Island businesses triumph at FSB awards

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Two businesses based on the isle of Jura have snapped up awards at the Federation of Small Businesses’s Celebrating Small Business Awards, which took place in Edinburgh on Thursday February 21.

The Jura Store Community Interest Company and Lussa Drinks Company won the community business and start-up business awards respectively.

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell said: ‘In my constituency, you’ll find hundreds of brilliant businesses but it is an outstanding achievement for Jura to have two award-winning firms based on the island.

‘Research shows that smaller businesses are critical to the viability of rural and island businesses. We need to celebrate these local operators’ successes and I’m thrilled to see the FSB taking the lead doing just that.’

The two firms were joined by nine other winning businesses, seven of which are based in the Highlands and Islands or north-east Scotland.

FSB Scotland’s policy chairman, Andrew McRae, highlighted the popularity of the competition, as it received ‘great applications from every corner of the country’.