The Game Changer – Entrepreneur of the year
An individual who has transformed an idea into a successful, sustainable business by understanding their market’s key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.
Old Tom Gin 1821 is a luxury gin brand founded by entrepreneurial father and son duo, Giorgio and Gino Cozzolino. Created in the historic golfing destination of St. Andrews and distilled using the finest Sicilian ingredients, Old Tom Gin 1821 symbolises a harmonious marriage between Giorgio’s Italian homeland and his love for the iconic Scottish town, where he currently resides.
Giorgio boasts over 40 years’ experience within the hospitality sector and has worked all across Europe, including Italy and Germany. He moved to Scotland in 2015, taking with him a vision to create an exclusive, super-premium gin, and for the last few years he has been working extremely hard to make his dream become a reality. By incorporating a simple strategy that focuses on combining partnerships and people, Giorgio has managed to build his business from the ground up and the Old Tom Gin 1821 brand was born.
In the space of just three years, Giorgio has successfully taken Old Tom Gin 1821 from concept stage right through to becoming a credible, global player within the high-end drinks market, affirmed by its upcoming involvement with the 2023 Ryder Cup. Under official ‘Supplier and Licensee’ status, Old Tom Gin 1821 will supply all gin and gin-based cocktails at golf’s greatest team contest taking place at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club just outside of Rome.
Since establishing this partnership, Old Tom Gin 1821 has been looking to increase brand awareness and further develop its links within the golf industry, both in the lead up to the iconic sporting event and beyond. As a result of this, the business has welcomed not one, but two ‘Brand Champions’ and advisors on board (seasoned professional golfer Gary Evans and young Scottish professional golfer Carly Booth) who will each utilise their specialist experience and personal networks to assist Old Tom Gin 1821 in its efforts to drive credibility and availability across the UK and Ireland.
In addition to this, Old Tom Gin 1821 has also secured a partnership with the CPG (Confederation of Professional Golf) to help raise awareness and support the distribution through the 42 PGA Member Countries and wider network.
Having already taken the ‘Super Premium’ drinks category by storm with a unique product that boasts a distinct balance between tradition and innovation, Old Tom Gin 1821 holds a long-term vision to become the gin brand of choice for consumers at prestigious venues and iconic sporting events worldwide, affirmed by its official partnership with the Ryder Cup in 2023.
FitFactory has taken the idea of weight loss and transformed it into a wholesome lifestyle change at affordable prices for Dundee community! Led by dr Monika, FitFactory thrives on science-based approach to nutrition, mindset shifts, and exercises everyone can do!
With the help of the FitFactory community, women of Dundee achieved a significantly higher quality of life. Fibromyalgia sufferer now needs to take fewer pharmaceuticals and is in less pain! Burned out mother managed to nourish herself into more energy, better mental health and consequently saved her marriage! A mother with severe anxiety left the house with her toddler for the first time without any supervision! A student who struggled with her focus, mental health, and life in general, got the guidance and support needed and is now thriving.
FitFactory isn't a weight-loss business. It's a business providing women of Dundee with an opportunity for a better life! 70% of illnesses are nutrition-related, so we decided to educate, support, and motivate the driving factor of our community - women. When a woman starts taking care of herself, she will thrive in many ways. This consequently allows her to create a better quality of life for herself, her family, and the community. We are creating a movement of B.A.D. mums - Balanced. Authentic. Deserving
The impact FitFactory has on the local community is overwhelming. We cater to everyone from accessible family-friendly bootcamps to nutrition workshops, gatherings, baking workshops, and online courses! We are also highly diverse. As a board director at Dundee International Women's centre, Dr Monika always strives towards women empowerment and education. It is in our mission to support women until they feel strong and empowered enough to create their own version of a life worth living!
James has built a strong, successful, and adaptable software business over the last 7 years that has grown with its client base and is able to deliver on projects across a range of industries, from education to fintech; using the newest security features, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, the most up to date marketing best practice, and lots more.
The reason I’m putting James forward for Entrepreneur of the Year, is that his leadership, motivation, and industry insight has been paramount to the company’s growth this past year, during what has been one of the most difficult years for many businesses across the globe.
Over the last year alone, Zudu has seen over a 58% increase in turnover year on year, welcomed 6 new key members of the operations and development teams, and moved to a new site within the city centre to accommodate for a more flexible working arrangement as staff have been given the choice between working from home or working in the office (now that it’s safe to do so). Later this month, James will also be the opening speaker at the University of Dundee’s event, “Digitalisation; Issues and Challenges”, on two separate panel discussions, leading the conversation around fintech and innovation.
