20 May 2019
Winner Makes Waves At Our Made In Scotland Awards
A “world class renewables business with the potential to showcase Scotland on a world stage” has been named as the Insider Made In Scotland Award winner 2019.
Orbital Marine Power was selected to win the top accolade in the Made In Scotland Awards run in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre.
The Orkney-based company, formerly known as Scotrenewables Tidal Power, was chosen from category award winners having won the Engineering Company of the Year Award.
The independent judging panel said of Orbital that “The company excels in an important sector and builds on the strengths of engineering in Scotland and looks to the future”.
The judges also said that it “demonstrates innovation in more than one way” and that “Orbital has a technology which is eminently scaleable anywhere.
The winner in the Best New Product of the Year Award was The Drinks Bakery , a company that has developed a new new product in the global snack world – tasty snacks that match particular drinks.
The judges said: “This is a really innovative idea that has a potential for real growth.” The Manufacturer of the Year Award went to Kalopsia Collective , a Leith-based 'lean' manufacturer of textile products which has developed systematic methods for minimising waste while increasing manufacturing efficiency.
Loch Duart Salmon won the Exporter of the Year Award for continued international growth which has seen it achieve “broader and deeper penetration in the Middle East” as it exports 70% of its produce to more than 20 countries.
One member of the judging panel said Loch Duart represented “the best of Scotland's natural larder being exported.”
The Start-Up Drinks Lab was the stand out winner in the Food and Drink Company of the Year Award.
The judges said: “This company has has really good potential to innovate and support real growth in the drinks industry.”
Snapdragon, the legal tech firm, won the Innovator of the Year Award for its Swoop software which enables businesses to tackle online criminal gangs and counterfeiters.
The judges said: “The company has developed a real innovative product that makes the important work of protecting brands online open to a much wider range of businesses.”
The Inventor of the Year Award went to Helson and Jackets, a Castle Douglas-based business that has developed a display that creates 360 degree moving video objects that appear to float in space.
The standout winner in the Life Sciences Company of the Year Award was Terumo Aortic which has developed a comprehensive portfolio of products manufactured in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire.
The business is composed of the combination of Renfrewshire-based Vascutek with Bolton Medical, both of which are subsidiaries of the Terumo Corporation of Japan.
The Young Innovator of the Year Award went to Glasgow-based Yani Nyberg whose company Seawater Solutions has pioneered seawater farming in the UK.
Runner-up was Molly Rose McLean , Made in Scotland Awards youngest ever entrant who at eight has developed a new soft drink.
Renewable Parts, which has built itself into a leading supply chain specialist for the wind industry was awarded the Remade In Scotland Award.
The business, along with academic partner the University of Strathclyde, has developed new ways to refurbish parts for the industry previously considered too costly to repair.
The awards were presented in a glittering ceremony at the Glasgow Science Centre hosted by Fred MacAulay.