Entrepreneurial Scotland and STV launch campaign to celebrate Scottish entrepreneurship

The winners of The 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards will be announced on 22 November at The Summit Celebration Dinner at SWG3 in Glasgow.

Summit – Celebrating Scottish Entrepreneurship will showcase inspirational stories which explore the entrepreneurial mindset, illustrate its brilliance and highlight the value to our country’s economy and broader society.  These case studies will be featured on STV in the run-up to a special awards event in November.

STV will shine a spotlight on established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs from a range of backgrounds and sectors.  These are the people and their teams who not only create jobs and value for the economy, they also breathe life into solutions to our biggest challenges and shape the future we want to live in.  Their stories will bring to life their passion, innovation, struggles, resilience, determination and warmth. 

The campaign is supported by a host of sponsors and partners, to be announced in due course, who endorse the ambitions of the campaign.  It is also fully aligned to the Scotland CAN DO movement and Scotland is Now.

The Summit – Celebrating Scottish Entrepreneurship campaign will culminate in November, when STV and Entrepreneurial Scotland will recognise Scotland’s outstanding entrepreneurs with seven nominated awards which are being launched today (2 July). 

STV and Entrepreneurial Scotland are calling on innovators, visionaries and game-changers – no matter what stage they are at in their journey – to come forward and take part.

From today, STV will screen a campaign seeking nominations for The 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards. Nominees are welcomed from every part of Scotland from all types of organisation, including small start-ups and family businesses, expanding corporations, social enterprises and public sector groups.

Entries are welcomed from anyone showing an entrepreneurial mindset to grow a business or organisation, address a challenge or seize an opportunity. Nominate yourself, your colleagues, customers or suppliers – anyone you believe is truly entrepreneurially-minded. Entries can be submitted here ahead of the deadline of 16th August 2018.

The 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards will build on the success of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s prestigious national awards, established 22 years ago. Reflecting the high regard in which these have been held by Scotland’s entrepreneurial community, the 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards will include the existing Entrepreneur of the Year, Scale-Up of the Year and Rising Star of the Year awards categories.

Previous winners of these annual accolades include some of Scotland’s most high-profile entrepreneurs, including: Jim McColl O.B.E. of Clyde Blowers (1999), David Sibbald O.B.E. of Alantech (2000), Ann Budge of Newell & Budge (2005), Mike Loggie of Saltire Energy (2015), Gareth Williams of Skyscanner (2017), Lucinda Bruce Gardyne of Genius Gluten Free (2005), and Mike Welch O.B.E. of Blackcircles (2014).

The 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards will also feature four new categories in recognition of the increasing scope and diversity of entrepreneurship within Scotland.  The additional awards categories are:

  • Intrapreneur of the Year, for individuals who demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and ethos with a dramatic effect on the organisation which employs them, be they in the public or private sector.
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year, recognising those who use their entrepreneurial talents and leadership to achieve a social purpose.
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year, for young people aged 12-18, starting out on their entrepreneurial journey.
  • Academic Entrepreneur of the Year, shining a light on those academics who have turned their discoveries or research into mainstream, impactful businesses.

Entrepreneurial Scotland Chief Executive, Sandy Kennedy, said:

“As we set out in our recent 2030 Strategy, for Scotland to thrive it is vital that we showcase and celebrate entrepreneurial role models of all kinds, wherever they are and at every stage of their journey.  The five month long Summit campaign is the perfect opportunity to do just that. 

“We are thrilled to partner with STV and we applaud its commitment to Scottish entrepreneurship.  Together, STV and Entrepreneurial Scotland, along with our other partners, sponsors and the broader entrepreneurial community, can showcase the benefits of adopting an entrepreneurial mindset to a much larger audience than ever before.  This is another big step closer to creating the most entrepreneurial society in the world, right here in Scotland.”

STV Commercial Director, Peter Reilly, said:

“We are hugely excited to launch Summit - Celebrating Scottish Entrepreneurship, in conjunction with Entrepreneurial Scotland. Summit is an opportunity to connect entrepreneurs with the unrivalled reach STV has with consumers across Scotland. At STV we are focused on driving economic growth for Scotland and recognise that the thriving entrepreneurial community is core to a real, sustainable positive impact on our country’s economy.

“We want to help entrepreneurs increase awareness of their brilliant organisations to support their ongoing growth and scale-up, as well as inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs to take that next step and start up. STV attracts mass audiences all over Scotland - on air, online and on demand - so highlighting these Scottish entrepreneurial stories will really showcase and shine a light on the innovations and achievements across the country.” 

Nominees for The 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards will be assessed by a judging panel of sector experts that will include past winners of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s awards. From there, a shortlist of finalists will be assessed on judging days in October and November. 

The winners of The 2018 Summit Entrepreneurship Awards will be announced on 22 November at The Summit Celebration Dinner at SWG3 in Glasgow.


Further Enquiries:

Entrepreneurial Scotland

Callum Spreng                                                            Tel: 0141 548 5191

Spreng Thomson                                                        Mob: 07803 970103

                                                                                    Email: callum@sprengthomson.com


Ellen Drummond                                                         Tel: 0141 300 3341

Mob: 07803 970143

Email: ellen.drummond@stv.tv

Notes to Editors

About Entrepreneurial Scotland

Entrepreneurial Scotland is a member network and leadership development organisation providing opportunities for like-minded ambitious individuals to share experiences and develop their leadership skills.  It aims to inspire, develop and connect Scotland's current and future leaders to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

Entrepreneurial Scotland is also the backbone organisation supporting the Scotland CANDO movement.



Scotland CAN DO is a shared statement of intent towards becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation: a CAN DO place for business.  This is based on the clear recognition that if we are to achieve sustainable economic growth, and create opportunities for everyone in Scotland to flourish, then we must work together to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation across Scotland.

Scotland is Now is a £6m initiative bringing together the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Scottish Development International and Universities Scotland to promote the country globally.

About STV

STV is Scotland’s leading digital media brand, providing consumers with quality content on air, online and on demand.   STV’s broadcast channel reaches 3.5 million viewers each month with first-class programming including soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, big drama productions, entertainment hits The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, strong home-grown productions and the most comprehensive local news service in the UK. 

STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth.  The company has a record of success across a range of genres, including drama, entertainment and factual, producing programmes for a variety of broadcasters. Highlights include entertainment show Catchphrase for ITV, ratings winner Antiques Road Trip for BBC One and documentaries Britain’s Polar Bear Cub for Channel 4, Ross Kemp Behind Bar - Inside Barlinnie for ITV and Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky1. In drama, four part thriller The Victim is currently in production for BBC One, and STV Productions recently announced a second BBC commission - 90 minute drama Elizabeth is Missing.

STV’s digital business incorporates Scotland’s most popular commercial media website, stv.tv, and includes an enhanced digital news app serving consumers local, national and international news as well as features, sport and weather in one place.  The STV Player offers consumers within STV’s licence areas in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy programmes live or on catch-up.

STV content is available across platforms including iOS, Android, YouView and Samsung Smart TV.