Nominations for those who continue to make Glasgow flourish are being sought as the deadline for entries to the Inspiring City Awards approaches.
There is just one week left for people and companies to be put forward for consideration in the awards ceremony, in association with People Make Glasgow.
The awards are held to recognise the individuals and firms who have made an outstanding contribution to the city during the past 12 months.
Previous winners have included hotelier Maurice Taylor and the Celtic Connections festival.
Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council and chairman of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “The Inspiring City Awards is a genuinely special occasion; recognising and rewarding those outstanding individuals and businesses who are working to make a difference at every level – from inspiring action geared at improving their local communities to enhancing the city’s reputation on the global stage – across sport, education, industry, culture, the arts and the environment.”
“With just one week left until the entry deadline, now is the time to nominate a friend, colleague, neighbour, local business, charitable organisation or community group that consistently goes the extra mile to ensure Glasgow continues to flourish.”
Other partners of the event include AHR, amiExecutive, Glasgow 2018 European Championship, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Taxis, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, Loretto Care part of Wheatley Group, The Watson Foundation, Hacking and Paterson Management Services and Virgin Trains.
There are 12 categories to enter, including business, education, arts, culture and sport.
Stephen Flynn, vice chairman of Glasgow Taxis Ltd, which is supporting the education award, said: “The Inspiring City awards are so special as they pay tribute to the people who make Glasgow such a great place to live in. We are proud to support the Education Award as teachers, lecturers and other institutions play a key role in the success of Glaswegians, helping them to get the best possible start in life.
“Our drivers hear tales of wonderful educators every day whilst doing the school run so it’s really nice to shine a light on some of these individuals. Glasgow Taxis has close affiliations with a number of universities and colleges across the city, in particular through our Glasgow Safe Taxi scheme and the Glasgow Taxis Cup, an inter-varsity sporting tournament between Glasgow University, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian. As such, we interact with students regularly and get to hear how lecturers make a lasting impact on them. “If there’s an individual, or even an institution, which has made an impact on your life and enabled you to tap into your potential then it’s vital you enter them into the awards so they get the recognition they deserve.”
Anna Doran, Virgin Trains’ general manager for Anglo-Scottish services on the west coast route, said: “We saw a strong list of entries last year from organisations who have promoted a progressive agenda on the environment and we’re looking forward to seeing who has excelled in this category again.”
Angela Morrison, founder of amiExecutive, said: “If you haven’t managed to get your application away for any of the categories for the Inspiring City Awards yet, please do so before the deadline on the 28th of July. Take it from someone who knows, Winning an Inspiring City Award can do some fantastic things for you, and most importantly, your business. We at amiExecutive believe that the Outstanding Contribution by a Business Leader is one of the most exciting and highly contested awards on the night and we can’t wait to see the wonderful applications that come in.”
Richard Blair, director of AHR Architects, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Arts and Culture award at the Inspiring City Awards. Glasgow has an ever growing profile in arts and culture and we are proud to be supporting those involved in creating this reputation through the awards.”
Alison McRae, senior director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce which hosts Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, said: “We have recently come to the end of what has been an amazing first year for Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow during which we have seen a huge commitment from Glasgow’s business community to support our work in schools and employing young people directly from education.
“It is now time that we recognise these businesses who are dedicated to inspiring our next generation of talent.
“We are supporting this year’s Industry and Young People Innovation award and entries are closing soon – apply today to showcase your fantastic work to the people of Glasgow.”
Colin Hartley, director of Glasgow 2018 European Championships, said: “In a little over two years Europe’s top athletes will arrive in Glasgow for the inaugural European Championships.
“It will be a truly world-class celebration of sport and a must attend, must watch experience that reaches beyond the dedicated fans of the individual sports to the wider public.
“Glasgow is one of the world’s top five sporting cities and the Inspiring City Awards will showcase the very best we have to offer in terms of sport. And with just a few days to go until the nominations close, now is the time for those involved in sport in our city to show just what makes our city great.
“Sport changes lives and that is why we are delighted to support the sport category.”
David Doran, director of Hacking and Paterson Management Services, said: “Nominations for the Legacy Award remain open and Hacking and Paterson Management Services strongly urge anyone wishing to propose or nominate an entrant should do so before the deadline to ensure the most influential and deserving legacy creating organisation or person in the city can be recognised by these great awards.”
James Muir, chairman of Loretto Care, said: “Loretto Care, part of Wheatley Group, is proud to support the carer of the year category at this year’s Inspiring City awards.
“We would like to see many entries from carers across the city for this category.
“These carers, who are often unsung heroes, make a significant difference to people’s lives on a daily basis. We are keen to see their great work being recognised. We encourage as many carers as possible to enter these awards.”
John M Watson OBE, of the Watson Foundation, said: “Now is the time to get your entry in for the Outstanding Contribution by a Young Business Leader which will showcase the young and inspiring talent that this city has to offer.
“We know there is a lot of it out there which contributes to making Glasgow the vibrant and enterprising place it is. And young people are leading the way on this. The Inspiring City Awards 2016 helps shine the spotlight on their incredible talent.”
The deadline for nominations is July 28. Entry is free and all categories are open to individuals, businesses and third sector organisations, so get involved.
Visit http://herald-events.com/inspiringcity/ to submit an entry or for more information please contact Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407.