NES (North Electrical Services) Ltd, which has bases in Inverness and Elgin, has been shortlisted after a public vote for Business of the Year for firms with under 100 staff in the Scottish SME Business Awards.
NES is one of seven finalists in the north section of the award category. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on 28 March.
Thousands of nominations were put forward in 25 categories in the awards, which are in their second year and are organised by Creative Oceanic.
NES Managing Director Kenny Duncan said: “We are delighted to have been nominated by the public and shortlisted for this prestigious award. It is a tribute to the hard work of all our staff who have helped the company get where it is while embracing our core principles of growing organically and developing our own apprentices.”
Earlier this year, NES’s growing success was praised by Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP Drew Hendry in an Early Day Motion in the UK Parliament.
The company has more than quadrupled its permanent workforce to 60 since setting up in 2012 and is now targeting another four-fold increase and a move into the central belt. It plans to grow the workforce to 250, and increase its turnover from between £3 million-£4 million to around £12 million-£15 million.
NES is recruiting four new apprentice electricians this year, which will bring the total number of apprentices it employs to 17.
NES’s services include industrial and commercial electrical installation and maintenance works, control and instrumentation, electric motor repair, overhaul and rewinding for clients including schools, offices, commercial premises, distilleries and fish processing plants.
Previous awards include Best Electrical Safety Project in 2016 and Best Use of Training category in 2015 from SELECT, the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland.