THE INNOVATION AWARDS 2024
KINDLY SUPPORTED BY:

1. Who

The Innovation Awards recognise, celebrate and reward the businesses, organisations and individuals who are dedicated to innovation.

These Awards are open to innovative:

  • Individuals
  • Organisations- such as universities, local Councils, catapults etc 
  • Businesses 

based in the UK.  

2. What

The Awards have 4 main categories:

  1. The Innovators- in the manufacturing, engineering, sustainability, net zero, tech, health tech, defence and public sector spaces.  
  2. Individual Innovators- Female, Male and Young Innovator of the Year.
  3. Innovation Champions– for those who support companies with innovation.
  4. Innovation Thought Leaders-recognising those organisations and individuals who create the platforms, finance and space for innovation

3. How

Companies, organisations and individuals are nominated by themselves or others.  

The judges assess the nominations and produce a shortlist. This shortlist is then put to a public vote, leading to 5 finalists in each category.   

Finalists are interviewed by an independent judging panel of 3 judges.  Interviews will take place in Birmingham on 12th September. Judges come from a range of organisations, including NatWest, EY, Aston University, UoB and Make UK.

Overview of the Awards

The Innovation Awards were started by the Technology Supply Chain in 2021.  The plan: to recognise the companies, individuals and organisations that are involved in or support others with innovation.    

The inaugural Awards, held at Millennium Point on 15th September 2021, were a sell-out success.  The keynote speaker was Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands.  The winners, including renowned names like Ramfoam and Koolmill, were a testament to the high standards of innovation celebrated at the Awards. 

The second Awards were held on 16th September 2022 at a larger venue, Edgbaston Stadium, and once again a sell-out success.  Winners included: Beeswift, Threeway Pressings, and Lifetime Innovator- Charlie Blakemore.

The third Awards were held at a larger venue, the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on Friday 29th October, and, once again, sold-out. Winners include Brandaeur, Passenger Lift SolutionsLow Carbon MaterialsActive Needle and the DRP Group.  

You can find the full list of finalists, winners and those highly commended along with sponsors and partners in our 2023 interactive brochure opposite and on this page.  

The Innovation Awards maximise the exposure of our participants through a finalists evening in October, the Awards ceremony in November and an exclusive dinner for the winners in January.   

AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now closed.
Nominees will be notifed shortly.

1. Eligibility

The Innovation Awards are open to all individuals, businesses and organisations based in the UK.  

Finalists are assessed on the impact of their innovation.  An innovation should have at least 12 months of delivering benefits to the organisation (e.g. sales, cost cutting, net zero etc).  If your innovation has yet to make sales or deliver benefits, then the New Innovation of the Year is for you. 

The Young Innovator of the Year is open to under-35s.

Nominations close on 30th June.  The shortlist will go to the public vote with five finalists going forward in each category.

Finalists will be notified in late July and invited to an interview on 12th September.

There will be a finalist’s evening in October, followed by the Awards Ceremony on 8th November, during which the winner and highly commended in each category will be announced.  

 

2. Innovation Champions

The Innovation Champion Awards are open to organisations (e.g. universities, catapults etc.) and companies (e.g. design, marketing, IT, professional services etc.) that support businesses with innovation and growth through consultancy, workshops and advice.

Manufacturing Innovation Champion is awarded to the company or organisation that has done the most to support innovation in manufacturing.  

Tech Innovation Champion is awarded to the company or organisation that has done the most to support innovation in digital and technology companies.

Growth Innovation Champion is awarded to the company or organisation that has most helped another business or organisation to innovate and grow.

Finalists must have a proven track record of supporting innovation in other businesses.  

 

3. Innovation Thought Leaders

Thought leaders support others with innovation by providing finance, facilities, inspirational platforms (e.g. meetings, memberships, speaking opportunities etc.) or technology.  There are two categories: 

  1. Businesses and organisations 
  2.  Individuals

We are looking for:
 
  • Businesses who supply a product or service that helps others to innovate
  • Funded projects and public organisations that provided grants, facilities or a platform for innovation
  • Individuals who have inspired innovation in the business community through events, platforms etc.
 
Previous winners include public organisations, tax consultancies, cyber firms, universities and finance companies.  
 

