Cocoa Bean scoops double award

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DUMFRIES and Galloway businesses wowed the judges at last night’s Business Awards ceremony with Cocoa Bean at Twynholm taking both Rural Business of the Year and its owner taking Businesswoman of the Year.

Over 200 people attended the ceremony at the Easterbook Hall, Dumfries where Claire Beck, owner and brains of the Cocoa Bean, scooped her own title and that for her business.

The winners of the Dumfries and Galloway Business Awards 2012 are:

Outstanding Performing Business, Sponsored by Gates Power Transmission - Sparklers Private Nurseries.

Savour the Flavour Local Food Hero Award, Sponsored by Process Plant & Machinery - Thistle ‘B’ Scrumptious.

DGSEN Social Enterprise/Charity of the Year, Sponsored by E-on Climate and Renewables - Dumfries & Galloway Citizens Advice Service.

Destination Dumfries & Galloway Tourism Award, Sponsored by Exchange Communications - The Galloway Activity Centre.

Rural Enterprise Award, Sponsored by Dumfries & Galloway Council - The CocoaBean Company.

Excellence in Customer Services Award, Sponsored by HSBC - Prana Hair & Beauty.

Family Business Award, Sponsored by Armstrong Watson - Roucan Loch Crematorium Company.

Most Promising New Business, Sponsored by Business Gateway - Brodies of Moffat.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Carol-Ann Brown.

Business Woman of the Year - Claire Beck.

Business Man of the Year - Ian Hobson.

Chief Executive of Dumfries and Galloway Chamber Gordon Mann said: “The event was a great celebration of the very best of business in Dumfries and Galloway.

“ We were so impressed by the support and the high quality applications that we intend to make this an annual event”.