AFRC to sponsor the Made in Scotland Awards

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre is the headline sponsor of this year’s Business Insider Made in Scotland awards, it was announced today (Friday, January 13).

Now in its second year, the Made in Scotland awards champions the best of what is designed and made in Scotland.

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, executive chairman of the AFRC, said:

We are delighted to be partnering with the Business Insider Made in Scotland awards. The ethos of the AFRC and of the awards is very similar: both were set up to support and celebrate innovation in manufacturing in Scotland.

The AFRC wants to see manufacturing companies of all sizes, regardless of industry, push the boundaries to become more competitive and ultimately achieve a greater level of success. The Made in Scotland awards is a great way of recognising the success of these companies.”

This year's prestigious event will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre on Wednesday 19 April.

Entries are now invited from innovative manufacturing companies that have found success both domestically and internationally.

The 2017 categories are:

  • Manufacturer of the Year – which will be awarded to the manufacturer who shows innovation, a commitment to excellence, sales growth and increased profitability between January and December 2016.
  • Scottish Brand of the Year – the brand that stands out in calendar year 2016 and that shows clear values, consistently and well executed.
  • Inventor of the Year – the Scottish-based person behind the product or process launched in 2016 that has substantial commercial potential.
  • Best New Product – the product designed or manufactured in Scotland and put on the market between January and December 2016 that has the potential to really drive sales. 
  • Young Innovator of the Year – the person under the age of 25 who has developed an innovative product or process in 2016.
  • Innovator of the Year – this award is for a Scottish based manufacturer which used innovation in production and has had a measurable effect on profitability.
  • Food and Drink Company of the Year – the Scottish-based food and drink company which has shown significant progress in 2016, with the judges looking for innovation in manufacturing, improving profitability, product development and sales and marketing performance.
  • Life Sciences Company of the Year – the Scottish-based life sciences business that has innovated and made an impact in 2016.
  • Exporter of the Year – the Scottish-based business that has demonstrated success in international trade in Scottish-made products in the calendar year.
  • Engineering Company of the Year – the Scotland-based engineering company that can demonstrate its ability to introduce new processes and make an impact in its market in 2016.

All of the winners from each of the categories will be entered into the overall Business Insider Made in Scotland Award 2016 – the evening’s top award.

More information about the event can be found here.