Dalkeith firm shortlisted for Scotland’s top business awards

Friday January 25th 2019

FSB Awards

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has announced the list of the finalists for the Scotland area FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019. Dalkeith-based small business Pigeon Penguin is amongst the finalists.

The awards, on 21 February 2019 at the Playfair Library in Edinburgh, will see over 200 businesses gather to celebrate small businesses, self-employed workers and the huge contribution they make to the Scottish economy and our communities.

Pigeon Penguin is a finalist in both the Digital Innovation Award and Community Award categories.

Garry Clark, FSB’s Development Manager for Midlothian, said: “The finalists have been shortlisted because they are some of the Scotland’s most exciting small businesses and self-employed workers. It is fantastic to see Pigeon Penguin among those who compete to be the best in Scotland.

“Pigeon Penguin is an outstanding local web and app developer, with a host of high quality products and superb functionality.

“I wish them the best of luck in the finals next month and look forward to celebrating the huge contribution all our small businesses play across the length and breadth of Scotland.”

Phil Bowen, Director of Pigeon Penguin, said:

“We are really chuffed to have been shortlisted. It has been a great year for Pigeon Penguin, with Midlothian View really growing and becoming a sustainable business in it’s own right and then the launch of the Paperless App for Assure360 in the Asbestos Removal industry. So to be recognised for both is absolutely brilliant.”

Asbestos Removal is quite rightly heavily regulated, almost to the same extent as the nuclear industry, and companies must prove to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that they are in control when they apply for their HSE licence initially and at the frequent renewal time.

Supervisors on a site where asbestos removal is taking place spend a huge amount of time recording safety-critical checks, preventing them from actually supervising.

Prior to the Paperless App a supervisor would have to complete reams of paperwork each day; recording who was on-site, recording operative asbestos exposure levels, recording equipment checks, recording visitors, recording daily project progress and issues. At the end of even a simple 3 day project a thick A4 binder of paper would be produced, which was subsequently sent back to the office to be checked and reviewed and manually and laboriously entered into recording systems

The Paperless App streamlines the recording process, but at the same time adds disaster recovery and remote management.

Midlothian View has grown the number of readers across Midlothian and is providing local businesses an opportunity to advertise their services, which in turn enables the website to grow and add new features. This year Midlothian View has been recognised by the BBC as Local Democracy Reporter partner. It has also joined The Independent Community News Network (ICNN)

A full list of those shortlisted and the categories are: 

Business & Product Innovation Award


Employer of the Year

Family Business of the Year

Ethical – Green Business of the Year

Micro Business of the Year

Scale-Up Business of the Year

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)

 Digital Innovation Award

International Business of the Year


Start-Up Business of the Year​​​​​​​

Community Award – Area only

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