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Business rewarded in honours list
Fred Goodwin, CEO of RBS
Fred Goodwin has been awarded a knighthood
The chief executive of Scotland's biggest company and the managing director of one of its best loved food makers have been honoured by the Queen.

The Royal Bank of Scotland's Fred Goodwin was given a knighthood in the Birthday Honours list.

Biscuit maker Boyd Tunnock was made a CBE and the co-founder of Perth-based transport firm Stagecoach, Ann Gloag, was made an OBE for charity work.

John Boyle, who made his fortune with Direct Holidays, got the OBE.

Driving force

Since selling Direct Holidays to Airtours in 1998, Mr Boyle has used his Hamilton Portfolio business to take an interest in a number of companies.

Mr Boyle, 52, who is the former chairman of Motherwell Football Club, said: "It's nice to see Scotland's businesses get a mention and personally it's a real honour.

"I think it points to the renaissance Scottish industry has undergone since 1999, we've become much more confident and ambitious."

Other business honours included a CBE for Gordon Smith, the resident director for Scotland of computer giant IBM.

Willie McSporran was chairman of the Gigha community
This is really a recognition of the great achievement of the islanders who pulled together in a common goal to secure our future
Willie McSporran MBE
Mr Smith, who is the chair of CBI Scotland, was given his reward for service to business.

Outside the world of business, there was an MBE for Willie McSporran, the chair of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust and a driving force behind the island's community buy-out.

The trust successfully raised 4m to buy the 3,400-acre Hebridean island in 2002, placing it in the hands of its 120-strong population.

Mr McSporran, 68, said his award was on behalf of all the people of Gigha.

"This is really a recognition of the great achievement of the islanders who pulled together in a common goal to secure our future."

Supreme Court judge Lady Hazel Cosgrove was awarded the CBE and the same honour was given to Dennis Davis, the former chief inspector of fire services for Scotland.

Professor William Stevely, the principal and vice chancellor of Robert Gordon University, is also made a CBE.

Matt Smith, the Scottish secretary of Unison was made an OBE.

The painter Victoria Crowe was awarded the OBE for services to art.

Tunnocks caramel wafers on the production line

The knighthood for Mr Goodwin comes months after he led RBS to a record annual profit of 6.2bn.

However, he also came in for criticism from unions who branded him a fat cat for accepting a 900,000 bonus on top of his annual salary of 1m.

Mr Goodwin, who has been chief executive of the bank since 2000, also received shares worth more than 1m.

Boyd Tunnock is the grandson of the man who founded Tunnocks bakery in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, in 1890.

Its top selling caramel wafers, caramel logs, snowballs and tea cakes have become household favourites around the world.

Unsung heroes

Mr Tunnock's business card already bears the initials MBE which he was awarded in a previous honours list.

He had joked that it stood for My Biscuits are Exciting.

Ann Gloag trained as a nurse before founding the Stagecoach bus company with her brother Brian Souter in 1980.

It is now one of the most successful independent transport operators in the UK.

Ms Gloag is ranked as Scotland's richest woman and has donated millions to charity.

The Queen's Birthday Honours list also rewarded a number of unsung heroes of Scottish life.

Margaret Anderson, a volunteer guide at Glasgow's Burrell Collection, was awarded an MBE, as was Anne Mulhern, the proprietor of the city's Willow Tearoom.

James Burbridge, the caretaker at Perth college, was awarded an MBE and William Cunningham, a laboratory porter at Monklands Hospital, was given the same honour.


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