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Sustainability, culture and locality are the key trends from this year's Scottish Event Awards nominations

Sustainability, locality and culture are the three key trends that stuck out in this years Scottish Event Awards nominations.

The judging panel, including Eilidh Muir, The Gloag Foundation and Ben Woolf, RPM; found that while looking at local and sustainable events, they needed to focus on the cultural impact too.

Chairman of the judging panel, Damian Clarke, managing director, Undercurrent said: "There were some excellent entries this year and as the panel went through each of them, we decided to focus on three key themes throughout the judging process.

"We felt that success should be attributed to events that added real value to the local communities they were run in, offer a culturally diverse experience whilst remaining true to Scotland's rich heritage and offer excellent sustainability by both creating a legacy long after the event and ensuring their processes were environmentally sound."

The complete shortlist of nominations is available now.

Companies shortlisted in the cultural event of the year category are: HebCelt Festival, Curated Place and the Scottish Martime Museum

Another category that stood out for the panel was the student event of the year.

Clarke said “There are some really strong ideas coming through and there are lots of courses in Scotland talking about events management and experiential installation.

"These students generally have a very little budget to work with, but that is only going to be great for our industry as it grows. People should learn that you need to cut your teeth on a small budget, on a tight timeline. We need to make sure that we have these exciting talents coming though the business."

Tables are available now to book for the awards ceremony at The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on Wednesday 11 October.

Sponsors for the event are: EventScotland, Your Event Scotland, Special EFX and TINT

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