Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2023

The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards are one of the longest established business awards, promoting and celebrating the success and diversity of the Lanarkshire business community.

Hosted by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, the awards are free to enter and open to all Lanarkshire based businesses operating in all sectors.

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2023 Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.

    For regular awards updates and news, follow the Awards Twitter account @LBEA2023 but if you have any queries please contact the Awards Team on

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    2023 Award Winners

    • Lanarkshire’s Best Business (0-10 employees)

      Big Bite Catering

      Award sponsored by Clyde Gateway

    • Lanarkshire’s Best Business (11-50 employees)

      McCrae Training

      Award sponsored by Volvo

    • Lanarkshire’s Best Business (51+ employees)

      Probe Test Solutions

      Award sponsored by UKSE

    • Excellence in Customer Service Award

      Jigsaw Travel

      Award sponsored by Visit Lanarkshire

    • Lanarkshire’s Best New Business

      MDH Recruitment

      Award sponsored by Business Gateway Lanarkshire

    • Lanarkshire’s Innovation in Business Award

      The Power Within Training

      Award sponsored by Commsworld

    • Lanarkshire Community Impact Award

      MorphFit Gentle Movement Project

      Award sponsored by Morgan Sindall & Lovell Homes

    • Lanarkshire’s Green Business Award

      Equis Ice Cream
    • Lanarkshire’s Food & Drink Award

      Lazy Day Foods

      Award sponsored by DYW Lanarkshire

    • Lanarkshire’s Apprentice of the Year Award

      MGB Services

      Award sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working and South Lanarkshire Works.

    The 2023 Award Finalists

    2023 Awards Dinner

    The 2023 Lanarkshire Business Awards Dinner took place on Friday 1st September at Motherwell Concert Hall.

    Winners of each category were announced at the prestigious black tie event, which attracted over 430 guests.

    This year’s event was hosted by Fred MacAulay and over £4,700 was raised for Kilbryde Hospice.

    Motherwell concert hall with dining tables set out for the awards dinner.

    2023 Award Sponsors

    Principal Sponsor: Albert Bartlett

    Albert Bartlett logoAlbert Bartlett is a progressive family brand, established in 1948 and dedicated to providing tasty, wholesome food for proper meals, developing its range to fit with today’s meal providers. The brand turns 75 years old this year and are proud to have been a key part of the community during their full history.

    The family-owned company is proudly headquartered in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire and is fiercely committed to providing a branded range of the best potatoes grown in the most responsible way. Albert Bartlett potatoes are grown across the UK from the far north of Scotland through the country to Cornwall and across to Northern Ireland and the Island of Jersey. The company has further UK sites at Boston in Lincolnshire, Worstead in Norfolk and on the island of Jersey.

    In addition to its fresh potatoes, Albert Bartlett has a range of frozen products, which includes Homestyle Chips, Chunky Chip and Fries. In 2018 the company opened a new chilled plant at Airdrie. The manufacturing facility is now producing Albert Bartlett branded products, including chilled chips, croquettes, mash, crispy slices and Parmentier Potatoes, as well as retailer own label products.

    Albert Bartlett has invested substantially in its infrastructure and in creating a brand, which has become a household name; ensuring growth and job creation in a shrinking food category and consolidating production sector. For more information about our potatoes, recipes, farmers and our ambassadors Michel Roux Jr, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie and Reece Clarke, please visit

    Excellence in Customer Service Award Sponsored by Visit Lanarkshire

    Sponsored by Visit Lanarkshire

    Visit Lanarkshire LogoVisitLanarkshire is jointly run by North and South Lanarkshire Councils with our primary mission being to promote tourism and support businesses operating within the sector across Lanarkshire. With a wealth of knowledge and resources, we strive to showcase the best the Lanarkshire has to offer to visitors from around the world.

     Our VisitLanarkshire website serves as a comprehensive resource for tourists, offering detailed information on the region’s attractions, events, activities, cultural landmarks, historical sites, and more, whilst supporting and promoting the regions tourism businesses.

     We actively engage in marketing and promotional campaigns to raise awareness of Lanarkshire as a tourist destination through various channels such as print, radio ads, social media campaigns and attending trade shows to increase the awareness of what Lanarkshire has to offer.

