MORE than 200 guests gathered in Glasgow last night to celebrate The Herald’s inaugural Global Game Changers Awards, in partnership with Innovators Magazine and sponsored by BAE Systems, Bond Dickinson, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Science Centre and the UN Global Compact Network UK.
The event, held at Glasgow Science Centre, recognised and rewarded innovation and sustainability at an international level, across all business sectors.
The awards attracted entries from across the UK, from Aberdeen to London, as well as from the European mainland. It celebrated cross-sectoral innovators pioneering new ideas and products, particularly those helping to deliver a sustainable future and advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Herald business editor Ian McConnell chaired the judging panel and the winners included 3f bio Ltd. It picked up the Circular Breakthrough award for its patented technology which produces mycoprotein, the ingredient in the leading meat-free brand Quorn, in a manner that will mean myco- protein can be the lowest cost source of protein for global populations.
Biotechnology entrepreneur James McIlroy secured the Young Pioneers award, and Find a Player picked up the Start-up and Share award for its multi-platform app creation that makes it easier for people to find, organise and play sport.
Bond Dickinson sponsored the Collaboration for Change category, which was awarded to University of Glasgow for its work with the Queen ElizabethUniversity Hospital and the NHS. The standard of entries was so high in this category that a commendation was also awarded to TEV Project for its collaboration with Newcastle University.
Michael Spence, partner at Bond Dickinson said: “It was a pleasure to attend the awards and present the award in the Collaboration for Change category. The desire to encourage and promote innovation and sustainability, the driving force behind these awards, is something which resonates with us at Bond Dickinson.
“As a firm, we embrace innovation and felt compelled to be part of this event.”
City of Glasgow College sponsored the Innovating in STEM Education/Training Award, which was awarded to University of Strathclyde for its extensive work in STEM projects with young people. Ayrshire College picked up a commendation in this category.
Roy Gardner, executive director at City of Glasgow College, said: “Our congratulations go to a well-deserved winner whose ground-breaking project is helping to address and bridge the gender gap in STEM.”
Alan Holmes, diversity and inclusion manager at BAE, said: “Congratulations to Dr Holly Butler for taking home the Women in Innovation award, to Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris for her commendation in the same category and to all the winners and finalists.”