Principal Sponsor

Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (LESL) was founded from the merging of 7 small local agencies in 2002 and has delivered economic development services in Lanarkshire on behalf of North and South Lanarkshire Councils since then, principally through the Business Gateway contract.

Each year LESL engages with in excess of 2000 new and existing businesses and provides a mix of expert help and business acceleration programmes designed to enable business growth and strengthen the performance of Lanarkshire’s SMEs. Our advisors also support over 1000 entrepreneurs to start their own businesses annually across the region.

LESL also delivers contract services outwith Lanarkshire and has grown to become one of Scotland’s leading, innovative, economic development providers, acting on behalf of Scottish Enterprise, Local Authorities, Innovate UK and many others to support the development and growth of entrepreneurial and SME activity  and to strengthen Scotland’s economy.

Category sponsors

Lanarkshire’s Best New Business

Sponsored by Clyde Gateway


Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme.

A partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, and backed by funding and direct support from the Scottish Government, we have been tasked over a 20-year period to achieve unparalleled social, economic and physical change across communities within an area of 840 hectares in the east end of Glasgow and in Rutherglen.

We have already remediated 240 hectares of previously vacant and derelict land, built 64,000 square metres of business and industrial space and brought more than 5,000 jobs to the area and we invest around £150,000 each year in business support activities in areas as diverse as training, staff recruitment, product placement, marketing and communications.  We have also helped create a number of assets to be enjoyed by the entire community, including the highly popular Cuningar Loop Woodland Park on the banks of the River Clyde just a mile from Rutherglen town centre, that attracted 120,000 visitors in 2017

John Brinkins Best Visitor Experience

Sponsored by VisitLanarkshire

VisitLanarkshire is the destination brand for the Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership (LATP).  ‘VisitLanarkshire’ was created to co-ordinate and enhance the efforts of the wider tourism, hospitality and leisure industries in Lanarkshire to develop Lanarkshire as a must visit destination. now hosts themed short films and downloadable day trip itineraries and links to full accessibility statements for many hotels and attractions. promotes the regions meeting and event venues and offers free customer service training.

The LATP are honoured to sponsor the John Brinkins Best Visitor Experience which recognises the significant contribution the industry makes to the local economy. The award is named after John Brinkins who was a major driving force within the Lanarkshire tourism sector until his sudden passing in 2012.

The LATP are passionate about supporting businesses to contribute to the Tourism Lanarkshire 2020 vision of Lanarkshire being a destination offering distinct authentic experiences, excellent quality, value for money and accessible for all.

Lanarkshire Community Impact

Sponsored by Roadbridge



Roadbridge was Established in 1967, we have 50 years of experience and growth behind us, with repeat business paying testament to our continued success. We are specialists in delivering Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Projects including highways, windfarms, pipelines and infrastructure for the energy, water and waste water sectors. We are very proud of our quality driven approach that has always ensured project delivery ahead of time and within budget. We have the expertise and resources to deliver the most challenging projects to the highest standards using our established management systems.

Our Core Ethos is to align with the with Client’s Objectives whilst Self Performing to safely deliver a quality project on time, to support our delivery model we have one of the largest company owned equipment fleets in Europe. At Roadbridge, we deliver sustainable solutions on our projects and recycle over 90% of the waste generated by our construction activities. Our key strength is that we work to leave a positive project legacy, taking a long-term view that integrates environmental, economic and social factors. We engage local personnel and suppliers on every project and create local apprenticeships, boosting the local economy and creating long-term benefits.

Excellence in Customer Service

Sponsored by Healthcare Environmental



Healthcare Environmental Group is the largest independent full facilities waste management solutions company in the UK.

Founded over 20 years ago, this privately-owned business undertakes the collection and management of waste from numerous sources and industries, with a comprehensive array of sustainable services enabling us to deliver complete in-house waste solutions.

Our greatest areas of expertise include Transport and treatment of all types of materials including medical waste, Commercial waste, sharps, hazardous wastes, and we also specialise in recycling and sustainable solutions, maximising efficiency and minimising expense. We operate from 13 sites throughout the UK with our new Waste to Energy Head office located in Lanarkshire

Our dedicated staff operate on a 24/7 basis from all our locations and deliver a tailored service to over 35,000 locations each month from our regional treatment facilities. We are dedicated to deliver the best possible customer service to all our clients which include public sector, and private specialised organisations throughout the country we operate a highly-efficient vehicle fleet, while a series of supremely efficient processing plants are always open for business.


Developing Lanarkshire’s Young Workforce

Sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working

North Lanarkshire’s Working is an employability and training service for local unemployed residents. We are committed to getting people in North Lanarkshire ready for work and into work. In addition we provide a number of additional services such as training help, childcare support and debt and money advice.

We are also committed to helping new and existing businesses in North Lanarkshire through a coordinated package of advice, recruitment and financial support.

