Published: 04/03/2017 06:00 - Updated: 03/03/2017 15:25

Black Isle businesswoman in line for special award

Clare Campbell has been shortlisted for an AccelerateHER award as part of a scheme which encourages women-led businesses
Clare Campbell has been shortlisted for an AccelerateHER award as part of a scheme which encourages women-led businesses

A BLACK Isle businesswoman who helped Belladrum forge a festival first with its own tartan is now in the running for a special award.

Black Isle’s Prickly Thistle, led by locally-based entrepreneur Clare Campbell, is a finalist for this year’s AccelerateHER Awards.

The company, which launched its brand website in April last year, enables lovers of tartan to create their own design which they can then officially register with the Scottish Tartan Authority.

Prickly Thistle joins five fellow finalists in the Growth category: Wooha Brewing Company (Nairn), Scottish Bioenergy (Midlothian), My Diabetes My Way (Dundee), Pick Protection and Hello Uni (both Glasgow-based).

The winners of awards, which recognise women-led businesses in Scotland, will be announced on March 9 at the Investing Women Ambition and Growth conference.

The competition serves as an ideal platform to help finalists attract “business angel” investment into their companies with three winners securing an all-expense paid trip to meet US investors in California in April.

Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women, which runs the AccelerateHER Awards said: “I would like to congratulate Clare at Prickly Thistle on her success in making it to the finals of this year’s awards. Businesses like hers demonstrate the immense entrepreneurial achievements of women across Scotland and I wish them every success going forward.

“Last year’s awards provided a great platform for so many of the women who participated, with four of the six finalists securing over £2m worth of growth financing between them since their involvement in the programme.”

 More on this story inside this week's Ross-shire Journal.

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