Leith micro brewery wins prestigious business award

Press release issued by Capital City Partnership on the winners of the inaugural Buchanan Business Awards.

A micro brewery in Leith has won Overall Business of the Year in the Buchanan Business Awards for its innovation and outstanding sales performance.

Pilot Beer owners Matt Johnson and Patrick Jones started brewing at the end of 2013, after buying a second-hand brewery, dismantling it and moving it to the heart of Leith. 

The Buchanan Business Awards for micro (under 10 employees) businesses announced the finalists and winners at their inaugural event on Thursday evening, 16 April 2015.  

The Event was organised by Capital City Partnership and the Business Gateway as part of Edinburgh’s ‘Joined Up for Business’ Partnership hosted by RBS at their Conference Centre at Gogarburn HQ. It was compered by Jojo Sutherland, Comedian, Writer and Broadcaster.  

The Buchanan Business Awards have been established to celebrate the legacy of the late Councillor Tom Buchanan, one of Edinburgh’s well-loved sons. Tom was the Convenor of the City’s Economy Committee and was Chair of the Capital City Partnership Board who have established these Awards as a fitting tribute to the significant contribution that Tom made to the City.

Councillor Frank Ross, Convenor of the City of Edinburgh’s Economy Committee and Chair of the Capital City Partnership Board expressed his delight at the quality of the nominations for the event saying “it is heartening to see the quality and diversity of talent that is in our Micro Business sector in Edinburgh. The Buchanan Business Awards is an excellent opportunity for many businesses to showcase their entrepreneurial spirit and to gain support and recognition for their hard work.”

As the Award host Susan Fouquier from RBS said “RBS are proud to be hosting the Buchanan Business Awards at our Gogarburn Conference Centre and we are delighted that it comes at a time when we are due to open our new Entrepreneurial Centre at Gogarburn seeking to support and equip entrepreneurs to start up and expand their businesses.

Finalists for the Buchanan Business Awards

Overall Business of the Year Award – sponsored by the Capital City Partnership: Pilot Beer – a modern craft brewery producing a wide range of exciting beers, established in 2013 and situated in the heart of Leith.

Growth Award- Sponsored by Business Gateway

Winner - Pilot Beers

Runner-Up - Bright Red Publishing

Employer of the Year Award- Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

Winner - Flavours of Italy

Runner-Up - Grease Monkey

Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by Fort Kinnaird

Winner - Mademoiselle Macaron

Runner-Up -We are the Future

Developing Business - Sponsored by RBS

Winner - CAHOONAS Ltd

Runner-Up - Packashak

Innovative Business - Sponsored by Brookfield Multiplex Ltd

Winner - Grease Monkey

Runner-Up - Pilot Beer

Further informaton

The late Cllr Tom Buchanan

Tom Buchanan was Convenor of the Economy Committee of the City of Edinburgh Council and was a key driver in shaping and developing the Council’s Economic and Jobs Strategy over many years. Tom was incredibly passionate about creating opportunities for all, especially young people. He also supported and promoted the critical role that micro businesses have as a key contributor to the City’s economy.

Tom Buchanan was Chair of the Capital City Partnership Board and in this role saw the development of a strong Employability Partnership. In recognition of Tom’s passion and commitment to this Agenda the Capital City Partnership Board established the Buchanan Business Awards as a fitting tribute to the significant contribution that Tom made to the City.

The Capital City Partnership is Edinburgh’s Employability Partnership

Joined Up for Business brings together the free recruitment, business and workforce development services from a range of Agencies who seek to grow employment opportunities by making it easier to do business in Edinburgh.

The key agencies include: The City of Edinburgh Council, Business Gateway, Capital City Partnership, Jobcentre Plus,  Skills Development Scotland, Edinburgh College, NHS Lothian and includes Edinburgh’s Joined Up for Jobs organisations (with The Cyrenians taking a leading role in this initiative).

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