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Highland companies shortlisted for the Scottish Export Awards

23 March 2016

Four companies from the region have been shortlisted for the HSBC Scottish Exports Awards 2016 which takes place on Wednesday 23 March at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

The awards, now in its third year, recognise Scotland’s top exporting companies and serves as an important platform for internationally operating businesses to promote their brand, generate publicity and attract potential investors.

The Highlands’ representation on the shortlist has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) who has worked with all four companies.

Martin Johnson, head of international trade and investment at HIE, said: “We are delighted to see so many high quality finalists from our region. This reflects the growth of our export industry and highlights the strength of the Highlands and Islands as a successful and competitive region.

“We are pleased to have worked with and provided support to all of/most of our finalists for entering new markets and helping to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to grow their companies overseas. We wish every one of the four Highland based exporting finalists the very best in the awards.”

Nairn based Wooha Brewing Company has been shortlisted for the Emerging Start-up of the Year category in the awards. The company was set up by Heather Mcdonald in 2014 before going on to open its first premises in January 2015.

Windswept Brewery based in Lossiemouth which started by Nigel Tiddy and Al Read in 2012 produces modern and contemporary ales. It has also been nominated in the Emerging Start-up Exporter of the Year category.

“Scottish Salmon farming company, Loch Duart, based in North-West Sutherland and the Hebrides, supplies premium fresh salmon primarily to the food service industry. It has been nominated in two categories – Large Exporter of the Year and Export Team of the Year.”

IA Seminars provides training courses online and all over the world, employing eight staff situated in Lochaber, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. The company is currently developing an e-learning suite of courses which can be delivered remotely and enables customers to learn at their own pace. The company been chosen as one of the finalists for the Ecommerce of the Year category as well as the Export Team of the Year.

Winners will be announced on the night.

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