06 Sep 2019
Last night, over 350 luminaries from around the city paid tribute to the people and businesses who make Glasgow great. Gathering at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow and organised in partnership with The Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the awards are held fondly by the city, recognising those who go the extra mile to ensure Glasgow and her people thrive.
Now in their seventh year, the awards are run in association with City Facilities Management with our award partners Arnold Clark, BIG Partnership, Cala Homes (West), City of Glasgow College, COLAB, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Caledonian University: Glasgow School for Business and Society, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Volunteer Glasgow, the awards provide a platform that celebrates the incredible talent and work going on across the city
Lord Willie Haughey, Executive Chairman for City Facilities Management said: “The talent and commitment demonstrated from all the finalists has been outstanding and I hope they will continue ... to inspire others and make Glasgow a better place to live, visit and work.”
The Inspiring City Awards illustrate that there is no shortage of examples of where Glaswegian businesses, institutions and charities have gone beyond the call of duty to contribute to Glasgow’s prosperity and legacy with the 2019 awards receiving over 100 nominations across the 13 categories.
It was a night of success for the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice, picking up the 2019 Legacy Award supported by Cala Homes (West), following the completion of their £21 million state of the art new hospice building in Bellahouston Park, helping deliver palliative care to people of the city. Their Chief Executive Officer, Rhona Baillie also scoped the award for Outstanding Contribution by a Business Leader supported by BIG Partnership , for following through on her 2012 vision of a new hospice fit for 21st century palliative care that put patients and family first, and set about leading a team through a capital fundraising project, the design and build, and all while managing the day job of providing care to patients and families.
Liana Canavan, Sales and Marketing Director of award sponsor CALA Homes (West), said: “It was fantastic to spend time celebrating the individuals, groups and businesses who are all committed to making Glasgow such an incredible city.”
Alex Hamilton, from award sponsor BIG Partnership, said: “These awards are increasingly the go-to event for anybody who wants to help celebrate the people, businesses and organisations that work selflessly for the good of Glasgow.”
Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award, supported by the Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow School for Business and Society since the awards launched, was DELL Technologies.
DELL Technologies has a strong CSR focus as part of their ethos and company culture, expected from all employees of all levels with schemes to encourage team members engagement.
The Sports Award was won by Raza Sadiq for the work he as done to encourage participation in sport, and to use it as tool to empower young people and promote physical and social well being in the community. It was presented by Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander (below) who described the event as “an incredible celebration”. “I think it is very important to let people know that there are so many incredible things that happen in Glasgow, and this is one way of highlighting some of them. And I am delighted to be part of it. You know the slogan, ‘People Make Glasgow’, and it is true as always.”
Altogether Travel Ltd took the Innovation in Business Award supported by City of Glasgow College . Altogether Travel were recognised for the work they do in enabling those who may have difficulties traveling or holidaying without support, are given the opportunity to enjoy a holiday and the benefits it brings.
Roy Gardner, Corporate Development and Innovation Vice Principal with award sponsors City of Glasgow College, said: “There is a lot of remarkable work that goes on across this wonderful city and congratulations to all the winners.”
The Carer of the Year Award supported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was won by Common Wheel for the leading work that they undertake with people affected by mental illness.
Dr Margaret McGuire, Board Nurse Director of award sponsor NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The standard of nominations was extremely high, and it is an honour to to recognise the care profession in this way.”
McTaggart Construction saw off tough competition to triumph in the Industry and Young People Innovation Award, being recognised for the work they do as an employer in Foundation Apprenticeships, how they support the apprentices development during the programme as well as taking positive action to ensure they gain viable employment in their supply chain members
Alison McRae, Senior Project Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said: The judges felt that McTaggart Construction epitomised all that Developing the Young Workforce stands for. This was achieved by adopting approaches to offer jobs, apprenticeship and training opportunities to those furthest from the job market. Very well deserved!"
The Art and Culture Award, supported by COLAB recognised the work of Glasgow’s Children Hospital Charity and how they have achieved both acclaim and awareness through the Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket trail.
A spokesperson for COLAB said: “Congratulations to The Glasgow Children’s Hospital. They are a very well deserved winner of the Arts and Culture Award. Their recent Oor Willie’s Big Bucket Trail campaign was so inspiring and not only captured the imagination of Glaswegians and people across Scotland but also gained exposure on a global scale, demonstrating the power that art and culture has in bringing communities together and raising awareness.
As a Glasgow based organisation with a passion for supporting grassroots arts projects we were delighted to be involved in this years’ Inspiring Scotland Awards and help shine a light on Arts projects and organisations really making a difference in the city.”
The Hidden Gardens Trust, meanwhile, which is behind the establishment of a leafy, peaceful garden oasis in the heart of Glasgow’s busy south side took a new gong, the Alistair Malloy Award for Inclusive Volunteering. It was established in memory of a former “colleague and friend” of sponsors Volunteer Glasgow who passed away suddenly in 2014.
The trust was recognised for the work that they do to support volunteers and to provide them with the knowledge to ensure the secluded plot is an inspirational and accessible greenspace.
David Maxwell, Chief Executive of Volunteer Glasgow, said: “It’s been fantastic to recognise some of the excellent volunteering initiatives.”
Nickola Kelly won the Outstanding Contribution by a Young Business Leader Award supported by Arnold Clark. Nickola was recognised not only for her role as MD at Be-IT but in her work to promote diversity and initiatives to encourage more women into STEM careers.
A spokesperson for Arnold Clark said: ‘What a wonderful evening. It was a joy to attend this year’s Inspiring City Awards, and meet with some outstanding business leaders and innovators. We’re delighted to have sponsored the ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Young Business Leader’ category – all of the finalists should be very proud of what they’ve achieved!’
Scottish Water’s work with the £100m Shieldhall Tunnel and the improvements it made to the waste water infrastructure in the city and river quality in the River Clyde won them the Environmental Award.
MCR Pathways won the Education Award for the work they have done to transform education outcomes for care-experienced young people across Glasgow.
The Inspiring City Awards recognised and celebrated the work of Celia Sinclair in the Lifetime Achievement Award supported by Glasgow Airport, Celia Sinclair. The awards hear of Celia’s tireless and award-winning work to preserve, restore and promote the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his work, she has no doubt inspired countless members of the next generation of artists and businesspeople, just as she herself was inspired as a young person – as well as restoring the iconic Sauchiehall Street’s iconic Mackintosh at the Willow, operating as a social enterprise, creating employment opportunities for young people and the local community.
Glasgow Airport, Managing Director Mark Johnston said: “The Inspiring City Awards continue to play a vital role in celebrating our many achievements and last night’s event was a fantastic way to recognise those who have helped further enhance Glasgow’s reputation. “It was also a great honour to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Celia Sinclair – a truly worthy recipient who has given so much to Glasgow and has played an important role in helping to enrich the city’s cultural landscape.”
Jim McHarg, President of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said the event celebrated “the heart of Glasgow, from people who are volunteering, people who are doing things through business and people who are helping people who are not as fortunate as themselves”. He added: “I think this event gets right to the heart and soul of Glasgow.”