The finalists

i-on Breakthrough Awards finalists

Back in April, we set about finding the most exciting emerging talent Scotland has to offer and after a deluge of nominations, we gave i-on readers the difficult task of picking their favourites. You did us proud – you voted in your thousands and the results are in. Here are the finalists for the i-on Breakthrough Awards 2017

 

Creative stylists and pop-up experiences

Glasgow Vintage and Flea Market

The finalists

The Glasgow Vintage and Flea Market is the perfect hunting ground for lovers of antiques, vintage and collectables. The monthly event provides a platform for established and emerging businesses to sell their creative goods and has played a positive part in the regeneration of this historic area of Glasgow.

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Stuart Truesdale and Kirsty Halliday of I’ll Be Your Mirror

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Since 2015, Stuart and Kirsty of I’ll Be Your Mirror have combined their expertise gained in luxury fashion retail with their unique aesthetic to produce luxurious content for magazines, designers, retailers and musicians. The duo is making Scotland look good and champion Scottish designers in their editorial work. They also regularly mentor students on how to build a successful business in the fashion industry.

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The Pitt

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Located in the heart of Leith, this industrial yard is transformed into a street food and drinks market every Saturday where locals can gather and sample some of the freshest produce from over 40 vendors. Live music adds to the relaxed atmosphere.

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Music, art and culture

in association with The finalists

Callum Beattie

The finalists

Callum grew up listening to the likes of Rod Stewart and Elton John. Inspired to pick up a guitar, he started writing his own songs and cut his teeth in the Edinburgh gigging circuit, regularly playing bars such as the Loch Inn before he got his big break. His EP, We Are Stars, is out now.

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Fiona McCrindle of Edinburgh Drawing School

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After witnessing the decline in observational drawing in Scottish art colleges, artist and gallery director Fiona McCrindle decided to found Edinburgh Drawing School. Fiona and her team of tutors now provide a range of courses for adults and children interested in learning or developing their skills in drawing, painting and design.

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Matthew Hardy of Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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At the age of 25, Matthew became the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Percussion. He is also a passionate teacher and currently works with some of the UK’s finest young percussionists, nurturing their talent. In addition, he also works with SCO Connect, curating an array of projects for people of all ages, as well as delivering Master classes at the University of St Andrews.

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Online influencers

in association with The finalists

Braw Beard Oils

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After a life-changing accident in which he broke his back and shoulders, Braw Beard Oils founder John Jackson discovered aromatherapy and massage and began experimenting with oils. He has since gone on to create a unique range of beard care products and has expanded into haircare and streetwear. John also launched the first ever Beard and Moustache Championships in Scotland in 2017.

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Mud Urban Flowers

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Mud Urban Flowers is a 21st century success story – a company built on social media. Having worked with flowers since the age of 16, owner Chloe Milligan opened her florist at the age of 24 and took to Instagram to get the word out. Carefully considered colour palettes and designs that change on a daily basis have made Mud Urban Flowers stand out.

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The Quiet Resolution

The finalists

Lyndsey Whitelaw, Antonia Dowling and Zoë Dunnett are the names behind The Quiet Resolution, a stylish and informative blog covering fashion, beauty, food and lifestyle. Established less than a year ago, it came about as the result of their shared natural desire to write creatively, and the girls have since expanded their various social media platforms, all whilst juggling studying and work.

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Independent retail

Catalog

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Established in 2012 by husband and wife duo, Catalog is a high-end yet accessible design store founded on the ethos of good design for all. The team is continually refreshing their displays of furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, textiles and accessories, and are on hand six days a week to offer inspiration and advice.

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Forty Clothing

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Returning home late from work one night, co-founder Gordon (Harry) Miller noticed a drawing by his three-year-old son, Bryce. A graphic designer friend commented that the image would look great on a T-shirt, and the seed was planted. Forty Clothing was born and Bryce’s drawing has become the now recognisable face of the Forty Monster.

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Iolla 

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Iolla is an eyewear brand that is changing the way people buy prescription glasses and sunglasses. By cutting out unnecessary costs and designing in-house, they’re able to produce higher quality, better looking eyewear at a revolutionary price. They believe in a simple and upfront price, personalised service and uncompromised quality.

