Can you believe that it’s nearly June?! May has absolutely flown by, and amongst the chaos of everyday life at the Essence of Harris headquarters we’ve had time to reflect on the past month and the events and celebrations which occurred throughout.
The month of May sparked the beginning of Awards Season, and the Essence team had our fingers crossed as we waited to hear the results from the Scottish SME Awards held in Glasgow on the 8th May. We were absolutely delighted to hear that we had won ‘Business of the Year’ for the North region, and in the company of such inspirational Scottish businesses, we felt very humbled to have been recognised for our achievements, and to fly the flag for the Isle of Harris. On the same night, we were thrilled to be a part of the launch of Johnstons of Elgin’s new store on Edinburgh’s Multrees Walk, as we scented the event with our Oceana diffusers; both the Johnstons of Elgin event and the audience at the SME awards ceremony conveyed the rich talent rife within Scotland, and the diverse business landscape which exists throughout the country- something we’re proud to be a part of.
At the end of May, Jamie attended the Institute of Directors Awards as he was shortlisted for ‘Director of the Year, Small-Medium Business.’ He attended the event with our Business Graduate, Rebekah, who is currently on an apprenticeship scheme with Essence of Harris to gain a business degree while staying on the island and earning a living. It was a wonderful event which allowed both Jamie and Rebekah to meet with businesses throughout Scotland and learn from the directors in the room.
Finally, the award for Director of the Year, Small-Medium Business, was called up on stage and the team on Harris were waiting with bated breath to hear the results. Jamie was in the company of two other finalists from Ace Aquatec Ltd and Port of Cromarty Firth, which just showed to us the level of talent in the room and made the announcement even more nerve-wrecking!
And the winner is..
Jamie McGowan!
Jamie & Anna Daroy, Interim Director General, Institute of Directors
More than anything, both the SME and the Director of the Year award made us reflect on the unwavering support we’ve had from all of you. To those of you who have followed our journey from the beginning, and to those of you who have joined in along the years, we want to say a HUGE, sincere thank you! We LOVE coming into work each day and creating products which bring a little calm and joy into your lives, and seeing you enjoy your products puts a massive smile on our faces every single day. To have been able to fly the Harris flag at both awards was an extremely proud moment for us, and we will continue to work hard and create products which reflect the beauty of our island home. Thank you, thank you!
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