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The Federation of Small Businesses Scotland 2020 Community Award was won by Castlebay’s Bùth Bharraigh, and the Highlands and Islands branch would love to see an Island business win an award again this year, the first time the awards have been held since then.

FSB Highlands & Islands has organised a UK-wide webinar that will focus on the importance of participating in Business Awards.

‘How To Be An Award-winning Business - And Why It Matters' will take place on Wednesday the 29th of September at 14:00.

It’s free and open to everyone in business – FSB members and non-members alike.

Full details and registration here:

https://www.fsb.org.uk/event-calendar/fsb-awards-webinar.html

The FSB’s own UK-wide Celebrating Small Business Awards are now open for entries and, "as in previous years, we are hoping for a great turnout from the Highlands & Islands," say the group.

However, the FSB Awards are by no means the only business awards out there, and, given the importance of business awards in general, this webinar will seek to cover four key questions that are relevant to all of them: 

  1. Why should I enter business awards competitions? My time is short, so what's in it for me?
  2. How do I go about entering? What preparation is required?
  3. What will judges look for when they are scoring my entry?
  4. If I win - or I'm a finalist - how do I make the most of my success?

The Federation of Small Businesses’ Highlands & Islands Development Manager, David Richardson, said, “Business awards really do matter, benefitting both businesses and the area’s that produce them, and the Highlands & Islands has a great story to tell when it comes to our own FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards.

"Not only does the Highlands, Islands and Moray produce over 40% of the winners in the Scottish heat, despite having only 15% of Scotland’s businesses, but with only 0.4% of the UK’s business population, the Highlands has twice in succession produced the overall FSB UK Small Business of the Year – Cruise Loch Ness and Woodlands Glencoe.

"We would love to do even better in 2022 and have another winner from the Western Isles – there are so many great businesses out there!

“We’ve got a great panel for the webinar, comprising Laurence Young of Woodlands Glencoe in Ballachulish, winner of the overall FSB UK Small Business of the Year Award and overall UK Product & Innovation Award in 2020; Debi MacKenzie of Cruise Loch Ness in Ft Augustus, winner of the overall FSB UK Small Biz of the Year Award and overall UK Family Business of the Year Award in 2019; and Ann Johnson of Blaze Manufacturing Solutions in Laurencekirk, winner of the FSB Scotland Family Business of the Year Award 2018.

"All also bring a wealth of experience gained from participating in other business awards to the table. You can read more about them and the webinar on our website - https://www.fsb.org.uk/event-calendar/fsb-awards-webinar.html.

"We hope that as many members and non-members as possible from the Western Isles will join us next Wednesday.”