The 2011 Angus Ambassador of the Year is Paul Grant, chairman of Mackays Limited, the internationally successful jam and preserves manufacturing business based in Arbroath.
The judges, made up of Angus industry leaders, recognised Paul’s entrepreneurial spirit, his outstanding promotion of Angus around the world, his support of the local economy and people, and his strong sense of corporate responsibility.
Paul has grown Mackays from small beginnings in 1995 with a staff of 16, to a large international company, employing 140 staff, producing 15 million jars of jam and marmalade each year and exporting to over 50 countries including America, Canada, Japan, Australia, China, Europe and South America.
He strongly believes in supporting his local community and was the first corporate sponsor of the new Angus Centre for Enterprise, as well as helping long-term unemployed individuals back into work.
He insists that Mackays use locally produced ingredients wherever possible.
The judges were particularly impressed by Paul’s passion for Angus which he shares with others wherever he may be in the world.
Paul Grant received the award from sponsors Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort, at the awards ceremony dinner at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday.
The awards, presented by Angus Ahead and sponsored by local companies were hosted by Andrea Brymer, of STV’s North Tonight.
Other winners of Angus Ambassador Awards were:
Alan Mitchell, chief executive of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce and Ambassador Award’s judge said: “Every year I am very impressed by the standard of nominations received for the Angus Ambassador Awards, and this year has been no different.
“It is encouraging to see so many businesses, groups and individuals putting so much effort into making Angus such a wonderful place.
“It was a very difficult decision to pick a winner in each category, as all the finalists deserve recognition for all the good work they do. Each one of them deserves to be congratulated.”
Other 2011 Angus Ambassador Awards winners were as follows:-
Business – Entrepreneurial Angus Award (sponsored by Enterprise North East Trust) - Intervention Rentals, Lunan Bay.and Gemini Corrosion Services, Montrose.
Community – Pride of Angus Award (sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline) - Norrie Stein of the Cafe Project, Arbroath.
Highly Commended - Arbroath High School and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.
Cultural – Creative Angus Award (sponsored by Tayscreen) - Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.
Highly Commended - The Abbey Theatre Club, Arbroath and Angus Open Studios.
International – GoAhead Angus Award (sponsored by Entertrag Limited) - Intervention Rentals, Lunan Bay.
Tourism – Welcome Angus Award (sponsored by Forbes of Kingennie) - Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club.
Highly Commended - Arbroath Seafest and Year of the Light, Arbroath.
Youth – Aspiring Youth Award (sponsored by Angus College) - Ailsa Russell, Carnoustie.
Highly Commended: Ailsa Summers, Carnoustie and Kirsty Soutar, Arbroath.