Ambassador Award success for local organisations

Two local organisations are celebrating this week after taking top spots in this year’s Angus Ambassador Awards.

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre won the Cultural award, and was highly commended in the Community award category, while Lunan Bay-based company Intervention Rentals Ltd took both the Business and International awards.

Montrose company Gemini Corrosion Services was also highly commended in the business category.

The awards were presented at a ceremony and dinner last Friday at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

This week Alan Doe, air station trust chairman, said recognition through the award is a tribute to the hard work of the centre’s volunteers. It acknowledged expansion and improvement of the centre facilities, culminating in accredited award status granted earlier this year by Museums and Galleries Scotland, and the record number of visitors attracted over the last year.

Mr Doe said: “Without our volunteers the air station would be nothing. There are two elements that have made us successful; one is the grant of lottery fund money and the other is their work to use that money effectively.

“Over the last year we’ve also had quite a few more volunteers who have exactly the kind of expertise we’ve been looking for. I think that indicates that our reputation is spreading.”

Intervention Rentals has become a global market leader in flow measurement process for the oil sector. It opened a base in Qatar to better service the Middle East oil companies and has recently had enquiries from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Azerbaijan.

From start-up in 2006 the company, which employs 20 people locally, is now fully established as a flow measurement rental company in the well intervention/integrity sector of the oil industry, using innovative processes to meet market needs.

Managing director David Laing said the company is delighted to have won two awards, which exceeded expectation.

He said: “Last year we were commended in the Business but I think what has made the difference is our movement away from purely a rental business to rental and services - that has made a big difference. This gives everyone a confidence boost that we’re heading in the right direction and a lift to drive everyone on.”

Alan Mitchell, Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce chief executive and Ambassador Award’s judge commended all of the nominees.

He said “It was a very difficult decision to pick a winner in each category, as all the finalists deserve recognition for all the good work they do.”