Bus-builder boss Colin Robertson named Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year
Alexander Dennis chief executive takes home top accolade at the Entrepreneurial Exchange Awards Dinner
Colin Robertson, chief executive of Falkirk-based bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Entrepreneurial Exchange’s annual awards dinner, sponsored by Clydesdale Bank, held at the Glasgow Hilton last night (1 Dec).
The awards, in association with Deloitte and media partner The Herald, are Scotland’s leading and longest-standing annual awards for growth-oriented entrepreneurs, recognising those who have excelled in this area over the last twelve months.
Since taking the reins at ADL in 2007 Colin successfully steered the company through the economic downturn with its UK market share almost doubling to over 50%, turnover increasing twofold to £360m, profits set to rise significantly this year and next and an increasingly global footprint which takes in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Intuitively identifying the recession as an opportunity to expand Colin introduced invaluable out-sourcing arrangements, enabling ADL to increase production by 60% while preserving its core workforce in facilities at Falkirk, Scarborough, Guildford and key overseas locations.
Jim Boyle, head of entrepreneurial business at Deloitte, and awards judge, said: “Colin has demonstrated fantastic entrepreneurial instinct in his ability to identify and capitalise on an opportunity in a tough economic climate. His passion and drive is evident in his ongoing ambition for the company and I would like to extend my own personal congratulations to Colin for his achievements. Colin epitomises the best of what Scotland’s entrepreneurial community has to offer and, with him in the driver’s seat, I’m sure ADL can look forward to a successful future. He has totally transformed the business and it is now a great example of a successful Scottish manufacturing business helping drive an export-led economic recovery.”