Getting ready for awards

Andrea Brymer
Andrea Brymer

Do you, your family, your business, or an organisation you’re a member of fly the Flag for Angus? Or does one of your friends, your boss – or someone you’ve read about in the press?

Entries are now open for the Angus Ambassador Awards 2012, the annual award scheme which recognises the stars of Angus – the people, businesses and organisations which highlight the very best of our county.

“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements, ambitions and successes which have happened over the last 12 months throughout Angus,” said the Provost of Angus, Helen Oswald.

The judging panel consists of a specially selected team drawn from local businesses, award partners, elected members of Angus Council and community organisations. Chairing this judging panel, which selects the three finalists in each category and the winners of the Angus Ambassador Awards, is one of the roles of the Provost of Angus.

“I was only appointed Provost in May so this will be my first experience of the Angus Ambassador Awards judging process,” said Provost Helen Oswald. “I am really looking forward to finding out how the nominees are helping to enhance our county’s already excellent reputation and promoting Angus locally, nationally or internationally.“

Once the top-secret judging process is over, the Angus Ambassador Awards are presented at a special award ceremony, which this year will be held at Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday, November 23. All winners receive a stunning trophy and are profiled in the local press, with the winner of the Youth Ambassador category also receiving £300 (both runners-up in this category receive £100). In addition, all finalists are featured on the Angus Ahead website, which receives over 30,000 visitors a month.

At the 2011 award evening, young Carnoustie horn player Ailsa Russell, one of the top brass students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, won the Youth Ambassador category, Norrie Stein was presented with the Community Ambassador Award for his work at the Café Project and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre was named Cultural Ambassador for its commemoration of Montrose Aerodrome’s part in World War I and World War 2 – and the history of aviation.

Intervention Rentals won the International and Business categories while Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club, organisers of the annual Glamis Transport Extravaganza, received the Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award. “We were incredibly proud to be named Angus Ambassador Award winners,” said Stephen Dear, Vice Chair of Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club. “It was definitely something to shout about!”

The overall winner of the Angus Ambassador Awards, the Angus Ambassador of the Year, is chosen by the Angus Champions, a group which represents both the private and public sector and strives to promote Angus in the UK and internationally. This award, which in 2012 is sponsored by Forbes of Kingennie, is presented to the person or organisation that has been an outstanding ambassador for Angus during 2011/12, raising awareness of the county’s strengths and opportunities at home or abroad. 

Last year’s Angus Ambassador of the Year was Paul Grant of Mackays, manufacturer of 14 million jars of preserves and marmalades every year. “It was an honour to be named Angus Ambassador of the Year 2011,” said Paul. “To me, it was a wonderful acknowledgement that Mackays’ commitment to the people, produce and county of Angus is truly appreciated.”

For more information, or to download an entry form, visit

Flying Machines

“It was wonderful to receive such public recognition for our hard work and effort,” said Alan Doe, Chair of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, winners of the Angus Ambassador Award for Culture 2011. “2013 will be the 100th anniversary of Montrose Air Base and winning an Angus Ambassador Award in 2011 was a very good way to start the build up to our centenary celebrations.”

A public stamp of approval

At the 2011 Angus Ambassador Awards evening, Intervention Rentals, which provides flow-meter calibration and oilwell integrity testing and sealing services to the oil industry, was presented with the International Ambassador of the Year Award and the Business Ambassador of the Year Award.

“We were incredibly proud to be presented with two awards,” said David Laing of Intervention Rentals, which is based at Lunan, between Montrose and Arbroath. “Our Angus Ambassador Awards gave everyone at Intervention Rentals a great boost by providing further assurance that we’re on the right track. It was a very public stamp of approval.”

2012 Categories

Business Ambassador – Entrepreneurial Angus Award (sponsored by Enterprise North East Trust): This award recognises innovative, entrepreneurial companies of any size and across any sector which are contributing to the economic growth of Angus.

Community Ambassador – Pride of Angus Award: This award celebrates the people, businesses or organisations that are inspiring, enabling and promoting achievement, confidence and pride in our communities.

Cultural Ambassador – Creative Angus Award: This award recognises people or organisations that are fostering a greater understanding of the county’s distinct history, heritage and its contemporary culture.

International Ambassador – Go Ahead Angus Award: The award rewards people or businesses who are creating global awareness of the county’s strengths, skills and opportunities.

Tourism Ambassador – Welcome Angus Award: This award celebrates excellence in tourism and is open to groups or businesses that are providing an outstanding, unique experience to visitors to our county.

Youth Ambassador – Aspiring Youth Award (sponsored by Angus College): This award recognises the county’s young people (aged 25 years and under at November 23) who, through their achievement and ambition, have the potential to shape the future of Angus.

How To Enter

The Angus Ambassador Awards are open to anyone who lives and/or works in Angus or who is connected with the county in some way.

The nomination form can be downloaded from and, once completed, sent to Hilary Tasker, Angus Ahead Campaign, County Buildings, Market Street, Forfar, DD8 3WD. or emailed to

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday, September 14.