A RECORD crowd of 400 witnessed Associated Seafoods pick up The Moray Business Award at Moray Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Awards Dinner on Friday night.
The Buckie-based firm, founded in 2010, picked up the prestigious award at the 17th annual awards dinner, which took place at Gordon Castle in Fochabers.
Perhaps the biggest winners on the night, though, were Moray Reach Out – the charity of the year – with the auction raising £10,000 to boost their funds.
Sarah Medcraf, Chief Executive of Moray Chamber, said: “We are operating in a tough business climate with so many uncertainties and yet businesses here in Moray are proving time and time again that they can thrive.
"I am delighted Associated Seafoods have been recognised and are true example of one of the region’s great businesses.
"We are delighted that the auction raised a total of £10,000 for Moray Reach Out, which will go a long way in supporting adults with learning difficulties.
"In addition, £4600 raised in the raffle will contribute towards running the Chamber for the next year."
After its 2010 founding, Associated Seafoods made its first two acquisitions in July 2011 – Moray Seafoods and Lossie Seafoods.
Since then, they have increased their annual turnover from £8m to £90m and now employ 550 staff.
Henry Angus, export manager at Associated Seafoods, accepted the copper pagoda, donated by Forsyths, on the company's behalf.
He said: "It's a fantastic accolade on behalf of our staff, who are the strength and stay of our business.