After a fantastic evening celebrating with key figures from the cultural and business sectors, we are delighted to announce the winners of the Arts & Business Scotland 30th Annual Awards.

Fundraising Excellence

This new category for the 30th Awards recognises an individual or team that has made a significant contribution to the fundraising efforts of an arts, cultural or heritage organisation in Scotland. This is open to professional fundraisers, volunteers or Board members.

Winner: Elly Rothnie & Stella Litchfield, National Theatre of Scotland

Business Creativity sponsored by Inksters Solicitors

Launched in 2015, the Business Creativity category recognises a business for taking the lead in establishing and developing partnerships with one or more cultural organisations in order to drive and develop commercial opportunities for both parties which impacts the wider community.

Winner: Check-It Scaffold Services

Enterprise sponsored by Turcan Connell

This category recognises a partnership that has shared business expertise or developed entrepreneurial opportunities which have contributed to not-for-profit cultural organisations operating more efficiently as businesses.

Winner: Glasgow City Council & Art Pistol 

Enterprising Museum sponsored by Museums Galleries Scotland

This category recognises an innovative or entrepreneurial project that has delivered an ambitious high-impact museum experience in 2015-16.

Winner: Auchindrain for The Runrig Project

Innovation sponsored by Black Light

This category recognises a partnership that by combining the expertise and resources of both partners has resulted in the development of pioneering and transformative digital, technological, artistic or educational output for the cultural organisation.

Winner: Scottish Environment Protection Agency & Right Lines Productions


This category recognises a partnership that has supported the cultural organisation’s international activities or that has leveraged international support for the cultural activities of an organisation within Scotland.

Winner: IFS Worldwide & Cultural Documents


This category recognises a partnership that has used the power of culture to engage with and educate people in Scotland’s communities, evidencing the contribution that culture can make to improve health, wellbeing, confidence and quality of life.

Winner: Deloitte & National Theatre of Scotland

Placemaking sponsored by VisitScotland

This category recognises a partnership which has shaped the cultural activities in a particular geographical area to celebrate the very best of Scotland's creative, cultural and historic wealth, and/or can show how cultural tourism can raise the profile of Scotland at home and abroad.

Winner: MacRoberts LLP & The Cumnock Tryst

The Glasgow Life Award for Inclusion

Winner: Indepen-dance


This category is awarded to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in the arts in 2015.

Winner: Bruce Minto OBE



The event:

The Awards, which celebrate outstanding collaborations between the business and cultural sectors, were held in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 23rd March 2017.


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The judges: 

Our judging panel, which changes year on year, consists of some of the most influential names from across the cultural and business sectors. Judging for the 30th Annual Awards was undertaken by: 

Nesta Gilliland - Abellio ScotRail Ltd 
Sir John Leighton - National Galleries of Scotland 
Jo Macsween - Oran Consulting Ltd
Diana Murray - Arts & Business Scotland 
Dr Adele Patrick - Glasgow Women's Library 
Christopher Wynn - Edinburgh International Festival

The Sponsors:

We are greatly thankful for all of the support we receive to make our annual Awards event happen.  Click here to see the sponsors of the 30th Annual Awards.

The Previous Winners:

Read the case studies of our winning partnerships from previous years here.