Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust shortlisted for Highland Business Awards 2018

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Inverness Chamber of Commerce has just announced the finalists for the prestigious Highland Business Awards 2018. This year 106 entries were received across the twelve categories, presenting the judges with an enormous task of narrowing down the final shortlist. Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust is delighted to have been shortlisted for ‘Best Social Enterprise’ in the Awards, which are to be held at a ceremony in Inverness on the 28th September.

Helen Houston, the Manager of the Trust said, “I am very pleased that the Trust has been recognised for the work that we have been doing in Sutherland. Some people are familiar with us because of our ‘big’ capital projects such as redeveloping the Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction and for transforming the derelict square in Ardgay. However, we are just as passionate about delivering our projects such as the Energy Advice Service which helps people out of fuel poverty; and our ‘Keep Active Together’ and ‘Community Food Stop’ health and wellbeing programmes which connect people in our rural community who might feel socially isolated… We are also immensely proud of our Contracts Assistant Beth Simco who has been shortlisted for ‘Young Apprentice of the Year.’ She is a hardworking, dedicated individual and is such a valued member of the team.”


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Beth Simco, Contracts Assistant

Beth Simco from Bonar Bridge said: “Really, a year ago today I would have never thought that I would be a finalist for Apprentice of the Year at the Highland Business Awards. University was always a planned path. I could not be more grateful to The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust and the Virtual Learning Academy for giving me buckets of support and inspiration to drive and project manage contracts in the Highlands. A massive shout out to Cath, Helen and Valerie for the amazing opportunities that have been given to me. These three ladies have inspired me, supported me and been a constant source of knowledge and advice. This nomination was so unexpected, and I am so appreciative for this! Thank you again.”

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