A sell-out crowd of 500 people cheered wildly as seventeen outstanding winners were crowned at the Normandy Hotel, with SCC President, Tim Allen and Chief Executive, Dr Liz Cameron OBE in attendance.
Renfrewshire’s largest black-tie business event, now in its sixteenth year welcomed PAISLEY.IS as returning the main sponsor, with Chamber President Tom Johnston outlining the Chamber’s achievements over the past twelve months.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance Derek Mackay MSP spoke as a special guest and emphasised the economic success and future investments coming to the area, highlighting the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District with enabling works underway close to Glasgow Airport.
Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive, Sandra Black gave the principal sponsor address and profiled the new Economic Strategy for Renfrewshire 2020-2030 featuring investment and opportunities in the area with increased job growth, new house building and Renfrewshire as a great place to live and work.
The ROCCO raffle raised an outstanding £10,000 with an individual pledge of £1,500 from intu Braehead for local charities and good causes with main beneficiaries Accord Hospice and STAR Project’s “Chin-Up” initiative for the young men of Shortroods.
The audience was held spell-bound by the enchanting performances of Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists: Soprano Charlie Drummond, Scottish baritone Arthur Bruce and pianist Michael Papadopoulos. Their talent was met with thunderous applause as the audience showed their appreciation.
Commenting on the Awards, Renfrewshire Chamber chief executive Bob Grant said:
“What a night! ROCCO 2019 was a record-breaker with over 115 entries for this year’s awards.
“Raising £10,000 for our two-chamber charities is tremendous and thank you to all who donated a raffle prize.”
Dr Liz Cameron said:
“This was another fabulous night and event celebrating the rich variety of businesses across Renfrewshire.
“Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners in what was a wonderful way to reflect on another successful year for Renfrewshire Chamber.”
ROCCO favourite Fred MacAulay hosted and was enthralled by all three performers. ROCCO’s twitter wall and social media generated a reach of 1.8 million impressions on twitter and reached 385,000 accounts with #2019Rocco trending on the night.
ROCCO Award Winners
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service- sponsored by Scottish Leather Group
Taste Buds Paisley
ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce – sponsored by DYW (West)
City Gate Construction
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by Advanced Forming Research Centre
ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Creation IP
Safer Scotland Ltd
ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport
ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – sponsored by Invest in Renfrewshire
Paisley Autocare Ltd
ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company
ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland
ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by the Malcolm Group
Ingliston Country Club & Hotel
ROCCO Award for Excellence in Tourism – sponsored by Paisley Is
Open Road Scotland
ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce
Ryan Clark – Safer Scotland
ROCCO Award for Community Champion – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & Royal Bank of Scotland
Rays of Hope
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business with 5 or fewer employees – sponsored by intu Braehead
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business 5-25 employees – sponsored by University of the West of Scotland
Lochlie Construction Group
ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – Sponsored by Terumo Aortic
Wholesale Domestic Equipment Company Ltd
ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – sponsored by Paisley Daily Express
Pace Theatre Company
ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo Plc
Andrew Colquhoun – CEO, Doosan Babcock
View pictures from ROCCO 2019 courtesy of Murdoch Ferguson Imaging on Renfrewshire Chamber’s Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2CSJ0ph.