James’ efforts to train and develop the team have also had Zudu recognised for a number of awards this past year, including:
- China-Britain Business Council Entrepreneur of the Year (awarded to our Managing Director, James Buchan)
- “The Champions” award for Fall 2020 awarded to Zudu by Software Suggest
- Recognised as “Top Mobile App Developers 2020” by Clutch
- Recognised as “Top Mobile App Developers 2021” by Clutch
- Recognised as a “Top Mobile App Development Company” by GoodFirms
- As well as winning a further website and app development award (announcement embargo lifts in October)
Alongside this, Zudu’s China division also grew this past year and achieved recognition for:
- Helping Universities improve their digital marketing strategy in China to attract more international students (currently working with Abertay University, University of Dundee, and Glasgow Caledonian University).
- Hosting the inaugural NihaoWhisky Festival: The Festival was designed to unlock opportunities for businesses virtually amidst the travel restrictions and the impacts of COVID-19 and proved an enormous success, gathering an audience of over 1,396,300 people across the six main social media platforms in China (and exceeding the previously predicted target of 1m).
James also made it his goal to help the local community:
- He donated a COVID-19 screening app to NHS Tayside
- He offered free website and app hosting to clients during the pandemic to help reduce their running costs.
- And continued to work with Scottish Enterprise and Elevator to provide free training webinars on how to enter new markets and grow your business overseas.
The Global Player – Export business of the year
A business that has demonstrated significant and sustained growth internationally through harnessing the opportunity of overseas markets, proving that exporting can power business growth.
ATL was very proud to be ranked number 20 in the Sunday Times top 100 SME exporters in Britain, an award that we picked up in 2019. To be in the top 20% of national SME exporters is a terrific indictment of our team and hugely increased ATLs perception with overseas customers.
In 2015/16, exports accounted for just 2% of turnover (£153,000). Four years later, exports were 40% of turnover (£2.9M), representing growth of over 1,795%. ATL exports our services around the world with clients in Canada, USA, Japan, United Arab Emirates and across Europe. Indeed, we export to 14 different countries across three continents. Our European exports have been particularly heavily impacted over the last 18 months by the combination of coronavirus and Brexit.
From early 2020, coronavirus has decimated international air travel and ATLs civil aero business has been severely impacted by this. This business is 100% export, going to both Spain and the USA. Coupled with the difficulties of Brexit and the increase in administration this has caused our customers, we have performed very well to weather this storm. As a result of this, export sales fell from £2.9M in 19/20 to £2.1M in 20/21, a 27% reduction at a time where many companies almost ceased trading.
Whilst our export growth has been a real success story over the last few years, so this has translated into other areas of our business too. Turnover has risen by £2.4M from 15/16 to 20/21, a 48% increase during which time we increased headcount by 25 people (44%) and over the last 3 years have invested over £1.3M in CAPEX to increase capacity, reliability, and right-first-time delivery. International sales have been the backbone of this growth and ATL remains committed to our international strategy and is well placed to take advantage of a market that is starting to rebound. Through hard work and a constant focus on customer service, we have developed a very loyal customer base which has also considerably grown over the last four years. None of this is possible without an engaged team and in some cases, we are onto our second generation of employees with some families!
ATL continues to invest in export business and as a direct result has brought significant, quality jobs to the Dundee area, grown the company capability and become an international player in a very profitable, specialist market. All of this has been achieved and sustained in a time where there has been unprecedented business uncertainty and disruption and we are well positioned for future international growth.
At salamandra.uk, we work with our clients to find the most innovative methods of communicating their complex messages to their specific target audiences both in the UK and further afield. Most recently, by way of expanding its current presence overseas, salamandra.uk has set up in San Francisco, with a local sales office, using local knowledge and networks to boost our international growth in that area.
Animation is a field that can be created and delivered anywhere around the globe because the work can be done remotely and using the right robust approach and business systems, can be seamlessly done for any local or international business. Christine MacKay and salamandra.uk have won many awards locally and internationally for business and film alike. This has helped to catapult Christine onto the international speaking stage on topics ranging from Animation for Business, Motion and Emotion, and Women in Business. Animation is often seen as complicated and hard to grasp the fundamentals, so Christine has written a business book called Destination Animation, how smart marketers convey complex messages memorably - due out in November 2021.
