One of those was Coca-Cola which beat off three other finalists to emerge as "business of the year". The company's enterprises education centre in East Kilbride was commended for its "free support" for schools which allows young people "to gain an understanding of the production process".
Funny that: we always thought that the results of Coca-Cola's fizzy production process was one of the things that our health promoters want to keep out of schools.
Nonetheless, Lewis Macdonald, the deputy lifelong learning minister, happily handed over the winner's trophy.
He continues to be Macdonald, we are glad to say, despite a slip by the evening's presenter, the irrepressible TV personality Sally Gray, which, as Macdonald observed, "is the nearest I've come to being called a Macleod in my life".