The search has begun for leading women in the world of business in the Aberdeenshire area as entries open for this year’s Business Women Scotland Business Awards.

The key themes this year of collaboration and sustainability at the prestigious annual awards are watch words reflecting the changing ways we have been doing business since the start of the pandemic.

Start-up businesses, women in tech and social media are also among the categories at the awards, back for a seventh year, that mark the achievements of the growing number of women-led businesses and the entrepreneurial talents of women across Scotland.

Entries are now open in the search for business role models to inspire the next generation of leaders.

Categories range from Rising Star of the Year and Established Business of the Year to Inspirational Woman of the Year. 

New categories in the 2021 awards include Collaboration Award, Sustainable Business Award and Women in Tech Award.

Tracy Clark of ITC Hydraulics, based in Inverurie and Turriff, scooped the Established Business of the Year Award at last year’s awards.

The co-founder and managing director of the business worked to see it grow organically to become a beacon in the hugely competitive oil and gas sector.

“Winning the award reflected the company’s significant business achievements,” said Tracy.

“ITC celebrated its 21stanniversary in 2020 and was been recognised by many customers over the years for its efforts in the industry.”

Tracy launched ITC Hydraulics with her husband Ian, while juggling a young family of three. The business has developed and grown, working with clients across the globe. Tracy has gained the respect and admiration of her peers in a male dominated industry. Years of hard work and determination have paid off and she is acknowledged as a successful businesswoman.

Supported by Scotland Can-Do, Business Gateway, STV, Digital Boost and Azure Global, the awards ceremony on 19 November will be online.

The overall winner of the awards, selected by the judging panel, will receive the prize of a two-week airtime campaign with Go Radio and production of a commercial.

“We want to showcase some of the most enterprising and successful women from around Scotland: women who’ve had the courage to follow their dreams, whether that be starting their own business, making it to the top in their career, or using their expertise and knowledge to help other women be the best they can be,” said Lynne Kennedy MBE, founder of Business Women Scotland.

“We have always wanted to shine a light on the great work women are doing across Scotland while being role models for the next generation.”

To enter, visit www.bwsawards.co.uk

The closing date for entries is 3 September.




Notes to editors


Categories in the 2021 Business Women Scotland Business Awards:

Business Growth of the Year

Business Woman of the Year

Established Business of the Year

Inspirational Woman of the Year

Rising Star of the Year

Social Enterprise of the Year

Social Media Genius of the Year

Start-up Business of the Year

Women in Tech

Collaboration Award

Sustainable Business Award

The overall winner is selected by the judging panel


Business Women Scotland is a voice representing women in business and an organisation dedicated to helping women find support and networking opportunities to allow them to strengthen their business. A bi-monthly digital magazine supporting women in business, it also runs a series of live virtual events and awards to celebrate and empower women in business while tackling the gender gap in enterprise. 

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