Yesterday we were delighted to be at Glasgow’s Inspiring City Awards. We’re even more delighted to announce that our very own Andrew Duncan has won the “Outstanding Contribution by a Business Leader” award.
Andrew Duncan is the Founder and Managing Director of SwarmOnline, a leading software development company with headquarters in Glasgow. Andrew has strategically nurtured and developed SwarmOnline over the course of the 6 years since he started the company to a point where it is now part of a group of companies that he set up under the ‘November 21’ banner. Andrew’s role within November 21 now involves leading innovation and growth within the group, spotting gaps in the market and identifying tech trends that his businesses can address. As a highly creative individual with an entrepreneurial spark he inspires his team and encourages everyone in the business to generate ideas.
Andrew’s role is not limited to developing SwarmOnline and the other businesses in November 21, he is also often invited to speak at events and conferences on a local level in Glasgow and internationally. He shares his success story with new starts and fellow entrepreneurs who are inspired by his story of a small Glasgow start-up that now wins contracts with major national and international businesses. He is also regularly invited to share his expertise in software development with key players in the tech industry and portray how he has applied this expertise in projects within his own businesses. Andrew spends his time inspiring people; his teams, fellow entrepreneurs, new starts in Glasgow and developers around the world. His leading innovation and progress in software development has put not just his companies but Glasgow too, on the global technology map.
The annual awards, run by The Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, are in their sixth year now. Andrew was fortunate enough to win two years ago in the category for young leaders. Andrew said “it’s an honour to have been nominated let alone win the award. Who would have thought that I could go from programmer to leader in such a short space of time. I’m extremely fortunate to have a strong support network of colleagues, family and friends who share in my passion to grow a sustainable workplace that’s a fun and rewarding place to be. Without the team I’m no leader, so this award is very much shared with the team.”
He also went onto say “thank you to the event organisers for planning and hosting an extremely enjoyable evening. It was inspiring to learn of some of the other wonderful initiatives happening in our city. I say hats off to everyone nominated and all the other winners.”