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Best Engineer prize awarded by Cathy Breeze on behalf of EIBF


Ahmed Nassar and Matej Papp were awarded the Best Engineer Award for £1,000 by Cathy Breeze on behalf of the Engineers in Business Fellowship.  Their idea is to integrate engineering design with understanding for combat sports.  Boxfluence aims to create a range of novel training equipment that will be needed in any combat sports gym.  Boxfluence aims to be recognised as one of the few in the industry who carry a green initiative and support youth.
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Ahmed Nassar                Cathy Breeze               Matej Papp

Engineers in Business Fellowship is one of the main sponsors of the University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition with sponsorship totalling £3,000 which, this year, was shared between 3 of our finalists.

Business Competition Top Prize Winner


Simon Hay from Fortrose won the Top Prize in the University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition 2021 with his entry - Green Space Farms.  Simon's idea is for Scotland's first vertical freight farming system, creating perfect growing conditions anywhere, all year round.  Green Space Farms grow organic, nutritious and economical food on sustainable, zero-emission farms offering a step forward in the democratising nutrition for the people of Scotland whilst protecting the planet.  

The Top Prize includes a cash prize of £1,000 and both a legal and accountancy package sponsored by Harper Macleod LLP and Johnston Carmichael.

Keynote Speaker: The Lunchbox Boys


The keynote speaker at our virtual Awards Ceremony for the University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition on Thursday, 20th May 2021 was Sam Cairns of the Lunchbox Boys.  

The Lunchbox boys have developed a range of private catering services and built a reputation for producing local food created with passion, with first class customer service.  This commitment now sits at the heart of their business.  Whether catering for two people or two hundred, they stay true to their values, and always with a smile!

Business Competition Finals Event


The 2021 Business Competition Finals Event was run virtually for the first time.  The event started with all invited to attend opening their Big Night in Box which had been posted to them.   The box contained all sorts of goodies to sweeten the way for the event itself including hot chocolate, marshmallows, popcorn, sweets and a miniature bottle of gin.

The evening was a culmination of a process whereby the shortlisted finalists had presented their ideas to a judging panel made up of Mark Bell from Impact 30, David Massey from the Apprentice Store, Sam Cribb from HBS Ring Ltd and Peter Dennis from Wave Energy Scotland during the day with the awards being presented in the evening of the same day.

Case Study: Neil Pirritt


Neil Pirritt was an Inverness College UHI Engineering Systems student whose idea was a Bow Buddy.  

"Bow Buddy opens up a previously restricted world to the physically disabled and impaired with a cost effective and simple solution."

Neil was awarded the Best Engineering Award along with a cash prize courtesy of our sponsor, Engineers in Business Fellowship.

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