Montrose Ambassadors

ALL THE finalists of the Angus Ambassador Awards 2011 have now been selected with the winners to be announced at the gala award ceremony on November 25.

And the location ‘Montrose’ is well to the fore in the final nominations. They include the following, with citations:

Business – Entrepreneurial Angus Award, sponsored by Enterprise North East Trust

Intervention Rentals, Lunan Bay – From start up in 2006, Intervention Rentals 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. Turnover has quadrupled in four years and the company now employs 19 people in Angus and is expanding into the Middle East, with a base in Qatar.

Gemini Corrosion Services, Montrose – Gemini Corrosion Services, founded by Ian Guthrie, provides high quality, cost effective solutions for surface preparation and protective coating applications to a wide range of companies. Ian identified this as a gap in the market and formed the company while working on oil rigs and noticed that scaffold fittings, once rusted, were simply thrown away.

Community – Pride of Angus Award, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre – Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is expanding and improving thanks to its hard-working volunteers who are renovating old buildings and assisting with the running of the centre. The Centre is committed to education, with a new library and resource centre nearing completion, and an increase in school visits.

Cultural – Creative Angus Award

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre – Over the past year the Heritage Centre has achieved accredited museum status from Museums and Galleries Scotland and has attracted a record number of visitors. The centre is committed to preserving the unique aviation heritage of Montrose through its extensive collection of artefacts, photographs and memorabilia.

International – GoAhead Angus Award, sponsored by Entertrag Ltd

Intervention Rentals, Lunan Bay – From its headquarters in Angus, Intervention Rentals has become a global market leader in flow measurement process for the oil sector. It has recently had enquiries from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Azerbaijan. It has also provided equipment to Holland, Denmark, Tanzania and Gabon.

Provost Ruth Leslie Melville congratulated the finalists and said, “Every year we are greatly encouraged by the talent and entrepreneurship of the people and businesses in Angus. They all have in common their pride in our county, and the Angus Ambassador Awards is the ideal way to recognise this.”

Andrea Brymer, of STV’s North Tonight, will be Master of Ceremonies at the awards ceremony at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday November 25, when she will announce the six category winners and the 2011 Ambassador of the Year sponsored by Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort.