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Craig Anderson, Managing Director, The Scottish Salmon Company (left) and George Hall, Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Branch Chair
Craig Anderson, Managing Director, The Scottish Salmon Company (left) and George Hall, Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Branch Chair

Craig Anderson, managing director of the Scottish Salmon Company, was announced as the Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Regional Director of the Year last night, for his decision to focus on exports.  

The announcement was made at the IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards, which were held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. The awards reflect Scotland’s diverse business life, applauding those individuals whose creativity, leadership and responsible business practices have led to success for their organisation and the Scottish community.

“The way Craig has repositioned the business and the brand, how he has built a strong team and championed exports, and how he has transitioned the business in a short time from being local to global is all evidence of strong leadership, vision and endless ambition,” the judges said.

Craig added: “This is a really special moment for me and is a welcome reward for all the hard work carried out by everyone in the company, all of whom have played a role in helping SSC to become the thriving food business it is today.

“The company has had a transformational last few years, doubling exports and launching a number of innovative projects to support the work of our sites across the West coast and Outer Hebrides and our Head Office in Edinburgh.

“We are really proud of the role we play in supporting the Scottish economy and the remote and rural communities in which we live and work. Salmon is a great success story for Scotland and we will continue to champion our finest quality premium produce across the world.”

Another winner from the world of seafood was Magnus Houston, Managing Director of Coast & Glen Ltd (Inverness), suppliers of seafood to national and international markets, including the FISHBOX home delivery service, who scooped the Emerging Director of the Year Award.

The judging panel said: “Coast & Glen is an excellent concept and Magnus has applied great vision and energy to its success while also working hard to develop his own skills as an entrepreneur and business leader.”

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting sustainable business growth, and fostering a fairer and more prosperous Scotland. The Institute of Director’s Scottish Awards provides an annual opportunity to showcase the innovation and excellence of Scottish companies that underpins growth in our economy and which I see regularly as I visit companies across Scotland. It is only right that we continue to celebrate their achievements and I congratulate all those nominated tonight.”

Scottish category winners will also have a shot at the UK Director of the Year Awards, which take place in London in October.