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 1-10 employees sponsored by Glasgow City Council in partnership with Jobs & Business Glasgow was tough, and was won by design and branding agency MadeBrave.
Glasgow City Council also sponsored the category for Best Performing Business with 11-50 employees 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.
Scottish Water sponsored the category for Sustainable Development and Alan Thomson presented the award to worthy winners City Legacy.
Scotrail sponsored the category for Creative Marketing and awarded it to expert in employment law Law at Work.
The training arm of Arnold Clark, GTG Training were the category sponsors for Excellence in Skills and Learning and CEO David Scott presented this award to Barrhead Travel.
The Thistle Hotel sponsored the Excellence in Customer Service category with the award going to Clyde Travel Management.
JF Hilliebrand sponsored the International Trade category. The level of entries was so high the judges decided on joint winners with Barr + Wray and William Grant & Sons Ltd collecting an award each.
President Varry McMenemy’s company Bellcom Worldwide sponsored the Young Business Person of the Year category. Amongst stiff competition Dr Vicki Fiddes of Vicki Fiddes Podiatry emerged as the winner.
Specialist publishing and communications company Connect were the category sponsors for Excellence in Communications and GHA, part of the Wheatley Group, were presented with this award.
Radio Clyde presented M Squared Lasers Ltd with the award for their Innovation in Business category.
Category sponsors Scottish Power presented the Green Champion award to biodiversity champions Plan Bee Ltd.
YoYo Events and Promotions presented the Family Business of the Year to A.C. Whyte & Co. Ltd.
Amongst tough competition the readers of the Evening Times voted Glasgow Credit Union as Glasgow’s Favourite Business.
Varry McMenemy, president of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, presented the Lifetime Achievement to Vera Weisfeld OBE 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.