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Manufacturing Innovator of the Year
  • Engineering Innovator of the Year
  • Construction Innovator of the Year
  • Net Zero Innovator of the Year
  • Sustainability Innovator of the Year
  • Defence Innovator of the Year
  • Tech Innovator of the Year
  • Health Tech Innovator of the Year
  • Media Innovator of the Year
  • Male Innovator of the Year
  • Female Innovator of the Year
  • Young Innovator of the Year
  • Manufacturing Innovation Champion
  • Technology Innovation Champion
  • Growth Innovation Champion
  • Innovation Thought Leader- Organisation
  • Innovation Thought Leader- Individual
  • New Innovation of the Year

Nominations for Innovation Awards 2024

Please enter the details for your nominee below. Please complete another nomination form to nominate them in another category.

Nomination Details

Please select the nomination category.
Award Category(Required)
In the case of an individual, please include the name of their company or organisation.
Nominated Person or Contact(Required)
When nominating a company or organisation, please provide the details of the main contact.
Please enter the best email for the individual or the contact at the business or organisation you are nominating.
Please enter the web site for the business or organisation you are nominating.
Please enter the location of the business or organisation you are nominating.
In no more than 100 words, please explain why you are nominating the above business, individual or organisation. What have they done which is innovative in terms of developing or helping others to develop new products, services or processes?

Your Details

Your Name(Required)
In the case of an individual, please include the name of their company or organisation.
Please enter your work email address.

AWARDS CEREMONY 2024

1. Eligibility

The Innovation Awards are open to all individuals, businesses and organisations based in the UK.  

Finalists are assessed on the impact of their innovation.  An innovation should have at least 12 months of delivering benefits to the organisation (e.g. sales, cost cutting, net zero etc).  If your innovation has yet to make sales or deliver benefits, then the New Innovation of the Year is for you. 

The Young Innovator of the Year is open to under-35s.

Nominations close on 17th May.  The shortlist will go to the public vote in early June.

Finalists will be notified in late June and invited to an interview in September which they or a representative must attend.  

There will be a finalist’s evening in October, followed by the Awards Ceremony in November.  

 

2. Innovation Champions

The Innovation Champion Awards are open to organisations (e.g. universities, catapults etc.) and companies (e.g. design, marketing, IT, professional services etc.) that support businesses with innovation and growth through consultancy, workshops and advice.

Manufacturing Innovation Champion is awarded to the company or organisation that has done the most to support innovation in manufacturing.  

Tech Innovation Champion is awarded to the company or organisation that has done the most to support innovation in digital and technology companies.

Growth Innovation Champion is awarded to the company or organisation that has most helped another business or organisation to innovate and grow.

 

3. Innovation Thought Leaders

Thought leaders support others with innovation by providing finance, facilities, inspirational platforms (e.g. meetings, memberships, speaking opportunities etc.) or technology.

There are two categories 

  1. Businesses and organisations 
  2.  Individuals.  
We are looking for:
 
  • Businesses who supply a product or service that enables others to innovate
  • Funded projects that have provided grants or facilities for innovation
  • Public organisations that provide a platform (real and/ or virtual) for innovation
  • Individuals who have inspired innovation in the business community through events, platforms etc.
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WHEN

From 6pm – midnight on Friday 8th November 2024

WHERE

The Eastside Rooms, Woodcock Street,

Birmingham B7 4BL

BUY TICKETS

This is your opportunity to meet decision makers, leading business influencers, business owners, MDs and those working in innovation.  The Awards attract businesses and organisations from across the region.

1. Individual Tickets

Tickets for the black-tie Innovation Awards 2024 ceremony at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham from 6 pm on Friday 8th November.

Price includes the drinks reception, a delicious 3-course dinner and entertainment with 2 bottles of white wine, a bottle of red wine, a bucket of beers and two jugs of juice placed on your table.

£160 (£192 inc. VAT)

2. A Half Table for 6

A half-table for 6 at the black-tie Innovation Awards 2024 ceremony at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham from 6 pm on Friday 8th November.

Price includes the drinks reception, a delicious 3-course dinner and entertainment with 2 bottles of white wine, a bottle of red wine, a bucket of beers and two jugs of juice placed on your table.

£850 (£1,020 inc. VAT)

3. A Standard Table for 12

A table for 12 at the black-tie Innovation Awards 2024 ceremony at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham from 6 pm on Friday 8th November.

