Northern Star Business Awards

The winners were announced in September 2019 for the Northern Star Business Awards, the Chamber’s annual accolades for successful businesses in the region.

Click here to view the finalist videos.

The finalists in the categories were:

Business of the Year (sponsored by AVC Immedia)

  • Aberdeen Performing Arts (Winner)
  • Aberdeen International Airport
  • Cumming & Co: Architects 
  • Motive Offshore Group

Customer First (sponsored by IFS)

  • Caber Coffee Ltd (Winner)
  • Bon Accord Care
  • Donald Russell Ltd

Eco Hero (sponsored by Circular North-east)

  • Mackie’s of Scotland (Winner)
  • Aberdeen Performing Arts
  • The OTL Group

Family Business (sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council)

  • KR Group Scotland (Winner)
  • Dalriada Luxury Lodges
  • Greenwell Equipment Ltd

Going Global (sponsored by Colin Lawson Transport)

  • Motive Offshore Group (Winner)
  • Add Energy

Inspiration from Innovation (sponsored by GM Flow Measurement Services Ltd)

  • Balmoral (Winner)
  • ACE Winches
  • Stork, A Fluor Company 

Inspiring Futures (sponsored by DYW North East)

  • Score Group Plc and Mintlaw Academy (Winner)
  • ARR Craib Transport Limited and Northfield Academy
  • Mackie’s of Scotland and Alford Academy
  • Robertson and Inverurie Academy

Making the Difference (sponsored by Balmoral)

  • Aberdeen Sports Village (Winner)
  • Bon Accord
  • Charlie House
  • Community Food Initiatives North East

Marketing Magic (sponsored by Nucore Group)

  • VisitAberdeenshire (Winner)
  • ACE Winches
  • Aberdeen International Airport
  • Charlie House

Rising Star (sponsored by University of Aberdeen Business School)

  • Lee Forsyth – Aberdeen Football Club (Winner)
  • Chloe Watt – Siberia Bar and Hotel
  • Lynsey Shepherd – Trump International

Staff Matter (Spirit Energy)

  • Sport Aberdeen (Winner)
  • Bon Accord Care
  • RockRose Energy

Student Placement (sponsored by Robert Gordon University)

  • BW Offshore (Winner)
  • NHS Grampian Public Health Directorate
  • Shell UK Ltd

The winner of the lifetime achievement award for 2019 - was Jane Spiers, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts.

We congratulate the winners and finalists who have once again raised the bar across a whole range of sectors and encourage organisations to draw inspiration from these businesses in order to redouble our efforts to create the economic conditions that will ensure the long-term success of the North-east.

With an audience of around 600 guests, the Northern Star Business Awards recognise the exceptional accomplishments of organisations across the North-east.

From pioneering innovation and outstanding customer service to excellence in people development, environmental outlook and marketing prowess, the Awards provide a high-profile platform for showcasing success.

Through the generosity of attendees, the high profile awards have raised in excess of £30,000 in the last five years for good causes around the North-east. This year’s beneficiaries have been named as Miscarriage Information Support Service (MISS), North East Sensory Services, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, CLAN Cancer Support and Somebody Cares.


“The Northern Star Business Awards are a highpoint in the calendar for North-east businesses, showcasing the achievements of organisations across every sector in our dynamic region.

The competition for a finalist spot is always tough and this year is no exception. The quality of entries we received demonstrates that the Aberdeen city region is not only open for business but outstanding work is being done by companies of all shapes and sizes and that should be celebrated.”

Russell Borthwick, Chamber chief executive


Each year, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce works with registered charities within its membership to be the beneficiaries of donations made on awards night.

Through the generosity of attendees, the Northern Star Business Awards have raised more than £30,000 in the last five years towards helping local charities.

The 2019 charities:



CLAN understands that, in addition to the considerable physical strain, cancer can affect emotional wellbeing and cause social, financial and relationship problems. Our wide range of free services can help improve the quality of life for all those who turn to us for help.




MISS is a registered charity for women and partners who have suffered a miscarriage. We have monthly support groups, a 24/7 phone service and active social media pages which have daily articles, research and motivational posts.


NESS provide practical and emotional support to anyone effected by a sight or hearing loss, this is done through a wide range of services and projects including support for young people, employment advice, practical ICT classes and Self Help Groups.


Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) is set to expand its life-saving service with a second helicopter - this one based in Aberdeen.

Businesses and organisations throughout the North East are being asked to get behind the £6 million fundraising drive to launch this vital service for our community within the year.

SC’s is Scotland’s biggest charity giving free help to over 21000 people across the region in 2018 supporting 90+ agencies: furnished over 2400 homes: provided 6000+ food bags: supplied huge quantities of clothes: diverted 448 tonnes from landfill and much more...



Business of the Year

Is your company the true star of the North-east for 2018? This award is for that one company who has shown excellent practice and inspiration to all businesses by being a market leader.

Customer First

The award is designed to celebrate those exceptional companies who put the interest of the customer at the heart of everything they do.

ECO Hero

Is your business passionate about the planet? If your business actively reduces impact to the environment to make a change, you should be in the running for this award.

Family Business

Are you a fantastic family run or owned business? We are looking for a beacon of a North-east family business with an outstanding reputation and true integrity.

Going Global

Has your business made an impact overseas? This award will go to a company that has been successful in growing internationally. 

Inspiration from Innovation

This award will be rewarded to the company that is at the forefront of latest thinking and is using technology or innovation to drive the future.

Lifetime Achievement

This award is given, by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, recognising business leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to the region building their own organisations while contributing to initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of individuals and the wider community.


Making the Difference

Does your company have a big heart? Are you committed to positive change within the community? Celebrate this commitment by entering this category.

Marketing Magic

This award is for the company that has created a successful marketing campaign that has driven customers through the door or grown exposure.

Rising Star

Do you have a future star in your organisation? Are they destined for great things with your business? If you or a colleague has made a significant impact in your organisation apply for this award today.

Staff Matter

For organisations who take care of their people so their people take care of their business.

Student Placement 

This special award recognises the important contribution business makes to student through their participation in RGU’s student placement programme.

Inspiring Futures

This award is for a school and business who have worked together in partnership to deliver either work inspiration, work practice, work experience and jobs (or them all) to ensure young people are moving into work.