Last night saw the Business Oscars of Glasgow organised by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce play out in the Thistle Hotel with well over 600 business people in attendance at the glittering black tie event.
In their sixteenth consecutive year the prestigious annual Glasgow Business Awards celebrates the city’s business success in a diverse range of categories, and a 10% increase in entries since 2012 clearly demonstrates the depth of talent on offer in the city.
With sixteen categories to present MC Fred MacAulay provided topical humour and kept the pace of the awards delivery swift and efficient.
The main sponsor for the twelfth consecutive year was Bank of Scotland who selected the overall winner for the Most Outstanding Business to be Barr+Wray.
Glasgow has a large number of micro businesses so the competition for the category of Best Performing Business for companies with 1-10employees sponsored by GlasgowCityCouncil in partnership with Jobs&BusinessGlasgow was tough, and was won by design and branding agency MadeBrave.
GlasgowCityCouncil also sponsored the category for BestPerformingBusiness with 11-50employees and cordless phone specialists liGo were voted the winners of this award.
Best Performing Business with 51+ employees was sponsored by Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University and was won by MB Aerospace.
ScottishWater sponsored the category for SustainableDevelopment and Alan Thomson presented the award to worthy winners CityLegacy.
Scotrail sponsored the category for CreativeMarketing and awarded it to expert in employment law LawatWork.
The training arm of Arnold Clark, GTGTraining were the category sponsors for ExcellenceinSkillsandLearning and CEO David Scott presented this award to BarrheadTravel.
The ThistleHotel sponsored the ExcellenceinCustomerService category with the award going to ClydeTravelManagement.
JFHilliebrand sponsored the International Trade category. The level of entries was so high the judges decided on joint winners with Barr+Wray and WilliamGrant&SonsLtd collecting an award each.
President Varry McMenemy’s company BellcomWorldwide sponsored the YoungBusinessPersonoftheYear category. Amongst stiff competition Dr VickiFiddes of VickiFiddesPodiatry emerged as the winner.
Specialist publishing and communications company Connect were the category sponsors for ExcellenceinCommunications and GHA, part of the Wheatley Group, were presented with this award.
RadioClyde presented MSquaredLasersLtd with the award for their InnovationinBusiness category.
Category sponsors ScottishPower presented the GreenChampion award to biodiversity champions PlanBeeLtd.
YoYoEventsandPromotions presented the Family Business of the Year to A.C.Whyte&Co.Ltd.
Amongst tough competition the readers of the EveningTimes voted GlasgowCreditUnion as Glasgow’sFavouriteBusiness.
Varry McMenemy, president of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, presented the LifetimeAchievement to VeraWeisfeldOBE who, alongside her husband Gerald, founded the high street chain the ‘What Everyone Wants’.
Vera received a standing ovation when she took to the stage to accept her award. She told the audience that she would not have achieved such success without her husband Gerald and bravely told the packed hotel that he was suffering from Alzheimers. Vera’s honest and humble words brought the audience to their feet again and it was obvious that the Weisfelds are much loved in the Glasgow business community.
The event clearly celebrated the success of many businesses within Glasgow and as Councillor Gordon Matheson said in his introduction it was very evident that Glasgow is indeed flourishing.
At Dunning-Creating Sparks we have been converts of Social Media for quite some time. Whilst we don’t consider ourselves to be experts, in reality few practitioners can lay claim to Malcolm Gladwell’s“Outliers” guru status of 10,000 hours practice = good, howeverwe do like to think we know what we’re talking about.
So, today we were happy to stand up and share an overview of our knowledge to not one but two business audiences where we boldly stated Social Media: It’s Not an Option Anymore!
Not ones to shirk a challenge, Julian picked up the mic and by 2 o’clock had spoken to over 120 businesses on the merits and the pitfalls of social media. First up was a breakfast seminar starting at 7.30am in GTG Training’s state of the art facility in Whiteinch. We then moved on to the Corinthian Club in Glasgow City Centre where we presented to Glasgow Chamber of Commerce members at the first of their Lunch & Learn series of sponsored events. Both venues were fully booked, in fact the lunch was the first ever sold out event for the Chamber who had to start late because an extra table was needed to accommodate all the eager, lunch learners.
Lunch and Learn event
Julian talked about the variety of social media tools available and emphasised the need for a social media:
He offered the following Top Ten Policy Tips:
Introduce the purpose of social media
Be responsible for what you write
Consider your audience
Exercise good judgment
Understand the concept of community
Respect copyrights and fair use
Protect confidential and proprietary info
In conclusion Julian advised everyone to ensure they held tight to the traditional principles of any marketing strategy:
And reminded us all that it’s not rocket science and always:
If any of this sparks your interest, whether you’re already utilising social media or just want to dip your toe in the water, feel free to get in touch as our first hour of consultancy is free and training can attract up to 80% funding from Glasgow City Council.
Here’s some of the tweets following the events:
@Glasgow_Chamber Packed like sardines in the Langley room at the Corinthian for a successful Lunch n Learn with Julian Westaby. #socialmedia
The Second Communications Breakfast takes place on Thursday 5th May at The Corinthian Club 7.45am-9.00am. For this breakfast, we’re delighted to have secured Hoss Gifford as our keynote speaker.
Hoss is an award-winning digital guru who’s published several books and presented at a lot of international creative and technology conferences. He’s judged awards, including D&AD and The One Show, and spent time as visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art. His trophy cabinet features accolades from Epica, Creative Review, Design Week, the Scottish Design Awards, and Computer Arts magazine recently featured Hoss as a Design Icon.
With a degree in architecture, he has served time as a graphic designer, worked in advertising, and has been influential in the new media industry since its inception. He also worked as a lifeguard in Pennsylvania in the eighties, a cocktail barman in Edinburgh in the nineties, and owned a BMX shop in the naughties.
Hoss is going to share his experience at the sharp end of innovation, candidly discussing both successes and failures. There will be a focus on using technology in your business, but the talk itself will not be technical. Come along and Hoss will tell you:
How to find out if you’re spending too much on your website
The question digital agencies don’t want to answer when pitching for your work
Three simple and cheap things you can do today to get measurable return on your investment in technology
The last event was a fully booked, standing-room-only affair. It’s a free event, you get a delicious breakfast and you get to hear a really in-demand speaker. Be quick!