The Net-Zero Award
Emergency One (UK) Ltd
For more than 30 years, Emergency One (UK) has designed, manufactured and maintained firefighting and rescue vehicles. The business is always working to take innovative and unique approaches to firefighting, and over the last few years Emergency One has been working on the production of electric fire engines. The company’s first electric fire engine was sold to the London Fire Brigade and since then Emergency One has developed Scotland’s first electric fire engine - the E1 EV0 Mark II. It is constantly working to improve and innovate, to ensure that these vehicles are as effective as possible - with plans to make them available to international markets, and help fire services around the world reduce their emissions.
Fuel Change endeavours to give people the tools they need to fight climate change and push for a transition to net zero. Working with three groups - apprentices and graduates, schools, and businesses - Fuel Change provides workshops and challenges designed to help people develop the skills and outlook they need to make a positive contribution, improving their understanding of sustainability, as well as their problem solving, project management and teamwork. In doing so, Fuel Change hopes to create a generation of environmental champions able to provide creative and practical solutions to the threat of climate change. To date, Fuel change has worked with 2,000 participants, 135 companies, 250 teams and 60+ schools to achieve this.
Scottish-born HVS brings together the latest technology with innovative thinking to produce hydrogen-electric medium and heavy goods vehicles - and in doing so hopes to significantly improve the sustainability of UK supply chains. To date, the company has completed two prototype vehicles using a fuel cell system that provides them with a greater range, a higher load capacity and a faster refuelling time than a regular lithium battery can provide. The need to make vehicles sustainable is more important than ever, and by HVS making them more effective and viable, by 2030, a new fleet of HGV vehicles could prevent more CO2 emissions than are annually reported at Heathrow airport.
Food & Drink Company of the Year
Amity Fish Company
Based in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Amity Fish Company sends high-quality Scottish seafood direct to homes and businesses across the UK. With more than 50 years of experience, the business strives to provide customers with the best catch possible - paying close attention to quality, traceability and provenance throughout the process. This commitment to quality has helped Amity Fish Company grow, with the business doubling its team in three years and expanding its range of products from six to more than 60. Amity also works to be a sustainable supplier, swapping to recyclable packaging products to reduce waste, championing the responsible fishing scheme and responsibly sourcing produce - and has been named an official seafood supplier of COP26 for its efforts.
The Start-Up Drinks Lab
Opening for business in 2018, The Start-Up Drinks Lab is a small, contract bottling company working with clients across the UK. Collaborating with businesses big and small, The Start-Up Drinks Lab works to provide clients with innovative and flexible services that fit their needs best. The company works with clients throughout the development process - taking them from concept to market if required, or just helping with recipe development or packaging - and is able to produce a wide range of drinks. As well as working with clients such as Brewdog, Partridges and The Hilton, The Start-Up Drinks Lab also produces a range of in-house beverages and strives for quality in every single product.
Wasted Degrees Brewing
Wasted Degrees Brewing is an independently owned and operated craft brewery based in Blair Atholl in Perthshire. Producing small-batch craft beer, the business has seen significant growth in recent years. In 2022, it doubled its capacity in response to demand and started exporting products for the first time, now doing business in The Netherlands, Italy, France and Germany alongside the UK. Wasted Degrees endeavours to be an environmentally-friendly business, recently removing plastic from its packaging entirely and moving from glass bottles to lighter and more easily recyclable cans. In addition, Wasted Degrees sources ingredients locally wherever possible, provides its grain by-products to local businesses and is 100% renewables powered.
Engineering / Technology Company of the Year
Gravitricity strives to provide long-life energy storage in an efficient, safe and sustainable way. The business specialises in underground storage with its two systems, the weight-based GraviStore and the H2 Flexistore hydrogen storage system. These methods of storage are able to provide energy quickly and in versatile situations, can be used for a longer duration than lithium batteries, and are well-placed to support the increasing demand for green energy. Gravitricity is always looking to improve and innovate, working on storage technologies that are able to carry out these functions for decades to come without a loss in performance. In doing so it aims to provide a source of renewable energy storage to meet the demands of the future.
Orbex is a spaceflight company dedicated to helping make the UK’s spaceflight industry more sustainable and efficient. The business is in the process of developing a rocket called Prime designed to launch small satellites into Earth’s orbit. Utilising a renewable biofuel, Prime aims to be the world’s first environmentally-friendly rocket, releasing 96% fewer emissions than a similar, fossil fuel-based launch. Prime’s launch will mark the first-ever vertical rocket launch from the UK mainland, and having also recently assumed oversight of Spaceport Sutherland - which is due to be the world’s first carbon-neutral spaceport in both construction and operation - Orbex hopes to make it possible for Scotland to have an agile, efficient and environmentally-friendly spaceflight industry.
