The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) is celebrating after being named as a finalist in Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards while Chief Executive Craig Anderson has been shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Scotland.

The Responsible Business Awards is the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards programme championing responsible business.

SSC is the only Scottish company and only food & drink producer to be shortlisted in the Responsible Business of the Year category of the awards which recognise the most inspiring businesses making a difference by taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and tackle environmental challenges.  Chief Executive Craig Anderson joins other leaders from 23 of Scotland’s most promising, pioneering and accomplished businesses as a finalist in EY’s annual award programme which rewards entrepreneurial drive and spirit.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year winners will be announced at a ceremony at V&A Dundee in June and those recognised will progress to the UK level of the competition. The winners of the BITC Responsible Business Awards will be unveiled at a gala dinner at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 July.

SSC is focused on responsible business growth and is now a £180m turnover business, exporting to 26 countries and employing over 600 staff. Working at the heart of Scotland’s food and drink sector, the company has 60 sites on the west coast and Hebrides and plays an integral part in the communities where its staff live and work.

SSC’s responsibility framework underpins the business and its growth strategy which focuses on developing exports and promoting Scottish provenance. The company’s flagship export product is Native Hebridean Salmon, a truly unique and native strain of Scottish salmon descended from North Uist and reared exclusively in the Hebrides.  An industry success story, it is one of the ways in which SSC creates and retains value and much-needed employment in Scotland’s rural communities. This is to be processed at the Harris and Lewis Smokehouse in Stornoway.

Craig Anderson said:“Our responsibility journey began with our commitment to the environmental, economic and cultural sustainability of rural Scotland, where many of of our operations are based. As our business has grown, so has this commitment.

“Our responsibility framework encompasses all areas of our business and gives our staff clear values and standards to guide their working practices. Along with promoting Scottish provenance, it has underpinned our approach to innovation, growing exports and creating skilled employment.

“To be a finalist in both of these awards is testament to the vision and hard work of our team.”

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “We want Scotland’s food and drink industry to be a world leader in responsible growth, from investing in the people who work in our businesses to investing in the communities in which we operate. The Scottish Salmon Company is showing what can be done with its contribution to fragile rural communities, commitment to provenance and authenticity and stringent welfare standards. The company is a true ambassador for our industry and a deserving finalist.”

Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Business in the Community, said:“Organisations which acknowledge their responsibility to society by evolving their business to be a sustainable one for the long term should be recognised and celebrated. We are proud of The Scottish Salmon Company who have been selected as a Responsible Business Awards 2019 finalist. Together, all the finalists are helping to make the UK the world leader in responsible business.”