Empteezy’s founder and managing director, Bruce Wishart, celebrated being shortlisted amongst some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurial leaders at last night’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 awards held at The Gleneagles Hotel.
The awards are celebrating their 19th year in the UK and 31st year globally, with Bruce being shortlisted for his strong leadership and innovation of Empteezy. He is noted for his no fuss approach to the potential economic uncertainty triggered by Brexit and has proactively continued with business development, despite an inevitable impact on exchange rate values for the company’s international trading.
Annie Graham, who heads up EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Scotland, said the list of finalists shows the country's entrepreneurs have 'undeniable economic clout'
Bruce started Empteezy in 1986 in a rented second world war Nissan hut at Broxburn with the first product which he designed himself. The product was a forklift attachment that could be used to easily empty waste into skips.
After 30 years of trading, and under Bruce’s sound leadership, Empteezy now has over 200 staff and has reported a turnover of €90 million in the last three years. In 2016, exports from its UK manufacturing base increased by 18% versus 2015 and overall, turnover increased by 8% versus 2015. Commenting on the experience, Wishart said:
“I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Scottish regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award, especially against such tough competition. The statistics speak for themselves, as collectively all 21 finalists employ over 5,900 people and have generated more than £520 million. It’s a privilege to be amongst such a high calibre of business leaders.Entrepreneurs often succeed against the odds and even now at a time of political and economic uncertainty with Brexit and a second Independence Referendum on the cards, it is important to focus on business as usual and innovation. That has always been my approach at Empteezy and here we are competing internationally thirty years later.”
The winner on the night was Edel Harris, CEO of Aberdeen based health and social care charity Cornerstone.
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