Glass Focus 2020

The winners of the Glass Focus Awards 2020 will be announced as part of a virtual presentation on 12 November 2020.

Running alongside an increased online presence, the virtual ceremony, black tie optional, will be an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate the achievements of our industry in what has been a strange year for all of us.

Registration for the Glass Focus Awards 2020 virtual ceremony is now live.  

The event will take place from 4.30 - 6pm on 12 November and will feature all the award presentations, an update from our CEO, Dave Dalton, as well as a few extra surprises. Register now for free and join us to celebrate the achievements of our industry in what has been a strange year for all of us.

Entries for this year's awards are now closed.

Join us on 12 Novmeber to find out who the winners are!

The categories for the 2020 awards are:

Design of the year – container

In form and function – glass is an amazing material to work with. We are looking for a product or solution from the food and drink, flaconnage or pharmaceutical sector that uses the properties of glass to meet a customer’s or market’s needs. We will be looking for evidence of entrants combining skills, know-how and creativity to get the best from glass. Entries in this category should include:

  • an explanation of how this design especially meets the specified need
  • information about the design process and choice of glass
  • any special treatment of the material(s) to make this design work in practice
  • why the end-product is noteworthy
  • details of the product’s quantitative and/or qualitative benefits. 

(As well as products that have been fully realised, products only developed to concept stage may also be entered into this category. Such entries should provide evidence that the design can be successfully produced.)

Design of the year – flat

Glass is one of the most remarkable building materials in the world.  We are looking for a product, architectural design or solution that uses the properties of glass to meet a customer’s or market’s needs. We will be looking for evidence of entrants combining skills, know-how and creativity to get the best from glass. Entries in this category should include:

  • an explanation of how this design especially meets the specified need
  • information about the design process and choice of glass
  • any special treatment of the material(s) to make this design work in practice
  • why the end product is noteworthy
  • details of the product’s quantitative and/or qualitative benefits. 

(As well as products that have been fully realised, products only developed to concept stage may also be entered into this category. Such entries should provide evidence that the design can be successfully produced.)

Innovative solution

This award will recognise an innovation in product, process or system connected to the use or manufacture of glass. Entrants should demonstrate a tangible and significant contribution made by the innovation – such as (but not limited to) new ways to exploit or work with glass to solve significant challenges; access to new/larger markets for a glass-based product; improved performance/efficiency; increase in productivity or cost savings. Entries in this category should detail:

  • background and strategy for this activity
  • details of how/why it is innovative
  • evidence of importance and impact
  • information about any further application.

(Innovative solution entries do not have to be in commercial use/full-scale application. However, concepts still in development should explain and evidence that the results to date indicate probable significant impact.) 

Health and safety action

The glass sector’s productivity and success rests on its employees – so protecting their health, safety and wellbeing is paramount. This award will recognise a company that has demonstrated aspirational management of health and safety. Entries for this award should feature a new or improved technique, programme of upgrades, research activity or initiative that has demonstrably improved the safety, health or wellbeing of its staff (and other directly affected parties if applicable). Entries should detail:

  • a description of the initiative itself and how it came about
  • the issue/risk addressed
  • which staff (roles) have been involved and how
  • details of the change that it has brought about 
  • before and after data if applicable.
Sustainable practice 

In this category we are looking for practical examples of glass sector organisations achieving environmental improvement by taking action to manage materials, energy, emissions or waste. Entrants should demonstrate how the initiative has contributed to productivity, efficiency or competitiveness while delivering environmental benefits. Entries in this category should include:

  • an overview of the issue(s) addressed and evidence of need
  • assessment of the outcomes and impact
  • information about further application/extension or next steps.
Rising Star

This award is open to any individual under the age of 30 engaged in a formal apprenticeship or graduate/training programme within the glass industry.
The judges will be looking for a winner who has shown great achievement, contribution to the organisation and continuing development during their time with the company. Entries in this category should include:

  •  name, age and place of work of the individual
  • a brief description of their role 
  • details of education, apprenticeship or training programme.
  • examples from their work that show their achievements, development and impact in the business.
Strengthening business through people 

