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Fast-growing Tarbert-based company Essence of Harris – which includes outlets in Inverness and Aberdeen – has come home with another major business award. 

The company won the won the ‘Outstanding Performing Small Business’ award at the 2019 Highland Business Awards, part of the seventh Highland Business Week

The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals throughout the region. 

Inverness Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most ambitious independent business organisation based in the Highlands & Islands. It actively campaigns for investment in digital and transport infrastructure, to ensure that the specific needs of our region’s business community are met.

The Chamber actively collaborates with key partners across the Highlands & Islands including a wide range of public sector partners and other Chambers of Commerce. 

Highland Business Awards took place at the Drumossie Hotel, Old Perth Road, Inverness, yesterday (Friday 27th September)

Beth Shannon, the Marketing and Communications Manager for Essence of Harris, said last night: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the award for ‘Outstanding Performing Small Business’ back to Harris today – we are over the moon!

“I felt very proud to accept it on behalf of the team in Harris, Inverness and Aberdeen. A lovely surprise for all of us.

“A big thank you to Inverness Chamber of Commerce for a lovely event - we are heading home with smiles on our faces. #HighlandBizWeek 

Business founder Jamie McGowan is in China at present on a business marketing trip to the city of Shenzhen and other areas of the country.  Jamie had earlier been in New Delhi in Inida.  He told "I am in China at moment but this just happened in Inverness, I am so proud of the team."

Another winner at the ceremony was multi-award-winner Gaelforce Group – founded in the 1980s in Stornoway by Stuart Graham and now a worldwide company based in Inverness.  They took the prize as Best Newcomer to Exporting.