Thurso and Wick firm Inksters Solicitors wins small business award

FSB 2022 Small Business Awards The Radisson Hotel, Glasgow. Photos by Kirsty Anderson

The firm won the UK self-employed / sole trader of the year award at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Awards.

Having won the Scottish regional heat for this award in March, Inksters were up against 11 other regional finalists for the UK title.

Accepting the award Brian Inkster told awards host Clare Balding about Inksters ‘fee-sharing law firm model, where other sole traders operate under Inksters’ umbrella. They do not need to worry about the back office operational work or regulatory matters, which is all taken care of by Inksters. Mr Inkster said “we are allowing sole traders to flourish”.

Ms Balding replied: “I love that because you are like the perfect parent, you look after them and let them do what they want.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also spoke at the award ceremony where she congratulated the winners and said that “all of us owe you a huge debt of gratitude for all the dedication, effort, ingenuity, creativity and the resilience – particularly over the past two years – that you have shown ”.

Andy Aird, FSB Scotland chairman, said: “Congratulations to Brian Inkster on winning FSB’s UK self-employed / sole trader of the year.

“Brian impressed the judges with the transformation he introduced to his company during the pandemic which transitioned it to a law firm where solicitors are all self-employed / sole traders. Brian himself operates as a sole trader supported by a range of self-employed solicitors in offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Eigg, Forfar, Inverness, Lerwick, Portree, Thurso and Wick, with back office support provided from a base in Glasgow.

“Going it alone in business is no mean feat, so it’s important to recognize and celebrate the tenacity and drive it takes to do so. It takes grit and talent to thrive in the face of constant challenges but, despite all the headwind, this is a brilliant example of ingenuity, innovation, creativity – a perfect illustration of how vital small businesses and the self-employed are to the economy and to our communities. ”

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