Business leaders from across Scotland gathered in Inverness on Friday to celebrate success at the annual SCDI Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards, presented by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP.

The awards showcased the achievements of organisations from across the Highlands and Islands and celebrated business excellence in a range of sectors – from local authorities initiatives and fish farming, to marine energy and transport – demonstrating the diverse nature of the Highlands and Islands economy.

The awards, which are run by SCDI and supported by high profile sponsors, including SEPA, Crown Estate Scotland and Liberty British Aluminium, are rigorously judged and provide the opportunity for organisations to be recognised for their businesses achievements.

Amongst the winners on the evening was Aquatera’s Managing Director, Gareth Davies, who received the Liberty British Aluminium Award for Outstanding Business Ambassador. Gareth was recognised for helping to steer the development of marine energy and renewable technologies, alongside being an excellent ambassador for the sector and the region.

Gareth Davies, Managing Director of Aquatera , commented: “I am delighted to receive this award and particularly appreciate the recognition it gives to creating a global business from an island base. Over the last 3 decades remarkable achievements have been made in Orkney – it is truly one of the world’s most sustainable communities.

“With excellent backing from the Aquatera team and our numerous local and global partners I have had the privilege of taking the experience and understanding gained across the world – helping many different communities start to achieve their own ambitions regards sustainable energy and environmental management. Hopefully this effort will continue and expand and this award will help to energise that endeavour.”

A full list of award winners can be accessed here