Glass Focus Awards 2021

This year's Glass Focus Awards will be held in-person on 18 November 2021 at the Brooklyn Hotel in Manchester.

After a year off we can’t wait to celebrate the best of the glass industry with you all!

Join us in the top floor Brooklyn Heights Suite, The Brooklyn Hotel, 59 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3HP for an evening of celebration from 7pm.

The nine awards presented on 18 November will shine a light on the very best designs, workers, and initiatives from our sector!


Tickets are now on sale and include your seat at the black-tie awards evening, an arrival drink, three course meal and half a bottle of wine as well as after dinner entertainment.

Tickets are priced at £250 for British Glass members and £300 for non-members – all prices exclude VAT and a 20% discount is available for group bookings.

Please email to book your tickets.

To reduce the risk of COVID spread, we ask that everyone attending the event to do a lateral flow test within 48 hours prior and upload the results via the NHS website.

The awards

The shortlisted entries for the Glass Focus Awards 2021 are:

Design of the year – container

•    Allied Glass Containers – Clean T
•    Allied Glass Containers – Shivering Mountain
•    O-I Glass LTD – Charlie’s Chopper Clean Cut 
•    Sklárny Moravia, a.s.  – Lab Gin

Design of the year – flat

•    Saint-Gobain Glass – The Spine
•    The Glass Company Ltd – G Smatt 
•    The Glass Company Ltd – Ubiquitous Energy 

Innovative solution

•    Encirc – The world’s most sustainable glass bottle
•    The Glass Company Ltd – Ubiquitous Energy
•    Virtual reality training Ltd – Virtual reality system

Health and safety action

•    Beatson Clark – Contractor control
•    Pilkington NSG – Incident investigation 
•    Saint-Gobain Glass – Onsite defibrillators

Sustainable practice 

•    Beatson Clark – Investment in onsite recycling
•    Encirc – The world’s most sustainable glass bottle
•    Saint-Gobain Glass and Morley Glass & Glazing – Green Vision Fund 

Rising Star

•    Ardagh Glass – Michael Swindell
•    Encirc – Kerry Jackson 
•    Saint-Gobain Glass – Will Ruane

Strengthening business through people 

•    Encirc – Ignite programme
•    O-I Glass Ltd – Graduate development programme
•    Pilkington NSG – Wellbeing Room 

Marketing impact

•    The Armstrong Partnership – Encirc: Big 5
•    The Armstrong Partnership – Glass Futures- Future of Glass
•    The Armstrong Partnership – Sorg Clean melter



A big thank you to the range of companies who have kindly chosen to support the Glass Focus Awards 2021.

Glass Futures

Glass Futures, based in St Helens, is working to create a world-first Global Centre of Excellence, an experimental research and development (R&D) and training glass facility, with the long-term goal of making glass the low carbon material of choice.


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 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.

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 Technology Services

Glass Technology Services is a leading provider of analysis, mechanical and performance testing, due diligence support and quality assessment, failure analysis and both research and development and technical consultancy projects - specialising in glass and glass products.

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.


Support the Glass Focus Awards 2021

British Glass believes that the best ideas come from collaborative thinking – which is why we welcome the full glass manufacturing supply chain into membership. 

Glass Focus 2021 is a great opportunity to talk to professionals from across the glass industry supply chain. If that’s a conversation you want to be part of, we still have a range of partner and sponsor packages available. 

Email with your name, company and phone number and we’ll get right back to you.