THE hunt is on for Scotland's top inventor with the relaunch of the country's leading innovation awards scheme.

The John Logie Baird Awards Programme, launched with the full support of the Baird family, looks set to put Scotland on the map for global innovation after a five-year break.

Malcolm Baird, son of television inventor John, said: "The John Logie Baird Awards Programme is special as it encourages Scotland's finest innovators to turn their ideas into reality.

"The potential is there, so our family are delighted to give full support to the programme."

Previous winners include: a monitor that ensures bar staff serve a full pint, the world's first kilt-making qualification and a device which prevents moisture building up in bagpipes and causing them to go out of tune.

The John Logie Baird Awards Programme, organised by the GO (Glasgow Opportunities) Group in partnership with Biggart Baillie, LINC Scotland, NESTA and the University of Glasgow, is open to individuals and companies.

Entrants will compete to win £20,000 worth of product support and marketing support.

GO Group chief executive Isabell Majewsky, said: "The awards aim to identify innovators, as well as discover the next generation of John Logie Bairds."

The competition is free to enter. Visit www. for details.