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ROCCO 2014 finalists announced

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire Chamber is delighted to announce the shortlist for their annual business awards, the ROCCOs, sponsored in 2014 by the University of the West of Scotland.

Commenting on the shortlisting process, Chamber President Tom Johnston said “this year we received 95 entries, the most we have ever received and the standard of entry across the board was, as expected, of a high quality. 3 judges for each award independently scored every entry (sponsor, Board Director and a subject matter expert) and the top 3 scores go forward to the next stage that starts w/c 20th October, where the finalists present to the judging panel and convince them why they believe they are a worthy ROCCO winner. Frank from Gap TV also starts the process of recording an HD video for every finalist to be shown on the night.”

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“Thank you to everyone that entered and to all our judges & sponsors for their support”

The 16 categories & finalists are:

Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & RBS:
I Am Me
Intu Braehead
The Glitter Beach Foundation

Employer of the Year sponsored by Rolls Royce:
Carli’s Kindergarten
Clyde Marine Training
Glasgow Airport

Enterprise in Education sponsored by the University of the West of Scotland:
Childcare First – Hillview Nursery
Hubbell Scotland
Kickstart (Kirklandneuk Primary School)

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by intu Braehead:
Glasgow Airport
IRW Systems
Spectrum Service Solutions

Excellence in Manufacturing sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group:
Diageo
Rolls-Royce
Smith & McLaurin

Family Business of the Year sponsored by The Malcolm Group:
Carli’s Kindergarten
G Porrelli & Co
Spectrum Service Solutions

Innovation & Technology sponsored by Hillington Park:
Quarriers
Rolls-Royce
The Malcolm Group

International Trade sponsored by Glasgow Airport:
CCR3 Limited
Peak Scientific
Smith & McLaurin

Invest in Renfrewshire sponsored by Renfrewshire Council:
Muir Slicer Associates
Pro Website Solutions
Saporito

Journey to Zero Waste sponsored by the William Tracey Group:
Glasgow Airport
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Spectrum Service Solutions

Most Promising New Business sponsored by Business Gateway Renfrewshire:
Saporito
Aldwych & Company
Red Media UK

Outstanding Performing Business >25 staff sponsored by the Phoenix Car Company:
Spectrum Service Solutions
Glasgow Airport
IRW Systems

Outstanding Performing Business 5 & Boyd & Co
Bridgeall
Saporito

Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by West College Scotland:
Kennett Watches – Tom Kennett
Saporito – Craig Bickett
Tweetiepie Media – Lizzy Todd

Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Diageo:
Nominations are:
Audrey Cumberford – Principal & Chief Executive, West College Scotland
Robin MacGeachy, MD Peak Scientific
Andrew Malcolm, Chief Executive, The Malcolm Group
Craig Campbell, Owner, Pro Website Solutions
Colin McMurray, MD Clyde Marine Training

All winners are announced at our awards ceremony on Friday 14th November 2014, that takes place at The Normandy hosted by Fred MacAulay. The ROCCOs are now in their 11th year and established as the premier black tie corporate event in Renfrewshire with a sell-out crowd of 500 attending every year.

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Get ready to ROCCO with Renfrewshire Chamber

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Get ready to ROCCO with Renfrewshire Chamber

ROCCO 2012, the 9th Annual Business Awards of Renfrewshire Chamber take place at the Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel in Renfrew on Friday 16th November.  The principal sponsor for the premier business event in Renfrewshire is easyJet, with 14 other organisations sponsoring the individual awards. Hosted by Fred MacAulay the winners will be presented with their awards in front of a capacity crowd of 480. In addition to recognising business excellence across Renfrewshire the ROCCOs also raise money for good causes, having raised in excess of £50,000 over the last few years.

renfrewshire chamberCommenting on the ROCCOs, chamber president Tom Johnston said “ROCCO is the biggest business night in Renfrewshire and one of the best corporate events in Scotland. Different from most in that it is a positive, feel good event. I wish all our finalists the best of luck on the night and say thank you to all the sponsors and organisations that have supported the ROCCOs this year.”

The companies shortlisted are:

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls Royce
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire- sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Cosmopolitan Hotels Group
– Fission Creative
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition- sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
– Accord Hospice
– RAMH
– The Star Project

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Fresh Cleaning
– Meso
– SIP PMC Ltd

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
– Caledonian Industries
– Life Technologies
– Rolls Royce plc

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport
– Caledonian Industries
– Chivas Brothers
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group
– Gillies Gas Services
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Reid Kerr College
– Anna Devitt – Direct Devitt
– Mark McShane – Training Developments Scotland
– Nick Cohen – PCR Business

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Braehead
– Enchanted Forest Nurseries
– Glasgow Airport
– NS Design

ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste – sponsored by The William Tracey Group
– Consult Lift Services
– Scottish Leather Group
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCOROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre
– Caledonian Industries
– IRW Systems Ltd
– Meso

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Phoenix Car
– Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport
– Scottish Leather Group
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorsed by the University of the West of Scotland
– ChemTech Consultancy Ltd
– Fresh Cleaning
– Sarkar Defence Solutions Ltd

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo
– Stuart Macdonald, Seric Systems
– Andrew Malcolm, The Malcolm Group
– Paul smith, XCL Framing solutions
– Iain McFadyen, Scottish Leather Group
– Douglas Winfield, Holiday inn Glasgow Airport

Bob Davidson, chamber chief exec’ commented “2012 has been another great year for the Chamber – not only our biggest ROCCO ever but a year in which we have grown the team, further increased the membership and won a number of accolades including Chamber of the Year finalist for the 2nd year running  and awarded Investors in People Silver.”

http://www.renfrewshirechamber.com/rocco/

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From Hollywood to Holyrood: MSP latest to back dynamic Renfrewshire company

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A Renfrewshire company that sparked interest from Hollywood star Tom Hanks over its latest hi-tech project has welcomed a rising star at Holyrood.

Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, visited award winning product design company Meso Design at their Renfrewshire HQ.
The fast growing company was formed in 2008 by three design engineering graduates – Danny Kane, Gregor Aikman and Craig Lynn – and now employs 12 staff at its base in Inchinnan.

Since its launch, Meso has worked on more than 40 projects for clients across a range of sectors, including food and drink, medicine and consumer products.

Its latest collaborations include Popa, which transforms the iPhone into an instant camera, and MoviePeg, an easy to fit stand that allows users to watch movies on any smartphone and tablet device. Both products were developed by Manchester based Beep Industries with design support from Meso.

Another product, a portable camera dolly for film makers, designed on behalf of Paisley based Glidetrack, is due for release in the next month.
Meso’s growing client list of high profile clients includes SECC, Glasgow School of Art, Whyte and Mackay, Famous Grouse, Thales and Courvoisier.
And from next year, Meso intends to design, manufacture and market its own range of products, and expand into new premises in Renfrewshire.
Meso director Danny Kane said: “We were delighted to welcome Derek Mackay to meet the team at Meso. We’re a relatively small company, proud of our association with Renfrewshire, and ambitious for the future. We’d like to think that, in our own small way, we’re helping to establish Renfrewshire as a centre of excellence for product design and manufacture.

Derek Mackay MSP said: “I am thoroughly impressed by the work that Meso are doing, and from what I have seen during my visit, it is not surprising that there has been strong demand for their services and products.

“Renfrewshire is increasingly becoming a fantastic place for business growth and success, attracting business from both the local area and from further afield.

“This is a thriving local company, I’m pleased to see them expanding into new premises to support their growing business and I wish them all the best with their future success.” Read more