Think Big business thrives at D&A

Release Date: 26 January 2017

D&A College brewed up an evening brim-full of success at the Think Big business awards ceremony held at the Incubator Space at Gardyne Campus.

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Think Big winners with Ally Bally (centre, left) and D&A principal, Grant Ritchie (centre, right). Courtesy of Alan Richardson.

Overall winners on the night, announced by Radio Tay doyen, Ally Bally, were microbrewery Park Brew, which scooped the business growth category; with Thrive Dundee, which helps people overcome debilitating neuroses, taking the top spot in the new business section.

It was an exciting night for a number of entrants as the high standard meant judges, Bill McLeod of flik Magazine, Angus Council’s Alison Smith, Lucia Giuntoli, Elevator, Graham Bradley, Federation of Small Businesses and Bruce Donaldson of D&A College, felt the work of other entrants should be acknowledged.

BuddyUp, an on-line venture aimed at connecting individuals, groups, clubs, referees, venues and businesses to participate in sports events, Blue Monkey Events, which specialises in outdoor cinema events, and T-Potters Café, which offers an unusual dining experience with ceramics painting were all recognised as winners.

Thrive’s Ben Greer received £2000 and advertising opportunities in flik; while David Robertson, Blue Monkey, was awarded £1000 and membership of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce; BuddyUp’s Vladimir Zanin won £750 and legal advice from Thorntons Law; and Kalie and Bryony Taylor also received £750 plus free accountancy services from AFM Solutions Ltd.

In the business growth category John Leatherbarrow, Park Brew, received £2000, Federation of Small Businesses membership and legal advice from Thorntons Law; 5-Style a design-led on-line magazine with 100,000 followers was recognised with Alberto Negro being offered space in the Incubator suite at Enterprise D&A; Shoes to You, which supplies footwear to people in supported accommodation, was also recognised with Annmarie Connolly being offered Dundee and Angus Chamber membership.

As well as the presentations, the evening saw Kim Cameron of the Gin Bothy giving an address and a networking event taking place for all businesses involved to swap their ideas and network with guests and sponsors which also included Angus Council, Mackays Ltd, Bridge 2 Business and Dundee Social Enterprise Network.