The Ayrshire Business Awards celebrates its tenth birthday this year.

The awards recognise businesses which have demonstrated excellence in a variety of fields.

Is your business thriving, innovative, or providing excellent customer service? Does your business have a lot to shout about? If so the Ayrshire Business Awards want to hear from you.

Companies can enter up to two categories and the closing date is Friday August 2. The Awards are free to enter and you can find out more about all the categories and sponsors at

Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner at Ayr Race Course on Friday, October 11 2019.

The awards once again have 1825 Financial Planning as their Principal Sponsor.

David Hughes, Managing Director, said: “As in previous years I would encourage all businesses to consider applying for an award. The process will benefit your business and if successful, your colleagues and customers will be able to enjoy the recognition it brings.”

Val Russell said “The Awards are a great way to raise your profile, celebrate success and shout about your achievements - don’t just take our word for it –here is what some of last year’s winners had to say…

“VisitArran was delighted and honoured to receive the Ayrshire Business Award for Tourism last year! This is a tremendous accolade, and reflects well on the fabulous tourism offering that our island businesses and community work so hard to achieve! I would recommend any business to consider applying for the Ayrshire Business Awards - the process makes you reflect on your achievements, and also helps you focus on future attainment” VisitArran

We were completely thrilled to win the Ayrshire Best Business Award 2018 (for 11-50 employees). It meant so much to us, having worked so incredibly hard all year around, to do that well on home turf, amongst such a great field of local businesses. The evening was a highlight for our staff who were able to join in celebrating their well-deserved award, but also were delighted to support friends and colleagues attending from the other local businesses. Our thanks go to the Ayrshire Chamber for organising a properly meaningful awards night with a great vibe and atmosphere. Peacock Salt

To support businesses through the application process Business Gateway is running a FREE Application Masterclass on 9th July from 1.30pm-4.30pm at the Business Gateway Office (Kilmarnock). To book please visit