The 2021 Award Categories
Royal Bank of Scotland Award for Most Outstanding Business
This is a non-application award and the recipient will be chosen from the winners of the other awards by the main sponsor Royal Bank of Scotland.
They will be the business most able to demonstrate all-round achievement, a clear vision for the future, success against objectives, sustained growth and be a standard bearer for success in Glasgow.
Key behaviours of the winning organisation will be strong leadership, dynamism, vision, creativity and a proactive approach to business.
The winner of this Award will be announced at the Awards Dinner and Ceremony.
The Glasgow Business Award for Best Performing Large Business
This category is open to businesses which have successfully grown their organisation and now operate with 100 employees or over.
Strong leadership and clearly defined strategic objectives will have shaped the company’s growth and development. The company culture will demonstrate an approach to business based on encouraging employee development, creativity and empowerment. Employees will demonstrate strong proactive relationships with customers and suppliers and a shared ambition to optimise business performance.
Entrants should be able to present a strong performance record and explain how their business differentiates itself from the competition.
The Glasgow Business Award for Best Performing Small-Medium Business
The environment is tough for all organisations, let alone small to medium sized business, so it is important that SMEs have a clear focus on growth, success and sustainability. This award is intended to highlight successful businesses with 1-99 employees.
They should be able to demonstrate a clearly defined strategy for developing and growing the business in terms of turnover, employment, innovative marketing and communications. Entrants will be able to demonstrate a strong sales focus. Staff personal development and total involvement of the workforce in the growth of the business will be important. In this ‘digital’ age, innovative approaches to product or service differentiation will be key to success.
The winner will be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics with dynamic and measurable systems in place, to monitor performance, financial controls, marketing and sales growth.
The Glasgow Business Award for Community Wealth Building
This category is open to organisations, irrespective of size or industry sector that can demonstrate a people centred approach to economic development through the development of organisational policies and practices which are aimed at distributing available assets for a stronger, more inclusive economy. This will assist in the redirection of wealth back into the local economy, and places control and benefits into the hands of local people.
There are 5 key elements of community wealth building. Entrants should provide evidence in at least one of the following:
- Plural ownership of the economy
- Developing and growing small enterprises, community organisations, cooperatives and municipal ownership – locking wealth in place.
- Making financial power work for local places
- Increasing flows of investment within the local economy by harnessing and recirculating the wealth that exists locally, as opposed to attracting capital.
- Fair employment and just labour markets
- Recruitment from lower income areas, paying the living wage and building progression routes. Giving employees a voice at work, security, opportunity, fulfilment and respect.
- Progressive procurement of goods and services
- The development of dense local supply chains of businesses likely to support local employment and retain wealth locally: SMEs, employee-owned businesses, social enterprises, cooperatives and community business.
- Socially productive use of land and property
- Deepening the function and ownership of local assets held by anchor institutions, so that financial and social gain is harnessed by citizens.
We will be looking for entrants who will be able to exhibit and provide examples of how they have put creativity, innovation and inclusivity at the fore when approaching community wealth building.
The Glasgow Business Award for Entrepreneur of the Year
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award will recognise the most inspiring, dynamic and driven leader.
Entrants must show how they have overcome challenges to grow their successful business and how they have achieved this through risk taking, resilience, identification of opportunity, passion, commitment, market knowledge, innovation and inspiring and motivating their team.
The Glasgow Business Award for Excellence in Communications
This category is open to any business that has developed a fully integrated, dynamic and innovative communication strategy.
Judges are looking for the best communication strategy and implementation including communication design, range, techniques and channels, both offline and online as well as effective implementation. Communication can be with staff, customers, partners, suppliers and new markets to promote effective communication of the business, services and/or products.
Communication channels can mean website, video, mobile, games, social media, advertising, email, printed material etc and should be able to be monitored and measured to ensure effectiveness.
The Glasgow Business Award for Family Business of the Year
This category will celebrate and recognise the achievements of established family owned businesses across all industry sectors that have successfully blended strong business acumen and family engagement.
The applicants will be judged on distinctive business practices which have helped the business prosper and grow alongside the family commitment to smooth succession planning.
The Glasgow Business Award for Green Champion
This award aims to recognise individuals or teams who are driving the development of green initiatives in the workplace, charities, community initiatives and other organisations.
This individual or team will be championing innovative practices and products which promote and drive forward environmental performance.
