The Isle of Harris Distillery's managing director has won an award for his "vision, ethos and outstanding management."

Simon Erlanger won the SME Director of the Year 2018 at the UK Institute of Directors (IoD) awards ceremony on Thursday 18 October.

Judge Chris Dodson OBE DL, Chairman, Mortimer & Torftech Groups said of Simon: "I cannot fault the vision, ethos and outstanding management displayed."

The Isle of Harris Distillery team took to Facebook to celebrate the good news, stating: "This is a fantastic acknowledgement of Simon's pivotal role in our distillery's success and on behalf of the entire team in Tarbert, congratulations on such a wonderfully well-deserved national industry accolade.  We're very proud of him!"

IoD Director General Stephen Martin stated: “My congratulations go to all of our winning directors for the exceptional work they have put in over the year, contributing not just to the economy, but to society as well. Whether it be in private enterprise, charity, or the public sector, great leadership is immensely valuable, and our award-winners have set the bar in this regard, and well deserve to be recognised.

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“An attribute shared among many of this year’s winners is the ability to harness emerging technologies, often for wider social purposes. The essence of business leadership lies in grappling with new ideas and understanding how these can fuel the success of your organisation, and our award winners set a great example.”