This year’s innovation awards for businesses in the sports business arena, was a resounding success for client Sporting Chance Initiative.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Van Philips the inventor of the Flexblade for amputee athletes. He told his story with passion and enthusiasm, himself an amputee. The audience was inspired, and awards were presented to Scottish businesses who had shown innovation in their businesses. Well known national television celebrity Carol Smillie swapped broadcasting to become an entrepreneur when she saw a need for a new product and created the firm Diary Doll. It has been a roller coaster for the Glaswegian who has enjoyed learning the ropes and the ups and downs of manufacturing, distribution, marketing, brand building, cash flow and the rest.
Her efforts were recognised with a special medal at the Sports Business Innovation Awards as she won Sports Business Entrepreneur of the Year. Medals were also presented to The Sports Labs based in Livingston who won Best New Product or Service. To The Experience in Paisley who won Transformation Award. To Trust Rugby International which won Best Innovation in Community Sport, and to Commando Spirit from Edinburgh which won Sports Business of the Year.