Award winners may be self-nominated or nominated by another party.
Entrants should provide evidence of innovation and impact.
The Glasgow Business Award for Health and Wellbeing
This category celebrates and rewards businesses who have, over the last year, committed to putting in place policies and practices to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees and through doing so, have realised direct improvements to the performance and productivity of their business.
Many large and small companies recognise that their success can depend on encouraging a healthy workforce.
The Glasgow Business Award for Health and Wellbeing is an opportunity for employers to show their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce through the application of such practices and policies in their organisation.
The Glasgow Business Award for Innovation in Business
This category is looking for innovative initiatives that demonstrate the circular economy in action and which bring organisations closer to future proofing their business models.
Through a circular economy we make effective use of the resources we already have. It’s a holistic solution to the world’s emerging resource problem that has resulted from a linear take-make-waste economy. In a circular economy, resources are not discarded, but recovered in a system that is continuous and long-lasting, with the goal of keeping them functioning at their highest potential.
This category is open to all businesses that have successfully developed innovative products, technologies or services; adapted an existing one for new markets, or have developed innovative business processes, models or ways of doing business around the circular economy.
Entrants will show a high degree of creativity and dynamism and will be exploring ways to exploit their innovation to its fullest potential. They must be able to clearly demonstrate the adoption of circular economy business principles, that there was a demand for the innovation and that it has proved successful in line with the objectives set.
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Creation of a new innovative product, process or service, or a new way of working or adaption of an existing development within the circular economy in the last three years.
- Clear written description of the development (layman’s terms as far as possible) and its background, including any details of protection obtained.
- Clear adoption of circular business principles to drive forward the innovation and development.
- Commercial relevance of the development and actual or projected commercial success, demonstrating how this initiative has helped future proof the business.
The Glasgow Business Award for International Trade
This award is for companies that are successful in exporting and committed to continued growth in their international trade. Entrants will show expertise in planning and implementing an export strategy including managing currency fluctuations, credit control, international marketing and the successful development and expansion of their overseas operations.
Successful companies entering this category will be prioritising international activities within their overall company strategy and will be managing their overseas business proactively and professionally. Effective sales, marketing and distribution strategies will be in place and the company will be making great efforts to ensure that products are suitable or adapted for international markets.
The Glasgow Business Award for Net Zero Achievement
This category is for businesses that can demonstrate carbon neutral practices that are aligned to help achieve, or are on track to realise, the ambitious net zero emissions target of 2030 for Glasgow as set by Glasgow City Council - 15 years before the Scottish Government’s official aim of 2045.
This category is open to all businesses that have, or are successfully innovating and pivoting to develop either technologies, services, products, internal operations or existing systems that serve to support in meeting the net zero goal for the City.
Businesses applying for this category will be able to showcase solutions that have been actively implemented, or that are currently underway which will help drive the objective of net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases.
We will be looking for entrants who will be able to exhibit and provide examples of how they have put creativity, innovation and inclusivity at the fore when approaching their net zero targets.
The Glasgow Business Award for Sustainable Development
This category is open to any organisation, irrespective of size or industry sector.
A successful entrant will be able to demonstrate that they are actively improving and adding value to their business through sustainable practices. Judges will be looking for evidence of efficiency savings in both internal operations and with product and/or service delivery/development.
Entrants should provide evidence in at least one of the following: Resource efficiency; Energy and Innovation.
The Glasgow Business Award for Young Business Person of the Year
Open to Glasgow’s young entrepreneurs (35 years or under at 31 March 2019), the Young Business Person of the Year will have established a successful career progression and be able to clearly demonstrate business expertise with leadership and management prowess.
You will also be able to provide a well-defined and innovative vision for future plans.
Glasgow Times Award for Glasgow's Favourite Business
This is a non-application award which will be promoted by our Media Partner, Evening Times and voted for by their readership in the lead up to The Glasgow Business Awards Dinner and Ceremony.
The winner of this Award will be announced at the Awards Dinner and Ceremony.
Please keep an eye on the Glasgow Times for details of how to nominate and vote for Glasgow's Favourite Business.
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to an individual who, over his or her lifetime, has made a significant difference to our city by their actions, deeds, and great accomplishments.
This is a non-application award and the recipient will be decided by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and announced at The Glasgow Business Awards Dinner and Ceremony.