Barrhead firms have been praised for ‘doing the business’ at a prestigious awards ceremony.

There were honours for holiday operators Barrhead Travel and building specialists A.C. Whyte & Co Ltd at the 21st annual Glasgow Business Awards.

A.C. Whyte was named Best Performing Large Business after being shortlisted for three prizes.

It was also a finalist in the Family Business of the Year category, while managing director Jennifer Phin received a commendation in the Young Business Person of the Year section.

This is the company’s latest success at the Glasgow Business Awards, having previously won the Family Business prize two years in a row in 2014 and 2015 and the Excellence in Customer Service honour at last year’s ceremony.

Meanwhile, there was a special honour for Barrhead Travel founder Bill Munro, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

The travel agency has previously won the Favourite Business award, which is the only category voted for by the public, and was also a finalist in the Excellence in Communications category this year.

Hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, the awards champion the major achievements and innovations of the business community.

Comedian Fred MacAulay compered the event, which took place at the Hilton Glasgow, with a total of 16 awards presented in front of 660 guests.

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “A huge congratulations to A.C. Whyte and Co. Ltd for yet another accolade, which only serves to further highlight the sheer quality of service the contractor provides its customers.

“Equally, Bill Munro has been deservedly recognised for the enormous contribution he has made to the landscape of Glasgow’s business community. Barrhead Travel is recognised nationally as an assurance of excellence and we congratulate Bill wholeheartedly.”

Malcolm Buchanan, of the Royal Bank of Scotland, added: “The winners are truly deserving of their success and a great inspiration to the business community here in Scotland.”