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:
Healthworks: A team of health and wellbeing professionals that have come together to help businesses optimise their employees’ physical, psychological and personal wellbeing. The new venture will create innovative and bespoke health and wellbeing services that are truly integrated.
Made in Scotland: A collaboration of twelve high-end Scottish food companies which has members across the country. The consortium offers a range of products including salmon, cheese, cakes and charcuterie as well as craft gin, craft beer and whisky. The collaboration will enable member businesses to offer the basket of Scottish produce to lucrative overseas markets by pooling together their resources and experience, both intellectually and financially.
Look Team: A Glasgow-based graphic design and event branding production collaboration between two businesses which provided the branding and wayfinding solutions for three major events in Glasgow: the Commonwealth Games 2014, the World Gymnastics Championships 2015 and the UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2016. The two businesses have successfully formed a consortium co-operative to facilitate pitching a total project planning and management service for other large sporting events. They plan to expand into other geographic markets across the UK and internationally.
The Start-Up Drinks Lab: A collaboration by two innovative soft drink businesses who aim to work together to solve manufacturing challenges faced by drinks entrepreneurs in Scotland. The focus is to establish accessible manufacturing facilities that meet the small scale production requirements of start-up drink businesses.
Terrier Risk Partners: Three experienced businesses coming together to provide cyber security solutions allowing them to tender for larger contracts such as the opportunities offered by the Scottish Government and partners including the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband. Their joint expertise includes risk assessment, business continuity, protection and recovery.
Offsite Hub: This collaboration comprises nine companies involved in offsite construction. Following the UK Government’s 2025 Construction Strategy identifying offsite construction as a vehicle for delivering improvement targets for the construction sector, Offsite Hub was formed to promote improved market awareness, address emerging skills challenges and to foster a collective approach to ongoing research and development in the use of timber construction technology.
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.