The Herald Pioneer Awards

Driving change for a sustainable Scotland

The Herald Pioneer Awards recognised and rewarded companies across all business sectors, who have engaged in sustainability and innovation in climate change action, driving for a more sustainable Scotland.
The awards have been created to promote meaningful shifts towards a more open, sustainable and innovative future for the Scottish economy. In our inaugural year we celebrated both businesses and pioneers across a range of categories that recognised innovation, intrapreneurship, cultural change and sustainability.

The Herald Pioneer Awards

Driving change for a sustainable Scotland

The Herald Pioneer Awards recognised and rewarded companies across all business sectors, who have engaged in sustainability and innovation in climate change action, driving for a more sustainable Scotland.
The awards have been created to promote meaningful shifts towards a more open, sustainable and innovative future for the Scottish economy. In our inaugural year we celebrated both businesses and pioneers across a range of categories that recognised innovation, intrapreneurship, cultural change and sustainability.

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Sponsorship

Raise your profile across Scotland by sponsoring our awards.

If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Kirsty Loughlin, Events Manager on 0141 302 6016 or Kirsty.loughlin@newsquest.co.uk

Categories

List of categories and criteria.
  • RESEARCH BUSINESS AWARD

    An individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution or achieved outstanding results in an analytical role/project in relation to sustainability.

  • PIONEER AWARD

    A pioneering individual who is leading the way in their industry by providing solutions, developing new techniques or challenging convention with new project ideas.

  • SME INNOVATION – sponsored by City of Glasgow College

    This award celebrates the SMEs that offer products and services tackling the impact of sustainability. The winner will be the business that is deemed to have the most innovative solution.

  • CLIMATE NEUTRAL

    Recognising efforts by individuals, companies or public sector/ bodies that are achieving real results in transitioning to climate neutrality.

  • DIVERSITY IN INNOVATION

    An individual/ business who has created a business or innovation and successfully brought it to market. It should help in providing a solution to a societal problem.

  • CIRCULAR BREAKTHROUGH

    An organisation that can demonstrate how their product or services help to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy, establishing a more sustainable way of doing business.

  • START-UP

    We are looking for a disruptor or early-stage company that has developed – or is working on – an innovation that has the potential to make an impact.

  • SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AWARD

    This is for a company, or initiative, facilitating a cultural transformation that can revolutionise business practices and increase the development of sustainable products.

  • YOUNG PIONEERS – sponsored by Newton Property Management 

    Any person or group of individuals (aged 18 – 25 years old) who are shaking things up. An idea, exceptional work a project course, product or invention that is having an impact, achieving commercial success, changing how things are done, or is being harnessed by a school, business or organisation.

  • INNOVATION IN STEM – sponsored by CGI 

    The innovation economy needs people with skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This award will recognise a training provider, college or university that is democratising education – and bridging the gender gap – by using pioneering techniques, programmes, or technology to reach a wide and diverse audience.

  • PARTNERSHIP FOR CHANGE

    Recognises a new or completed project created through collaboration between organisations; across industry, academia, government, citizens. A project that is designed to address a societal problem.

2019 Winners and Finalists

Research Business Award

CuanTec – Winner
EGG lighting – Commendation
MacRebur
Ingenza Ltd & Amprologix Ltd

Pioneer Award

Altitude Thinking
John Hancox, Scottish Fruit Trees
Professor Gordon McConnell – Commendation
MacRebur – Winner

SME Innovation – sponsored by City of Glasgow College

CelluComp Ltd – Commendation
Glaze & Save
EGG lighting
Proterra Energy Ltd – Winner

Climate Neutral

Re-Teck
Dundee and Angus College – Winner
University of the West of Scotland

Diversity in Innovation

Comparisol – Winner
dressCode
Young Enterprise Scotland

Circular Breakthrough

Cullen
CMS Windows Systems
EGG lighting
KENOTEQ – Winner

Start-Up

CuanTec – Winner
Altitude Thinking
KENOTEQ

Sustainable Business Award

Scottish Leather Group Limited – Winner
Newton Property Management
Bright Green Business
Total Homes Co-operative

Young Pioneers – sponsored by Newton Property Management

Dale Colley – Altitude Thinking – Winner
Rebecca Menzies

Innovation in STEM – sponsored by CGI

West Lothian College – Winner
Glasgow Clyde College
dressCode
STEM Glasgow

Partnership for Change

The Leven Programme
2050 Climate Group
Bright Green Business – Winner
Ingenza Ltd & Amprologix Ltd
Circular Glasgow

Event

The Herald Pioneer Awards took place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

The evening include a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment and the awards presentation.  This event isn’t just for finalists, we welcomed attendance from all as this night makes for effective networking opportunities.

HOST

Sean Batty
TV Presenter 

Judges

Sarah Jan Robertson
Project Manager STEM & Innovation, City of Glasgow College

Dr. Susie Mitchell
Programme Director for Glasgow City of Science and Innovation

Derek MacDonald
Joint Managing Director, Newton Property Management

Ian McConnell
Group Business Editor, The Herald and Times Group

Alexander Mogull
Senior Consultant, CGI

Stephen McTaggart

Claire Burke
Trustee, 2050 Climate Group

FAQ

Anyone can submit a nomination.

Not only does being shortlisted (or better yet, winning) a Herald Pioneer Award mean recognition for you or your organisation, it is a major morale boost for you or your workforce and is a great PR opportunity both at the event and long after.

You must complete our entry form to submit a nomination. Head to the ‘How to Enter’ section above for instructions.

You can submit as many nominations as you like across the eleven different categories. The categories and the criteria for each can be found in the ‘Categories’ section above.

The entry deadline is Thursday, September 19th

It is free to enter the awards.

Once you have submitted an entry, we will add your nomination to the judging pack for consideration. Once the judging has taken place, we will contact you to let you know if your entry has been shortlisted or not.

All the entries we receive will be considered by our judging panel at the judging session in October. Please note that the shortlist and winners are decided solely by our panel and do not come down to a public vote or number of nominations received.

The shortlist will be listed in The Herald and on this website early October.

The winners will be announced at the 2019 Herald Pioneer Awards on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the entry process or event. Please contact Holly Rutherford on 0141 302 6019 or Holly.Rutherford@newsquest.co.uk with all enquires.

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If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Events Manager, Kirsty Loughlin on 0141 302 6016 or kirsty.loughlin@newsquest.co.uk.
Kirsty Loughlin

Kirsty Loughlin

Events Manager

kirsty.loughlin@newsquest.co.uk

0141 302 6016

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