Six consortia share £60,000 to enter new markets
Six enterprises have each received £5,000 to deliver a co-operative-led project that will break into new markets.
They will share this year’s £60,000 Collaboration Prize delivered by Co-operative Development Scotland on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in partnership with Business Gateway and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
Accessing new and international markets was a specific focus of this year’s competition.
– Made in Scotland: A collaboration of eleven Scottish companies involved in the food and drink sector. The consortium offers a range of products including salmon, cheese, cakes and charcuterie as well as craft gin, craft beer and whisky. The collaboration will enable member businesses to offer the basket of Scottish produce to lucrative overseas markets by pooling together their resources and experience.
– Look Team: A graphic design and event branding production collaboration between two businesses which provided the branding and wayfinding solutions for three major events in Glasgow: the Commonwealth Games 2014, the World Gymnastics Championships 2015 and the UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2016. The two businesses have successfully formed a consortium co-operative to facilitate pitching a total project planning and management service for other large sporting events. They plan to expand into other markets across the UK and internationally.
– Healthworks: A team of health and wellbeing professionals that have come together to help businesses optimise their employees’ physical, psychological and personal wellbeing. The new venture will create innovative and bespoke health and wellbeing services that are truly integrated.
– The Start-Up Drinks Lab: A collaboration by two innovative soft drink businesses who aim to work together to solve manufacturing challenges faced by drinks entrepreneurs in Scotland. The focus is to establish accessible manufacturing facilities that meet the small scale production requirements of start-up drink businesses.
– Terrier Risk Partners: Three experienced businesses coming together to provide cyber security solutions allowing them to tender for larger contracts such as the opportunities offered by the Scottish Government and partners including the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband. Their joint expertise includes risk assessment, business continuity, protection and recovery.
– Offsite Hub: This collaboration comprises nine companies involved in offsite construction. Following the UK Government’s 2025 Construction Strategy identifying offsite construction as a vehicle for delivering improvement targets for the construction sector, Offsite Hub was formed to promote improved market awareness, address emerging skills challenges and to foster a collective approach to ongoing research and development in the use of timber construction technology.
Sarah Deas, director, Scottish Enterprise, said: “The aim is to inspire businesses to be innovative and consider collaboration as a means to achieve growth. By collaborating businesses can reduce costs, share risks and create new platforms for growth.”