9 reasons to attend the ES Awards & Celebration Dinner this year

With just five weeks to go until the ES Awards & Celebration Dinner, our judging process is in full swing, company interviews across the country have taken place and our awards partners Deloitte and Barclays have the tough job of determining the final shortlist that will be announced exclusively by our awards media partner, The Herald, at our amazing Celebration dinner on 30 November.

We’re busy making it a night to remember so don’t miss the chance to be part of Scotland’s best entrepreneurial event! 

1. Awards inspire great things

Awards matter - they recognise skill, determination, talent, tenacity and hard work. They highlight excellence and provide an opportunity to focus on people who are inspiring and generate benefits for their organisations, businesses and communities. Read Sandy Kennedy’s full opinion piece from the Herald here.

2. Scotland’s longest running entrepreneurial awards

Our entrepreneurial awards - now in their 22nd year - have celebrated some of Scotland’s most successful and respected entrepreneurs. Our roll of honour includes the country’s biggest names: Sir Tom Hunter (1996), Jim McColl OBE (1999), Ann Budge (2005), Bob Keiller (2006), Simon Howie (2004 & 2008), Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne (2010), Mike Welch (2014), Peter Vardy (2014), Amy Livingstone & Julie Wilson (2016) and most recently Dr Jimmy Milne CBE (2016) and Chris Gauld (2016). WOW – be there to find out who’s next!

3. Dynamic new venue for 2017

SWG3 Studio Warehouse - one of Scotland’s coolest venues - comes with its own fascinating entrepreneurial story. A former steelyard, it is now a workspace and gallery for artists as well as a world class, state of the art, multi room venue. Watch this fantastic video by Ally Bhatia to find out more about SWG3.

4. Brilliant new host for 2017

This year our host will be the fantastic broadcaster and musician, Dougie Vipond. As well as being drummer with Deacon Blue – Dougie is one of the newest members of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

5. 10 years of Saltire

Our Saltire programmes have now been running for 10 years and this year we reached a new pinnacle of 1000+ alumni. Launched by the GlobalScot network and Scottish Enterprise our first co-hort of Scholars back in 1996 including world record breaking adventurer, Mark Beaumont.

6. It’s St Andrew’s night

Celebrate it in style with truly inspirational people! What’re you waiting for?

7. Scotland’s top networking event
Embrace the power of networks and be part of the most amazing night of networking with 300+ of Scotland’s most ambitious and successful entrepreneurs. The ES Awards and Celebration Dinner is a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with people who have been there and done it – get ready to connect! Read more about the Power of Networks by Sandy Kennedy here.

8. …and about the ES Awards

They truly celebrate those individuals that have excelled in leading their organisations in the past 12 months. This year we’re highlighting the importance of scale ups with our new Emerging category to Scale up Entrepreneur of the Year and the key role they play in Scotland becoming the most entrepreneurial society in the world. New for 2017 the introduction of our Rising Star award – recognising the organisation or enterprise doing amazing things within the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Scotland.

9. It’s just great fun.. what are you waiting for?

Tickets are on sale now with options for table packages or individual tickets. For more information or to book please visit: https://www.entrepreneurialscotland.com/about/awards