SOLICITOR Brian Inkster, who hails from Scalloway, has been named the self-employed/sole trader of the year at the finals of the UK-wide Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) awards.
Inksters Solicitors came top out of a field of 12 regional finalists at the event in Glasgow last week.
Inkster won the award on the strength of his 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. That is all taken care of for them by Inksters,” he told one of the event’s host, TV personality Clare Balding.
Balding responded: “I love that because you are like the perfect parent, you look after them and let them do what they want.”
Chair of FSB Scotland Andy Aird said: “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 recognise 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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