Meet The Independent Stirling Business Awards 2023 Winners

Stirling’s independent business owners were recognised and rewarded last night at the city’s first Independent Stirling Business Awards.

The winners of ten awards were revealed during a glittering ceremony at the Stirling Business Awards run by Go Forth Stirling BID.

Teams from a wide range of independent businesses and charities were presented with trophies during the black-tie event at Stirling’s Golden Lion Hotel headlined by Celtic rock band Red Hot Chilli Pipers. The winners were chosen by the public with more than 16,000 votes cast for nominated businesses during the run up to the awards.

The evening was compered by DJs from Central FM and trophies were handed out in a range of award categories. They included Stirling’s Restaurant of the Year which was won by Fletcher’s and the city’s Pub/Bar of the Year which was awarded to the Kilted Kangaroo. The award for Stirling’s Café/Coffee Shop of the Year went to Vera Artisan Bakery while Stirling’s Hair & Beauty Business of the Year was awarded to FrownDocs Skincare Clinic.

Stirling’s Unique Retailer of the Year category was won by Tinkerbells Emporium with Joanie’s Music taking the title of Stirling’s Retailer of the Year. Stirling Distillery was named the city’s Visitor Attraction of the Year while Nevermore Tattoo & Piercing Studio won Stirling’s Professional Services Business of the Year.

Award sponsors included the Thistles, Retailers Against Crime, Castle Leisure Group, Stirling Gin, Cowane’s Trust, the University of Stirling Management School, STEP Scotland and chartered surveyors Graham & Sibbald.

A raffle on behalf of Strathcarron Hospice was held during the awards evening which raised £1,580 for the charity. Claire Kennedy, Corporate Fundraiser at Strathcarron Hospice, said: “Thanks for a fabulous night and I am delighted that the raffle raised £1,580 for Strathcarron which represents three full days of care for a patient staying in our in-patient unit.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Outstanding Contribution to Stirling sponsored by the Cowane’s Trust – Creative Stirling and Made in Stirling.

Team Made In Stirling / Creative Stirling

Charity of the Year sponsored by the Thistles – Stirling Carers Centre.

Team Stirling Carers Centre

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Graham + Sibbald – Fletcher’s.

Team Fletcher's

Café/Coffee Shop of the Year sponsored by STEP Scotland – Vera Artisan Bakery.

Team Vera Artisan Bakery

Retailer of the Year sponsored by the Fubar/Castle Leisure Group – Joanie’s Music.

Jim Rintoul - Joanie's Music

Visitor Attraction of the Year sponsored by Retailers Against Crime – Stirling Distillery.

Team Stirling Distillery

Pub/Bar of the Year presented by Nettl of Stirling – Kilted Kangaroo.

Team Kilted Kangaroo

Unique Retailer of the Year presented by Blackburn Communications – Tinkerbells Emporium.

Professional Services Business of the Year sponsored by the University of Stirling Management School – Nevermore Tattoo.

Lisa from Tinkerbells Emporium & Lisa from Nevermore Tattoo

Hair & Beauty Business of the Year presented by 17 Degrees Magazine – FrownDocs.

Team FrownDocs & Sophie from 17 Degree Magzine (in black dress in the front)

More photos and videos can be found on our social media. You can now also find all of the Stirling Business Awards winners on our interactive map of Stirling Independent Businesses.

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