What a night!!


Buth Bheag Candle Co attended the Scottish Rural Awards 2017 this week and wow…what an amazing event! We were lucky enough to be finalists in our category (Business Start Up) and although we didn’t win, our night couldn’t have been better. We are genuinely so honoured to have been placed in the same running as all the other business-start-ups and really enjoyed learning about what they do.

#SRA2017

The winners were Business Start Up ‘Craine Communications’ who have provided a solution to the lack of independent telecoms engineering companies in the general Argyll area. Set up by Stuart Craine, this year they connected over 100 new connections for Locheilnet with 100 per cent customer satisfaction! Being from a small rural location ourselves we know what a trial it can be to access decent broadband, so we can really appreciate how much of a boost this kind of company will be to the Argyll area.
Rural Awards 2017, Buth Bheag Candle Co

Our venue, Dynamic Earth.

Runners up were ‘Trossachs Mobility’, Set up in July 2016 by Wayne Johnson and Gordon Wilson, Trossachs Mobility loan out affordable all-terrain wheelchairs so that no one is restricted and can enjoy the Scottish countryside. The vision being that we should all have the same access to our surroundings not just the able-bodied. Such an inspired idea and its fantastic to hear that their concept is being considered for discussion at a government level, this could make the outdoors far more accessible to those who require wheelchairs/support with their mobility and ultimately change lives.

Rural Awards 2017, Buth Bheag Candle Co

All scrubbed up and ready to go…

Highly Commended business start-up was ‘Lochranza Centre CIC, Isle of Arran’ who are a field studies centre based on the Isle of Arran. They teach geology, geography and biology, in addition to teaching activities and providing accommodation for up to 90 people. Having been in existence for over 30 years, they launched as a Community Interest Centre (CIC) in 2015. As well as providing a hub for locals, the CIC is currently working with the Arran Trust, the tourist board and the National Trust for Scotland to gain Geopark status for the island. Which again, being from a rural location ourselves we know how important these kinds of resources are to their communities and it was lovely to see their work being recognised.

Rural Awards 2017, Buth Bheag Candle Co

Look its us!

All in all, it really was a wonderful evening. There are so many like minded, entrepreneurial individuals out there and it was a great opportunity to meet some of them. We would like to wish huge congratulations to the winners, runners up and commended business and to ALL the finalists, getting to that stage when up against so many worthy businesses is an achievement in itself and definitely one to be proud of – I know we are!

Fred Macaulay, Buth Bheag Candle Co, Rural Awards 2017

Even got a selfie with Scottish comedian Fred Macaulay, great MC for the evening.

We will be coming home inspired to keep doing what we are doing; working hard and looking towards the future.  We have come so much further than we ever imagined in such a short space of time and its incredibly exciting to think where we might be in the not too distant future.