The child car boaster seat manufacturer also received £75,000 in funding to help expand the company, almost £20,000 more than it had pitched for.
The funding will help the Lanarkshire father of two, currently on a career break to allow him to pursue his entrepreneurial dream, bring the product to the market.
A total of 276 companies applied to Scottish EDGE Round 7, with 23 entrepreneurs pitching their businesses on the day in Edinburgh to an expert panel led by Lord Willie Haughey, founder of City Refrigeration Holdings and Bob Keiller, chief executive of Aberdeen-based Wood Group.
Gary’s Cargo Seat is a children’s car booster seat that doubles up as a travel wheely storage case, with a foldaway handle, wheels and a carry strap. It has enough storage to accommodate clothing, books and toys that children may have when they go on their travels – holidays or visiting family or friends.
He said: “My key focus now is to get CarGo Seat to market as quickly as possible and this Award will go a long way to helping us get there.
“The fact that business giants like Willie Haughey and Bob Keiller awarded us £20,000 more than we were asking for is a huge confidence boost.
“We will be able to use this now to help accelerate our plans to bring Cargo Seat to market in 2016. What a great end to the year!”
The CarGo Seat light bulb moment came about when Gary was on holiday in Alacante with his wife Clare and his two kids, Cavan and Logan, and had to hire two booster seats for their hire car.
They were covered in sticky sweets and broken and costing 70 euros and he thought, “I can do this better.” He came home and sketched his idea, and then with a design team brought his product sketches to life.
Three years on and Gary, who lives in Coalburn, South Lanarkshire, is on a career break from his role as recreation manager at South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, to allow him to pursue the Cargo Seat development, has made significant progress.