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The Oak Tree Inn Wins Commitment to the Community Award

Balmaha based business The Oak Tree Inn has won many awards over the years, but the latest one is particularly special.

Recognition of the Fraser Family's ‘Commitment to the Community’ was celebrated and awarded to The Fraser Family at the third annual Herald Newspaper 2014 Family Business Awards recently.

Almost three quarters of Scottish businesses are family owned and the companies represented at the awards were diverse and from all across the country. The ceremony was held at Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow and supported by Business Gateway.

As you’d expect The Fraser Family are incredibly passionate about their business, but that runs beyond overall success and customer satisfaction. 

Sandy Fraser explains, “I have always believed that as a business, if you are not part of your community, contributing to worthwhile causes and local charities, you are only doing half the job".

The family have a deep passion for Balmaha: they have a connection that spans generations and as well as running a very successful business they have worked extremely hard to preserve and enhance the beauty of the village.

This very month the Fraser Family are working hard to play their part in the goal to erect a life size statue of countryside legend Tom Weir on the banks of Loch Lomond in time for the 100th anniversary of his birth.

During the year visitors to Balmaha have commented on the beautiful new stone buildings which are home to St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour, along with new and renovated accommodation cottages. This locally quarried stone is far from the cheapest option, however the beauty of the buildings is totally fitting with the look of the village.

For Balmaha, its visitors and residents, the family opened a village shop for the first time in 20 years. Now nearly five years old, this facility has been of great convenience to many a walker and guest to The Oak Tree. The Oak Tree also offers a great hub to a community that doesn’t have a village hall. Local groups and schools have all made good use of this space.

Sandy and Lucy Fraser are proud that so many local people have benefited from employment at The Oak Tree over the years. This is especially important for retaining young people in the community, encouraging them to remain in the villages rather than leaving to seek employment in the cities.

Finally, The Oak Tree has raised thousands of pounds for good causes. Sandy and Lucy’s youngest child Ben has been receiving treatments for Leukemia at Glasgow's Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and seeing first hand the work that they do there and the need for life saving equipment has encouraged the family to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

As with any success, the Fraser family, far from sitting back is planning to take its commitment to the community to new levels with some exciting plans in development, which it looks forward to sharing with everyone in 2015!

Read the Herald Article here.

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