An Aberdeen chartered accountant has been recognised for her success in the finance sector after overcoming difficulties relating to the oil and gas downturn.
Kimberley Oliver, who set up Xenith Financial Consulting during the downturn, was presented with the Woman in Finance Award at this year’s Business Women Scotland Awards in Glasgow.
Her company allows businesses to access high-quality financial support on a fully flexible basis based around the principles of “simplicity, practicality and efficiency” and has a client list including start-ups and companies with billion-pound turnovers.
She said: “It was great to be nominated and recognised to go into the shortlist, but winning was so unexpected. It’s really amazing to have all my efforts recognised.”
Entrepreneurs from the fields of technology, finance and marketing were winners at the fifth annual awards, which put the achievements of women-led businesses in the spotlight.
The aim of the awards is to celebrate the talent of women across the country, where role models will be created to inspire the next generation.
Guest speakers at the awards ceremony included Judy Murray OBE and charity founder Corinne Hutton.
She said: “I’ve always believed in the strength you get when you bring like-minded people together.
“With a group of women you tend to not get egos but instead a willingness to network and share.
“At events like this people can come together and share their experiences.”