Category Sponsors 2020

We are delighted to announce the sponsors for each of the awards categories below.

Lanarkshire’s Best Business Award (0-10 employees)
Sponsored by – Red Tree Business Suites @ Clyde Gateway

Red Tree Business Suites provide beautifully designed, contemporary workspaces where people and businesses, from start-ups to established companies, can come together, flourish and grow.

We offer a range of highly flexible, cost-effective occupational options including dedicated suites, business club membership and premium desk rental. Our premises provide state of the art fibre connectivity and Immediate access to IT infrastructure meaning you can be up and running in no time at all. We also offer meeting room, event space and business equipment hire.

Red Tree Business suites is brought to you by Clyde Gateway, Scotland’s largest and most ambitious regeneration programme. Clyde Gateway is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise; backed by funding and direct support from the Scottish Government has, over the past decade, developed and attracted a wide range of commercial, office and industrial opportunities.

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Lanarkshire’s Best New Business
Sponsored by – Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd

Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (LESL) founded in 2002, is an industry leader in developing, designing & providing services and solutions that enable and transform businesses.

LESL engages with thousands of new and existing businesses across a variety of business sectors each year providing them with leading edge expertise and commercial office solutions to enable their business to grow and succeed.

We have an established reputation for excellence and there is wide recognition of our innovative approach to supporting flourishing and diverse business sectors, particularly through the delivery of the Business Gateway Lanarkshire since its initial inception and the management of the Scottish Government’s Digital Development Loan. More info can be found on

Lanarkshire’s Best Business Award
Sponsored by – UKSE

Our focus, at UKSE, is on helping businesses in Lanarkshire and other steel areas across the UK, with investments, loans and premises. We’ve been doing that since 1975.

We’ve invested over £25m in Scottish businesses and these investments have helped 1,500 firms create over 17,500 jobs.

At our Grovewood Business Centre in Lanarkshire, we offer flexible workspace on easy-in, easy-out terms.

Our support helps businesses take on people and boost local economies. Whenever we see companies grow and people prosper, it reminds us that it’s all been worth it.

And we’ve given over £10m to community projects across the UK. We care about steel areas, so we help others who care for them too. We’re proud of what we achieve together.

Scott Webb of UKSE said: “Our dedication to helping businesses succeed is showcased in our ongoing support of these awards. The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards gives local businesses an opportunity to be recognised and celebrated and this fits perfectly with our aims. UKSE is delighted to sponsor the award for Best Business (51 employees or more).

Lanarkshire’s Best Family Business Award
Sponsored by – Masonry Solutions

Masonry Solutions Ltd (MSL) are a Lanarkshire based family business who have been providing specialist stonemasonry services, civil engineering expertise and construction skills to the Scottish construction sector for over fifteen years.

With approximately 30 – 40 employees, site and office based staff, MSL prides themselves on their highly skilled, experienced and professional workforce which has a proven track record throughout the industry.

From small new build projects to complex restoration and conservation works to major rail and civil engineering projects, MSL have built a reputation for professionalism, quality, expertise and service. MSL’s main clients include a range of well-established large construction and engineering companies.

MSL provides services in the following business areas:

The company are registered members of CITB, CIRAS, Construction Line and are RISQS accredited. MSL also have accreditation to IS0 9001 Quality Management and ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety.

In 2018, MSL won Lanarkshire’s Best Family Business award at the 25th Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards are honoured to be sponsoring this category this year.

Excellence in Customer Service Award
Sponsored by – Visit Lanarkshire

VisitLanarkshire is the destination brand for the Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership (LATP) which represents the wider tourism, hospitality and leisure industries in Lanarkshire. The Lanarkshire tourism industry has made significant progress in establishing a strong tourism profile, particularly in relation to the day-trip market.

The LATP work with VisitScotland, local tourism businesses, North and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and the education sector. Marketing activity includes: two marketing campaigns per year in March and October, with radio advertising, digital adverts placed to reach our target audiences and outdoor advertising across central Scotland on trains, buses, underground and poster sites in areas of high footfall; an annually updated ‘Great Days Out’ guide and; attendance at VisitScotland expo. All marketing is underpinned and supported by our website and associated social media. Project activity includes sectoral research, providing information for visitors with additional access needs and initiatives to develop the skills and profitability of tourism businesses; partnership working remains at the core of what we do.

Good customer service is key to the success of any tourism business. The LATP developed a free to use training portal which includes information about the tourism offering in the area, for staff to develop knowledge as well as customer service best practice so that they can become ambassadors, because ‘tourism is everyone’s business’.