With facilities in the U.K., U.S. Malaysia, Morocco and France, Spirit AeroSystems is one of the biggest aerostructure manufacturers in the world. Working with clients in the commercial, business and defence sectors, Spirit provides a range of products including fuselages, wing components, integrated wings, pylons and more, specialising in aluminium and advanced composite manufacturing solutions. Despite the challenges of the last few years for aerospace manufacturers, the team at Spirit has shown outstanding determination, developing new and innovative manufacturing tools such as a spoiler production line capable of producing 800 spoilers a month and a cell manufacturing setup that has already sparked significant interest from other areas of the aerospace industry.
Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year
Since joining Emergency One, Cameron Smith has made outstanding progress and showcased exemplary dedication, work ethic and talent. Currently in the third year of his apprenticeship, Cameron has picked up the work at hand with extraordinary speed, becoming competent in a range of different tasks, especially concerning electrical appliances. Cameron’s aptitude and willingness to learn have meant that he has already been able to work on the electric vehicle side of the business which is relatively new and extremely complex. Cameron’s level of competence and responsibility have also made it possible to trust him with travelling to America to help out with electrical appliance work being conducted with Rev Group.
A third-year craft apprentice at McMillan Coppersmiths and Fabricators, Jakub Spiewak has proven himself to be an extremely capable and invaluable member of the team. Due to his outstanding growth and passion for the work, Jakub has been trusted to work on major projects and become instrumental in the construction of copper distillation equipment for distillery expansion projects. Jakub has come to work on a range of projects during his time at McMillian, becoming an adaptable and confident apprentice with an outstanding will to succeed. Jakub is also a natural leader, leading job fairs and careers evenings at McMillan in an effort to inspire a new generation of coppersmiths.
Best New Product Award
Calcivis is a business that is working to revolutionise dental care by enabling true preventive dentistry. To this end, the business has created a tooth-imaging device designed to provide accurate, real-time visualisation of decay (caries) on a tooth. Uniquely the system incorporates a biologic imaging agent to detect ongoing demineralisation. For the first time dentists will be able to see whether caries are progressing or not, which is fundamental to deciding what type of action may be required. Providing this information to dental practitioners is a major aid to preventive treatment, improving communication and early decision making, making it possible to reverse damage early, and stopping teeth from reaching the point where they require fillings - preserving patients’ time, money and dental health.
Mealzo is an online food portal working to change the food delivery industry for the better. Unlike most major online food portals which charge commission for their services, Mealzo charges nothing but a weekly fee. In doing so, the business works to support hospitality businesses in the face of the significant challenges they are experiencing at the moment. The Mealzo platform makes it easy to manage orders and processes more than 500,000 orders a week from more than 7,000 partners. Mealzo’s way of doing business has helped it see significant success already. Since starting off in Scotland in 2021, the company has already expanded its services to cities across England.
Founded in 2018, Waire Health is a business that produces remote monitoring technology for use in hospitals and other healthcare organisations. The business’ C-Detect device is a wearable sensor that monitors a range of key physiological vital signs including respiration rate, body temperature, heart rate and more. The device also has fall detection capabilities, alongside a panic alarm. The C-Detect has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular capabilities built-in, and can still provide alerts without a network connection. Easy to wear and use, the C-Detect can monitor a patient’s health in an extremely efficient way, improving diagnosis, treatment and health outcomes in the process.
Life Sciences Company of the Year
Bioliberty is a business with the goal of helping people live independently and for a longer time, with the use of assistive robotics and rehabilitative technologies. Founded by four engineers in the midst of the pandemic, the team at Bioliberty has worked to produce the LifeGlov - a device aimed to assist in the restoration of upper limb mobility, specifically in strengthening the hand. Designed for patients who have suffered a stroke, the soft robotic glove supports the hand, making it easier for patients to work on opening, closing, gripping and mobility. The glove is able to monitor information related to hand mobility, and comes with a digital platform for therapists designed to help guide physical therapy.
Dxcover is a medical technology company that has created the Dxcover® Platform for early detection of cancer from a simple blood sample. The platform uses infrared spectroscopy in conjunction with AI algorithms to detect the presence or absence of disease. Having initially proven the technology in the detection of brain cancer, the company expanded to eight cancers in 2022 and demonstrated enhanced ability to detect early-stage tumours. This year, a multi-centre trial of Dxcover® Brain Cancer is starting in Europe, and the company is also advancing the Dxcover® Colorectal Cancer test, to tackle one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
Roslin Technologies Ltd
Roslin Technologies is an ambitious, cutting‐edge biotech company focused on high-impact innovations in food and agriculture. Its mission is to transform how the world produces protein through developing animal cell lines which accelerate and enable cultivated meat to reach the mass market. The method is more sustainable than traditional methods and opens vast commercial opportunities. Roslin Technologies’ core competency is the creation of pluripotent cell lines that self-renew forever and can differentiate into any tissue, outperforming other lines. With customers across the world and throughout the supply chain, it currently has pork and poultry lines available for commercial use and in 2022 launched its lamb cell lines, with beef crustacea cell lines planned for this year.
