All the finalists of the Angus Ambassador Awards 2011 have now been selected with the winners to be announced at the gala award ceremony on November 25.
The judging panel had the extremely difficult task of whittling down all the applications received, and spent many hours deciding on who should get through to the final.
“The quality and variety of nominations this year were as impressive as ever and demonstrated the outstanding achievements and ambitions of the individuals, groups and businesses in Angus,” said Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, chair of the Angus Ahead Champions Group.
The Provost congratulated the finalists and said: “Every year we are greatly encouraged by the talent and entrepreneurship of the people and businesses in Angus. They all have in common their pride in our county, and the Angus Ambassador Awards is the ideal way to recognise this.”
Andrea Brymer, of STV’s North Tonight, will be Master of Ceremonies at the awards ceremony at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel when she will announce the six category winners and the 2011 Ambassador of the Year sponsored by Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort.
The following finalists have been selected:
Business – Entrepreneurial Angus Award, sponsored by Enterprise North East Trust - Intervention Rentals, Lunan Bay – from start up in 2006, Intervention Rentals is now fully established as a flow measurement rental company in the well intervention/integrity sector of the oil industry, using innovative processes to meet market needs. Turnover has quadrupled in four years and the company now employs 19 people in Angus, and are expanding into the Middle East, with a base in Qatar.
Building Workshop, Kirriemuir – husband and wife team Ben and Rosemary Scrimgeour set up the Building Workshop in 2009 in the Angus Glens and now undertake projects across the UK. Ben is the first person ever to sit his professional exams while running his own company, which offers a fresh and modern approach to architecture and design services.
Gemini Corrosion Services, Montrose – Gemini Corrosion Services, founded by Ian Guthrie, provides high quality, cost effective solutions for surface preparation and protective coating applications to a wide range of companies. Ian identified this as a gap in the market and formed the company while working on oil rigs and noticed that scaffold fittings, once rusted, were simply thrown away.
Community – Pride of Angus Award, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline - Norrie Stein, Arbroath – Norrie was a member of the steering group that formed Arbroath’s CAFÉ (Community Alcohol Free Environment) Project in 1996. Since then he has worked tirelessly to support and fund the project, which provides activities, help and advice for young people, despite his heavy commitments as a local Sheriff.
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre – Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is expanding and improving thanks to its hard-working volunteers who are renovating old buildings and assisting with the running of the centre. The Centre is committed to education, with a new library and resource centre nearing completion, and an increase in school visits.
Arbroath High School – Co-ordinated by staff, volunteers and senior pupils, Arbroath High School offers an extensive extra-curricular sports programme for its pupils, and has established links with community clubs so that pupils can also participate in sport in evenings and weekends, including participation and success at a national level.
Cultural – Creative Angus Award - Angus Open Studios – Angus Open Studios was set up in January 2011 to provide the opportunity for artists and craft workers to open their studios to the public in May. Some 53 individuals took part, and some of the 34 venues had over 400 visitors during this very successful event, with a quarter of the total visitors coming from outside Angus.
The Abbey Theatre, Arbroath – The Abbey Theatre is a small independently run venue in Arbroath which produces six plays a year. The theatre is committed to involving as many parts of the community as possible, for example through its children’s group and exhibitions of local artwork. It is run by a loyal band of volunteers who undertake all the theatre’s needs from writing pantomimes to cleaning.
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre – Over the past year the Heritage Centre has achieved accredited museum status from Museums and Galleries Scotland and has attracted a record number of visitors. The centre is committed to preserving the unique aviation heritage of Montrose through its extensive collection of artefacts, photographs and memorabilia.
International – GoAhead Angus Award, sponsored by Entertrag Ltd - Intervention Rentals, Lunan Bay – From its headquarters in Angus, Intervention Rentals has become a global market leader in flow measurement process for the oil sector. It opened a base in Qatar to better service the Middle East oil companies and has recently had enquiries from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Azerbaijan. It has also provided equipment to Holland, Denmark, Tanzania and Gabon.
Tourism – Welcome Angus Award, sponsored by Forbes of Kingennie - Arbroath Seafest – Arbroath Seafest has been running this successful two day event since 1997 to showcase the marine heritage of the area and offer a family day out to visitors. Attendance has increased significantly from 10,000 in its first year to an impressive 28,000 in 2011.
Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club – Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club hold their flagship Extravaganza event every year in the glorious setting of Glamis Castle. The event attracts up to 12,000 visitors from across the country and beyond every year. The club has recently launched a specialised auction of memorabilia which attracts bidders from all over the world and has raised over £250,000.
Year of the Light, Arbroath – To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, the Arbroath and Area Partnership’s Year of the Light Steering Committee enthusiastically grasped the renewed interest in the lighthouse and its builder Robert Stevenson, embarking on an ambitious programme of events and initiatives that attracted interest and press attention from across the world.
Youth – Aspiring Youth Award, sponsored by Angus College - Ailsa Russell, Carnoustie – Ailsa is currently a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was recently awarded the Harry Mortimer Memorial Trust Brass Student of the Year. A talented tenor horn player from Carnoustie, Ailsa has played both individually and with a band at international level, and has participated in running workshops for young people.
Ailsa Summers, Carnoustie – Ailsa is a junior member of Carnoustie Ladies Golf Club. In the past year she has won tournaments locally, at County level and has represented the County and Scotland at national and international level. She is proud of her roots and keen to promote Angus when she appears on the international arena.
Kirsty Soutar, Arbroath – in her time as a student at Angus College, Kirsty flourished both academically and personally, despite her challenges with dyslexia, and being a shy person. She became a member of the Student Representative Council, volunteering as the Health and Wellbeing Officer, educating the students on healthy living, safe drinking, sexual health and the dangers of drug taking.