A cleaning firm owner who helped small businesses in the north-east has been recognised.
A civic reception was held by Lord Provost Barney Crocket for Andy Willox OBE who is retiring.
Mr Willox has spent the last 16 years as Scottish Policy Convener for Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) having started his own company Goldstar Cleaning in Aberdeen nearly 40 years ago.
He started the firm after leaving his role as welfare officer at the Ministry of Defence and it now employs 150 from all over the world from his Torry-based headquarters.
Andy said: “I’ve known the Lord Provost for many years and it’s fair to say we’ve not always agreed on everything, but we are both passionate about our city.
“Aberdeen is changing and I’m proud to have played a part in that positive transformation.
“However, I will always continue to support and champion small businesses both here in Aberdeen and further afield.
“I am now looking forward to having more time to spend with my family and wife Jackie, while continuing to play an active role with Scott and Rachel in the family business, Goldstar Cleaning Services.”
Lord Provost Barney Crockett said: “Andy has made a huge contribution to the city and the wider north-east through the FSB and his own business, Goldstar Cleaning Services. It is therefore appropriate to mark his retirement from his national role with a civic reception.”