in Inverclyde, sponsored by CalMac Ferries Ltd
Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Inverclyde Tourist Group, Scotland’s Boat Show

“Our congratulations go to another fantastic line up of Bee’s Knees Business Awards finalists, demonstrating the wealth and diversity of businesses operating here in Inverclyde,” said Linda Scott, President, Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce. “We have a great deal to be proud about and we thank our sponsors for joining with us to recognise the talent that exists within our vibrant Inverclyde business community.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be one of the highest accolades, as Inverclyde Chamber selects the most admired businessman or businesswoman from within the Inverclyde business community. The recipient will have been running (or have run) a highly successful company or companies in this area for a considerable time, while contributing to the wider business community and third sector. It will be an individual who is respected for their vision and tenacity in their early business years, or for their ability to innovate, with a clear focus to stay ahead of their competitors over a long period. They may have produced a groundbreaking product or service, or been admired for their leadership skills alone. The recipient will remain a closely guarded secret until the big reveal at the Bee’s Knees Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on Friday 9 June.

Each finalist is invited as a guest of Inverclyde Chamber to attend the gala awards dinner this June in the Marquee at the Chartroom, Kip Marina, where the business community will unite to hear the winners announced. As well as enjoying the accolades of success, category winners will be awarded a crystal trophy and certificate.

For their own promotional purposes, they will receive a broadcast quality DVD showcasing their business from media sponsor Gryffe Studios, which will be screened for the first time at the awards dinner. Other Bee’s Knees Business Awards sponsors are Elaine Stewart Public Relations and Love & Humphries.

More details of the gala dinner on Friday 9 June are available at or by contacting Inverclyde Chamber Senior Executive Officer, Margaret Moran, on tel: 01475 806824, email:

Inverclyde Chamber is inviting everyone to get the conversation going by tweeting in the run up to the awards ceremony. Simply tag tweets #BeesKnees2017 to join in the chat.

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce
Room 5, Victoria House,
5 East Blackhall Street,
PA15 1HD
01475 806824
07534 196253

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