GBEA - Highland Fayre Take Home The Special Merit Award

by David 23. November 2013 16:02

So it was the big night for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) Ceremony last Tuesday and what a fantastic event it was. With a smooth journey down to London, 30 minutes to spare for my wife Pia to get in some retail therapy, and even a cheeky wee room upgrade in our hotel, the omens certainly looked in Highland Fayre’s favour (maybe not so much when the credit card bill comes in from Pia’s shopping trip). 

(Sir Steve Redgrave and I after receiving the Special Merit Award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards)

For its first year, the awards were a splendid affair with no expense spared. Held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, the atmosphere was so vibrant and it was an honour to be rubbing shoulders with some high profile entrepreneurs (i.e. James Caan was also up for two awards on the night).

I think one of the biggest highlights for me had to be the speech from Sir Steve Redgrave as he drew on the parallels between the traits of being an entrepreneur and that of a sportsman.  Such things as there being “no substitute for hard work”, “when you don’t succeed try again” and “drawing strength from others when working as part of a team” really hit home as I reflected on the trials and tribulations I have experienced as an entrepreneur.

(Pia and I at The Great British Entrepreneur Awards)

Facing some stiff competition, and despite not winning our category, I was delighted to have been singled out for the Special Merit Award

Simon Burton (Founder, The Great British Entrepreneur Awards) explained to me the essence of this award later on in the night: 

“The Special Merit Awards are given by the judges to the entrepreneurs who made them smile, applaud, gasp and cheer. These are the entrepreneurs with a great story to tell. They are the entrepreneurs who in some way capture the essence of what it means to be an entrepreneur.” 

(Fellow Award Winners)

(A view from the balcony at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London)

This award has certainly increased our determination to grow the business at home and abroad, and I envision big things for Highland Fayre when it comes to expanding into markets overseas in the future.

Highland Fayre Reach the Finals of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

by Stewart 1. November 2013 14:54

Last week Highland Fayre received some fantastic news that we had been selected as a finalist, in the Export Entrepreneur of the Year category, at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. It was a proud day in the office to be recognised for the hard work we have been doing to expand our hampers into international markets. 

(Highland Fayre were announced as finalists in the Export Entrepreneur of the Year Category, at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards)

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the contribution entrepreneurs have had on the UK economy, as well as their extraordinary achievements. Simon Burton, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards said: 

“Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the economy. They question the received wisdom, drive change and create opportunities,

"Entrepreneurs rescue failing industries and invent entirely new ones. They create jobs and solve problems. Entrepreneurs make something of nothing.” 

(David with some of the finalists at the Shortlist Announcement event on 22nd October 2013. Pictured left to right: Piers Mummery, BrightMove Media, Sam Middleton, The Chapar, David England, Highland Fayre)

Ecstatic about the news, our Managing Director David England had this to say:

“It is an absolute honour to reach the finals of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Expanding the Highland Fayre brand overseas is something we have been working very hard on, and it is great to see the staff and the company receiving the recognition they deserve. It is a new area of business for us which we intend to expand upon in the coming years.”

(David enjoying the festivities of the GBEA Shortlist Announcement event)

Those shortlisted for an award were revealed on Tuesday 22nd October, during the Shortlist Announcement Event, at the RBS Headquarters in London. A great night was had by all, as some of the best business minds in the country came together to network with fellow finalists and speak about their own companies.

(Stage set for the Shortlist Announcement Event)

Like the other finalists, we are all waiting in anticipation for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards on Tuesday 19th November, at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London, where the winners for each category will be announced.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted for an award and we can’t wait to meet you all at the ceremony night next month.