A Very Grand Occasion Indeed!
The 2017 CRNS Awards Dinner took place within the iconic Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on Friday 19 May 2017 and it was a very grand occasion indeed.
CRNS members, sponsors and stakeholders looked very smart as they arrived to partake in a glass of something sparkling, whilst chatting and mingling with fellow guests. Following the drinks reception guests took to their tables, all aptly named in relation to the sector…… The Reusers, The Sustainers, The Upcyclers and The Caddies (to name but a few) giving an insight into the vast and varied activities of CRNS members located throughout Scotland.
After a delicious 3 course meal Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland took to the stage to share some inspirational words with the room. Then CRNS CEO David Wood spoke passionately about CRNS’ achievements over the last year, highlighting the Reuse Consortium, and then focussing on future ambitions and upcoming key events.
The awards ceremony was of course the highlight of the evening and David commenced this section with an overview of each shortlisted member within the 4 award categories – Innovation, Collaboration, Developing People and Individual Achievement. He also took the time to thank the 4 award sponsors: Kudos Software, Yellowcom, Social Firms Scotland and DB Group as well as the dinner and drinks reception sponsor EVH Ltd.
The actual awards themselves were again hand crafted by The Grassmarket Furniture Project, Edinburgh from oak pews donated by St Anne’s Parish Church, Corstorphine.
Just before announcing the winners and commendations, David asked guests to take a few minutes to listen to some words on a very dear member, who passed away earlier this year. Eric Weymss, Operations Manager at Castle Furniture Project was present at last year’s Awards Dinner to pick up the Partnership Working Award. David read a moving tribute to Eric and then invited Ryan Sothern from Castle Furniture onto the stage to be presented with a lovely wooden plaque in his memory. Ryan also shared some thoughts and descriptions of Eric which were provided by both his family and colleagues.
Award Winners and Commendations!
Innovation Award Winner
Sarah Dodds, Commercial Director at Kudos Software had the pleasure of presenting Sophy Green from Instant Neighbour with the Innovation Award. Instant Neighbour was established in 1984 to provide advice, support and practical assistance to those in need in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire. They provide goods and services to those living in areas of multiple deprivation. In the last 9 months they have developed a bespoke logistics management system which provides recommendations on clustering jobs geographically, hence minimising travel distances, associated costs and the environmental impact of their logistical activities.
The other 2 shortlisted members in this category were Cothrom Ltd / ReStore, who unfortunately couldn’t make it over from Uist to attend the dinner, and GHA – part of the Wheatley Group who were delighted to receive their Certificate of Commendation.
Collaboration Award Winner
Graeme Croall, Business Development Executive at Yellowcom next presented Gordon Keenan from Neilston Development Trust (NDT) with the Collaboration Award. NDT was founded in 2006 and after carrying out an extensive community consultation and Charter process to identify local community priorities, it has been responsible for facilitating and romoting active travel, carbon reduction and healthy living. It has numerous partnerships and collaborations in place and a key achievement is that of the PedalwiseER project which enabled a key cycling infrastructure to be introduced in a poorly provisioned part of East Renfrewshire.
The shortlisted organisations for this category were Furniture Plus, who took to the stage next to be presented with their certificate of commendation, and CFINE who was unable to attend.
Developing People Award Winner
Pauline Graham, CEO of Social Firms Scotland had the pleasure of presenting the team at Glasgow Wood Recycling with their Developing People Award. Glasgow Wood Recycling is a social enterprise and charity established in 2007 committed to reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill. They make and sell a range of home and garden furniture in their workshop aided by a mix of staff, trainees and volunteers. Their Making Wood Work programme is devised to support people overcome their own personal barriers, giving them practical work experience to prepare them for the transition to employment or further education / training.
The other 2 shortlisted organisations in this category were Furniture Plus and Oskars at KibbleWorks and both members were called to the stage to receive their certificates of commendation and have photographs taken.
Individual Achievement Award
Liam Bonthron, Business Development Manager at DB Group took to the stage to present the final award for Individual Achievement. This category was announced differently from the others in that the certificates of commendations were presented first. A very delighted Doreen McGee, Manager of Magpie’s Eye, one of Starter Packs Glasgow’s 2 charity shops, was presented first for her outstanding commitment over the last 6 years. The second person to receive their commendation was Jenny Taylor, Founder of Somebody Cares, the Aberdeen charity which employs 20 people, over 70 volunteers and provides support to those most in need in Aberdeen. Finally the winner of this category was asked to approach the stage to receive his Individual Achievement Award – Hugh McGhee, Head of Social and Economic Development at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company. Hugh was nominated for his outstanding contribution to furniture reuse in Ayrshire and primarily for his strategic thinking and influence on broader consortium and partnership working.
Once the applause and congratulations had quietened down the evening drew to a close with a wonderful prize raffle, and then many guests lingered to continue their socialising and networking with fellow dinner guests. The success of the evening would not have been possible without sponsorship and CRNS would like to acknowledge and thank the following organisations for their sponsorship and support: