z UPM Tilhill is celebrating after winning the top accolade at The Scottish Finest Woods Awards in recognition of their work on a large-scale planting operation involving around 900,000 trees.
Annelshope Forest in Selkirkshire, which is managed from the company’s Jedburgh office, won the James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods and was also the overall winner of the Quality Timber Award. The trophy was presented to the owner of Annelshope Forest John Hartz by Dr Jean Balfour CBE, FRSE, FICFor.
Annelshope Forest owner John Hartz said: “I was absolutely thrilled to win the award for the forest. The award is a real credit to the UPM Tilhill team, who ensured that the project was carried out in a very professional and environmentally sensitive manner. I was also personally pleased to see the project support local jobs.”
UPM Tilhill District Manager Martin Craig said the award was a great example of team work, with Deputy District Manager Ben Schofield designing the scheme, Forest Manager Lindsay Greer implementing and working closely with Wildlife Manager Chris Gray and UPM Tilhill Ecologist John Gallacher.
z Selkirk-based Chartered Tax Advisers and Accountants firm Stark Main & Co has won a commendation in the Community category of the prestigious UK Accountancy Firm of the Year Award.
Director Ian Main was presented with a certificate at the National Accountants Conference in Birmingham last month.
Ian told TheSouthern: “I am absolutely delighted to accept the award on behalf of the firm, and proud of the difference we have made to our local and global community since forming the firm in 2006. We are absolutely committed to a first- rate leading edge service without detaching the quest for stronger businesses and tax efficiencies from the communities in which they operate.”
Stark Main were overall winners of the Accountancy Firm of the Year Award in 2011 and were also shortlisted in this year’s Scottish Accountancy Awards.
z Three candidates were celebrating their SVQ achievements recently.
Johnny Streets, of The County Hotel, Selkirk – pictured here with The County’s Trond Dalby – completed his MA in Professional Cookery level 3, while Kemal Kilic of Marmions Brasserie in Melrose completed his MA in professional cookery level 2. And Ashton Owen from Milestone Garden and Leisure Centre, Newtown St Boswells achieved his MA in Food and Beverage Service level 2.