The Glasgow Business Awards 2010 got off to a flying start with a record number of over 560 guests turning out to celebrate the city's achievements and successes over the past 12 months.
Big winners on the night included Clydeunion Pumps, scooping a hat-trick of awards, Scotland's largest independent travel group, Barrhead Travel, who went home with two awards on the night - including the title of Glasgow's Favourite Business - and Diageo Shieldhall, who collected the award for Sustainable Development and the Bank of Scotland Award for Most Outstanding Business.
The awards ceremony concluded with the former director of the Department of Regeneration Services, Steve Inch, being honoured for his services to the city with the Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Adding to the huge success of the evening, Radio Clyde's Cash for Kids raised £7,060 from the evening's charity auction which will go directly to help support disadvantaged young people across Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
Now in its thirteenth year, the Glasgow Business Awards dinner continues to grow in stature and, as last night's record attendance demonstrated, has firmly established itself as the premier business event in the city.
Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: "I'd like to thank our main sponsor, Bank of Scotland, and all of our sponsors, and our host Thistle Glasgow, for helping to make the Glasgow Business Awards 2010 such a fantastic night. The high quality entries we received to this year's awards is showcased in the calibre of winners announced at last night's ceremony and reflects the vibrancy and continued success of the city's business community.
"I would especially like to congratulate the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, former director of the Department of Regeneration Services, Steve Inch. This is the first time the award has been given to someone from the public sector and, having retired earlier this year following an outstanding contribution of more than 30 years to the economic regeneration of the city of Glasgow, I cannot think of a more deserving individual - congratulations Steve."
Evening Times Award for Glasgow's Favourite Business: Barrhead Travel Group
Bank of Scotland Award for Most Outstanding Business: Diageo, Shieldhall
Glasgow Business Award for Best Performing Business, 25 employees or under (sponsored by Radio Clyde): M Squared Lasers
Glasgow Business Award for Best Performing Business, over 25 employees (sponsored by Glasgow City Council): Clydeunion Pumps
Glasgow Business Award for Best Use of Social Media (sponsored by Dunning): Find Me Glasgow
Glasgow Business Award for Sustainable Development (sponsored by Scottish Water): Diageo, Shieldhall
Glasgow Business Award for Creative Marketing (sponsored by bmj architects): Buchanan Galleries
Glasgow Business Award for Equality and Diversity (sponsored by Glasgow Works): Glasgow Marriott Hotel
Glasgow Business Award for Apprentice Employer of the Year (sponsored by GTG Training): Clydeunion Pumps
Glasgow Business Award for Excellence in Skills and Learning (sponsored by Cardonald Training Solutions): Clydeunion Pumps
Glasgow Business Award for Excellence in Customer Service (sponsored by Thistle Glasgow Hotel): Barrhead Travel Group
Glasgow Business Award for Young Business Person of the Year (sponsored by ScottishPower): Colin McMurray, Clyde Marine Training
Glasgow Business Award for Tourism Event of the Year (sponsored by Glasgow Airport): Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Glasgow Business Award for Happiest Healthiest Workplace (sponsored by Health at Work): Scottish Qualifications Authority
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Award for Lifetime Achievement: Steve Inch