Are you an Angus Ambassador?

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DO YOU, your family, your business, or an organisation you’re a member of fly the Flag for Angus? Or does one of your friends, your boss – or someone you’ve read about in the press?

Entries are now open for the Angus Ambassador Awards 2012, the annual award scheme which recognises the stars of Angus – the people, businesses and organisations which highlight the very best of our county.

The judging panel consists of a specially selected team drawn from local businesses, award partners, elected members of Angus Council and community organisations. Chairing this judging panel, which selects the three finalists in each category and the winners of the Angus Ambassador Awards, is one of the roles of the Provost of Angus.

Once the top-secret judging process is over, the Angus Ambassador Awards are presented at a special award ceremony, which this year will be held at Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday, November 23.

All winners receive a stunning trophy and are profiled in the local press, with the winner of the Youth Ambassador category also receiving £300 (both runners-up in this category receive £100).

In addition, all finalists are featured on the Angus Ahead website, which receives over 30,000 visitors a month.

At the 2011 award evening, young Carnoustie horn player Ailsa Russell, one of the top brass students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, won the Youth Ambassador category, Norrie Stein was presented with the Community Ambassador Award for his work at the Café Project and Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre was named Cultural Ambassador for its commemoration of Montrose Aerodrome’s part in the First World War and the Second World War – and the history of aviation.

Intervention Rentals won the International and Business categories while Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club, organisers of the annual Glamis Transport Extravaganza, received the Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award.

The overall winner of the Angus Ambassador Awards, the Angus Ambassador of the Year, is chosen by the Angus Champions, a group which represents both the private and public sector and strives to promote Angus in the UK and internationally.

This award, which in 2012 is sponsored by Forbes of Kingennie, is presented to the person or organisation that has been an outstanding ambassador for Angus during 2011/12, raising awareness of the county’s strengths and opportunities at home or abroad. 

Last year’s Angus Ambassador of the Year was Paul Grant of Mackays, manufacturer of 14 million jars of preserves and marmalades every year.

For more information, or to download an entry form, visit www.angusahead.com/awards.