Scottish solutions firm double winner in regional awards

Annan-based solutions business Eco was a double winner at the Dumfries and Galloway Business Awards 2022

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AN INNOVATIVE Scottish solutions firm is celebrating after it was a double winner at a prestigious regional business awards ceremony.

Eco Group Managing Director Eddie Black scooped the Outstanding Business Person award at the Dumfries & Galloway Business Awards 2022. Eco, which is based at Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, was also named joint Outstanding Large Business of the Year.

The winners were announced at a black tie event at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries on Friday, April 1, where representatives from businesses throughout the region gathered to recognise and celebrate their achievements.

Eco is a multi-disciplined turnkey solutions business, delivering quality, innovative products and services in a variety of sectors for commercial, industrial, public sector and residential customers across the UK.

The company moved into a new 3,000-square-metre HQ in Annan last year which was built by Eco’s own team, with work continuing throughout the pandemic.

After picking up the awards, Eddie paid tribute to his team, which includes more than 70 people.

He said: “These awards are a result of the team’s positive attitude and commitment to making a difference to the business and to the community.

“The past two years have been challenging for everyone, and I’m extremely proud of the way we have pulled together to create opportunities, build on our successes and been flexible and adaptable to the changing business landscape.”

Eddie has grown the company he founded 12 years ago offering dry ice blasting services into a business which now offers multiple products and services for clients including multinational companies. Eco recently launched the first product in its EcoGoZero range of products aimed at helping businesses, homeowners and the UK achieve net zero targets. The firm has exclusive UK distribution of the BriXcell, which is a simple, compact electric vehicle charging solution.

Eddie said his ambition is for Eco Group to be one of the leading businesses in Scotland and to put Dumfries and Galloway on the map.

“We want to create something which is sustainable, something that lasts, and has a positive impact, not only for Eco but also for the economy in Dumfries and Galloway and for our communities,” he said.

Organised by Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce, the Dumfries & Galloway Business Awards celebrate the achievements of businesses which are making their mark in Dumfries and Galloway and beyond. 

Categories included Most Promising New Business, Outstanding Family Business, Young Entrepreneur and Champion in Developing the Young Workforce.

Eco’s services include emergency response solutions; dry ice blasting, manufacture and supply; bespoke training systems; design, build and fit out solutions; communications and IT; industrial process solutions; and creative design and marketing. 

As well as its base in Annan, Eco operates across the border in Cumbria, with its interiors business Ghyll House Upholstery, based at Mealsgate, near Cockermouth, and Integrity IT Solutions, which has bases in Carlisle and at Eco’s HQ in Annan.

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