Dr Tessa Hartmann, Founder & Chairman of The Scottish Fashion Awards and successful Scottish businesswoman has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday 2016 Honours List.
A ground-breaking marketer, her contribution to business has been to significantly improve and enhance the corporate performance and competitive effectiveness of a diverse range of British companies through the implementation of innovative, market-leading brand and marketing strategies. Through her varied and extensive business activities over the last 20 years, Dr Hartmann has supported business innovation, and advanced global reach and success of many companies, from Scotland and from the UK more broadly.
This award serves to highlight and commend her unique and highly significant contribution to the development and advancement of the fashion industry, particularly and especially within Scotland.
Her establishment of the Scottish Fashion Awards, has been one of the most effective and successful mechanisms to highlight, promote and celebrate Scottish fashion, design, marketing, and retailing within a global context. Through her ability to garner support of leading international brand sponsors, Dr Hartmann has been able to provide an international platform for the Scottish fashion industry that has transformed the prospects and opportunities of many Scottish designers, textile manufacturers and brands.
Added to that, Dr Hartmann has provided invaluable advice and support to new and established Scottish suppliers and she has provided through her various media and business channels, an important and efficient promotional mechanism for the Scottish textile producers, such as Harris Tweed Hebrides, to engage, confidently, in a global way.
Finally, Dr Hartmann serves as a highly committed mentor and support to a new generation of young people from Scotland, and the UK who aspire to a successful career within the fashion industry. With her frequent participation in master-classes at Glasgow Caledonian University, her provision of excellent business projects and highly worthwhile student work-experience placements from the university, Dr Hartmann is an outstanding role model.
"As a woman in business I feel very proud to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List on this most special year. It's very gratifying that the work we have done to showcase the Scottish fashion industry around the world has been recognised and acknowledged in this way. I have spent many years showcasing and raising awareness to the wealth of Scottish fashion, design, creative and textiles talents and never expected to receive anything like this, so it's very exciting. I couldn't be more delighted,' said Tessa.