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Bellshill based husband and wife team, Tracy Scott and Grant Cardwell have been shortlisted for the Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year category of the 2017 Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards!

XEYEX beat off some pretty tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally.

Scott and Cardwell’s software company for independent retail opticians XEYEX is growing fast! Having started up in 2012, They look to double their team to 10 staff by the end of 2017 and move to a bigger office at their North Lanarkshire HQ at Strathclyde Business Park at Bellshill.

Grant Cardwell explains, “As a couple, we are both highly entrepreneurial and competitive. Tracy had her first business, a newsagent’s when she was only 17. I was a regular Del Boy as a teenager. I would buy and sell anything! I tried every ‘get rich quick’ scheme I could think of.

“What interesting is, it’s being innovative and collaborative that has been the secret of our success and growth! Our software is designed to integrate with multiple other apps such as Xero, Go Cardless, Dropbox and can integrate with all other cloud based software systems.

“Our clients –  independent retail opticians – then have a bespoke system that works for each of them individually. We also offer infinite capacity as we are genuinely cloud based. All of our design is based on what makes the optician’s life easier. It gives the independent optician a bespoke edge over the optical big boys.”

Creator of the RBS Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “All shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.”

Grant concedes the final word to Tracy, “It’s amazing to be nominated as it recognises what we’ve achieved through endless hours and some sleepless nights. We’d love to win the award and I would love it to help spread the word to all independent retail opticians so we can boost demand and grow the business. That’s the truth. However, I do genuinely feel that doubling our staff in the next few months to cope with client demand is really a great position to be in. For our clients, for our business, for our staff and for the family! We are thrilled at making the shortlist… I would really love the award though!”

“We have been really lucky to have had incredible support from Chris Wond, our Enterprise Development Officer from North Lanarkshire Council and Robert Swinburne, our Business Growth Adviser Business Gateway Lanarkshire. (Delivered in Lanarkshire by LESL / Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Limited). They have helped us to grow!”

Entries are still open for the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2018, sponsored by Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd, however the 17th November closing date is approaching fast.

Winning an award is a great way to showcase your business and to gain the recognition you and your staff deserve.  Whether you have just started up in business or been trading for years, we want to hear from you.  With 10 categories to apply for there is something for every business in Lanarkshire.

The winners will be announced at the glitzy dinner event on Friday 2nd March.

Visit our awards website and apply today, its free to enter and open to all businesses based in Lanarkshire.

Is your business thriving, innovative, green or providing excellent customer service? Does your business have a lot to shout about? If so the Lanarkshire Business Awards want to hear from you. 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the awards and to mark the occasion the event seeks to recognise Lanarkshire’s brightest business stars.

The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards recognises businesses which have demonstrated excellence in a variety of fields. Categories are as follows

  • Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Healthcare Environmental Group
  • Lanarkshire Community Impact sponsored by Roadbridge
  • Lanarkshire’s Family Business sponsored by City Facilities Management Ltd
  • Lanarkshire’s Best New Business sponsored by Clyde Gateway
  • Developing Lanarkshire’s Young Workforce sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working
  • Lanarkshire’s Best Food & Drink Provider
  • Lanarkshire’s Best New Product or Service sponsored by Business Gateway
  • John Brinkins Best Visitor Experience sponsored by Visit Lanarkshire
  • Lanarkshire’s Best Business (0-25 employees) sponsored by Highlander International Recycling
  • Lanarkshire’s Best Business (26 employees or more) sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise

Applications are open to all businesses and entries are free. Companies can enter up to two of the ten categories.

The awards ceremony, hosted by North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council, will be held at the Motherwell Concert Hall on Friday 2nd March 2018 and promises to be a night not to be missed.

Ronnie Smith, Chief Executive of this year’s lead sponsor LESL said ‘We are delighted to be involved in the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards once again. Over the past 25 years the Awards have evolved into a top quality showcase for some of the best businesses in Lanarkshire. We are pleased to get the opportunity to work with our partners in continuing to support these high quality awards.’

Councillor McVey, Vice Convener of Policy and Resources at North Lanarkshire Council said, “The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards have been recognising and rewarding outstanding work across Lanarkshire now for twenty five years.  Winning projects, innovative products and cutting edge businesses have been showcased.  These outstanding businesses have made a dramatic difference to Lanarkshire’s economy; influencing growth in the region, UK and internationally.” 

Councillor John Anderson, Chair of Community and Enterprise Services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “Businesses play a vital part in the Lanarkshire economy and it is fitting that we have an opportunity, through these awards, to recognize their contribution and achievements.  Over the past 25 years, the standard of entries has been consistently extremely high, which is testament to their hard work and dedication and to the wealth of successful businesses in Lanarkshire that we help to start up, grow and diversify. I would expect it to be no different this year, and look forward to seeing the selection of entries which, I am sure, will epitomise the broad range of talent there is to be found in our area.”

Give your business achievements the platform they deserve – apply now to the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards by visiting www.chooselanarkshire.com/businessawards  All finalists and winners will feature in the media and we are delighted to have Media Scotland as this year’s Awards Media Partner.

Businesses have until 5pm on Friday 17th November 2017 to submit their completed application forms.

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