    Moreover, VisitLanarkshire actively supports and collaborates with local tourism businesses, providing them with guidance, networking opportunities, general business support and awareness raising as we strive to foster a thriving tourism industry in Lanarkshire, supporting sustainable growth and driving economic development in the area.

    Lanarkshire’s Best New Business Sponsored by Business Gateway Lanarkshire

    Business Gateway Lanarkshire logoBusiness Gateway Lanarkshire offers a range of free and impartial support and advice to individuals who are looking to set up in business, newly formed businesses and existing businesses who are looking to develop.

    Support available:

    • 1:1 advice and support
    • Access to a range of business experts (Expert Help)
    • Funding programmes
    • Local bespoke webinars
    • Local networking and business skills workshops
    • Meet The Adviser sessions
    • Signposting to a wider support network
    • Digital up-skilling

    Support to start a business and early-stage businesses
    If you are thinking about starting a new business or becoming self-employed then Business Gateway Lanarkshire can help. The team of local advisers are there to guide you through the process and essentials of starting your business, from understanding the marketplace through to the correct legal structure, marketing, fundraising, business planning, recruiting staff and sourcing property.

    Have you recently started a business and are looking to ensure you are making the right moves? Business Gateway Lanarkshire can help by reviewing your business to ensure that you have the correct legal structure in place and to ensure that you have the best chance of success. Support and advice include HR set up, HMRC requirements, marketing, planning, profitability, and much more.

    Support to develop an existing business
    The team at Business Gateway Lanarkshire can support existing businesses to develop and implement their growth strategy. Together, you and your assigned business adviser will review your business and tailor a strategic action plan to reach your business goals. Perhaps you are looking to develop new products or enter new markets- Business Gateway Lanarkshire has the experience, resource, and access to a wider support network to support you in growing your business.

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    Office Locations
    North Lanarkshire
    1st Floor, Carnbroe House, 1 Finch Way, Strathclyde Business Park, Bellshill ML4 3PE

    South Lanarkshire
    Prism House, Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, 2, East Kilbride, G75 0QF

    Lanarkshire Innovation Award Sponsored by Commsworld

    Lanarkshire Community Impact Award Sponsored by Morgan Sindall & Lovell Homes

    Morgan Sindall

    Morgan Sindall is a UK construction and infrastructure business with a network of local offices. The company works for private and public sector customers on projects and frameworks from £50,000 to over £1 billion. Activities range from small works and repair and maintenance, to the design and delivery of complex construction and engineering projects where it is able to provide specialist design, tunnelling, utilities, building, civil engineering and mechanical and electrical services. The company operates across the commercial, defence, education, energy, healthcare, industrial, leisure, retail, transport and water markets. Morgan Sindall is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of c£3.0 billion and which operates through six divisions of Construction & Infrastructure, Fit Out, Property Services, Partnership Housing, Urban Regeneration and Investments.

    With a Scottish Head Office in Eurocentral, Morgan Sindall has a long-standing commitment to the Lanarkshire economy.  We have delivered over £556m of projects in the area across the education, health and retail sectors.  In this time we have developed excellent relationships with a number of Lanarkshire based businesses who have contributed to our success and look forward to continuing to support the local economy through the projects that we deliver.

    Lanarkshire Green Business Award SPONSORED BY Procast Building Contracts

    Procast Building Contracts

    Lanarkshire Food & Drink Award Sponsored by DYW Lanarkshire

    Developing the young workforce logo.Developing Young Workforce Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire

    Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education to better prepare children and young people for the world of work. The headline aim of the programme is to encourage and support more employers to engage directly with schools and colleges to recruit more young people and promote diversity in their workforce.

    The DYW Regional Group for Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire (DYW LED) was established in October 2017 to ensure that young people across the region have work relevant experience and opportunities while still at school. DYW collaborates with schools, to bring industry into the classroom, and give young people first-hand experience of the world of work.

    DYW works in partnership with employers, encouraging them to play an active role in shaping Scotland’s education system. Employers can then help create and educate the talent pool they need, benefiting from the fresh perspective that young employees bring to the workplace.

