Thu 05 Nov 2015
A family firm which specialises in gifts for whisky lovers is in the running for two top business awards.
Bridge of Allan-based Angels’ Share Glass has been nominated for the Business Innovation and International Growth categories in the Herald Scottish Family Business Awards run in association with Business Gateway.
There were hundreds of entries for the awards with a diverse range of firms shortlisted for nine categories of prizes following a rigorous judging process.
Karen Somerville, Angels’ Share Glass co-director, said: “We are delighted and overwhelmed to have been nominated for not one but two business awards in the competition.
“The fact that these awards involve Business Gateway makes them particularly important to us and it’s a real honour to be named a finalist in the two categories.
“Being recognised for both the innovation behind the design of our products, and the growth seen by our small firm since breaking into the international market is testament to the hard work of our staff.”
Hugh Lightbody, of Business Gateway, said: “Yet again the judging process was as difficult as ever but that simply highlights the high quality of all of the businesses that entered.”
Angels’ Share Glass faces competition from fellow finalists Glasgow firm Wholesale Domestic and funeral directors Anderson Maguire for the Business Innovation Award.
Fraser Campbell, of Business Innovation Award sponsors Campbell Dallas, said: “This year the calibre of entries was extremely high which is testament to the success of family businesses in Scotland.”
For the International Growth Award, Angels’ Share Glass will go head to head with Kilmacolm firm PG Paper and Edinburgh-based Macdonald Sporrans.
Grant Stevenson, from law firm Burness Paull which sponsors the International Growth Award, described the ambition and innovation shown by the shortlisted candidates as “striking.”
He added: “They are a real testament to what Scotland can achieve.”
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday December 2.
Angels’ Share Glass was set up by Karen Somerville and her father, renowned master glassmaker Tom Young, in April 2013.
The pair launched their firm after capturing the spirit of a whisky producers’ legend, known as the Angels’ Share, through the creation of a signature line of handmade glass angels.
In the past two years, the firm has flourished expanding its product range and exporting to customers all over the world.
Staff were recently commissioned by the Falkirk Community Trust to create bespoke Whisky Water Droppers for The Kelpies featuring the two distinctive equine heads with a blue, watery tint.
The Water Spirit dropper, designed to mark the first Anniversary of the famous sculptures, is now being sold at the tourist attraction.
A mythical water spirit, the Kelpies were created in steel by local sculptor Andy Scott and stand guard to Scotland's waterways in Falkirk’s Helix Park.
Karen says: “The Kelpies stand majestic and proud and need to be seen to be believed.
“The droppers we have created really capture their spirit and we are delighted to be involved with the magnificent creations in this way.”