Awards celebrate the hard work and talent of those who make a difference

For six years, the Inspiring City Awards have brought people together to showcase the talents and success stories of businesses, educational institutions, individuals and charities from across the city who are making a contribution to the cultural and economic climate – all going the extra mile and making Glasgow thrive.

This is why The Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce are once again teaming up to provide a platform to recognise the citizens and organisations who are working at every level – in the local community, sport, education, industry, culture, arts and the environment at the seventh annual Inspiring City Awards.

Returning in 2019, the awards have a fresh identity designed to bring Glasgow into the heart of the brand. The new logo features the iconic skyline of the city, and some of the buildings which have inspired Glaswegians for generations.
Glasgow has a long and distinguished history of innovators, pioneers and traders who have made their mark and continue to do so on the world stage. At the 2018 awards more than 400 of the most inspirational people gathered to hear and reward some of the amazing things happening in the city.
Winners on the evening included Flora Kerr, Allied Vehicles, CeFrRI, Clare Cannon, Tennents Training Academy, UTD Sports, Tron Theatre, Sticky Heelz, Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves, Andrew Duncan, Jonathan Wilcox, Asma Mohammed, Glasgow Taxis, Glasgow Tigers Speedway and Dagmawi Belay. The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Dr Adele Patrick of Glasgow Women’s Library.


Working with our 2019 partners, Cala Homes West, DYW Glasgow, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Volunteer Glasgow, it is now time for us to once again recognise the organisations and individuals who inspire Glaswegians today.

Professor John Lennon, Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University and sponsor of our Best Corporate Social Responsibility Category, said: “We are delighted to support these awards, which showcase the world-class performance of companies and organisations within Glasgow. We are particularly proud to sponsor an award that promotes and recognises the positive social impact of those activities and achievements.”

Alison McRae, Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow Industry and Young People Innovation Award is an opportunity for businesses to showcase the work they have been doing to support young people across the city which demonstrates a unique approach. Working with industry to create interesting and relevant opportunities for young people is at the heart of DYWG.”

Liana Canavan, Sales and Marketing Director of CALA Homes (West), who are new partners in 2019, supporting the Legacy Award said: “We are very proud to be sponsoring the Legacy Award at this year’s Inspiring City Awards, which are a true celebration of the people and businesses that make Glasgow such an incredible city. As well as building homes, we engage with local communities in and around Glasgow, leaving a lasting legacy for the people who live there, so the Legacy Award category felt like the perfect fit for us to support. We look forward to seeing the amazing entries submitted.”

In 2019 we are also introducing a new category, with new partners Volunteer Glasgow. The Alistair Malloy Award for Inclusive Volunteering will recognise volunteering initiatives that can evidence an inclusive approach involving people from all sections of the community it serves.

David Maxwell, the Acting Chief Executive at Volunteer Glasgow, said: “We are delighted to work with The Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to ensure people’s contributions to Glasgow are recognised. We’re convinced that the very best of the city’s inclusive volunteering programmes can inspire others in memory of our former colleague and friend, Ally.”

Dr Margaret McGuire, Nurse Director, said: “We are delighted to be involved once again with the Inspiring City Award and with quality, compassion and care at our core we are especially pleased to sponsor the Carer(s) of the Year Award recognising a team or individual who goes beyond the call of duty to care for others”

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