We have worked with SMEs and Global companies alike, building our brand at home and internationally. One of our biggest successes was when we were approached by a Global Pharmaceutical brand based in the UK who were looking to create a new method of engaging HCPs in pharmaceutical sales. Our lively lounge of creatives produced a state of the art AR experience in order to cultivate an emotional campaign showing the effect of a disease in infants. Having seen success in the UK, the pharma company decided to take it to more regions and eventually the campaign went global and was up for two awards at the prestigious PM Society Awards.
Despite working remotely, Christine ensured that the company systems of communications, project management and collaborative working not only continued but improved and we’ve become more productive now than ever before and have grown our turnover by 45% and our staff by 55%.
We pride ourselves on the collaborative approach that we take with our longstanding clients. 4 years ago we were approached by Milwaukee Tool who came across our work online so we pitched our ideas to them and have since had a great relationship with the company in multiple regions! Often we are approached with specific briefs but other staff prefer to hear our ideas so we come up with ambitious campaigns to impress their clients and key stakeholders. For our very first project with them, we created an animated presentation which involved producing slick motion graphics across a series of projected ‘shard’ screens. Following the success of this campaign, we were continually asked for more work and the rest is history.
Being very proud of the work that we produce for our clients, we recently submitted a CGI social media video that we created for Milwaukee Tool following one of our ideations to the highly competitive VEGA digital awards and secured a gold award.
The Planet Saver – Green business of the year
An organisation with sustainability at the heart of their business. They are fully committed to sustainable best practice and making the world a better and safer place.
SolarisKit is an award winning Dundee based company that has developed the world's first flat-packable solar collector. A device which can be assembled in 20 minutes without requiring a single tool. Once assembled, the SolarisKit solar collector can turn sunlight into heat for a range of applications. The technology developed by SolarisKit is targeted at making global impact in both developing and industrialised economies. The solar collector was recently certified to European standards (ISO 9806 and EN 12975-1).
SolarisKit moved to the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc where it has established a manufacturing line which has capacity to produce 20,000 collectors per annum. Collectors have been shipped to the UK, India, France, Australia, South Africa, Ghana, and Rwanda.
SolarisKit aims to disrupt the global solar heating market with its patent pending solar heating technology. It has recently launched its product onto Amazon after being invited onto the Amazon Launchpad program.
SolarisKit is a Pending B Corp company that funds the plantation of 25 trees for every solar collector sold as part of its environmental commitment.
1. Converge Impact Challenge winner (2019)
2. MSDUK Innovation challenge winner (2020)
3. 'Start-up of the Year' (2020)
4. Scottish Edge Wildcard winner (2020)
5. Inventor of the Year, Made in Scotland Awards (2021)
Coast Renewable Services is situated on the east coast of Scotland within the Port of Dundee.
The Coast team is led by Mark Robson a seasoned renewable professional with over
15 years’ managerial experience within the industry, growing his company since its inception in 2013.
With a proven track record within the industry operating in conjunction with OEMs and major contractors we at Coast are committed to the provision of turn key bespoke solutions to all our clients.
At Coast Group we provide a full range of services for the life cycle of onshore and offshore Wind Turbine Generators as listed below.
• Full turn-key projects as a single point of contact from planning to completion
• Site and Construction quality management
• Project management
• HSE managers
• Installation and pre-assembly services
• Servicing and maintenance teams
• Statutory inspection services
• Wind Turbine walkdown and quality inspections
• Wind Turbine Blade Repairs and ground breaking Leading Edge Protection solutions in conjunction with Armour Edge www.armouredgesolutions.com
• Serviced accommodation
• Office space and meeting venues onsite or adjacent to Dundee Port
• GWO Training Academy opening Jan 2022
We have built 10 wind farms this year across UK and Europe providing power to the electrical grid, which is then doled to thousand of users. Global electricity generation will increase between 123% and 150% by 2050, we will play a large part in creating jobs for local people with the help of our training academy (partnership with Dundee and Angus college) beginning of next year.
Sustainability and environmentally friendly activities and behaviours are at the heart of everything Here’s The Plan does as a business. In early 2020, we realised that it was imperative we committed to playing our part to saving our planet and give our business a green makeover; however, what started off as a feel-good project for change has become a journey of discovery within our team that reshaped our entire business, now informing all our decisions and practices.
