To celebrate the people and organisations that make Glasgow a thriving city, The Herald has teamed up with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and People Make Glasgow for the fifth Inspiring City Awards.

It recognises the citizens and organisations who are making a huge contribution to the cultural and economic climate of the city.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “There’s never been a more exciting time to be in Glasgow. Bursting with life, energy, passion and personality, we’re undoubtedly Scotland’s creative, cultural and economic capital. Our city brand is PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW and it’s the truth.

"Glasgow is ambitious, inventive, entrepreneurial and welcoming because our people and businesses are, which is why the city is delighted to be continuing its support for The Herald and Chamber of Commerce’s Inspiring City Awards for the fifth consecutive year. These awards provide the perfect platform to recognise those outstanding individuals and organisations that are working to make a difference at every level – from inspiring action geared at improving their local communities to enhancing the city’s reputation on the global stage across sport, education, industry, culture, the arts and the environment.”

Glasgow has a long and distinguished history of innovators, pioneers and traders who have made their mark on the world stage. Previous winners have included, Glasgow Women’s Library, Allied Vehicles, Homeless World Cup, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow City Football Club, Barrhead Travel, Sir Alex Ferguson, Glasgow Life and the University of Strathclyde.

It is now time to recognise the latest generation of citizens and organisations who are making a tremendous contribution to the cultural and economic climate of this great city.

Working in partnership with Glasgow’s award-winning city brand – PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW and our event partners, AHR, City Building, Developing the Young Workforce, Glasgow 2018 European Championships, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Taxis, Glasgow Employer Board, Glasgow Welcomes, Hacking and Paterson Management Scottish Water, Scullion LAW and The Watson Foundation and we will reward individuals and organisations who have gone beyond the call of duty over the past year to encourage, mentor and support investment and growth in Glasgow. 

Graeme Smith, editor of The Herald, said: "The Inspiring City Awards go from strength to strength and The Herald is delighted and proud to be hosting them with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce once again this year.  Anyone who has attended the awards will know they are great fun and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate what is best about Glasgow.  The people of Glasgow have a fantastic story to tell about themselves and the city and I am sure this will again be reflected in the nominations."

Stuart Patrick, chief executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Two of the city’s longest-lived institutions are again joining forces with the city’s award-winning PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW brand to celebrate the people and organisations which contribute freely to the culture and economy of the city - to the benefit of all citizens. With these awards, the partnership of the Chamber and The Herald is providing a high-profile platform to reinforce this commitment, and we look forward to being overwhelmed by nominations.”

We are inviting entries into fifteen categories including business, education, arts, culture and sport.  New for this year is the Apprenticeship Challenge Award sponsored by Glasgow Employer Board and the Glasgow Welcomes Service Champion Award sponsored by Glasgow Welcomes.

Please click here to submit an entry or for more information please contact Heather Steven on 0141 302 6018.

Art and Culture Award 
supported by AHR

This category will reward an outstanding contribution that has enhanced the reputation of Glasgow’s cultural ambitions on the global stage.  This category will embrace all art forms, including digital, design and architecture.

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award
supported by Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow School for Business and Society

This category will recognise an individual or group within an organisation who has inspired actions that make a significant difference to the wellbeing of the community in which they operate.

Carer(s) of the Year Award
supported by Scullion LAW

New for 2016, this category will recognise a very special care worker or team who work in the care profession or perhaps someone who looks after a relative, neighbour or friend providing care and support to them or within their local community.  If you know someone who is kind, thoughtful and compassionate, and who invariably goes above and beyond the call of duty to care for those less fortunate then please enter them today.

Education Award
supported by Glasgow Taxis

This award will recognise a pioneering achievement by an individual or institution that has made an impact on the learning and development of Glasgow citizens at all levels.

Environmental Award
supported by Scottish Water

This award will recognise an outstanding contribution to enhance Glasgow’s environment and/or combating climate change within the country.

Industry and Business Award
Supported by City Building

This award will recognise an outstanding contribution that has encouraged, inspired and fostered business growth and development in the city.

Outstanding contribution by a Business Leader

This award will recognise an individual at the forefront of business who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to Glasgow.  Judges will look for someone who inspires others through their contribution with exceptional commitment, motivation, effort and vision.

Outstanding contribution by a Young Business Leader
supported by The Watson Foundation

This award will recognise a young individual (under 35) at the forefront of business who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment to Glasgow.  Judges will look for someone who inspires others through their contribution with exceptional commitment, motivation, effort and vision.

Sport Award
supported by Glasgow 2018 European Championships

To recognise an outstanding achievement that has fostered the development of sport in the city. They may have inspired others to become more active, been a role model or helped secure facilities and funding within their local communities, region or throughout Scotland.

Industry & Young People Innovation Award
supported by Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow

This category will recognise where industry has created an innovative project that has proven to make a significant difference to young people in the city.  We want to hear about the main aims and objectives of the project and a short description of the activities undertaken by the partnership.


This award recognises an individual or business which has made a lasting contribution to the city’s legacy.

Legacy Award
supported by Hacking & Paterson Management

Judges will assess how projects, businesses, individuals and communities can create lasting change across Glasgow. For example, has your business successfully secured new contracts or has your community been improved by new facilities and greater engagement. We want to hear about the organisations and people who create legacy and a positive difference for Glasgow citizens.

Life Time Achievement Award
supported by Glasgow Airport

The award will be presented to an outstanding individual/organisation who have dedicated their time to the development of the city and its people.

The Apprenticeship Challenge Award
supported by Glasgow Employer Board

This category recognises an apprentice or team of apprentices that have used their skills and current experience to develop and deliver a project aimed at benefitting the local community. The judges will look at the skills and ideas the apprentices have brought to the project and how these have been executed. They will also consider if the project has made a positive impact to businesses or individuals in the community.

Glasgow Welcomes Service Champion Award
supported by Glasgow Welcomes

New for 2017, this category will recognise individuals and businesses working in Glasgow’s tourism, leisure, retail and hospitality sectors, who strive to consistently deliver outstanding levels of customer service excellence.  With a focus on people, nominations should include innovative ways in which the individual or organisation has enhanced the customer experience, and should provide demonstrable and quantifiable evidence of their success, along with testimonials and/or case studies.

Visit the Inspiring City Awards 2017 website by clicking here