The award was presented to the couple by Nigel Toplis, Managing Director of Recognition Express.
Recognition Express West Scotland was started in March 1981 by Harry and Shonach McFarlane, the mother and father of current owner Ciorsdan. Ciorsdan bought the business with her husband Stephen eight years ago and they have since seen it go from strength to strength, with the annual turnover increasing threefold.
Nigel said: “It has been a pleasure having Stephen and Ciorsdan in the network. Following on from the success of her parents, they have continued to carve out their own special niche in the local area and built up a thriving business of which they must be very proud. I hope to be presenting the pair with our first 50 years in business award in the future!”
Recognition Express is the UK’s leading supplier of corporate gifts, promotional products, badges and branded clothing.
Recognition Express West Scotland started by making just badges, but over the years their product range has expanded dramatically.
“Harry and Shonach can hardly believe all the things we can make now compared to how they started 30 years ago,” Stephen said.
“If businesses want their logo on something, we can do it. Badges have always been popular but today we can offer everything from pens to umbrellas, and of course branded clothing.”
Recognition Express West Scotland work with a large number of small businesses, but have also got some bigger clients on their books including local authorities, the National Trust, Stagecoach and CalMac.
Their Recognition Express territory is the biggest in the UK, stretching from Dumfries and Stranraer in the west to Falkirk, and also including the whole of Glasgow.
Stephen said: “We believe our success is mainly down to the wide range of products and services we offer, as well as always ensuring we provide a great customer experience.
“It is also all about activity. We keep ourselves really busy, trying to give customers reasons to buy. You cannot wait for the phone to ring. We send customers new samples and visuals, they often like what they see and put in a new order.
“They know that we are a one-stop shop for promotional merchandise, anything that promotes corporate recognition for companies. The first 30 years of Recognition Express West Scotland have been great; here’s to the next three decades.”