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Hugh McKechnie Currie Recognised At Bee's Knees Awards

Bees Knees 2018 - Specsavers Award

Above - Hugh McKechnie Currie with president Linda Scott

Hugh McKechnie Currie has lifted the top President’s Award in the Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce Bee’s Knees Business Awards 2018, in recognition of his special and significant contribution to Scottish business over many years.

The former Group Managing Director of Lithgows joined ten category winners who took the top accolades at the 15th annual Bee’s Knees gala dinner and awards ceremony, held in front of an audience of 300 in the Marquee at the Chartroom, Kip Marina.

“Our warmest congratulations go to Hugh and another superb line up of Bee’s Knees Business Awards winners 2018,” said Linda Scott, President, Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce.

“The awards initiative gives companies the opportunity to showcase their successes and their ambitions, which are providing the foundations for continued growth here in Inverclyde. We thank our sponsors for joining with us to celebrate the impressive achievements of both winners and finalists and helping us show how much we have to be proud of here in Inverclyde.”

Hugh, who is a Deputy Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, achieved a BSc in Civil Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He was fully employed in engineering positions before entering Lithgow’s, where he rose through the ranks to achieve Group Managing Director in 1992, a post he held until his retirement in 2011 after 32 years of service. 

Over the decades, Hugh established himself as a key business influencer throughout Scotland, working in the positions of member, vice-chair and chair of various organisations such as the CBI, Regional Chairman’s Panel and the Scottish Manufacturing Working Group and Industrial Trends Panel. 

He served on the Scottish Enterprise Board and was Deputy Chairman until the Local Enterprise Companies were abolished. He has also been a member on many committees including the Advisory Committee, Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling.  His contribution through these groups, committees and organisations led and contributed to many significant business developments in the fishing industry and across Scottish Business generally.  Working in the background of committee life, grand decisions were made and implemented.

Hugh, who is a member of the Board of Governors of St Columba’s School Kilmacolm, worked until recently on the Greenock Academy School Board, was President of Greenock Academicals Club and President of Dunrod Angling Club.  He was Director of Inverkip Society and is a Church Elder of Old Gourock and Ashton Parish Church, serving from 1978 to the present.  Hugh was also part of the Old West Kirk Steering Committee, which saved the beautiful church from being sold for housing.

Riverside Inverclyde is a long term sponsor and supporter of the Bee’s Knees Business Awards and were premier sponsors alongside Inverclyde Council.  For a full overview of the event click here.

Published: 12 June 2018