SCOTTISH businesses are to feature in new awards being launched by The Herald.

The inaugural Pioneer Awards, supported by CGI, City of Glasgow College and Newton Property Management, are set to recognise and reward companies across all business sectors who have engaged in sustainability and innovation in climate change action, driving for a more sustainable Scotland.

We encourage entries from both businesses and individuals across a range of categories that recognise innovation, entrepreneurship, cultural change and sustainability.

Newton Property Management are sponsors of the Young Pioneers Award.

Derek MacDonald, joint managing director of Newton Property Management, said:“Being a pioneer in business is about more than just having good intentions, you have to deliver.

“Newton want to encourage the best entrepreneurs to deliver real change to the betterment of us all and this is the perfect vehicle to do so.”

City of Glasgow College is the sponsor of the SME Innovation Award, which seeks to reward SMEs that offer products and services tackling the impact of sustainability.
Roy Gardner, vice-principal for corporate development and innovation at City of Glasgow College, said: “As a pioneering college with innovation and sustainability firmly embedded in our culture, we are proud to support The Herald Pioneer Awards.”

Steve Smart, senior vice president, Scotland, of CGI, sponsor of the Innovation in STEM category, said: “Presenting the award for Innovation in STEM provides the opportunity to recognise the wealth of emerging talent in the sector.

“Our organisation strives to encourage more young people into STEM subjects and to consider careers in technology.”

The programme director for Glasgow City of Science and Innovation Dr Susie Mitchell will be joining the 2019 judging panel, along with Douglas Morrison, associate director for innovation and STEM at City of Glasgow College, and Derek MacDonald, joint managing director, Newton Property Management.

The Herald Pioneer Awards are open for entries across 11 categories, from start-up to climate-neutral, where we will be recognising efforts that are achieving real results in transforming climate neutrality.

The inaugural awards are quick, easy and FREE to enter. Once you have decided on a category or categories that you would like to enter, all you need to do is fill in our entry form.

Visit our website to submit your nomination by 3pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The awards evening will be on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.

For more information, please call Holly Rutherford, events executive, on 0141 302 6019 or email