Wins for Benriach Distillery, If Only Holidays, Scopus Engineering, Securigroup and Adria Group
The SME300 awards, which are in their fourth year and were sponsored by Bank of Scotland, celebrate the success of Scotland's best performing small to medium sized companies with turnover between s8m and s20m.
The winner of the Top SME300 turnaround award was the Benriach Distillery which was bought by former Burn Stewart Distillers operations director Billy Walker from French drinks giant Pernod Ricard in 2004.
In 2008 the company acquired the Glen Dronach distillery near Huntly and it has also bought Pernod Ricards bottling plant at Newbridge in Midlothian to expand production of single malts from the two distilleries. Last year the distiller made a profit of s2.3m.
The second award for highest rank climber.went to Glasgow based upmarket tour operator If Only Holidays which moved up 189 places to 83rd in the SME300 on the back of a 10.7 per cent rise in turnover to s16.23m.
The company which specialises in tours in Arabia, the Indian Ocean region and south east Asia was founded by Brendan Maguire 11 years ago and he ran it on his own. Today it employs some 50 staff.
The award for the best newcomer the best newcomer was Aberdeen based Scopus Engineering. Scopus grew its sales from s7.6m to s9.4m and increased profits from s2.2m to s2.5m. putting it immediately into161st place in our table.
The company was founded by Andy Inglis and Tom Bryce primarily to provide precision dimensional surveys to the worldwide offshore and onshore Oil and Gas industry.
It has established a leading position in the UK and overseas with offices in Aberdeen, Azerbaijan, Brazil and Canada and now has more than 100 employees.
The award is for the fastest growing company. went to Glasgow based security company Securigroup.
It saw its turnover soar from s3.6m in the eight months to March 2009 to s10.6m in the year to March 2010 thanks to continued growth in its existing operations and successfully expanding into other business areas.
Its new training arm achieved significant growth in turnover and margins while growing its reputation in the industry.
The company which deploys over 1000 licensable staff, operates throughout the UK in a variety of sectors.
The final award went to the number one company in this years SME300, Aberdeen-based Adria Group whose main subsidiary is waste management and industrial cleaning group Taylor's Industrial Services.
Founded in 1962 by Wyllie Taylor and his son Adrian, the company originally began working predominantly for the granite trade and local paper mills.
When it spotting a niche in the market due to new environmental legislation, Taylor's then developed interceptor drainage maintenance for the oil and gas industry with great success.
The company is now headed by Adrian and his son Kevin Taylor who joined his father and grandfather in the business after leaving school.
It employs over 120 staff and operates more than 50 vehicles.