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.

It’s completely free to enter and you can enter as many categories as you like – whether you are a member of British Glass or not. 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 open – see our guide for entrants for full terms and conditions, criteria and judging information.

The deadline for this year’s entries is noon on Wednesday 23 September 2020. Please submit your entry form by email to glassfocus@britglass.co.uk and start the subject line with 2020 Awards entry.