… as Greenock Chamber celebrates resilience, innovation and success of local businesses

Thirty companies have been revealed as finalists in the Greenock Chamber of Commerce’s Bee’s Knees Awards 2015. This is the 12th year of the awards initiative, which continues to throw the spotlight on Inverclyde’s top business talent and raise the profile of the region.

One winner in each of the ten categories will be announced to a business audience at the Bee’s Knees Awards and Gala Dinner in the Marquee at the Chartroom, Kip Marina, on Friday 5 June 2015. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be revealed on the night.

“Our Bee’s Knees awards are all about celebrating the fantastic businesses we have right here in Inverclyde by showcasing their resilience, innovation and success,” said Steven Watson, Greenock Chamber President and CEO of Stepwell. “Along with our sponsor partners at the Gala Dinner next month, we will throw the spotlight on all our finalists – businesses that are driving our economic growth through their local, national and international endeavours. They represent an exciting diversity of companies, which put Inverclyde on the business radar not solely here in the UK but also globally.

“Over the past few weeks, our judges have heard presentations from an inspiring line up of shortlisted candidates, before selecting three finalists in each category. We have also selected our recipient of the Lifetime Achievement accolade, who will be revealed on the night. Our many congratulations go to all the finalists.”

Bee’s Knees Awards 2015 finalists are:

Emerging Young Talent – Sponsored by Inverclyde Council
Richard Robb Architects – Michael McLoone; West Coast Cinemas – Helena Ptolomey; Whyte & Christie – Philip Moir;

Most Promising New Business – Sponsored by Business Gateway
The Albany, Beacon Arts Centre and Trade Right International (Carishea)

Excellence in Customer Focus – Sponsored by Caledonian MacBrayne
Babycakes, Enchanted Forest Early Learning and Inverclyde Globetrotters

Excellence in Marketing & Communications – Sponsored by Oak Mall Shopping Centre
Caledonian MacBrayne, Mearns T McCaskie and Quarriers

Excellence in Skills and Learning – Sponsored by West College Scotland
Enchanted Forest Early Learning, IBM and Seatrek Marine Services

Best Use of New Technology or Innovation – Sponsored by Autotec Scotland Ltd
Ardgowan Hospice, Finlaystone Country Estate and Tweetiepie Media

Best Performing Small Business – Sponsored by University of the West of Scotland
Gryffe Weddings, MacDonald & Co – Wealth Management and Seatrek Marine Services

Best Performing Medium Business – Sponsored by Holt Leisure
Finlaystone Country Estate, Holiday Inn Express and West Coast Cinemas

Best Performing Large Business – Sponsored by Riverside Inverclyde
Caledonian MacBrayne, Enchanted Forest Early Learning and IBM

Inverclyde Goes Global – Sponsored by Texas Instruments (UK) Ltd
IBM, Inverclyde Globetrotters and PG Paper India

Winners will be presented with a glass trophy with all finalists awarded a certificate, as well as receiving a DVD about their business, specially produced for the awards ceremony by media sponsor Gryffe Studios. PR sponsor is Elaine Stewart Public Relations Ltd and Print and Programme sponsor is Love & Humphries.

The Bee’s Knees Awards ceremony and Gala Dinner will be hosted by Phil Harkins, Senior Vice President of Greenock Chamber and MEA Delivery at Concentrix. For those who want to dance the night away, an after show party will round off the evening in the Chartroom, with the opportunity to also sit back, relax and continue networking in the marquee.

Greenock Chamber is inviting everyone to get the buzz going by tweeting in the run up to this year’s Bee’s Knees Awards ceremony. Simply tag your tweets #BeesKnees2015 to join in the chat.

More details about the Gala Dinner are available online at The Greenock Chamber where you can also connect with Greenock Chamber on Twitter or Facebook, or contact Chief Executive Helen McCormick on tel: 01475 888622, email:


Elaine (Stewart) Nicol
Elaine Stewart Public Relations Ltd (ESPR)
Tel: 01555 664167
Mob: 07703 191095

We are delighted to be involved with this year’s Inverclyde Business Awards – The Bees Knees – in our role as Media Sponsor.

As well as filming the prestigious awards dinner on the 5th June, we are producing all of the motion graphics and videos for the finalists and sponsors.

This role has taken us all over Inverclyde, filming 40 videos in just three weeks! We have met some amazingly talented people, with such incredible drive and passion for what they do. It’s been truly inspiring.

Our sister company, Gryffe Weddings, is a finalist in the Best Performing Small Business category alongside MacDonald and Co Wealth Management and Seatrek Training Ltd.

MacDonald and Co are a vibrant bunch of number crunchers, based in Gourock, and we received such a warm welcome – particularly from the office dog, Pippa!


Seatrek are based in the stunning Inverkip Marina and offer a variety of nautical training. Although the weather wasn’t on our side when we visited, this didn’t affect the sunny disposition of Lesley and her staff.SeaTrek

The University of the West of Scotland are sponsoring this category and it was lovely to welcome Lorraine into our studios to film her short segment. It must have been tough for the judges to select the winner in this category and, although we are obviously rooting for Gryffe Weddings, each of our fellow finalists would also be worthy winners.University of West of Scotland