This year’s winners of the Glass Focus Awards were unveiled at a black-tie dinner at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

On November 16th, businesses from across the glass supply chain came together to celebrate the many achievements of the industry over the last 12 months.

Ardagh Glass Packaging took home the British Glass Company of the year award along with the sustainable practice award for their NextGen Furnace.

The other big winner was Encirc, taking home three awards on the night, including the innovative solution award for their digital bottle.

Vitritech Limited celebrated winning the inaugural SME member of the year award, and other winners on the night included Verallia UK, Beatson Clark, Guardian Industries UK and Saint-Gobain Glass.

British Glass CEO Dave Dalton said: “It was a pleasure to gather with representatives from the industry in Manchester to celebrate the incredible achievements from across the glass supply chain.

“As we face challenges both within the UK and beyond, it is all the more vital that we come together to acknowledge and celebrate the immense strides we have made over the past year.

“We have seen some truly remarkable entries this year, from the incredible innovations that allow our industry to continually evolve and the sustainable actions that drive us forward to our goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions, to the beautiful designs that adorn our buildings and bottles, the unrivalled talent of our workforce and everything in between.

“We are all extremely proud of the work we have done over the last year, and we look forward to continuing to build on our successes in 2024 and beyond.”

The full list of winners from the Glass Focus Awards 2023 are:

Design of the year – container (sponsored by Packaging Innovations and Empack): Barra Gin by Verallia UK

Design of the year – flat (sponsored by The Glass and Glazing Federation): One Black Friars by Guardian Industries UK

Innovative solution (sponsored by Glass Technology Services): The digital bottle by Encirc

Health and safety action (sponsored by Glass International): Hearing protection by Beatson Clark

Strengthening business through people (sponsored by Glass Worldwide): Rostered training project by Encirc

Rising Star (sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers): Beata Zalinska at Saint-Gobain Glass

Marketing Impact (sponsored by awesome): Embedding our mission by Encirc

Sustainable Practice (sponsored by Brook Green Supply Ltd): NextGen Furnace by Ardagh Glass Packaging

SME member of the year: VitriTech Limited

British Glass Company of the Year: Ardagh Glass Packaging