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Bosses in business award battle

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TWO company directors from Annandale are going head to head for a prestigious business award.

Ryan Brown, of Robinsons in Lockerbie, and Eddie Black, of Eco-Genics Holdings Ltd at Creca, are both finalists in the Institute of Directors Scotland competition, in the South of Scotland category. This award is designed to celebrate those directors working in a business that employs under 250 employees and has an annual turnover of less than £25 million. The judges are looking for outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices, as well as sustainable growth and commercial success.

Eco Genics Ltd comprises several businesses offering dry ice cleaning, dry ice supply, office fit outs and furniture, communication systems and training and qualifications. Boss Eddie said: “I am very proud to have been nominated in the first place. Being a finalist in the IOD is an amazing achievement and I’m extremely humbled by it. I would like to applaud the team around me. I’m so proud of our people and what they are achieving. I’m only as good as those around me and those around me are awesome. Eco Group’s aspirations for the region and the future possibilities are endless.”

Meanwhile, Robinsons Scotland offers agricultural internals. It launched in 2005 and now employs 116 people. Their strategy for future development is to create a £30m a year turnover and expand their tonnage output to 350 units per week, establishing further manufacturing opportunities in Lockerbie. Company co-founder Ryan, pictured above, said: “I am delighted to have been nominated for this award, it has been a challenging few years but our team works very hard and the award is testament to our combined efforts.”

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on May 23.


Eddie Black


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