THOSE helping the shift to a more open, sustainable and innovative future for the Scottish economy were celebrated at the inaugural Herald Pioneer Awards last night.
The event, organised by The Herald and supported by CGI, City of Glasgow College and Newton Property Management, recognised and rewarded companies that have engaged in sustainability and innovation to tackle climate change.
Businesses and individuals were rewarded across 11 categories that recognised innovation, entrepreneurship, cultural change and sustainability.
Hosted by weather presenter Sean Batty, the awards were given out during a black-tie ceremony at the Glasgow Crowne Plaza.
The SME Innovation Award, sponsored by City of Glasgow College, was awarded to Proterra Energy Ltd. CelluComp Ltd was given a commendation within the category.
Roy Gardner, Vice Principal Corporate Development & Innovation at City of Glasgow College, said: “This was an incredible evening, showcasing the range of thoughtprovoking and innovative work taking place within businesses across Scotland.”
The Young Pioneers Award went to Dale Colley of Altitude Thinking, which was supported by Newton Property Management.
Derek Macdonald, Joint Managing Director of Newton Property Management, said: “Anyone who harbours concerns for the future has to be mightily relieved after seeing the depth of talent and ambition on show.”
CGI supported the Innovation in STEM category, which was awarded to West Lothian College. Lindsay McGranaghan, Vice President, Scotland, said: “Congratulations again to all of the finalists and winners.
“Thanks must go to The Herald for a highly successful inaugural event and for championing sustainable innovation to address the climate change challenge.
“As an organisation we also take our obligation to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the communities in which we live and work seriously.”