Beyond the Finish Line wins both judges and public award at Lighthouse Design Impact Awards

A project which helped young entrepreneurs start their own social enterprises and revive Glasgow’s high streets has won both the judges and public award at last night’s prestigious Design Impact Awards, held at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. 

Co-ordinated jointly by Firstport, the social enterprise start-up agency and Icecream Architecture, Beyond the Finish Line used the momentum of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the imagination of Glasgow’s young people to find social enterprise solutions to the issue of high street and town centre decline.

Sarah Frood, Creative Director of Icecream Architecture said: “We've immersed ourselves in the Beyond the Finish Line project over the past 12 months, so receiving these awards is great recognition and a massive achievement for us as a small organisation.

“The young people involved have shown dedicated innovation throughout and the social impact of their businesses will continue long into the future."

Karen McGregor, Chief Executive of Firstport said: “We are absolutely delighted that Beyond the Finish Line has won this prestigious award. 

“To win not only the judges but the public award too is a fantastic accolade for our design partner Icecream Architecture. Design played a very important part in delivering Beyond the Finish Line. We needed to attract the right age group, create a space that the young people felt ownership of and develop a brand that they were proud to be associated with.” 

The project has produced a variety of exciting initiatives including a youth culture magazine, an upcycling enterprise, an illustration company, confidence workshops for young mothers and a community cinema.

Beyond the Finish Line has prestigious Legacy status, awarded to projects in 2014 that will work towards creating a more prosperous, inclusive and accessible Glasgow. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.