A marketing agency from Inverness won the Employee Choice category at the Living Wage Scotland Awards.
Teclan, who is based in Harbor Road, was shortlisted for the award alongside digital agency Inverness Yellow Cherry and Glasgow non-profit The Wee Retreat.
Out of six award categories, the Employee Choice category offered the opportunity to employees who received a living wage to nominate their employer in recognition of their commitment to the program.
The living wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. In 2014, Teclan became the first private company to become an accredited living wage employer in Inverness.
Since then, the company has evolved into a full-featured marketing agency delivering results to businesses across multiple industries.
As a living wage employer, the company has been able to employ and train new talent in the Highlands, ensuring that their work and development is fairly rewarded.
Teclan was nominated for the award by Caitlin Maclean, 20, now a project manager for the company, having joined the team as an intern web developer earlier this year.
Celebrating the victory, she said: “It is great news that Teclan has won the Employee Choice Award. I am extremely grateful to Teclan and Real Living Wage for giving me this opportunity to advance in my career and at the same time being able to save for my future.
“I grew up watching my parents work really hard for a low income and it really means a lot to me that companies like Teclan pay people what they deserve.
“It is a joy to now be part of such a positive work environment where your value is recognized and rewarded. “
Teclan Managing Director Fergus Weir said: “I am incredibly proud to have received this award.
“A true living wage is extremely important to employees at many levels, and I am personally delighted because this Employee Choice Award confirms the difference a living wage makes in the lives of our employees. “
He said it was good to see other businesses in the Highlands embrace the living wage and make a difference.