    Our aim is to create a culture of real partnership working between employers and education, facilitating employers to view themselves as co-investors/co-designers of the school curriculum to deliver the qualifications and skills industry requires.


    Lanarkshire’s Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working and South Lanarkshire Works

    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.

    South Lanarkshire Works is the employability skills pipeline managed by South Lanarkshire Council’s, Finance and Corporate Resources Employability Team.

    South Lanarkshire Work’s activity has proved to be a catalyst of new service development for unemployed people, making it easier for local businesses to connect with recruitment and support.

    We have a dedicated team who will provide a one-to-one service to job seekers and employees. We offer services such as training, confidence building, childcare support, and a dedicated money matters advice service.

    Lanarkshire’s Best Business Award (0-10 employees) Sponsored by Red Tree Business Suites @ Clyde Gateway

    Red Tree Business Suites, brought to you by Clyde Gateway, provides beautifully designed, contemporary workspaces where people and businesses, from start-ups to established companies, can come together, flourish and grow. Red Tree offers a range of highly flexible, cost-effective options including dedicated suites, premium desk rental and meeting & events space.

    Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s largest and most ambitious regeneration programme which exists to drive inward investment and improvement for the people and communities across the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. They are working to bring real economic and social transformation to the area by tackling inequalities, creating jobs and opportunities, and ultimately improving the lives of those who live in the area.

    Designated as Scotland’s first Green Regeneration Innovation District, Clyde Gateway is working to decarbonise travel and energy for homes and businesses and address the priorities of local people. It provides a model for place-based green regeneration, where people can live and work in a low carbon and resilient community.

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    Lanarkshire’s Best Business (11-50 employees) sponsored by Volvo

    Volvo Constructions Equipment Haulers Ltd / Rokbak

    Based in Motherwell with almost 400 employees, Volvo Construction Equipment Haulers Ltd (VCEH) is a global manufacturer of articulated and rigid dump trucks which are exported across the world. Previously owned by Terex Corporation, the company was acquired by Volvo Group in 2014 to grow its business in the mining sector. The site has gone from strength to strength since change of ownership with major investment in the factory and products, including the launch of Generation 10 articulated trucks in 2016 and the launch of the first Volvo-branded rigid trucks in 2018 and a recent rebrand of the articulated trucks from Terex Trucks to Rokbak in 2021, the first brand launched as part of the Volvo Group.

    VCEH’s history can be traced to 1934 where it played a part in creating the first off-road truck. Since then, it has continued to be a pioneer in the industry. This particular site sees initial ideas hatched in the engineering and design department and transformed into off-road trucks that range in size from 30-95 tonne payloads. Trucks begin as sheet metal and are welded, fabricated, built and painted on site. The majority of research, product development and customer support is coordinated from Motherwell, allowing quick reaction to customer and market needs. In fact, there are few large-scale manufacturers like it remaining in Scotland.

    Once the trucks leave the factory, they prove their mettle in some of the most extreme temperatures and gruelling conditions in mining, quarrying and construction sites globally.

    Lanarkshire’s Best Business Award (51 employees or more) Sponsored by UKSE

    UKSE logoOur focus, at UKSE, is on helping businesses in Lanarkshire and other steel areas across the UK, with investments, loans and premises. We’ve been doing that since 1975.

    We’ve invested over £27m in Scottish businesses and these investments have helped 1,500 firms create over 17,500 jobs.

    At our Grovewood Business Centre in Lanarkshire, we offer flexible workspace on easy-in, easy-out terms.

    Our support helps businesses take on people and boost local economies. Whenever we see companies grow and people prosper, it reminds us that it’s all been worth it.

    And we’ve given over £10m to community projects across the UK. We care about steel areas, so we help others who care for them too. We’re proud of what we achieve together.

    Scott Webb, Area Manager of UKSE said: “Our dedication to helping businesses succeed is showcased in our ongoing support of these awards. The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards gives local businesses an opportunity to be recognised and celebrated and this fits perfectly with our aims. UKSE is delighted to sponsor the award for Best Business (51 employees or more).

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