‘Think Big’ award success

Richard Burke of Biomasster Ltd, with his award.
Richard Burke of Biomasster Ltd, with his award.

An Edzell renewable fuel firm claimed the top spot in the New Ideas category at D&A College Think Big Awards.

With a prize fund of £16,000 in cash and services up for grabs, Biomasster Ltd impressed a panel of judges to top their category.

Launched in 2015, Biomasster Ltd produces renewable fuel to heat homes and businesses in north-east Scotland.

Using locally-sourced raw materials to cut the carbon impact of the fuel, the company specialises in producing and delivering biomass wood pellets.

With world leaders agreeing to reduce the use of fossil fuels, Richard Burke of Biomasster Ltd feels that his company’s sustainable product has a real future – and so did the Think Big judges.

Also short-listed in this category were Dundee-based Golf Trace Ltd, a film and photography business who capture memories for tourist golfers playing at prestigious courses, Delle Digital Learning Hub who offer training in digital services, Arbee who produce affordable hand-made watches, and recycling company, YouCAN.

Providing a new introduction service for single Scottish Muslims, Dundee-based ShaadiBaji Ltd proved a winner in the Business Growth category.

Also shortlisted in this category were Angus Cycle Hub CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting cycling in Angus through informative events, workshops, bike recycling and provision of a community cycle hub, and Foremost Sports Photography who specialise in action shots of people participating in golf, ice hockey, shooting and rallying.

The Think Big awards was supported by Angus Council, Thorntons Law LLP, Federation of Small Businesses, flik Magazine, MNT Tech, E-zone, Dundee Social Enterprise Network, AFM Solutions Ltd and Mackays. It is the fourth year that Think Big has identified ambitious business-minded people and supported them to develop and make their ideas into a reality.

The judging panel of Charles Goodall (FSB), Susan Smith (DSEN), Chris Martin (Waracle), Bill McLeod (flik Magazine) and Karen Donaldson (D&A College) examined ideas from the shortlisted candidates from Dundee and Angus who took part in this year’s competition.