Throughout the first year of our Prospects scheme, which was launched in 2016, we helped over 1000 people into employment and worked with over 2000 people, many of whom had multiple barriers to work. We offer a bespoke package to all unemployed residents which includes one to one support and access to our exclusive vacancies.

Lanarkshire’s Best Business (0-25 employees)

Sponsored by Highlander Recycling

Highlander Paper Recycling and Highlander Security Shredding, form Scotland’s largest independent paper recycling company, handling over 40,000 tons per year through its depot in East Kilbride and trading thousands of tons more through its paper trading arm.

The company was formed in 2002 by Brian Bingham and Stephen Duffy and has grown from exporting a handful of containers a week to the Far East markets, to operating Scotland’s premier paper recycling operations servicing a range of customers.

Highlander offers a variety of services such as office paper recycling, confidential waste destruction, provision of waste paper containers and supply of large recycling machines capable of processing hundreds of tons every month. Accredited to ISO9001, 14001 & 18001 all incorporating EN15713 standards for security shredding, customers are assured of a professional, reliable service at some of the best commercial terms available!

We currently service companies such as M&Co, Arjo Wiggins, Slater Menswear, Quiz Clothing, Waitrose Scottish stores and many more, utilising 9 modern collection vehicles from 2 to 26 tons gross weight. We can collect bags, bales, pallets, tubs, cages, containers or loose material and we guarantee you will not find a more innovative, reliable and competitive recycling service in the market!

Lanarkshire’s Best Business (26 or more employees)

Sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise



Set up in 1975 by British Steel to help with the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry, UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) is now a subsidiary of Tata Steel.

For over 40 years UKSE has been supporting businesses in Lanarkshire, boosting the local economy and creating employment opportunities.

UKSE offers debt and equity finance up to £1m to growing businesses and, to date, has provided over £25million to 1,500 businesses in Scotland, helping create 17,500 new jobs.

UKSE also provides managed workspace on easy-in, easy-out terms and £5million has been invested in 46,000 square feet of high quality business premises on Strathclyde Business Park.

Another element of UKSE’s support is financial and in-kind aid to community groups seeking to develop young people and help the unemployed return to work. To date, £10millon of community support has been provided across the UK.

Lanarkshire’s Best new Product/Service

Sponsored by Business Gateway



Business Gateway provides free, practical help and advice to thousands of existing and new-start businesses across Scotland. In Lanarkshire we support over 1100 start ups businesses each year.
Business Gateway offers a range of professional resources, support and tools to help businesses learn new skills, create business opportunities and develop strategies for growth via a combination

– Providing advice tailored to suit specific business needs by a network of experienced business advisers
– A programme of free local workshops and events held throughout Lanarkshire.
– Online support – a comprehensive website with practical information and useful guides
– Business information – a dedicated team providing information and support on all aspects of starting and growing a business

Business Gateway Lanarkshire has a team of experienced advisers working across the region many of whom have run their own business or held senior positions within industry. They have the skills, practical experience and a wide network of contacts to enable Lanarkshire businesses, large and small, to achieve their growth aspirations.

Lanarkshire Family Business

Sponsored by City Facilities Management Ltd

In 1985, husband and wife Willie and Susan Haughey established City Refrigeration Holdings. The pair set out with one goal – to make a positive change in the facilities management industry.

The Haugheys founded their enterprise on the values of collaboration and transparency, replacing client/contractor relationships with long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships. Each partner receives a unique strategy, shaped by the needs of the business and implemented by a bespoke, self-delivered model.

It is this focus that has allowed the City Group to grow from its humble beginnings into one of the world’s most trusted facilities management companies. The business now employs over 12,000 people and has established divisions across Europe,  Australia, North America and Asia.

It has also diversified the services it offers to include maintenance and engineering, technical procurement and support, cleaning and ancillary services across retail, residential and commercial markets.

Now more than three decades into its story, City remains rooted in the core values established by the now Lord and Lady Haughey and remains passionate about sharing its unparalleled professionalism, quality, customer service and value with partners around the globe.

Lanarkshire’s best Food and Drink Provider

Sponsored by Scotland Food and Drink

Scotland Food & Drink is the membership organisation tasked with driving responsible growth through collaborative partnership between public sector and its member companies.

Established in 2007, Scotland Food & Drink brings all the industry associations– from farmers and fishermen to manufacturers – together with the key public-sector agencies. Together, we work in a spirit of collaboration and partnership to develop the economic growth strategy for the industry, which Government and public-sector agencies align their support behind.

Working with The Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, we aim to double the value of the country’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry to £30 billion by 2030 and to cement Scotland’s reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

The SF&D Partnership is increasingly recognised across the rest of the UK and internationally as a model to follow. The partnership between industry and government forged through SF&D has been integral to success and is recognised as key to food and drink moving from being a sector of static growth in 2007, to one of the best performing sectors of the Scottish economy.

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