Here’s The Plan offer a comprehensive energy management service, so we are uniquely positioned to help businesses on their Net-Zero journey, creating an outcome based bespoke Triple A Plan to help them track their Accountability, Awareness and Achievements along the way. We have worked hard to develop relationships with partners who provide renewable energy and efficiency options for our customers- these include on-site generation products such as solar PV, energy efficient equipment such as LED lighting as well as suppliers of electric vehicles and their chargers to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We also offer carbon calculating and reporting to ensure clients are compliant with Government regulations. This data also identifies areas businesses can start to make further changes to do their bit as we race to meet 2030 and 2045 targets.
Of course, we could not offer these solutions to our customers without looking at ourselves first, which is why Here’s The Plan have given our office a ‘green makeover’ with renewable energy contracts the first port of call. We have also made other small but effective changes, such as switching to digital filing to reduce paper and plastic use, pinning up visual cues to encourage everyone to switch off lights and other electrical equipment when not in use. We also began our circular journey by using recycled versions of office consumables like toilet paper and printer ink cartridges.
We firmly believe that our responsibility does not end there though, and we actively look for opportunities to educate other parties and give advice and tips from our own experience whenever we can. Our team actively involved with Zero Carbon Perth and two are official Ambassadors for Circular Tayside, learning from other members and helping to develop the Circular Tayside Charter. As part of our involvement in this, we have given presentations to businesses on circular office practices and to University of Dundee students about our Triple A Plan and sustainability drive. These are great opportunities for us to speak and share ideas with future business leaders about the changing landscape and push towards Net-Zero.
We have also launched a sustainability blog which is hosted by DACC and Circular Tayside, ‘Clarity About Circularity’, speaking all aspects of our sustainability journey, tips businesses can use to make changes today and customer stories or their own challenges and successes towards Net-Zero. Here’s The Plan can’t wait to continue our work and help businesses of all sizes and types across the country to become more sustainable and deliver a greener future for generations to come!
The Problem Solver – Business diversification award
A business that has transformed the market that they operate in or their product or service in order to gain a strong position in their market.
Kip McGrath Dundee overcame the challenges faced by closure due to Covid-19 through a swift response and switching what was predominately a face-to-face service to on-line delivery for all its students within 24 hours. Since then, students have enjoyed disruption free learning, staff have developed exponentially, delivering blended learning in ways they had never considered possible, and whilst student numbers nearly halved in the early stages of the pandemic, the business has more than doubled its service delivery since then. Parents have regularly shared their gratitude for the ongoing educational support their children received, which ensured yet another year of excellent results, and continued progress in maths and English for students across the region.
The pathway to change was fraught with issues, not least of which was helping students/parents and staff get to grips with technology as quickly and seamlessly as possible. We provided information and guidance sessions for students and families, trained staff quickly and supported families who were having trouble accessing online by loaning equipment to support continued learning. We trialled a range of delivery modes to help when technology issues were insurmountable (instability of internet and broadband issues were significant in the early stages).
Switching services to online impacted communication with parents and required a complete overhaul of our processes to accommodate the new landscape. We embraced new technology to communicate and engage with parents to ensure they were kept up to date with their child's progress. In doing so, we became acutely aware of the growing need for a holistic approach to our support, offering free online support sessions for parents and students to build confidence and skills in a range of learning focused areas e.g. study skills for students, managing time, managing anxiety/stress in assessments/exams, supporting spelling/reading at home for parents. We introduced a free weekly online drop-in session for parents to discuss any home-learning issues or just to provide a friendly face for advice, guidance, and support. We ensured parents (and students) knew our 'door was always open' to provide the help they needed and ensure their child/ren's education was not affected by the continued disruption.
In short, we transformed our service delivery to ensure we maintained the same high level of support parents expected pre-Covid. The supplementary education market is now flooded with online offerings of tutors and tutoring companies. However, we've continued to grow and establish our place in Dundee, Angus and Tayside, as a provider of high-quality education support with most of our new enquiries and enrolments generated by word-of-mouth recommendation. We look forward to continuing to develop the business by adding additional services to our offering, to support all learners in their journey to reach their academic potential.
Social Good Connect makes employee volunteering simple. We’re a tech for good social enterprise helping large and small companies make a positive social impact. We help Scottish and UK-wide charities receive skilled help from employee volunteers in all sectors.