To remain competitive and progressive the glass industry and its supply chain needs a workforce that’s equipped with the right technical, commercial, management and leadership skills. This award will recognise those who are going the extra mile to ensure our industry’s future competitiveness by supporting the development and diversity of its talent pipeline. We hope to hear from organisations that have developed innovative recruitment, training or development activities. Entries in this category should include:

  • an explanation of the business challenge addressed
  • details of the specific activity including the job roles it focused on, number of staff involved and how it was implemented
  • quantitate/qualitative assessment of the outcomes and impact
  • plans for further application/extension or next steps.
Marketing impact

This award will recognise an exceptional marketing campaign in the field of glass or glass recycling. And could include services or product promotion, corporate advertising or a local authority awareness campaign. Entries in this category should include:

  • Background, key messages and target audience of the campaign
  • Video, images and other visual content developed
  • Outcomes and impact.
  • Plans for follow up campaigns or actions.
Company of the year

All British Glass members entering any category will be put forward for the title of British Glass Company of the year.
The company of the year will be awarded to a British Glass member based on their award entries, engagement in British glass activities and committees, attendance of British Glass events and overall impact of the company of the glass industry and its reputation.

What's more - all British Glass members entering any category will be put forward for the title of British Glass Company of the year.

Entries for this year’s event are now closed.

Sign up to join us for the virtual ceremony on 12 November and celebrate live with the winners.

 

 

Thanks to our supporters

Glass Focus sponsors

Glass Futures

The headline sponsor for Glass Focus 2019, Glass Futures is a not-for-profit company, created as a core entity to develop two UK-based “Catapult-like” Centres of Excellence in glass comprising R&D, innovation, technology incubation and implementation, training and up-skilling. It brings together the global glass industry and academia.

Arco

Arco is the UK’s leading safety company, dedicated to offering the very best safety products and services to the glass industry with a core purpose of keeping people safe at work. Through its dedicated in-house experts, Arco helps to shape the safety world to ensure UK workers go home safe every night.  It distributes a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, workwear, safety footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. It also provides professional safety services encompassing training, consultancy and site services.  

Glass Technology Services Ltd

Glass Technology Services Ltd provides analysis, testing, consultancy and research and development support to all parts of the glass supply chain – from raw materials to the end consumer. The experts in glass pride themselves on their reputation, confidentiality and impartiality and are accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 standards. 

Glass International

Glass International offers readers the latest news from across the hollow, container, flat, and speciality glassmaking industry. The magazine and website focuses on glassmaking from raw materials to the hot and cold ends and everything in between. Regular features comprise of company and country profiles, technical innovations to improve the efficiency of the glassmaking process and previews and reviews of industry conferences and exhibitions.

Glass Worldwide

Glass Worldwide is the leading bi-monthly magazine for the UK and global glass industry. Every issue features a broad cross-section of articles that assist all areas of production and processing. Whatever your company’s area of glass making expertise, Glass Worldwide will provide you with balanced editorial coverage of the latest news, technology, profiles, market reports and event coverage.

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London received its Charter in 1664. Initially founded to regulate the Glass Selling and Pot-Making industries within the City of London, the role of the livery company today is to: Maintain cordial relationships within the Company, the City and the wider glass industry, stimulate interest in glass in all its aspects, carry out charitable works, with special emphasis on education, maintain the Company’s traditions, values and customs, provide pastoral care for members in distress and support the Lord Mayor & the Corporation of the City of London.

FEVE

FEVE is the Federation of European manufacturers of glass containers for food and beverage and flacons for perfumery, cosmetics and pharmacy markets. Its members produce over 80 billion glass containers per year.  The association has some 60 corporate members belonging to approximately 20 independent corporate groups.  Their 160 manufacturing plants manufacturing plants are located across 23 European States and maintain 125.000 direct and indirect jobs along the total supply chain.

Packaging News

Packaging is one of the UK economy’s most vibrant, creative and diverse industries. With a supply chain covering manufacturing, retail, design, logistics and more, the industry has a broad and demanding range of information needs. Packaging News, both in print and online, sits right at the heart of that supply chain.