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Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, has scooped the gong for International Growth Business of the Year at the Business Women Scotland Awards, the results of which were announced on 29 October at a black tie ceremony at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. The award recognises the success of NB Gin, launched in October 2013.
The event, run by Business Women Scotland magazine, celebrates and rewards some of the many inspiring women who have achieved great success in their business or career. Supported by the Federation of Small Businesses, the awards attracted entries from a variety of businesses from as far as the Isle of Skye and Dingwall, to Stirling and Edinburgh.
The International Growth category recognises Scottish businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth in the past year, celebrating their export success. The award focuses on all aspects of growth including sales, profit, geographical expansion, and acquisition.
Lynne Kennedy, Managing Editor of Business Women Scotland magazine, said: “The judges felt that NB Gin had shown success in a crowded market in a short space of time, in an industry sector important to Scotland’s economy.
“Within seven months of launch, there was interest from Germany, Spain and Denmark. This year they have launched in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the USA. Their export markets are double what they were last year, with new deals agreed for Canada and Australia, and further deals with seven European countries to evolve in the coming year. And the company is now only two years old.”
Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been named as the winner of this award. It makes me realise how much has happened over the last two years, and how far NB Gin has come from its initial creation in our kitchen using a pressure cooker and central heating pipes. I’m extremely proud of NB Gin and what it has achieved, and very humbled to have been named alongside the other fantastic finalists. My goal has always been to be an inspiring person, and I hope that this award will inspire others.”
Margaret Gibson from Women’s Enterprise Scotland helped pick the shortlist, with judges Marie Macklin CBE and Prof Lesley Sawers having the hard task of choosing the winners. Marie said: “It was fantastic to see so many different types of business, new and old, started by women throughout Scotland. There were some interesting ideas with a positive outlook for future growth, which is great for Scotland’s economy.”
STV newsreader Rachel McTavish was the MC for the awards, Philanthropreneur and Secret Millionaire Dawn Gibbins Cox MBE was the inspirational guest speaker, entertainment was by the fabulous Globe Girls, and money was raised for the magazine’s charity partner NSPCC Scotland through a silent auction and raffle.