Our Dundee-based business is a digital search and match volunteering platform powered by a team of passionate humans. Much more than a searchable self-serve database, the platform intelligently matches employees with volunteer opportunities that match their skills, hobbies and passions. Employees choose activities that feed their soul, develop their skills and allow them to give back on their own terms. No other volunteering platform is creating such bespoke matches.
We launched six months early in May 2020, during lockdown, to respond to the huge demands placed on charities and the struggling communities they serve. It is free for charities to join the platform.
Since launch, 35 businesses and 245 charities have joined. The majority are Scotland-based, others are UK-wide. We’ve made a significant impact on communities across Scotland, some of which are extremely isolated or challenged in other ways by the pandemic. This has been recognised in the local press, business press and charity press. We’re regularly asked to write opinion pieces on how to connect businesses and charities more effectively and how to increase social impact through employee volunteering and making better connections across the sectors.
The feedback is that we help businesses boost morale and gain happier, healthier people! We help employees feel connected and energised with a greater sense of purpose. We’re making volunteering more accessible, easy and inspiring at a time when many people are feeling disconnected and flat.
As well as addressing staff engagement, motivation and wellbeing, participating employers forge closer links to their communities and give back in a focused way that often becomes part of a longer-term, expanding CSR strategy. In turn, charities tell us that they’re saving time, money and effort in recruitment and are gaining access to a new audience of volunteers with a wide range of professional skills. We’re increasingly viewed as a go-to-partner for SMEs who want to start volunteering for the first time or begin to implement volunteering in a more sustainable way. In short, we help companies formalise their approach to giving back.
We have a committed team to provide a helping hand at every stage of the volunteering journey. We help companies measure the impact of the roles they’re committing to with a customised dashboard that shows at a glance the contribution to the community. We’ve been described by companies and charities as a quality one-stop shop for employee volunteering and as a professional helping hand in making volunteering happen, especially with less visible charities. Our partnership helps them be more targeted with their contribution to charities in a way that moves beyond annual charity days, charity of the year awards and one-off donations.
SP Automation and Robotics, develop, design, manufacture and install automations solutions. There is no one size fits all solution, as each application we are involved with requires a uniquely designed and developed automation solution. Just as diverse as the applications, are the industries we become involved with. Looking back over just the past 18 months during covid, the diverse nature of our business means that we have designed and developed systems for:
Full automation of automobile facias
Automated the packaging of a well-known confectionary that may look a little different at Christmas this year.
Automated system for the assembling window blind “trucks” used to carry window blind slats.
Automated test and assembly machine for fuel pump systems
Semi-conductor processing machines
Automated assembly of plumbing fittings
The assembly and testing of an innovative drug device (5-off) that will be used in treatment of covid and other DNA therapies.
The list is endless.
It is difficult to describe in words how innovative these solutions are, each project is a machine that has been “invented” for a particular task or production problem and involves complex processes. In our case the machine is essentially a prototype, that must fully operate in production. With the bespoke nature of our business, there is a risk, and with projects ranging from £50,000 to £3,000,000 these risks have to be mitigated early on.
As a company, we work very closely with our clients from the outset, problem solving and reviewing so that any potential issues are highlighted and dealt with during the initial processes. SP Automation & Robotics invest a lot of time and effort with our customers before a project is won. This is only possible by having an amazing and dedicated team of thirty-six staff, that comprise of mechanical design using latest design software, electrical design for the control systems, software development to develop the “brains” of the machines, and our manufacturing and build engineers who finally build and debug the systems. These staff are continuously required to update skills and knowledge to allow us to accommodate new challenges and incorporate relevant new technology.
Although we are established in Dundee, since 1984, we are relatively unknown in our home city, our solutions are spread across the UK, and Ireland. In addition, over the past year, we have completed a large project for installing 5 machines into the USA, which also includes the DNA covid vaccine systems mentioned above. The semi-conductor project, comprised of 4 completely different cells, that was also installed virtually in Colorado USA.
We pride ourselves in the services, systems, and innovative solutions we produce for our customers. Every problem that our customers bring to the table, requires the very same principles to ensure a solution is derived. Teamwork, passion innovative thinkers and the ability to look beyond the norm.
Equality Trailblazer - Diversity and inclusion award
An organisation that champions diversity and promotes inclusion in their workforce, their customers and any community outreach work.
Local businesswomen Wendy Maltman worked for several of Scotland’s top design agencies in the early years of her career but found that once she had children, her employers were unable to support with family friendly working practices.
