Mara's CEO Scoops Scottish 'Entrepreneur of the Year' Award

BQ award for emerging entrepreneur of the year for Fiona Houston

BQ Emerging Entrepreneur

Mara co-founder and "SeaEO" Fiona Houston was recognised as Scotland's Entrepreneur of the Year on 12th February 2015.

Fiona will be invited to MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2015 in Sheffield in October to compete for the BQ National Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year title, alongside other winners from Yorkshire, the North-East and the West Midlands.

Fiona said,

“It is a real thrill for me that this unconventional vision – to build a British seaweed brand that nourishes body and soul – has been recognised by business leaders.

The award is a great platform for future growth. But now back to the office to make Mara emerge out of the emerging category!"


Impressive products

Shortlisted entrants were chosen on the basis of entrepreneurial character, business performance, business strategy, business impact, innovation and personal values.

The dinner hosted by BBC Home editor, Mark Easton, was held in conjunction with MADE, an annual festival of entrepreneurship, described as a Glastonbury for Business.

BQ Scotland Editor Kenny Kemp said,

“The Scottish judges were impressed with Mara Seaweed, their amazing products and what has been achieved.

We take our hats off to Fiona and Xa for turning something so common-place into an exotic food product. This is great start to the year, considering this is the Scottish Year of Food and Drink.”

Fiona Houston with BQ emerging entrepreneur award

Raising the profile of Mara Seaweed

After receiving the award, Fiona commented,

“We are shocked and absolutely delighted to have won the BQ Scotland Emerging Entrepreneur award and this will help us raise our profile across the UK.

We are actively raising funds so we can ramp up production, take on more staff and start to export our unique Scottish product.”


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