Lanarkshire’s Best New Product or Service Award
Sponsored by – Business Gateway Lanarkshire

Connect with us for the right business support.

Business Gateway Lanarkshire provides free, practical help and advice to thousands of existing and new-start businesses. We offer a range of professional resources, support and tools to help businesses learn new skills, create business opportunities and develop strategies for growth via a combination of:

  • Providing advice tailored to suit specific business needs by a network of experienced business advisers
  • A programme of free local workshops and events held throughout Lanarkshire.
  • Online support – a comprehensive website with practical information and useful guides
  • Business information – a dedicated team providing information and support on all aspects of starting and growing a business

Business Gateway Lanarkshire has a team of experienced advisers working across the region many of whom have run their own business or held senior positions within the industry. They have the expertise, practical experience and a wide network of contacts to enable Lanarkshire businesses, large and small, to achieve their growth aspirations. More info can be found on 

Lanarkshire’s Best Business (11-50 employees)
Sponsored by – City Facilities Holdings (UK) Ltd

A distinctly different approach to facilities management.

In 1985, husband and wife Willie and Susan Haughey established City Refrigeration Holdings. The pair set out with one goal – to make a positive change in the facilities management industry.

The Haugheys founded their enterprise on the values of collaboration and transparency, replacing client/contractor relationships with long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships. Each partner receives a unique strategy, shaped by the needs of the business and implemented by a bespoke, self-delivered model.

It is this focus that has allowed the City Group to grow from its humble beginnings into one of the world’s most trusted facilities management companies. The business now employs over 12,000 people and has established divisions across Europe, Australia, North America and Asia. It has also diversified the services it offers to include maintenance and engineering, technical procurement and support, cleaning and ancillary services across retail, residential and commercial markets.

Now more than three decades into its story, City remains rooted in the core values established by the now Lord and Lady Haughey and remains passionate about sharing its unparalleled professionalism, quality, customer service and value with partners around the globe.

Lanarkshire Community Impact Award
Sponsored by – Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall is a UK construction and infrastructure business with a network of local offices. The company works for private and public sector customers on projects and frameworks from £50,000 to over £1 billion. Activities range from small works and repair and maintenance, to the design and delivery of complex construction and engineering projects where it is able to provide specialist design, tunnelling, utilities, building, civil engineering and mechanical and electrical services. The company operates across the commercial, defence, education, energy, healthcare, industrial, leisure, retail, transport and water markets. Morgan Sindall is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of c£3.0 billion and which operates through six divisions of Construction & Infrastructure, Fit Out, Property Services, Partnership Housing, Urban Regeneration and Investments.

With a Scottish Head Office in Eurocentral, Morgan Sindall has a long-standing commitment to the Lanarkshire economy.  We have delivered over £556m of projects in the area across the education, health and retail sectors.  In this time we have developed excellent relationships with a number of Lanarkshire based businesses who have contributed to our success and look forward to continuing to support the local economy through the projects that we deliver.

Lanarkshire Employer of the Year Award
Sponsored by – North Lanarkshire’s Working and South Lanarkshire Works 4 U

North Lanarkshire’s Working is an employability and training service for local unemployed residents. We are committed to getting people in North Lanarkshire ready for work and into work. In addition, we provide a number of additional services such as training help, childcare support and debt and money advice.

We are also committed to helping new and existing businesses in North Lanarkshire through a coordinated package of advice, recruitment and financial support.

South Lanarkshire Works 4 U (SLW4U) is the employability skills pipeline managed by South Lanarkshire Council’s, Finance and Corporate Resources Employability Team.

SLW4U activity has proved to be a catalyst for new service development for unemployed people, making it easier for local businesses to connect with recruitment and support.  There are a range of programmes offered to help unemployed back into the world of work.

Our upskilling initiative will support employees within the South Lanarkshire Area to undertake training or other activity that will lead to improved employment circumstances.

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Lanarkshire Apprentice of the Year Award
Sponsored by – CMS Window Systems

At CMS Window Systems environmental, economic and social sustainability has underpinned our success and we are proud holders of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.

We are one of the largest Scottish companies designing, manufacturing and installing PVCu and aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling systems. We produce around 2000 windows and doors each week and 1000s of square metres of curtain walling every year from our main manufacturing base in Cumbernauld and our factory in Kirkcaldy.

We are committed to manufacturing the highest quality, energy efficient products with all waste, including all extracted window and door material, passing through our dedicated recycling facilities.