Cruise Loch Ness

20 March 2017

Loch Ness cruise company MD scoops Business Man of the Year Award

An enterprising Fort Augustus businessman has won a top national award thanks to members of the general public.

Ronald Mackenzie, who owns family run business Cruise Loch Ness, which is located at Fort Augustus in the Highlands, said he was both surprised and delighted to have been named the winner of the Business Man of the Year award at the Scottish SME Business Awards.

Cruise Loch Ness has been in existence since 1968, when Ronald’s father, Norman first set sail. Cruise Loch Ness has been running boat trips from the southern bank of Loch Ness ever since and have had the fortune of carrying more than 1.5 million passengers in that time.

Mr Mackenzie who became a partner in the business at the age of 19, has also recently invested in a £1.2 million pound catamaran, which is currently being commissioned and will be ready to set sail on Loch Ness this summer.

Last year he also opened a popular retro coffee van to accompany his fleet of ‘Nessie’ hunter boats – 40 years after his own mother opened the first tearoom in the village.

Mr Mackenzie, who runs Cruise Loch Ness with his fiancé Debi Hunter, was shortlisted alongside six others for the title of Business Man of the Year at the inaugural Scottish SME Awards.

The awards are voted for by the general public who nominate their favourite businesses and entrepreneurs for the various categories.

Mr Mackenzie said: “I’m surprised but absolutely delighted to have won this award. It’s also particularly pleasing that it’s members of the public who voted.

“We try our utmost to provide a fantastic customer experience during our Loch Ness cruises as customer satisfaction is a top priority for Cruise Loch Ness.

“I’d like to thank all the customers who voted for me. The award isn’t just for myself but it’s for the whole team at Cruise Loch Ness who work so hard which helps us ensure we provide a great customer experience.”

Irfan Younis CEO of Creative Oceanic who delivered the awards, said: “It was a fantastic evening and a great pleasure to meet some truly inspiring individuals with successful businesses. I would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners for their hard work and achievements. The contribution made by people of the SME industry in Scotland needs to be applauded at the highest level.”

The awards ceremony took place earlier this week at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

Cruise Loch Ness, currently has two passenger vessels as well as two ribs. It offers a range of boat rides, from leisurely to exhilarating. The staff at Cruise Loch Ness have exceptional knowledge of Loch Ness, its history and wildlife.

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