This is always an interesting category, every year the judges are impressed and often bamboozled by the range of technology that is presented to them.

They’ve seen everything from a revolutionary self-locking lifting hook for the offshore, mining, construction, shipping industries; pre-made drilling assemblies; models for offshore tidal power; and down hole drilling widgets.

Gordon Stirling presenting Gregor & Grant Keenan with their award Last year the Wood Group Award for Innovation was presented to Keenan Recycling. The firm was set up when company director Grant Keenan saw a gap in the market for organic recycling, and has grown to operate out of a £3.2 million facility at New Deer. The plant recycles garden waste from local authorities for use as chemical-free compost for farming and gardening, while food waste from businesses across Scotland is processed for use as a soil improver. The judging panel felt Keenan was a business founded on innovation, with a fearless team that was prepared to use their innovative thinking to solve problems.

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