This was the catalyst to setting up her own business, The Malting House, and she initially worked from home while raising her family. Using her lived experience of inequality as a positive force for change, Wendy has continued to blaze a trail for women as her own company has also flourished.
Now, 18 years on, The Malting House has established itself as an award-winning marketing and design agency empowering ambitious businesses to maximise their potential. At the heart of the business are strong core values including ‘care’ and ‘community’ which guide decisions and drive their agenda.
In 2018 The Malting House was recognised in the Dundee Inspire Awards as an employer supportive of young people. Mindful of the obstacles facing young women, the team have made a point of offering work placements for females interested in design and marketing. However, the business is very much founded on the premise of supporting women in all their roles and throughout their whole careers.
As president of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen, Wendy served on a Scottish Government committee to lobby for support for female entrepreneurs and was involved in setting up a mentoring platform with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
Ramanee has a particular interest in digital accessibility and the team regularly provide free training webinars in marketing, branding and social media to the local community through Dundee & Angus and Perthshire Chambers of Commerce, Women Ahead, Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN) and The Association of Scottish Businesswomen.
The Malting House also undertake marketing work for charities such as ‘Feisty Women’, which exists to advance equality and economic justice for older women, and Alternatives Dundee which provide counselling for child loss, and interactive workshops to help young people explore healthy relationships. The company also provides pro-bono design and marketing support for local charities including CHAS, and supports the Rotary Club of Dundee’s Swimathon, charity dinner and Oktoberfest.
The team undertake several volunteering roles where they also seek to promote diversity and inclusion. Debbie is currently president of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network and is seeking to widen the membership especially by age and ethnicity; As a Guide leader, Ramanee promotes positive opportunities for young women; and Wendy is an active member of the Rotary Club of Dundee, recently taking up the role of President Nominee with the intent of becoming only the second female president in the group’s 100-year history in 2023. She is chair of the Youth Engagement Committee and annually donates a week of her time to be a mentor on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award programme.
Wendy is also Vice Chair of Dundee Museum of Transport, reflecting her love of the heritage sector and helping promote the organisation to a more diverse and varied audience.
Accessibility, diversity and inclusion underpin Dundee Science Centre’s mission, with the recently completed £2.1 million capital investment a testament to our commitment. Co-creation and design are at the heart of the project and alongside our assisted needs panel we created a welcoming and inclusive experience, bringing in new exhibits and facilities making the Centre more accessible to all.
We support families by providing a safe welcoming environment for them to reconnect and explore the Science Centre together. We enhance the formal schools' curriculum, inspiring and exciting our next generation of Scientists, Engineers and innovators.
On accessibility, we don’t ask the judging panel to take our word for it! We refer you to the Euan’s Guide website and Claire D’All’s review which gave our newly reconfigured Centre a five-star rating. Claire had agreed to be our Ambassador, helping us to get it right.
We have spent recent months working with the Advocating Together group. This is an independent self-advocacy organisation whose purpose is to help people with learning disabilities and/or accessibility needs to have a stronger voice and as much control as possible over their own lives. Advocating Together members agreed to be videoed talking about their favourite aspects of the recently refurbished Centre and introducing key areas such as our Changing Places Toilet and Sensory Zone. The film we made together will feature on our website and will be utilised as a tool for inviting new audiences to the Centre using the voices and experience of advocates rather than DSC staff.
Throughout the design process of the re-development, we worked with breastfeeding support groups to ensure that our designs supported parents to feel safe and confident to breastfeed whilst they are in the Centre. We are now part of the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland (BFS) national scheme backed by Scottish Government and run by local health boards. The breastfeeding group are now using Café Create for their very first face to face sessions with parents.
We are working with an Improving Gender Balance and Equalities Education Officer to develop a staff training session for our team to ensure our programme development and delivery vocabulary is inclusive.
We are collaborating with the Dundee Wood Recycling Centre with their volunteers building accessible planters made from recycled wood for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility in our outdoor Sensory Garden.
Through the national Association for Science and Discovery Centres ‘Project Inspire’, we are working closely with underrepresented communities to identify how we can connect with audiences digitally in new ways to build relationships and continue to develop widening access programmes.
Our inclusion and diversity strategy, isn’t just another document sitting on a shelf, we live and breathe it through every aspect of what we do at Dundee Science Centre - this is a fascinating and rewarding journey and one we are determined to continue.