THE role played by Glasgow businesses in shaping the local and world economies will be celebrated at an awards scheme which returns for a 22nd time this year.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has issued a call for entries from the city’s burgeoning company scene for the Glasgow Business Awards. The Herald is the media partner for this year’s event, which features 13 contested awards as well the prize for Glasgow’s Favourite Business, sponsored by the Evening Times, sister title of The Herald. It is the only category decided by a public vote.

The awards, which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on October 3, will see the presentation of the Most Outstanding Business award, sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, before culminating with the Lifetime Achievement Award, won last year by Bill Munro, founder of Barrhead Travel.

Richard Muir, deputy chief executive of Glasgow Chamber, said: “Last year we celebrated The Glasgow Business Awards coming of age, and now as we move forward into our twenties, we’re thrilled to continue to champion the local business community.

“We’re in an important phase in the city’s economic history and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has been working closely with key stakeholders to develop the “Glasgow narrative”, telling the business story of our great city. The overall aim is to understand how well the world recognises our economic assets and capabilities, positioning the region against other urban areas across the globe.”

Jim McIntyre, regional director of Royal Bank, said: “This is our third year supporting these awards and we continue to be inspired by the outstanding entrants who call this city their home. “