Groups making an impact

Midlothian Business Awards
Midlothian Business Awards

With only five weeks to go until the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Awards we take a look at the three local companies vying for the Community Impact award.

Midlothian groups Healthy Tots, Newbyres Nursery and Primal Bushcraft, along with Dunbar Music School, will be hoping to take home the award at the ceremony in Musselburgh on October 26.

Dalkeith Country Park-based Primal Bushcraft and Survival delivers bespoke outdoors bushcraft and survival training, lifesaving skills and unique travel expeditions and experiences worldwide.

Founder and chief instructor Matt Smith said: “It was a nice surprise to be nominated. We have only been going for about three years so it’s nice to be recognised. Obviously we are looking to win but it’s just good to get the chance to network.”

In May 2016 husband and wife David and Mel Scrimgeour opened Newbyres Nursery, citing demand for such a venture in Gorebridge. The nursery has now purchased Struthers Church across the road as it looks to expand. And since September 2016 the nursery’s inter generational project ‘Back to Life’ has seen pupils make regular trip to Newbyres Care Home.

Mel Scrimgeour, manager, said: “It’s really exciting that we have been nominated because of that project. We want to have an impact on the community and Back to Life is bridging the generations and bringing the community together in general.”

Launched in August 2015 Healthy Tots provides daily healthy and nutritious lunches a to 450 children at private nurseries. The company moved from Edinburgh to the Midlothian Innovation Centre in Roslin last December.

Owner Jonathan Robertson said: “It’s nice for our hard work so far to be recognised. I think what we do is very niche and makes a difference. I have kids myself so I appreciate the importance of a healthy nutritious meal for children.”