Fine ambassadors for Angus

TOP CLASS: Brucefield B&B won the Tourism Ambassador - The Welcome Angus Award, sponsored by Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort. Raymond and Esther Knighton of Brucefield Boutique B&B with Clare McNally (centre) of award sponsor Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort.

TOP CLASS: Brucefield B&B won the Tourism Ambassador - The Welcome Angus Award, sponsored by Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort. Raymond and Esther Knighton of Brucefield Boutique B&B with Clare McNally (centre) of award sponsor Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort.

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A LOCAL bed and breakfast and a community organisation were among the big winners at Friday’s Angus Ambassador Awards.

The Brucefield B&B and the Carnoustie Gala Committee were honoured at the annual event in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

FANTASTIC: Carnoustie Gala Committee won the Community Ambassador ' The Pride of Angus Award, sponsored by Voluntary Action Angus. Pictured are Mary Bushnell (left), chairperson, Carnoustie Gala Committee, and Karen Penrose, vice-chairperson, with Kay Webster (centre) of award sponsors Voluntary Action Angus.

FANTASTIC: Carnoustie Gala Committee won the Community Ambassador ' The Pride of Angus Award, sponsored by Voluntary Action Angus. Pictured are Mary Bushnell (left), chairperson, Carnoustie Gala Committee, and Karen Penrose, vice-chairperson, with Kay Webster (centre) of award sponsors Voluntary Action Angus.

The 88° Fine Food Emporium, a small business offering a cosmopolitan city café experience in Kirriemuir and Forfar, was named Angus Ambassador of the Year 2012.

The Angus Ambassador of the Year is awarded to the individual or organisation that the Angus Ahead Champions believe epitomises the spirit and strengths of the county.

The 200 guests at last night’s Angus Ambassador Awards heard how, with the small business sector making up the backbone of the local economy, the Angus Ahead Champions had chosen to honour one such business with big ambition and bursting with talent.

“88° Fine Food Emporium is a fantastic ambassador for our county,” said the Provost of Angus, Helen Oswald.

”Owners Phil and Johanna Woodhead used their creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for sourcing high quality local produce to grow their business over the past 10 years and they now have two units and a small production facility. This is an example of how small businesses contribute to the economic prosperity of our county.”

Johanna Woodhead explained that the ethos behind 88° was quite simply to provide the perfect place for a good cup of coffee and ten minutes of watching the world go by. “Whenever we went into the building that’s now Kirriemuir’s 88°, we knew we’d found our dream spot,” said Johanna.

Since then, the business has expanded to include a branch in Forfar and a small chocolate making facility.

During the awards ceremony at Carnoustie Golf Hotel, Angus Ambassador Awards were also presented to the six category winners.

“These are the people, businesses and organisations who are ensuring our county’s standing as one of the best places in Scotland to live, work and visit continues to grow,” said the Provost. “On behalf of everyone in Angus, I would like to say thank you to all of tonight’s winners for using their skills, talents and ambition to so successfully raise awareness of Angus locally, nationally and internationally.”

The winners were:

• Angus Ambassador of the Year 2012, sponsored by Forbes of Kingennie: 88° Fine Food Emporium, Kirriemuir and Forfar.

• Business Ambassador – The Entrepreneurial Angus Award, sponsored by Enterprise North East Trust: Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort, a highly-popular holiday and leisure resort which is currently focusing on increasing its green credentials and further expansion.

• Community Ambassador – The Pride of Angus Award, sponsored by Voluntary Action Angus: Carnoustie Gala Committee, whose annual Gala Day brings the people of the town together as well as raising large sums for local charities and attracting visitors from as far afield as Ireland, France and Australia.

• Cultural Ambassador - The Creative Angus Award, sponsored by Glamis Castle: DD8 Music, a Kirriemuir community group whose activities include the highly successful ‘Bon Fest’ and ‘Live in the Den’ festivals.

• International Ambassador - The GoAhead Angus Award, sponsored by Angus Council: Kirriemuir-based J&D Wilkie Ltd, manufacturer of textile products and holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

• Tourism Ambassador - The Welcome Angus Award, sponsored by Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort: Brucefield B&B, the boutique five-star B&B in Arbroath which was recently awarded the Tripadvisor accolade of offering the best sleep quality of any UK property.

• Youth Ambassador - The Aspiring Youth Award, sponsored by Angus College: Glenn Ross, a 21-year-old piper from Forfar who plays with Northern Ireland’s multi-award-winning Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.