Guy & Co-Creation ®

Inaugural Award


Our inaugural Guy & Co-Creation Award drew impressive entries from new food & drink innovations, and the winner of our most recent award was announced as entrepreneur, Andrew Clark Hutchison with Dark Art Gin.

Former Scotland Food and Drink chief executive Paul McLaughlin, who joined our judging panel, said: “I saw a real vision from Andrew. His was a compelling story of the brand and its home in Kirkcudbright. The distillery and visitor centre he is creating, coupled with his funding, drive and exporting ambitions make this a real product to watch.”

We’re currently helping Andrew supercharge his idea with a great consumer-validated brand proposition, identity and packaging design, to support its launch later this year. Stay tuned for updates, and for the next award opening for entries.


So why are we doing this?

1. To support the food & drink industry in Scotland

It’s an industry we love and one that we are grateful for, because it has helped grow the agency through our wide range of fantastic food & drink clients. We want to support the ambition of Scotland Food & Drink (of which we’re members) to grow the industry value to £30bn by 2030.


2. To promote the importance of branding to an entrepreneur or SME with a great idea

It’s estimated that 85% of new product launches fail. Entrepreneurs and start-ups often focus strongly on perfecting the product offering and not enough on understanding and defining the benefit the product can deliver or the best way to package and communicate the idea to target consumers.


3. Because we are experts at turning great ideas into winning brands

Being market ready with validated positioning and consumer appeal is the key to commercial success. At Guy & Co, our blend of creative and research firepower de-risks failure by involving the end consumer much earlier in the brand development process. We identify their drivers and behaviours, and convert that insight into brands which are meaningful to the target audience and distinct in the marketplace, ultimately triggering engagement and purchase.

This distinct and systematic agency approach has a proven track record, with our successful brand launches and re-launches including Actiph water, Smokehead whisky and Stephens bakery.


What exactly is the prize?

We’re collaborating with two of our trusted agency partners to offer a comprehensive go-to-market prize package worth more than £65,000.

Consumer-validated brand identity, packaging, sell-in materials & website

Value: £57,248
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PR Strategy

Value: £2,500
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3 Months' Financial Advisory

Value: £5,565
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Who can enter?

The Guy & Co-creation® Award is aimed at Scottish food & drink manufacturers who are looking to take their product or brand to the next level of commercialisation.

All entrants should not only be able to demonstrate a winning product idea but also have a clear route to market and production capability.

Eligibility Criteria


Ticking all the boxes above? We’d love you to enter.

If you have any questions about the entry criteria or process, please email


How should you put together your entry?
and how will it be judged?


We’re creative people here at Guy & Co, so we want you to be as creative as you like with your entry.

Give it your own flavour, using either the written or spoken word:


Each eligible entry will be judged by a panel, which includes the independent judge Paul McLaughlin, former Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink. Paul brings more than 25 years’ industry experience, from global giants like Mars and Coca-Cola to great Scottish companies like Scotty Brand.

The panel will judge each entry based on commercial and creative potential, with a specific weighting to a number of key criteria:

5 shortlisted entries will then be subject to consumer testing and an interview with the judging panel to assess the commercial potential and highlight opportunities for brand development.


when is it all happening?

call for entries

entries close and judging begins

5 shortlisted entries announced and consumer tested

Winner announced and brand development begins

New brand unveiled


Once you meet the eligibility criteria you can enter here.

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