Glass Focus Awards 2021

This year's Glass Focus Awards will be held in-person on 18 November 2021, venue TBC.

The awards will provide a platform to shine a light on the very best designs, workers, and initiatives from the glass sector. 

Whether you are a British Glass member or not, the awards are open to everyone across the glass supply chain. So start thinking about the initiatives within your business that could take home this year’s trophies.

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Enter the awards

Entries for the Glass Focus Awards 2021 are now open!

All winners will be announced at an in person awards dinner on 18 November 2021 – further details coming soon.

The awards are open to members and non-members of British Glass and you can enter multiple categories, submit more than one entry in any category, and may enter the same initiative for more than one category. 

This year’s categories 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.

SME member of the year

Small and medium enterprises showing marked success over the last year will be recognised in this award category. Members of British Glass with fewer than 250 employees are eligible to enter this category and winning entries can include – but are not limited to – collaborations, partnerships, investments, new products, innovations or the handling of the pandemic.

In addition to these categories – all British Glass members entering any award will be put forward for the title of British Glass Company of the year.

The deadline for submission is noon on Wednesday 22 September and full details on how to submit your entry can be found in our Guide for entrants.

Download the Guide for entrants

Download the entry form
 

Sponsors

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 will be 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 have a range of partner and sponsor packages available. 

Email glassfocus@britglass.co.uk with your name, company and phone number and we’ll get right back to you.