Scottish Family Business of the Year 2017!

Bryony and Jacqui Walker, fourth generation of the Walkers family received the award

Walkers Shortbread, the distinctly Scottish food producers, are celebrating their national triumph as Scottish Family Business of the Year Champions 2017. 

As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United (‘FBU’) explains, "We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2017 awards, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do.” 
“Walkers are a fantastic family firm dating back to 1898 focused on producing the highest quality traditional pure butter shortbread and speciality bakery products from their factories in Aberlour and Elgin.  What makes them special is the family involvement that is at the heart of everything they do, from the name on each and every pack to the fact that visitors to the office will get to meet a family member too.  They represent a truly great British family firm and truly deserve all the plaudits that winning this award bring." 
Mike Kane, Partner at Turcan Connell who sponsored this award added, "It is a privilege to support these awards and to find out more about the fantastic family firms that are the backbone of the UK economy and to present the Scottish Family Business of the Year award to Walkers Shortbread.  Not only are they a distinctly Scottish business with an unquestionable Scottish heritage but there is strong family involvement in the business, they have spent time addressing the involvement of the next generation and it is a world class operation with an iconic brand – worthy winners of the title this year.” 

“I am incredibly proud that our company has won this award.  It is a recognition of the commitment and effort of our amazing workforce.  It is also a result of the quality of our products and the integrity of our company.” 

Jim Walker, Joint Managing Director, Walkers Shortbread


The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by Family Business United, the award-winning magazine and resource centre that champions and celebrates the family business sector.  Now in their fifth year, these awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy. 
Open to family firms of all generations, sizes and sectors, these awards really do recognise some outstanding family firms and really help to put family businesses on the map. Judged by a panel of experts from the world of family business advising together with a group of family business representatives, the awards are well respected and sought after accolades. 

Source: Family Business United -