Recognition of Innerleithen businesses at the Scottish Business Awards

TWO companies from Innerleithen have won national recognition at this year’s Scottish Business Awards.

Loulabelle’s Sweet Treats Café was named “Best Restaurant”; while the Hub on the High Street received the ‘Greatest Community Impact’ accolade in a lavish ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday.

Loulabelle’s specializes in homemade baking and also caters to the vegan and gluten-free market.

But most customers opt for their famous Bakewell pies. The cafe opened in 2018 and is owned and operated by Louise Cumming and her partner Philip Ashcrost.

Louise told the Peeblesshire News: “We are really happy. I still don’t know who nominated us, but I want to thank them. There was a public vote as well as a visit from an inspector and a mystery shopper so it wasn’t just a popularity contest.

“I have been in the hospitality business for a while but my partner Phil was a mechanical engineer so running the business has been a big change for him. Next month we will be celebrating our fourth anniversary but we have lost a year because of COVID. I think it’s a great thing for the city that we both win.

The Hub on the High Street is a popular gift shop which offers a wide range of locally produced and sourced items and showcases some of the local talent.

It sells items such as jewellery, candles, art and a variety of craft products, as well as an impressive selection of Scottish gins, whiskeys and craft beers.

The boutique opened in 2019 and is owned by Pauline Archibald.

Pauline said: “We were originally up for Best Gift Shop, but after checking the reviews the judges moved us to the Best Community Impact category, which I think is even better. It’s a great reward and we are delighted to have won.

“The award was given to the business that had the most positive impact on their community and was decided based on feedback as well as votes cast.

“It makes it even more special, and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote and leave such positive feedback on The Hub.”