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2018 Sponsors

Headline Sponsor – Wood


Wood was formed a year ago when Wood Group acquired Amec Foster Wheeler in October 2017. 

Today we are a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets, employing more than 60,000 people in over 60 countries.  Our values of care, commitment and courage are embedded in our business and define who we are, how we work, what we believe in and what we stand for.   Being socially responsible is integral to what we do. We aim to make a positive difference to the communities in which we operate and seek ways to assist them by building relationships based on respect, understanding and empowerment.

We help our local communities by supporting health, welfare, education and humanitarian relief.   Each year our employees can apply for matched funding to support worthy charities and community groups.  Our employees also give their time and fundraise for local charities that provide critical local support.   

We have a long history of helping local charities in Aberdeen, particularly those helping homeless and disadvantaged people in the city, including Aberdeen Cyrenians, Cornerstone and Instant Neighbour. Our employees in Aberdeen have helped us to raise thousands of pounds over the years for the Maggie’s centre in Aberdeen and Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, with hundreds volunteering to create the hospital garden and make improvements to the hospital. 

We are very proud of the help our employees provide to our local communities; our people genuinely care about others - not because they work for Wood, but because Wood has great people.

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Wine Sponsor - WoodWinters

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WoodWinters is one of the country’s leading wine and whisky retailers, seven times winner of the IWC Scottish Merchant of the Year and the first ever Scottish winner of the Decanter UK retailer of the year.

Wood Winters wants to share outstanding and diverse wines from across the globe – connecting with like-minded wine drinkers and allowing then to taste and buy these wines. Wood Winters buyers are excited by flavour and provenance.

WoodWinters shops can be found in Edinburgh and Inverness as well as the original shop in Bridge of Allan, and have been described as;

"WoodWinters is… well, different. It smells like a wine shop. It looks like a wine shop too. But it feels right. I want to buy. I’m being seduced." Joe Fattorini - The Herald “

It is the kind of local wine merchant everyone should have: a friendly presence, terrific wines, and great personal service.” Anthony Rose - The Daily Record

With over 850 wines on the shelves and over 2000 wines across their two warehouses, 99 craft beers and 40 artisan gins, WoodWinters also runs more than 75 tastings and masterclasses each year.


Produce Sponsor – Campbells Prime Meat

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About Campbells Prime Meat:

“The first Campbells butcher shop opened in Edinburgh in 1910 with a strong focus to provide premium quality butchered meat and this value still stands strong at the company’s heart. Since then the company has developed to supply hundreds of restaurants, colleges and universities across the UK, working closely with high profile chefs including the majority of Michelin-starred restaurants in Scotland together with the chefs of the future.

To this day, Campbells Prime Meat dry age their beef for at least 21 days, improving the flavour and texture of the meat. They proudly continue to butcher their meat in the traditional way, never on a production line. This makes a big difference to the quality and the taste remains consistently good every time.

Being a Scottish company is a great advantage to Campbells. It helps us to produce the highest quality meat, because Scottish farmers rear great animals, predominantly grass fed and based on less intensive agriculture systems than elsewhere in Europe. Our fresh fish is just that – fresh. We source all of our fish daily from Scrabster, Peterhead and Shetland. We buy fish at the quayside from boats fishing in the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, assuring our customers of the freshest, Scottish landed fish.

We endeavour to source locally as much as possible to support the Scottish economy and work closely with chefs to develop seasonal delicacies and encourage food innovation.”


Aberdeen Standard Investments

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Standard Life Aberdeen plc is one of the world’s largest investment companies, created in 2017 from the merger of Standard Life plc and Aberdeen Asset Management PLC. Operating under the brand Aberdeen Standard Investments, the investment arm manages £575.7bn* of assets, making it the largest active manager in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. It has a significant global presence and the scale and expertise to help clients meet their investment goals.

As a leading global asset manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments is dedicated to creating long-term value for our clients. The investment needs of our clients are at the heart of what we do. We offer a comprehensive range of investment solutions, as well as the very highest level of service and support.
Aberdeen Standard Investments has the depth and scale of investment capabilities to meet the current and future needs of clients. A full suite of actively managed strategies is complemented by quantitative, rules-based approaches that systematically look to capture or enhance market return.

By maintaining this breadth of expertise, we aim to lead the way with innovative investment approaches that can target investors’ specific needs for income, return, risk control or liability management – as well as seeking to provide sources of performance across different market cycles.

*as at 31/12/17

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Johnstone Carmichael

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Scotland’s food and drink is at the top of its game – we can take your business there too.

As the country’s leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, we work with some of Scotland’s fastest growing food and drink businesses, providing innovative ideas to help them achieve their ambitions.

We believe ‘ask don’t tell, listen don’t talk’. By listening to what matters to our clients most, we help you to solve problems, face challenges and increase the possibilities every time we’re in touch. We look after your business in all areas of accounting – from audit to tax, to business and personal finance.

With experts across Scotland we are always on hand to listen, learn and advise.


JK Fine Foods

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Located in Aberdeen’s west end, JK Fine Foods is an indoor farmers market boasting a superb range of goods which has placed it as a firm foodie favourite and a one stop shop for excellence.

It boasts one of the best butchery counters in the city with all the beef sourced directly from Millers of Speyside in the Highlands, ensuring the customer superb Scottish quality and full traceability from field to fork.

The store, in the city’s Chattan Place, also has a large fish counter that is stocked daily straight from Peterhead market, which is in line with JK Fine Foods’ ethos of sustainable sourcing.

With a focus on supporting local, JK has a large dairy, bakery, vegetable and deli selection sourced from independent producers from across Aberdeenshire and Scotland, in addition to an international deli section which features a large stock of organic, gluten free and vegan products.

The store continually adds to its product lines and currently houses around 5000 food products, with as much as possible sourced locally.

It also boasts one of the North-east’s largest collections of local and Scottish craft beers and gins. They stock more than 60 gins, mostly Scottish and 80 craft beers, from local suppliers such as Fierce Beer and Brewdog.

JK Fine Foods is focussed on encouraging customers to champion local retailers and producers rather than support large supermarket chains.



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We are Jelf. Award winning experts in Insurance, Risk Management and Employee Benefits for businesses and individuals.

Our deep knowledge of both the industry sectors and communities we serve means we can offer advice and solutions that meet our clients' needs today, anticipate what they need tomorrow, and help question if there’s an even better way.

Our strength is our expertise and the relationships we build – powerful industry insight and total commitment to our clients and the communities we serve across the UK.  And our purpose is simple: helping businesses and individuals thrive through understanding.

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RigQuip are experts in drilling equipment. We’re a longstanding business with a forward-thinking approach.

We support our clients in efficient drilling operations, whether that’s providing state of the art new equipment and engineering services, used equipment recertification or on site services and parts and expendables. We offer solid technical solutions at fair prices. We’re obsessed with quality and are the world’s first API Q2 certified drilling equipment service organisation.

We are a trusted technical authority on drilling equipment to many of the world’s largest operators and drilling contractors. With more than 10 years in business and a management team with many more, there is nothing we haven’t seen or overcome. Our team are highly trained and we have technical know-how that no one else does, including on legacy equipment.

Our business has global reach and can support you wherever you are in the world, whether it’s a new build program in Asia, SPS in Europe or the US, or a rig down situation off the coast of Africa.

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