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Business elite at charity gala

/ Posted By Dino Squillino

Article from The Herald: Michelle Mone and Sir Tom Hunter at the Scottish Business Awards.
Picture: Julie Howden

The charitable Scottish Business Awards attracted a roll-call of top entrepreneurs last night as Sir Tom Hunter, Sir Ian Wood, Sir Tom Farmer, Sir Arnold Clark, Jim McColl and Michelle Mone heard Sir Bob Geldof call for a new commitment to "social business".

At a ceremony hosted by Angus Deayton, 85 companies paid £2000 each to take a table, with 100% of the profits going to charity CLIC Sargent and social enterprises Wild Hearts and Glencraft.

An auction had prizes including a chance to "spend the day with Bill Clinton in New York" and "a round of golf with Paul Lawrie".
The award winners were Barrhead Travel (employer of the year), Greene King (marketing strategy), Linn Products (new product), Argent Energy (green business), Ian Suttie (entrepreneur of the year), Vets Now (social entrepreneur), Vascutek (business innovation), We Are Everyone (new business), James Watt of Brew Dog (young entrepreneur), City Building (corporate social responsibility), Insights Learning & Development (customer focus) and TAQA (growth strategy).
Organiser Josh Littlejohn of Capital Events said the event had "challenged the business community to use their skills in enterprise to create social businesses that tackle pressing problems in Scotland and overseas"


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