The team at The Malting House are delighted to be selected as finalists in the Courier Business Awards 2021.
Members of the judging panel were staggered by the quality of submissions when they met to decide the shortlist.
With almost 170 entries, a record number, their task was tougher than ever before.
It took hours of deliberation to discuss the merits of truly outstanding companies and entrepreneurs across 14 categories.
The awards, held in association with long-term partners Henderson Loggie, will take place for the eighth time in October.
Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, has been one of the award judges since 2017.
Chairing the panel this year, she described the quality of applications from companies, large and small, as “outstanding”.
The Courier Business Awards judging panel deliberates.“It was apparent just how successful some of these businesses have been to survive in these trying times for anyone running a business,” she said.
“It’s a credit to the business leaders and employees how they have been able to adapt, and in some cases grow, during the pandemic.
“Anyone who is on the shortlist fully deserves their place there.”
Other members of the judging panel were David Smith, managing partner at Henderson Loggie; Alan Lees, chairman of BT Scotland; Graham Huband, managing editor at DC Thomson Media; and Angela Vickers, chief executive of Apex Hotels.
Mr Smith said: “There was a very healthy debate among the judges to reach our shortlist, with a lot of tough decisions to be made.
“I was pleased to see so many positive stories of achievement in every category.
“This year I feel it’s so special to highlight and celebrate and highlight the achievement of companies in Tayside and Fife. There are definitely signs of green shoots in the local economy which I was delighted to see.”
Mr Huband expressed his thanks to every business who entered the awards this year.
“Everyone has been impacted by Covid in different ways and reading through the entries was truly inspiring,” he said.
“We are looking forward to celebrating the success achieved by our shortlisted companies in October.”
As part of the rigorous judging process all shortlisted companies will be visited by representatives from The Courier and Henderson Loggie before a final decision of winners is made.
Category winners will be announced at a black-tie event at the Apex City Quay Hotel in Dundee on October 30.