A Lanarkshire roofer who helped vulnerable customers during lockdown and set up an academy to train new roofing talent, has won two Federation of Small Business (FSB) awards in Scotland at the Celebrating Small Business Awards.
DMG Services Group, located in Bellshill, won the Start-Up Business of the Year award – sponsored by Business Gateway – and the Community Award – sponsored by Skills Development Scotland – at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
The company repaired a roof free of charge for a family victimized by a rogue trader and offered free repairs to all pensioners in their local village facing problems during the pandemic. Additionally, the academy has enabled several local unemployed workers to begin covert apprenticeships since it opened in December 2021.
Darren McGhee, Managing Director of DMG Services Group, said: “The past two years have been very difficult for my business, but we have risen to the challenge and found ways to not only do our job differently, but also give back to the community. local community.
“I am a third generation roofer and I care deeply about my craft. These awards are a testament to the hard work of my team. »
Other winners include a Peterhead fish wholesaler who switched to e-commerce during the pandemic; a Caithness distillery which allows customers to refill their ceramic bottles; and a Melrose knitwear company that now sells in 23 countries.
Amity Fish, directed by Jimmy Buchan, star of the BBC TV series Trawlermen, has won the Digital Business of the Year award, sponsored by Tyl by Natwest.
Dunnet Bay Distillers, which produces Rock Rose Gin, won the environmental award.
Eribé Knitwear, which was founded in 1986 and now generates around £1million a year, won the International Business of the Year award.
Andy Aird, Scottish Chairman of the FSB, said: “We have many businesses here that have found opportunity in the difficulties of the Covid crisis.
“Others use digital technologies to increase productivity and find new customers, finally, these winners exemplify responsible business, either through actions to help the environment or through activities to help their local community.”
The small business campaign group received nearly 400 entries for its top-down awards in Scotland. Nominees and entrants were recognized at a special event at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh, sponsored by Sky Connect.
The winners in each category secure a place in the UK final to be held in Glasgow in May, with a chance to be crowned UK Small Business of the Year.
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