Last night (8 Feb) The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce hosted the Business Awards, a glittering event that paid homage to the innovators, entrepreneurs and thought leaders that are the driving force behind Edinburgh’s financial and social economy.
It was wonderful to see such strong representation from Edinburgh’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, and a huge boon to the sector to see winners amongst them.
Congratulations firstly to Celine Sinclair of The Yard, who was named Director of the Year. For the last 12 years, Celine has taken The Yard from strength to strength with her unique brand of dynamism, creativity and passion. The adventure play organisation has been running for over thirty years and offers services for disabled children, young people and their families. The Yard is looking to replicate its successful business model across Scotland with sites now in Dundee and Fife.
Projekt42, a not-for-profit gym and wellness centre based in Leith won the award for Best New Start-Up. The concept from Sara Hawkins highlights the importance of the relationship between physical and mental wellbeing, as well as the role of community in creating inclusive and caring environments. Projekt42 is a great example of the power of rethinking approaches to healthcare and we wish them the very best of success for the future.
Congratulations to Jonny Kinross and The Grassmarket Community Project for taking home the Best Performing Business (11-50 employees). The project has also been running for over thirty years and holds social enterprise as essential to the sustainability of the organisation. The project works holistically to improve social integration, community and individual wellbeing, build confidence and enhance life skills.
Finally, a big well done to Willy Barr and Citadel Youth Centre for winning in the Inspiring Partnership category. The partnership with Tom Kitchin’s Michelin starred restaurant ‘The Kitchin’ has helped boost the skills and confidence of young people through training, masterclasses and the opportunity to cook for the public as part of the Kitchin team.
The winners of these awards prove the value of thinking holistically, sustainably, and collaboratively, and it is heartening to see the hard work and dedication of people in our sector recognised and honoured. We’re very excited to see what comes next!