Golden egg2Scotland is a hive of successful, ambitious businesses. After all, it’s a country that has produced a number of great entrepreneurial minds, as well as innovative companies. Could you, or someone you know, be the next one to join them?  We’re looking for the next big name in Scottish business to be Entrepreneur of the Year.

Entrepreneurial spirit has never been about doing what’s easy. It’s about having a vision and doing whatever it takes to bring that vision to life.

That’s often a tall order, and there are plenty of entrepreneurs who bear battle scars won during ill-fated ventures on the road to eventual success. The last few years haven’t provided much in the way of respite. Yet Scotland’s entrepreneurs continue to defy the odds, finding opportunities in the most difficult of times, and going on to build strong, successful businesses

For the first time in a while, we can confidently say that the economy is on the mend.  We owe that recovery in large part to our entrepreneurs, who are continuing to grow their businesses, develop innovative products and services, and create new jobs.

To recognise their contribution, Deloitte, in association with The Entrepreneurial Exchange and media partner The Herald, is celebrating entrepreneurial Scotland in its search for the very best talent. The winners will be recognised at the annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in November.

With just two titles - Entrepreneur of the Year and Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year - the prizes are always keenly contested and recognise the most innovative and growth-orientated entrepreneurs.

Among the winners since the first ceremony in 1995 are Sir Tom Hunter, Ann Budge, David Milne, Simon Howie, Martin Lightbody, Colin Robertson and Bob Keiller.

Last year, Petroleum Experts founder Hamid Guedroudj walked away with the coveted title of Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr Guedroudj founded the Edinburgh-based company in 1990 and developed it from a start-up into a business with an international client base. His business provides oil producers with systems which allow them to manage processes at every stage of the production cycle.

Meanwhile, the current holder of the emerging entrepreneur title is Nigel Chadwick, founding director of machine-to-machine communications specialist Stream Communications.

Could you be next? If you’ve established a high-growth business or you know someone who has, then we want to hear from you. Whether you’re nominating yourself or someone else, tell us about a business that has a bright future and the personality that is driving it forward.

To enter, please either fill out the online nomination form or, if you prefer, download the pdf version of this year's entry form.

Deadline for nominations is 12 noon on Friday 22 August 2014.

If you require additional forms or information please contact Kylie Forrest on 01698 459966 or email

This year promises to be another successful instalment of the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Make sure to get your nominations in soon and book your table for the evening. We look forward to welcoming you all at the event.

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Mike McGregor
Partner, Private Markets


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