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The Great Scot Awards 2012

Posted on Oct 30, 2012
The Great Scot Awards 2012

THE GREAT SCOT AWARDS 2012

Bois­dale is delight­ed to announce that the Great Scot Awards Din­ner 2012 will take place at Bois­dale of Canary Wharf on Tues­day, 27 Novem­ber and promis­es a delight­ful and thought pro­vok­ing com­bi­na­tion of tal­ent, achieve­ment and glam­our, and a stun­ning menu rep­re­sent­ing the very best of Scot­land with deli­cious match­ing wines and last but def­i­nite­ly not least John­nie Walk­er Blue Label Whisky. 

Now in its fourth suc­cess­ful year and with spon­sor­ship sup­port from two Scot­tish pow­er­hous­es — an inter­na­tion­al invest­ment man­age­ment group Aberdeen Asset Man­age­ment and John­nie Walk­er Blue Label whisky — The Great Scot Awards, cel­e­brates the best in Scot­tish Fash­ion, Film & The­atre, Lit­er­a­ture & the Arts, Music, Char­i­ty, Media and Sport with past win­ners includ­ing Annie Lennox, Sir Jack­ie Stew­art (pic­tured mid­dle and left), Jack Vet­tri­ano, Sir Tom Hunter, Sam Tor­rance, Bill Mar­tin (pic­tured right) and Lor­ri­ane Kelly. 

The auc­tion of sev­en amaz­ing lots will include a not seen before paint­ing from the icon­ic artist Jack Vet­tri­ano which will most cer­tain­ly attract sig­nif­i­cant inter­est from col­lec­tors and enthu­si­asts the world over. The aim is to raise sub­stan­tial­ly over £100,000 on the night. All the pro­ceeds of the auc­tion will go to Scot­tish char­i­ties nom­i­nat­ed by the win­ners of the Great Scot Awards on the night.

2012 cer­tain­ly has been the Year of the Scot’ across all of the cho­sen Great Scot Awards cat­e­gories. In sport Scot­land won 14 of Great Britain’s 65 Medals which is sig­nif­i­cant giv­en that Scot­land only rep­re­sents 10% of the UK pop­u­la­tion. Notably cyclist Chris Hoy won two gold medals at Lon­don 2012. Britain’s num­ber one ten­nis play­er Andy Mur­ray also struck gold at the Olympics as well as tri­umph­ing at the US Open. In music, Emeli Sande won the Brit Awards Crit­ics’ Choice 2012 and per­formed at the Olympics Open­ing Cer­e­mo­ny, whilst Calvin Har­ris won two awards at the MTV VMAs 2012. Fash­ion indus­try favourite Christo­pher Kane won Scot­tish Design­er of the Year at the Scot­tish Fash­ion Awards 2012 and Jonathan Saun­ders won British Design­er of the Year at the Elle Style Awards 2012. World famous author J.K Rowl­ing was award­ed Free­dom of the City of Lon­don in 2012 and pop­u­lar crime writer Charles Cum­ming won two awards at this year’s Spec­savers Crime Thriller Awards.

The nom­i­nees, announced next month, are select­ed from the key cat­e­gories men­tioned above. The Great Scot Awards com­mit­tee con­sist of: Mar­tin Gilbert - chief exec­u­tive of Aberdeen Asset Man­age­ment; Ranald Mac­don­ald founder of Bois­dale; Bill Mar­tin — song­writer and music pub­lish­er; Paul Walsh - chief exec­u­tive of Dia­geo plc; Law­son Muncast­er - man­ag­ing direc­tor of City A.M; Andrew Neil - tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter and broad­cast­er; Sir Jack­ie Stew­art - inau­gur­al win­ner; Sam Tor­rance OBE — golfer and sports commentator.

Mar­tin Gilbert, chief exec­u­tive of Aberdeen Asset Man­age­ment, com­ments: We are delight­ed to be sup­port­ing the Great Scot Awards which cel­e­brates the best in Scot­tish arts, char­i­ty, sports and ini­tia­tive. Their reach spreads far beyond our shores and ensures that Scot­land con­tin­ues to be recog­nised as a place that fos­ters talent.” 

Ranald Mac­don­ald, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Bois­dale Restau­rant Group, com­ments: Scot­land became an inde­pen­dent nation, under Ken­neth MacAlpine, in 840 AD 110 years before Eng­land and over 1,000 years before many of our con­ti­nen­tal neigh­bours. Over the last 1,000 years the Scots have made a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of mod­ern civ­i­liza­tion and in sim­ple terms have punched well above their weight. The Great Scot Awards were found­ed by Bois­dale in 2009 to recog­nise the great Scots of today and the future.