We’re buzzing about being asked to be Media Sponsor at the Greenock Chamber of Commerce’s annual Bees Knees Awards for the second year running. The 2016 Awards were launched this week at the Waterfront Cinema to a packed audience of representatives from Inverclyde’s diverse and flourishing business sector.

Last year we had the privilege of filming all of the finalists and category sponsors and it was a real eye opener to see first-hand the wealth of talent in Inverclyde. We also filmed the Awards dinner and provided all of the big screen motion graphics. We’re looking forward to getting out and about again and seeing what 2016’s finalist crop brings. I’m sure we’ll be amazed, inspired and encouraged again by the incredible people living and working in this area.

Here is just one of last year’s winners, Trade Right International, who took home the award for Most Promising New Business.

And here is the time-lapse intro film we made for the start of the evening.

Find out how you can be involved with this year’s Bees Knees Awards here:

… 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