Jamie McGowan was last night (Thursday 23rd May) hailed as the Director of the Year in Scotland among Small and Medium-sized Businesses for his work leading the Tarbert-based company, Essence of Harris

Essence of Harris only celebrated its fourth birthday in the past few days – having grown from two people to 14 in that time as well as expanding into purpose-designed premises in the village.

The award came from the Institute of Directors for Scotland.

The company reported last night that Jamie “attended the IoD Scotland Awards tonight as a finalist for Director of the Year, Small-Medium Business.

“He left as winner of his category, a true reflection of the pride and energy he pours into @essenceofharris each day. Thanks for a wonderful night!”

The IoD itself tweeted: “Congratulations to Jamie McGowan, director @essenceofharris, for winning the 'IoD Scotland Director of the Year - Small-Medium Business' award.  Judges said Jamie had a 'clear vision focused on excellence.”

Jamie himself said later that he was: “Very proud for the Outer Hebrides and our brand to be recognised in this was at such a prestigious award, the stuff dreams are made of.”

Last month Essence of Harris won recognition as business of the year in the North of Scotland at the Scottish SME Business Awards!

Recently Essence of Harris were “delighted that we could ‘scent’ the launch event of Johnstons of Elgin new store on Edinburgh’s Multrees Walk, with diffusers from our Auras range – Eden, Oceana and Aurora.

“A beautiful space where Scottish provenance is celebrated in the design of each and every product. Not one to miss if you’re in Scotland’s capital.”