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Design

in association with The finalists

Old School Fabrications

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Old School Fabrications (OSF) is a team of design and build specialists, making objects, interiors and structures for creative and commercial clients. Scott Laverie and Neville Rae, graduates from Scottish Art Schools, share a common interest in good design and innovative uses of materials. Working from an abandoned old school in rural East Lothian, OSF now employs five full-time members of staff and work on an incredible portfolio of projects around the UK and Europe.

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Rory Hutton

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With a first class degree in Fashion Design and an MA in Design History and after working in London for designers including Vivienne Westwood and Hardy Amies of Savile Row, Rory set up his own label in 2013. He began selling bow ties from a market stall on London’s Brick Lane before the label was quickly picked up by luxury department stores Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly and Brown Thomas of Dublin.

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Shapes of Things  

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Jamie Bruski Tetsill has shaped the business from the ground up into the growing kids brand it is today, driven by his innovative ideas and unending passion for his company. After graduating with an MA in Fashion from Central St Martins College, London, he launched a womenswear label, before switching focus to the children’s market in 2012. Jamie designs with an educational thought process but also enjoys the freedom to think like a kid and have fun with it. Sells globally at 45 stockists.

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Food and drink: Products

Bon Accord

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If you’re a child of the ‘70s, a visit from the Bon Accord man was probably a highlight of the week. Fast forward a good few years and Karen Knowles, great great granddaughter of the company’s founder, has taken the brand out of retirement and relaunched it for the 21st century creating a range of lightly sparking soft drinks and mixers, sweetened with natural ingredients and geared towards health-conscious adults.

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Edinburgh Beer Factory

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Inspired by the Scots-born ‘Father of Pop Art’, Eduardo Paolozzi, Edinburgh Beer Factory’s launch product, Paolozzi lager, is only 18 months old but has won a fervent fanbase and a raft of awards for its flavour.  But Edinburgh Beer Factory is a destination as well as a production facility. Its tours consistently receive rave Tripadvisor reviews. New palns for the company include hosting its own arts and beer events, and the launch of a new series of beers.

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Tantrum Doughnuts

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Just doughnuts? Iain Baillie and Annika Baillie opened Tantrum Doughnuts in December 2015. They worked long hours in the shoebox kitchen where they made everything from scratch. But very quickly they realised they were onto something special by the buzz created by their customers. In less than a year they took on a second unit and transformed the original café into a full bakery. They have taken on more staff, tripled production capacity and feel more inspired than ever to keep creating.

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Food and drink: People

Kirsty McKerrow of Edinburgh Whisky Academy Ltd 

The finalists       

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy is the only accredited whisky academy in the UK, a hub for training sommeliers and bar managers as well as whisky enthusiasts. Over 50% of the attendees to date have flown in from North America, Asia and the Middle East specifically for the courses.

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Laura Wells of The Real Junk Food Project

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The Real Junk Food Project Glasgow is responsible for gathering surplus food from supermarkets and food venues, which would otherwise have gone to landfill, and creating pay-as-you-feel meals that are open to all. In so doing they encourage the community to come together through the medium of food and raise awareness of the environmental impact of waste.

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Ricky Scoular and Brian Trainor of A'Challtainn 

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Ricky and Brian of A’Challtainn Restaurant and Bar have brought a fine dining experience to the heart of a disadvantaged area in the East End of Glasgow, transforming an under-used space into a new hub for the community. Here they showcase Scottish seafood and local culinary talent such as the Fish Plaice in Saltmarket.

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So that's the 21 finalists. What's next?


Our judging panel will be meeting with the finalists to choose the winners of each of the categories which include creative stylists, music art and culture, bloggers, independent retail, design and food and drink, on 24 August. The winner of each category will then be announced at the i-on Breakthrough Awards winners’ party in September and will walk away with a bespoke campaign in i-on worth £2,000. One overall winner will be rewarded with a 12-month marketing campaign worth £15,000 in i-on magazine and ionmagazine.co.uk. Look out for the October issue of i-on, dedicated to the winners of the Breakthrough Awards.

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