Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise announced the winners of the £60,000 Collaboration Prize at the annual glittering HSBC Scottish Export Awards in Glasgow last night.
Six Scottish business consortia are celebrating after winning a share of the £60,000 Collaboration Prize, delivered by Co-operative Development Scotland on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Launched for entries in September 2016, the Collaboration Prize attracted a record number of responses from across Scotland.
Entrants to the Prize had to pitch an idea for a new collaborative enterprise. Each of the winning collaborations will receive £5,000 (to implement their collaborative idea), advice to set up as a consortium co-operative, up to £5,000 business support (delivered by Scottish Enterprise or Highlands and Islands Enterprise), and export advisor support where appropriate.
Accessing new and international markets was a specific focus of this year’s competition and two of the six prizes were awarded to consortia which demonstrated particularly strong international ambitions to be delivered via the collaboration. These consortia – Made in Scotland and Look Team – were awarded the prizes at last night’s HSBC Scottish Export Awards, held in Glasgow.
Sarah Deas, director at Scottish Enterprise, said: “The response to this year’s Collaboration Prize has been fantastic and as a result we have six brilliant winning consortia, all of whom will be using the support and funding they won to structure their consortiums, develop their business ideas and access new markets.
“Through the Prize the aim is to inspire businesses to be innovative and consider collaboration as a means to achieve growth. By collaborating businesses can reduce costs, share risks and create new platforms for growth.”
The Collaboration Prize winners included:
The Collaboration Prize was delivered by Co-operative Development Scotland on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Island Enterprise in partnership with Business Gateway and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
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