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2024 Business Awards Sponsors

We would like to thank our Headline Sponsor, Awards Sponsors and Event Sponsors for their continued support to the 2024 Midlothian & East Lothian Business Awards. 

Headline Sponsor

Hargreaves Land

Hargreaves Land is a regeneration and property development company which is leading the way with innovative remediation strategies and developing schemes that deliver much-needed employment opportunities & housing. Blindwells in East Lothian is one of the firm’s largest projects, with 1,600 new homes and a range of neighbourhood amenities in the pipeline. Hargreaves Land is supporting sustainable growth for future generations, delivering places where people want to live and work. With regional teams primarily focusing on projects across England & Scotland, the firm is committed to creating positive places. www.hargreavesland.com

Awards Sponsors


AAB exists to help clients overcome barriers, achieve their goals and reach their full potential. We provide services that help businesses at every stage of the lifecycle. These include Audit, Accounting, Tax, Payroll, HR, Outsourcing & Advisory solutions and Consulting. We also support individuals with Financial Planning and Wealth Management. We believe in the resilience of the human spirit; that with bravery, hard work and perseverance, people can accomplish amazing things. https://aab.uk/

Agri-Epi Centre

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DYW Edinburgh

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) plays a key part in the delivery of the Young Person’s Guarantee. We are employer led and it’s our priority to make it easier for employers to connect with young people in schools and colleges across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. It’s a team effort to support young people to prepare for the world of work. Through DYW, employers can provide inspirational opportunities for young people to help them understand and develop the skills they need to succeed.
Regional: www.dyw.scot/edinburgh-midlothian-and-east-lothian.html
National: www.dyw.scot 

Howden Insurance

Howden Scotland, formally Bruce Stevenson, is a group of talented insurance experts with over 40 years of experience serving a diverse range of clients across Scotland and the UK, who have the freedom to deliver for clients and the support to do what they do best. Our people are our biggest asset and our largest shareholder group, and everything that makes us unique – our culture, the quality service we offer our clients, and our continued growth – all come from this employee-ownership model.

We specialise in commercial insurance and can work with businesses who range from SME to corporate. As a leading broker, we use our expertise to advise on innovative and comprehensive ways of protecting what’s important to our clients. Our approach is to provide you with a complimentary review, specific to your needs. Our no limits approach means that we can rise to any challenge. Whatever the question, the concern, or the risk, we can get the right people in a room and find the right answer. If you’d like to get in touch, email us at admin.scot@howdeninsurance.co.uk   https://www.howdengroup.com/uk-en 

Network ROI

Network ROI is an employee-owned IT Managed Services Provider (MSP) based in Edinburgh. Since forming in 2003, we have grown our client base throughout the UK by providing high-quality IT products and services. Our services include Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, IT Consultancy, Connectivity, Telephony and Cloud Services.

We focus on continuously training our staff, ensuring our technical capability matches our clients’ IT requirements and ambitions. We have a well-defined on-boarding process, a streamlined help desk system and a dedicated support team to triage our clients’ IT requests for our assistance to keep them working. https://www.networkroi.co.uk/ 

Thomson Cooper 

Thomson Cooper Accountants offer a full range of accounting, audit, business advisory, outsourced finance and independent financial services. We focus on building relationships with clients, understanding their goals and how their business operates. Our formidable team, including our growing outsourcing department, support SMEs throughout the country, with services delivered by knowledgeable staff. Additionally, our Virtual Finance Director service is ideal for ambitious business owners aiming for next level growth. It ensures owners have the right financial data and management information to track performance and identify opportunities and risks, helping to shape their business strategies. We host free business events and offer a free initial consultation. https://www.thomsoncooper.com/

Sponsoring SME of the Year

Many of the ambitious SME business owners we meet have shown considerable determination and fortitude in the face of tough economic conditions, and we want to celebrate their inspiring stories of resilience and success.  SMEs play a vital role in the Scottish economy, with over 350,000 businesses providing around 60% of private sector employment and over 40% of private sector turnover. At Thomson Cooper we support SMEs throughout the country, providing compliance and advisory services to help business owners set goals and tackle challenges with confidence. Our focus on quality, and investment in people, enables us to deliver market-leading advice on all areas relating to individual and business tax planning, and developing business and growth strategies. https://www.thomsoncooper.com/


Vattenfall Heat UK is a district heating specialist, part of Vattenfall, the Swedish firm whose mission is to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. Our purpose is to help cities and regions transition from gas heating to a fossil free alternative at scale. This creates a new industry sector based on well understood technologies and new jobs tapping into existing transferable skills, whilst providing excellent service to, and protecting the rights of, the customer.

With a plan to invest over £100 million in the area, the first district heat network will serve Shawfair Town and Newton & Wellington Farm, harnessing energy from a waste facility at Millerhill to supply heat to around 30,000 homes, education and retail properties from 2025. Our modelling suggests the heat networks in Midlothian alone could reduce emissions by up to 90% in comparison to individual gas boilers fitted in every home. If your firm wishes to play a part in the energy transition we would love to hear from you. Contact ben.carter@vattenfall.com   https://heat.vattenfall.co.uk/

Event Sponsors

EDF Energy 

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. We are the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas. Torness power station in East Lothian generates enough low carbon electricity every year to power over 2 million homes. Over its lifetime the station has avoided 96 million tonnes of CO2e emissions and equivalent greenhouse gasses. This is the same as keeping all cars off UK roads for 17 months! https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/power-stations/torness

SSE Renewables

SSE Renewables is part of SSE plc, the UK-listed integrated energy group which is investing £18bn over the next five years, or £10m a day, to deliver a Net Zero Acceleration Programme Plus to address climate change head on. As part of this work, SSE Renewables is building more offshore wind energy than any other company in the world right now. https://www.sserenewables.com/

Berwick Bank Wind Farm, currently in planning, will be located in the North Sea in the outer Firth of Forth. When operational this development will be capable of generating enough clean renewable energy to power over six million homes, the equivalent to all of Scotland’s households twice over. Berwick Bank represents an £8.3 billion boost to the local, regional and national economy, creating 9,300 UK jobs, and increasing
Scotland’s overall renewable capacity by almost 30%.  https://www.berwickbank.com/    


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