THE CEO of a telecommunications firm that counts many of Scotland’s biggest and most exciting organisations among its clients has been recognised with a lifetime achievement award.

Co-founder of Commsworld, Ricky Nicol, picked up the accolade at the WeDo Scottish Business Awards, in recognition for his inspiring story overcoming cancer while leading the firm which has expanded from humble beginnings.

Since the launch in 1994, Nicol has overseen a transformation of the business via organic growth and acquisitions into a major player in an industry seen to be dominated by major household-name organisations.

It has since become a reputable provider of digital connectivity, managing the UK’s largest privately funded Optical Core Network.

The firm recently celebrated its most successful year to date with revenues projected to break through the £20 million barrier – a 41% increase on the previous year, along with a threefold growth in profits – and with major expansion plans south of the Border.

Ricky said: “I’m honoured, humbled and gobsmacked! To win a lifetime achievement award in particular, in a room full of esteemed and successful people from across Scotland’s business community, is particularly surreal.”

“I work within a brilliant team of colleagues at Commsworld – and while it sounds cheesy, this award really is testament to the people I’ve been fortunate to surround myself with.

Belinda Roberts, founder of WeDo Scotland, added: “We are thrilled that Ricky is the very worthy winner of our 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award which was unanimously voted for by our executive teams.

“He is a shining example of a successful Scottish entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to take risks and go head-to-head with much larger competitors. The contribution that Ricky has made to the Scottish economy and entrepreneurial community has been outstanding over the past 25 years and we’re delighted to give him this well-deserved accolade.”

Commsworld has broken into public sector markets, including recently securing of a £30m technology contract with Glasgow City Council and CGI, following on from similar contracts in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.