General newsThursday, November 14, 2019

IGS takes home Innovating Scotland prize at VIBES Awards

Written by

Georgia Lea

IGS has been awarded the hotly contested ‘Innovating Scotland’ prize at the 20th anniversary VIBES Awards, Scotland’s annual environmental business awards.

The agri-tech business faced tough competition in the category from Scottish organisations including Diageo, TCP, uFraction8 Ltd and Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd who were all recognised for their outstanding commitment to sustainable innovation.

The awards were judged based on a combination of written applications and a judging panel visit to IGS’ demonstration facility based at the James Hutton Institute. During the visit, judges were given a tour of the vertical towers and had the chance to speak to members of staff about the organisation’s commitment to sustainable innovation.

David Farquhar, Chief Executive of IGS, commented: “Our commitment to delivering a sustainable future is at the heart of everything we do at IGS and has been integral to our development. We need solutions that are sustainable, economically viable and provide food security. Our systems will play a part in providing these solutions to a truly worldwide market.

“We are delighted to have been recognised at this year’s VIBES awards in the Innovating Scotland category. Our success is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team who work tirelessly to deliver solutions to the challenges facing global food security in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.”

“I choose to challenge because as an engineer I believe more diversity leads to more creativity.”

Juliette Goddard, Mechanical Design Engineer

“I choose to challenge because we need women’s skills and insights at ALL levels in the workplace.”

Polly Purvis OBE, Director of ScotFIN

“I choose to challenge because I think women should always support other women and because inequality is still a major problem in some countries around the world.”

Lucie Opltova, HR Advisor/Senior Administrator

“I choose to challenge because encouraging challenge breeds genuine innovation across our business.”

Gayle Reid, Team Lead/Scrum Master

"I choose to challenge gender stereotypes and encourage constructive challenges from all."

Kathleen Honeyman, Global Projects Director

“I choose to challenge to address imbalance.”

Kate Forster, Head of Communications

“I choose to challenge because we need to celebrate women's achievements and drive positive change in gender balance both in the workplace and our everyday lives.”

Valerie Lederer, Marketing Manager, Intelligent Grid

“I choose to challenge because everyone deserves the chance to achieve their full potential.”

Georgia Lea, Communications Manager