24 Apr 2019 | Category: LLEP News

East Midlands businesses have just one week left to enter the Innovation 50

  • Biennial campaign highlights 50 of the region’s most innovative businesses
  • Entries accepted from across the East and West Midlands
  • 30th April deadline fast approaching

Businesses from across the East Midlands are being urged to act fast to enter the Midlands Innovation 50, an in-depth index of the region’s most forward-thinking companies led by law firm Mills & Reeve.

Companies have just one week to submit their details, which will then be assessed by a panel of expert judges before the top 50 are announced in the biennial index. Launched in 2017 by Mills & Reeve, the list is the Midlands’ only innovation-focused ranking system and is designed to celebrate the most ground-breaking businesses and recognise the contribution they make to the region.

Entrants will be assessed for the results that their innovations have delivered to their business, customers and communities and are invited across sectors including manufacturing, engineering and utilities, creative and digital, science, technology and healthcare, retail, consumer and leisure and financial services.

Steve Allen, head of the Birmingham office at Mills & Reeve, said: 

“The Midlands is the home of innovation and talent and we want to showcase and celebrate this. Innovation is everywhere, from life sciences to leisure developments, and our Innovation 50 campaign is about shining a spotlight on those that are leading the way. We’ve already had lots of strong entries but we know that there are plenty more pioneering companies that deserve to be recognised.”

Companies have until 11.59pm on 30 April to submit their details, which can be done quickly and easily in video or written format.  Following submission, entries will be assessed by business leaders from across the region on the benefits the innovation has brought to the business, customers and the wider community. Those judged to be in the 50 top performing innovators will be featured in a printed copy of the Innovation 50 report, distributed across the Midlands and available for download.

Leicester-based children’s entertainment company Sublime Science was included in Mills & Reeve’s 2017 Innovation 50 and Managing Director, Timothy Farnell, believes that inclusion played a key role in developing the company’s regional and national presence. He said:

“Being on the Innovation 50 was a stamp of approval for us and says that we are one of the most innovative companies in the UK. That really differentiates us from the competition. Inclusion came at the start of a period of huge growth for us – inspiring children to discover how awesome science can be is a real privilege but it’s also an incredible amount of work so it really was fantastic to be recognised.”

For more information on the Innovation 50 or to enter visit www.innovationfifty.co.uk and follow the social media activity via @Innovation_50 using the hashtag #MRInno50.

The expert judging panel includes:

  • Anita Bhalla OBE, Chair, Performances Birmingham
  • Susan Hallam MBE, Founder and CEO, Hallam
  • Victoria Copestake, Business Development Manager, Enterprise Loans East Midlands
  • Paul Bassi, CEO, REI Plc
  • Andy Dawson, Director and Co-Founder of Curium Solutions
  • Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
  • James Fry, Head of Life Sciences, Mills & Reeve
  • Mark Hipwell, Pre Construction Manager, Curzon Street Area
  • Tracy Westall, A Board Executive in the Digital and Technology sector for 30 years
  • David Varnham, Partner, Banking and Finance, Mills & Reeve
  • Kath Preston, Enterprise Consultant, Aston University
  • Keith Webb, Deputy Regional Director, HSBC UK

For more information, please contact: admin@llep.org.uk

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