Borders College

Business Excellence Awards presented to worthy winners

The third annual Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards took place at Springwood Park in Kelso recently, and representatives of Borders College were proud to present awards to two of the esteemed winners.‬‬‬

Borders College Principal Angela Cox with Over Langshaw Ice CreamThe awards are hosted by Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce to promote and celebrate the best that Borders companies, across all industries, have to offer.  Awards are issued across 12 categories.

This year, Borders College Principal Angela Cox presented Over Langshaw Ice Cream with the ‘Agricultural Business of the Year’ award.  The Scottish Borders farm uses a combination of their own fresh ingredients combined with local seasonal ingredients to produce their luxury ice cream, which is made sustainably using wind power from their own turbine.

Meanwhile, Deirdre McKendry, Head of Business Development Unit (and Chair of the Borders Supported Employers Network who sponsored the award), presented the ‘Diversity’ award to Grow to Work, who this year have provided invaluable support to students at Borders College, enabling two Horticulture students to develop their horticultural skills and knowledge, as well as supporting two students through the Employability Fund programme (which is run by Deirdre’s department).

Grow to Work, incorporated in 2011, receives referrals from relevant partners and agencies for supported employment for young persons with a disability, learning difficulty or mental health issue.  The project operates a ‘buddy’ system, among other initiatives, with the overall goal of helping young people to widen their abilities and interests whilst at the same time picking up transferable skills such as confidence and communication.

Nigel Gibb, Horticulture Lecturer at the College, was especially pleased to learn of Grow to Work winning their category, commenting:

“One of my level 2 Horticulture students is currently doing her work placement with Greg at Grow to Work.  She is also helping assist young pupils with anxiety problems whilst on her placement, just one example of the many benefits of collaborative working.”

Congratulations to both Over Langshaw Ice Cream and Grow to Work on their success at the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards.

To find out more about courses at Borders College, including those offered by the Business Development Unit, visit

Published: Tue 5th Dec, 2017