Award winning Duns biomass firm

Technology & Innovation Award: Donna Waddell & John Seed of Topling Ltd receiving their award from Raymond Kerr of QubeGB
Technology & Innovation Award: Donna Waddell & John Seed of Topling Ltd receiving their award from Raymond Kerr of QubeGB

Duns based biomass firm Topling Ltd collected a brace of awards at the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards on Friday.

The biomass boiler company was awarded the technology/innovation award and a second one for best environmental business.

Councillor Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development, praised the quality of entries and said that the shortlisted firms highlighted the strengths of the Borders economy.

Mr Bell said: “All finalists across the seven award categories were worthy candidates. Our winners therefore overcame strong competition.

“Overall, these awards have given us a valuable insight into the vitality of the business community within the Borders. I think we can be very optimistic about our business base as the economy continues to recover.”

The awards were handed out at a business lunch at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, with the lunch showcasing local produce.

Following the lunch the audience watched a brief video about each of the 20 finalists.

These were filmed by Adam Johnson of Scottish Borders Living, and all of the videos will be available to view at Melrose Living, the first of the Scottish Borders Living town sites – www.melroseliving.co.uk

Category winners were: Rural Business of the year - Real Wood Studios Ltd, Ancrum; Technology/Innovation business of the year - Topling Ltd, Duns; Marketing campaign of the year - Scott and Charters Ltd, Hawick; Tourism business of the year - Bowhill House and Country Estate, Selkirk; Environmental business of the year - Topling Ltd, Duns; Employer of the year - Stark Main and Co. Ltd