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28 November 2003
The Press & Journal
Abbot founder joins Hall of Fame

A Leading figure in the oil industry was last night inducted into the Entrepreneurial Exchange's Hall of Fame. Alasdair Locke, who founded Aberdeen-based energy-services giant Abbot Group in 1992, was given a place in the hall - established last year to recognise Scotland's entrepreneurial spirit. Under his leadership, Abbot now employs 3,500 people in 20 countries and has annual turnover of around 400million.

Walter Nimmo, chief executive of Inveresk Research, and Gadget Shop chairman Chris Gorman, were also inaugurated into the group at the exchange's ninth Entrepreneur of the Year awards and dinner in Glasgow last night. Exchange chairman Tom Hunter said: 'I'd like to congratulate the three Hall of Fame inductees.

'We launched the Hall of Fame last year as a means of honouring those individuals who have made telling contributions to Scotland's entrepreneurial spirit over the years and I think it will provide a fitting tribute to this country's entrepreneurs for years to come.' David Milne, founder of Wolfson Microelectronics - the Edinburgh firm, which became London's largest technology listing in three years last month - was crowned Entrepreneur of the Year.

Keith Neilson, co-founder of software firm Craneware, won the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year category, which recognises individuals growing businesses with great potential.

Mr Hunter added: 'As ever, choosing the winners was an extremely difficult task. It's fitting that David Milne should win the award in what has been a momentous year for Wolfson.

'The judging panel was equally impressed by Craneware and the manner in which Keith Neilson has guided the company into a market-leading position in the United States.'

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