Celebrate the best of Scottish dealmaking!



The Scottish Business Insider Deals & Dealmakers Awards acknowledge and reward excellence in corporate finance transactions.

The awards celebration dinner recognises the bankers, venture capitalists, lawyers and accountants who initiate, structure and negotiate deals for growing organisations. The awards are based on deals completed by this community in the fiscal year 2019/20.

With over 600 people attending the event, made up of dealmakers, bankers, lawyers and event sponsors, the event makes for the ideal networking opportunity.

The dinner itself is not only an excellent opportunity to network with some of the leading players in Scottish dealmaking; it is also a highly entertaining evening with a high profile guest speaker.

Thursday 10th September 2020
6.30pm - 11.00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow Central

Award Categories

  • Acquisitive company of the year

    This award recognises the Scottish-headquartered company which delivered the most ambitious, innovative acquisition or acquisition strategy in 2019/20.

    Corporate finance team of the year

    This category will celebrate the team that made the greatest contribution to a deal or deals in the year. It may be a lead advisory, financial diligence or tax team; or a team providing specialist diligence, market insight or advice to bring an edge to deal making in Scotland.

    Deal:Dealmaker of the Decade

    The judging panel will select the best deal or dealmaker chosen from Award winners over the last 10 years that is most notable and has created abiding value.

    Deal of the year 2020

    The judging panel will select the best deal chosen from the category winners.

    Early stage deal of the year

    This category recognises the quality of the investment capital, the level and quality of the syndication of the investment, the scale of the market opportunity for the company and the potential return for investors, and the role of the management team and its advisers in realising the deal.

    Emerging dealmaker of the year

    This award will recognise a newcomer to the Scottish dealmaking community who has played a key role in making a deal or deals happen. The individual may have identified the opportunity or played a key role during negotiations.

    Funder of the year

    Recognises the role of the funding community in making deals happen. The funder may have provided debt, equity or an alternative source of finance and supported the management teams of Scottish based companies to add value and take the business to another level.

    Legal adviser of the year

    Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

    This award recognises the skills of legal advisers involved in deals. The judges will be looking at a range of factors including innovation and the ability to resolve complicated issues. Individual lawyers or teams at individual firms can be nominated for this award.

    Sale of the year

    Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin

    This award is for the Scottish-headquartered company which carried out the most successful and impressive sale or sales in 2019/20.

    SME deal of the year

    This award is for a Scottish-based company with an annual turnover of less than £20 million that has been involved in a transformational deal whether acquisition, sale, fundraising or MBO/MBI.

    Transformational deal of the year

    This category recognises the deal of any type – including management buyouts, buy-ins, employee buyouts – which transforms the fortunes of a Scottish-headquartered business.

2019 Winners

  • Acquisitive company of the year – CYBG

    Acquisitive company of the year


    Corporate finance team of the Year – EY

    Corporate finance team of the Year


  • Early stage deal of the year - SEM Energy

    Early stage deal of the year

    SEM Energy

    Emerging dealmaker of the year – Usman Ali, Clydesdale Bank

    Emerging dealmaker of the year

    Usman Ali, Clydesdale Bank

  • Funder of the year - BGF

    Funder of the year


    Legal advisor of the year – Brodies

    Legal advisor of the year


  • Sale of the year - EnerMech

    Sale of the year


    SME transformational deal of the year  – Incremental Group

    SME transformational deal of the year

    Incremental Group

  • Transformational deal of the year - Weir Group

    Transformational deal of the year

    Weir Group

    Deal of the year – Weir Group

    Deal of the year

    Weir Group


Fred MacAulay

Fred MacAulay

Having presented the very funny and eventful MacAulay and Co. on BBC Radio Scotland for almost 18 years and with a string of TV appearances, Fred’s on air witticisms and on screen reputation are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever-Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.

Arriving late to the world of stand-up comedy in the early 90’s, he has gone on to be a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe (this will be his 29th) and at comedy festivals worldwide. Appearances on many Radio 4 comedy panel shows including I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Just A Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz guarantee an audience for Fred’s Live stand-up tours.


Colin Maclachlan

Colin Maclachlan

Colin joined the army in 1989 and after 9 years in the Royal Scots passed selection first time aged 23 into 22 SAS. Colin was fortunate enough to have been involved in some of the more high profile and daring missions of the recent period. Only a handful of men have been involved in hostage negotiations, hostage rescue and been a hostage themselves and Colin is one of them. He waded through stinking swamps in Sierra Leone in West Africa to hunt down the West Side Boys, a guerilla gang holding five British soldiers hostage. It was a mission so daring and dangerous they nicknamed it Operation Certain Death. The SAS recce teams secured the hostages' building and neutralised any West Side Boys prior to the main assault arriving and secured the prison building before the rest of the unit arrived wiping out the terrorists in 2000.

He was also the first sniper on the scene when a hijacked Afghan flight with 180 passengers landed in London in the same year, sparking a stand-off that lasted four days and was the longest standing hostage siege on UK soil to date. But four years later Colin found himself on the other side of a rescue mission after he was taken hostage in the Iraqi city of Basra. Blindfolded, battered and stripped naked, he felt a gun pressed to his head and heard them pull the trigger in what was a mock execution. Father-of-two Colin only survived long enough for British troops to rescue him because the terrorists who held him wanted to film his suffering in a propaganda video before they executed him.

Colin left the SAS shortly after doing an exchange programme with both Delta Force and Seal Team 6 and after doing security consultancy for the Saudi Royal Family, A-List Celebrities and US Media Networks decided to fund himself through university where he attained a First Class MA (Hons.) in History from Edinburgh University and an M.Litt in Terrorism from St. Andrews University. Since leaving the SAS Colin appeared on Channel 4‘s SAS: Who Dares Wins where he, alongside a number of other former SAS members, put members of the public through the same selection process he went through many years before when starting out in the SAS. Colin is now involved in TV, Book, Radio and Video Games and also does a lot with charity being involved as Ambassador for the Lee Rigby Foundation, Pilgrim Bandits and NSPCC among others. He has also just founded his own charity Who Dares Cares that aims to link and support veterans as well as others that encounter stress.

On the night

  • 6.30pm / Champagne reception
  • 7.00pm / Guests seated
  • 7.15pm / Welcome
  • 7.30pm / Dinner served
  • 9.15pm / Awards 1-5
  • 9.45pm / Guest speaker: Colin Maclachlan; former SAS Soldier
  • 10.15pm / Awards 6-10
  • 10.45pm / Closing speeches
  • 1.00am / Bar closes


Booking Tickets

You can purchase individual tickets or tables of ten/twelve for this event. Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis.

Included in the ticket price:
• Pre-dinner drinks reception
• Official dinner programme
• 3 course meal
• Allocation of half bottle of wine per person
• After Dinner Speaker/Entertainment

Table of 10: £1,300.00 plus VAT
Table of 12: £1,560.00 plus VAT
Single tickets: £145.00 plus VAT


Single tickets will be seated at the discretion of Insider Events (single ticket holders from the same organisation will be seated at the same table unless otherwise advised). For those organisations that book more than one table, Insider Events will try to ensure that their tables will be situated together.

Payment Options

Credit & debit cards/Invoicing
We accept all major credit and debit cards and if you are a registered company we can invoice you directly for tables.
Please contact Aileen Turnbull, on 07825 899 187 or email aileen.turnbull@insider.co.uk.

NB - Tickets will not be dispatched until full payment for an invoice has been received.

Please make cheques payable to Reach Scotland and send to:
Aileen Turnbull
Scottish Business Insider Deals & Dealmakers Awards 
Insider Events
1 Central Quay
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