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Best in the business

OUTSTANDING firms from across Annandale and Eskdale were honoured at the CX Project Business Awards in Gretna on Wednesday night.

The big winner of the night was Annan based web agency Creatomatic, who picked up the best employer award and was named overall winner.

Director Kit Allen said: “We’re totally stoked to have picked up the Best Employer and Overall Winner awards.
“The CX Project have been a fantastic group to work with and they’ve really helped us grow Creatomatic into a top-class web agency.”

John Grierson, Chapelcross Closure Director, presenting awards for Best Employer and Overall Winner to Creatomatic (Kit Allen, James Miodonski) *** Local Caption *** DOUBLE DELIGHT . . . John Grierson, of Magnox, presenting awards for Best Employer and Overall Winner to Creatomatic's Kit Allen, centre, and James Miodonski, right
John Grierson, of Magnox, presenting awards for Best Employer and Overall Winner to Creatomatic’s Kit Allen, centre, and James Miodonski, right

Annan Travel was named Most Promising New Business. Manager Helen Byers said: “I’m delighted, it’s great for the whole team and thank you to all our customers who support us.”

Staff from Annan Travel with their Most Promising Business award. Left to right: Kerry Hetherington, Lyn Smith, Lindsay Smith and Helen Byers. Missing, Arlene Ewing
Staff from Annan Travel with their Most Promising Business award. Left to right: Kerry Hetherington, Lyn Smith, Lindsay Smith and Helen Byers. Missing, Arlene Ewing

The Award for Innovation went to Border Tablet; James Ewart Racing won the CX Project Special Award; and Hamish Odinson, of Half-Goat Leatherwork, was crowned young entrepreneur and picked up the award for export.

The other finalists in this year’s contest, which marked the fifth and final year of the CX Project, were:

Angels Gym, RJP Millinery, A1 Graphics and Applications, Room 33, Callum Laird Graphic Design, Rory Laycock Artist, Shawbrae Knitwear and JKM Business Services.

The CX Project was set up in September 2011 with funding from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Socio-Economic Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Council. It provides area specific and intensified business support in Annandale and Eskdale to help boost the local economy affected by the de-commissioning of Chapelcross Nuclear Power Station.

The award ceremony at The Gables Hotel was billed as an opportunity to recognise business excellence and to celebrate the achievements of the partnership project.

Judith Johnston accepts the award for James Ewart Racing
Judith Johnston accepts the award for James Ewart Racing
Michael and Susan Robertson, Border Tablet presented with Award for Innovation by David Gardiner of Business Gateway
Michael and Susan Robertson, Border Tablet presented with Award for Innovation by David Gardiner of Business Gateway
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