Ayrshire Businesswomen Recognised at National Awards

Monday 22 July 2013

Four of Ayrshire’s top business talents have been named finalists in the ASB Business Awards 2013.

Recognising the high achievers in the business sector and those who contribute something back to society, the Awards are organised by the Association of Scottish Business Women and highlight the hard work, vision and dedication of businesswomen throughout Scotland.

Sheila Kerr of Sheila Kerr Jewellery, Lynn Burns of Suddenly Single Money and Marianne Patterson of Ayrshire Children’s Services have been shortlisted for, respectively, Most Enterprising Business, Young Business of the Year and Most Innovative Start-Up under 1 year.

Plus, Marie Macklin has been named finalist in the Recognition of Outstanding Contribution category. The entrepreneur and Chairwoman of The KLIN Group, which engages in economic and social transformation in Scotland and manages a portfolio of international property investments, said: “I’m thrilled to have been short listed for these prestigious awards, and I’m in excellent company with the other nominees, all of whom do fantastic work and are a great example of businesswomen truly making a difference. I have my fingers crossed that Ayrshire does well at the national event and wish the others the very best of luck.”

The nominees were each congratulated by Liz Cooper, President of ASB affiliate, the Ayrshire Association of Business Women. Liz said: “We are delighted to see four fantastic Ayrshire businesses recognised by the ASB Awards. Given the nationwide reach of this competition, and the high volume of entries received, to be shortlisted as a finalist is a superb achievement in itself. It is also particularly gratifying to see such diversity in the Ayrshire businesses which have been selected as finalists, a fact which reflects the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial talent flourishing here in the south west. The very best of luck to all of our finalists.”

Based in Kilmarnock, Marie Macklin has progressed the The Klin Group from property construction into land investment and property regeneration, engaging local communities and working closely with aspiring young business people to encourage new generations of entrepreneurs, sharing business knowledge and providing advice and financial support for initiatives which motivate young people.

Irvine-based Sheila Kerr Jewellery has seen her hand-made jewellery business blossom in 2013 with numerous achievements and opportunities including the creation of exclusive collections for Turnberry Resort and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. The business was also a part of Entrepreneurial Spark’s West Coast Hatchery.

New business (and fellow Entrepreneurial Spark alumni) Ayrshire Children’s Services has been recognised in The Most Innovative Start-Up Category. Established by Marianne Patterson, ACS is a bespoke support service for children aged 7-11 years who have additional support needs.
Suddenly Single Money, which was established by Lynn Burns, offers co-ordinated financial and emotional support to people who find themselves suddenly single through, for example, bereavement, separation or divorce.

The ASB Awards take place this year at Ardoe House in Aberdeen on Friday 30 August.


Issued by Create Communications on behalf of the Ayrshire Association of Business Women. For further information please contact Carol MacInnes at Create Communications on tel 01563 595001 or 07739 774091.

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