Three companies from the Northeast win awards at the awards ceremony

Three North East based companies have received top honors in the Federation of Small Business (FSB) Celebrating Small Business Scottish Awards.

Amity Fish Company of Peterhead along with Appetite for Business and the Riverside Chiropractic Group of Aberdeen have been successful.

Participation is free and open to everyone. Organized by the UK’s leading business campaigning group, the awards aim to recognize the contributions of small businesses and the self-employed across the country.

The winners of the FSB’s Celebrating Small Business Scottish Awards.

The three winners from the North East will join the winners in the other categories for a chance to be crowned UK Small Business of the Year and secure a spot at the prestigious UK finals, taking place in Glasgow in May.

Heading back north after successfully winning the Digital/E-Commerce Business of the Year award, Amity Fish Company, like so many other small businesses, had to change their sales model at the start of the pandemic.

Before Covid, the business primarily supplied to restaurants, but when those sales dried up, Amity was not only able to survive, but thrived by turning to e-commerce and selling direct to customers.

Managing Director Jimmy Buchan said: “An award like this isn’t about me, it’s about a team. The success of this award was this team’s ability to change the direction of the business overnight.

“Putting their energy and effort into something they weren’t comfortable with. But it just goes to show that great things can be achieved if you work hard and focus.

“To say I just landed the catch of my life is an understatement.”

Aberdeen’s Appetite for Business also went home as winners, but with the High Growth Business of the Year award.

Sheryl Newman, Managing Director, has led the company from success to success since its inception in 2016. However, the jury was blown away by the significant growth despite the difficulties of the past two years and the recognition of the need for digital transformation that so many companies are facing.

Sheryl and her team have successfully developed digital solutions that enable clients to stay connected, save money and increase productivity during a time of great change.

Presenting the award, Sheryl Newman said: “I am proud, overwhelmed and speechless to win such a prestigious award. I can’t tell you how much it means.

“With such great finalists in our category, I didn’t think we could win. Thank you very much. I’m so pleased.”

Completing the hat-trick of the North East winners is the Riverside Chiropractic Group in Aberdeen. Established more than 40 years ago, the practice has fulfilled its mission of providing multidisciplinary care to the local community since day one.

By embedding their ethos in the community, Riverside Chiropractic Group ensures they provide the best, most appropriate care to everyone they treat and their staff.

With a strong culture focused on work-life balance, flexibility and a variety of wellbeing policies to reward employees and continuous learning, the group was a deserving winner of the Wellbeing Award of the Year.

Jayne Hepburn, Head of the Clinic, said: “We are very grateful to FSB for the award.

“We are honored to be part of the prestigious Scottish Awards category, which recognizes small businesses in Scotland.

“We have been recognized for going the extra mile for our community and people, and people can and do do so sustainably for the health and well-being of the nation.

“Our team is one of the best in the UK and we work very hard to provide quality healthcare services to the people of Scotland.

“Our multi-award winning team has been successfully helping treat the aches and pains of our community for 45 years, helping approximately 40,000 people and their families feel and move at their best.

“Our community outreach programs provide quality healthcare to even the least affluent members of our community in North East Scotland.

“We are so privileged that entire families trust us to help them overcome their pain and get well again. We will always serve our community and find ways to provide affordable private medical services for everyone in the future.”

Denis Pinto, Head of North East Area at FSB said: “These three winners exemplify the thousands of small businesses that are driving not only the economy in the North East but Scotland as well.

“We have companies that found opportunities in the difficulties of the Covid crisis and adapted to great success.

“Others are using digital technologies to increase productivity, find new customers and a great example of a company that not only acts responsibly through their actions to support their local community, but also ensures that the well-being of their employees is paramount of the company. ”

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