Innovator of the Year
Emergency One (UK) Ltd
A designer and manufacturer of firefighting and rescue vehicles, Emergency One UK has strived to stay on the cutting edge since it was founded 30 years ago. The need to make vehicles more environmentally friendly has never been more important and Emergency One has risen to the challenge through the manufacture of its electric fire engines. Operating from three manufacturing facilities, the business works to ensure that every part of the vehicle is innovative - from its engines, to bespoke stowage systems, to electric pump controls. Emergency One vehicles are also highly customisable, allowing them to meet the specific needs of each individual customer. With plans to sell its vehicles internationally, Emergency One could revolutionise firefighting across the world.
Project Harmless was started with the aim of combatting the amount of plastic that finds its way into Scotland’s waters, specifically dog waste bags. Many companies are not open about the environmental impacts of their waste bags and the damage they can do to marine life. Project Harmless has worked to develop a bag that is environmentally friendly, repurposing the technology in medicine capsule coatings to produce a bag that is durable, but will also break down rapidly when in the presence of water. The bag is also microplastic-free and non-toxic to marine life, alleviating the risk of animals consuming materials that are harmful to them. As such, Project Harmless is able to directly combat a significant cause of damage to the environment.
Solway Recycling has more than two decades of experience in the collection and recycling of waste agricultural products. Every year, the company processes approximately 5,000 tonnes of waste from 3,500 farms across the UK - and developed a bin and liner system to make it far easier for farmers to sort their waste. The system separates different types of rubbish, making them easier to recycle - with many of those waste products being recycled into items that can be used again on the farms. Solway has also recently invested in a rolling machine that will turn waste into plastic sheets, which can then be used for a range of outdoor products, from pig pens to garden benches.
Manufacturer of the Year
Angels’ Share Glass
Founded in 2013, Angels’ Share Glass is a manufacturer of unique whisky gifts and whisky glassware. Originally starting off with glass angels containing whiskey, the business has since diversified into a wide range of products, from glass pigs to bottle stoppers, and baubles to glassware sets. In the years since it was set up, Angels’ Share Glass has seen impressive growth - always innovating and creating new products that allow people to enjoy glasswork of the highest quality alongside their love of whiskey. The business has moved outside of just the UK, having recently secured a deal to bring its products to the Chinese market as well as securing orders in the U.S.
McMillan Coppersmiths & Fabricators
McMillan Coppersmiths and Fabricators has been a significant force in the domestic and worldwide manufacturing and supply of copper distilling equipment since 1867. The company is on a mission to uphold its traditional coppersmithing heritage, empower the next generation and continue servicing the world’s largest distilleries. Part of Briggs of Burton Group since 2020, McMillan has played a key role in delivering large-scale projects for the global distilled spirits industry with its capability to design bespoke stills, columns and distillation systems for most spirit types. With increased revenue, larger projects and investment into its facilities, McMillan’s has gone from strength to strength - producing equipment for Mexican-homed Don Julio and Casamigos Tequila, and various U.S spirits.
Sips Eco Panel Systems is a manufacturer of highly energy-efficient, affordable homes using eco-friendly structurally insulated panels (SIPs). The future of house building, the structures are quick to build, airtight and seven times stronger than timber frames, with lower labour costs. Sips Eco has been based in Glenrothes for 23 years and has doubled its turnover and profits over the past five years, striving to be industry leaders and innovate new energy-efficient products. Multi-award winning, the company is one of the only EPS SIPs manufacturers in Europe to hold BBA certification to Eurocode 5 standards. Continuing its growth, it has recently invested in a new facility and aims to increase its workforce by 75%.
Trakke creates handmade, waxed canvas luggage and accessories for travel and adventure. Since its humble beginnings at the Barras market, it has been stocked in Fortnum & Masons and collaborated with a host of brands, musicians and celebrities. Trakke has grown organically, with a focus on running an ethical business that 'does things the right way, not the easy way', and now sells to more than 65 countries worldwide. Trakke launched its most successful collection ever, the Muir Project, which sold out in 48 hours and became an instant collectable with high resale value. Award-winning, the brand sources most of its materials from British manufacturers and builds its products to last a lifetime.