Wilson shortlisted for business award

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Chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides, Brian Wilson has been shortlisted for an award which celebrates excellence in Scotland’s boardrooms.

Mr Wilson was one of three directors nominated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise for the 2010 Institute of Directors ‘Scotland Director of the Year Awards’ which will be announced at a gala dinner hosted by broadcaster Kaye Adams on Friday 18th March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

The winners of Each prize-winner will receive a trophy designed and produced by Caithness Glass.

As Chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides Brian Wilson initiated the whole concept as a new-start business and has been one of the leading lights in the regeneration of the Harris Tweed industry. Since its formation in 2007, the company is now the largest Harris Tweed producer, exports to over 50 countries and has continued to revitalise the industry.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HIE will present the Highlands and Islands trophy. He commented: “The winners of the IoD awards are judged by an independent panel which recognises community impact as well as individual achievement. A large focus of HIE’s work is supporting the ambitious individuals and businesses which create successful, sustainable communities to grow. The evening is about celebrating the high calibre of leaders we have in Scotland and we congratulate the Highlands and Islands entrants on their achievements.”

The other Highlands and Islands finalists are Samantha Faircliff, Managing Director of Cairngorm Brewery; and Catherine Hughson, Executive Officer,Voluntary Action Shetland.

Collectively they comprise the short list for the Highlands and Islands regional award. In addition Ms Hughson has been nominated for the Voluntary Sector Director category, and Mr Wilson for the Global Director.