AN AYRSHIRE rape and child sex abuse support organisation has been hailed for its work by the area's business leaders.

Break the Silence received the Business Excellence award at the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce's yearly dinner which was hosted at the Lochside House Hotel in New Cumnock.

Claire Baird, chief executive officer of the Chamber, congratulated the team, stating: "They were able to evidence continuous improvement in all aspects of their service delivery focussing on direction, execution and results.

“It was an inspirational evening, with good company and having such a worthy winner made it even better.”

Brian McGilvary, head judge, described the organisation as a "highly cohesive team", adding that they demonstrated the use of modern technology, with the staff’s attention to detail pivotal to them being crowned as winners.

Ayr Advertiser: Claire Baird and Fiona Campbell

The event featured guest speaker Fiona Campbell, chief executive of the Association of Self-Caterers.

She said: "It was an honour and a privilege to have had the opportunity to share insights from my journey as the chief executive of the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers (ASSC).

"Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce’s warm reception and engaged participation made the event truly memorable.

“Remember: leadership is not just about achieving individual success but about empowering others and fostering collaboration for the greater good.

"Thank you once again for the opportunity to connect with your members. I look forward to continued collaboration and the opportunity to support each other's endeavours in the future."