Price includes the drinks reception, a delicious 3-course dinner and entertainment with 2 bottles of white wine, a bottle of red wine, a bucket of beers and two jugs of juice placed on your table.

£1,600 (£1,920 inc. VAT)

4. A Platinum Table for 12

A platinum table for 12 at the black-tie Innovation Awards 2024 ceremony at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham from 6 pm on Friday 8th November.

Price includes everything with a table of 12 plus a premium drinks package  and free annual membership of the Technology Supply Chain (worth £500) for you and each of your guests 

£2,000 (£2,400 inc. VAT)

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE
OUR 2024 HEADLINE SPONSOR

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With unrivalled expertise within innovation funding and tax relief, Ryan supports UK companies with their business growth by enabling them to fund their future. Our specialist team will assess your business’s eligibility for our wide range of innovation funding services, ranging from grant funding and the patent box to commercial property tax relief and research and development. 

DIAMOND SPONSOR

Starting Point Recruitment (SPR) are proud of their unique approach that breaks the mould of traditional recruitment agencies. They donate 100% of their profits to charity and are driving the responsible recruitment revolution.  Since 2003, they have been transforming lives, businesses and local communities through their socially conscious recruitment experience.  

DIAMOND SPONSOR

The Technology Supply Chain is a membership for manufacturing, engineering and technology companies.  We help our over 4,000 members to innovate and grow by connecting them with the grants, funded programmes and support they need.  You are invited to find out more and join us at https://www.technologysupplychain.co.uk

GOLD SPONSORS

WMG is a globally renowned research organisation with internationally recognised expertise and facilities.

We are both an academic department of the University of Warwick, and one of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult centres. WMG is a leading international role model for successful collaboration between academia and the public and private sectors, accelerating and de-risking innovation for industry, driving cutting edge R&D to develop the brightest ideas and talent to shape our future.

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Our services include communication design, brand development, digital experiences, content creation, motion graphics and print & digital publishing.

Find out how we can move your business forward and attract the clients you want.   

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BCU has put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We’re investing £340 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city-centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities.

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We’re well-known for our online qualifications, from GCSE courses and A-level courses to recognised childcare courses and teaching assistant qualifications in Ofsted-regulated environments. Our courses are thoughtfully developed to allow you to study at a speed that suits you, with access to additional resources like past papers. So whether you’re looking to use Oxbridge to get to University or into a new job, our home learning courses will enable you to gain real-world, recognised qualification.

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At Talbots we are different.

Our tone is conversational and our aim is to avoid legal jargon wherever possible. We showcase our expertise not through long words, but by communicating technicalities clearly and simply.

Our culture is one of a fun firm that employs real people with a sense of humour and friendliness, while remaining professional enough to provide assurance that we’re the best people for the job.

For over 23 years, Pathway Group has been at the forefront with support for individuals looking to upskill and reskill. Founded in the Midlands, we now operate across the North-West, Greater London, and other regions of the UK, delivering a range of qualifications, courses, programmes, and employer-led solutions to meet the needs of communities and all our stakeholders.

 

We are driven to empower individuals to develop their skills to achieve their career goals. We understand that learning is about acquiring new knowledge and skills, applying them in an ever-changing workplace, and achieving tangible results.

 

Whether you want to progress in your career or grow your business, you need a partner to implement your talent and organisational development plans. We want to be considered as your preferred partner of choice.

The Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards aims to showcase talent and diversity within multicultural communities through the celebration of those working hard to overcome adversity to achieve their goals through apprenticeships. The awards highlight the achievements of apprentices and the contribution of employers and learning providers who have assisted them along their journey.

The 30 awards, across 16 different categories, highlight the achievements of apprentices and the contribution of employers and learning providers who have assisted them along their journey. 

A panel of 20 expert judges reviewed over 450 submissions to select the 2023 winners.

The awards recognise apprentices in a range of sectors including accounting and finance; health, medical and social care; retail, hospitality and tourism; engineering and manufacturing; creative, media and marketing; and transport and logistics.

 

YOUR HOST

PHIL UPTON

Phil is well-known across the Midlands after his years with BRMB, Heart and the host of the BBC CWR Breakfast Show.

Phil is in demand as host and compere for corporate and charity events, hosting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Symphony Hall, The Jaguar Land Rover Awards and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Self-described as, Broadcast TV & Radio Presenter, Event Host, Public Speaker, Mature Model, Fundraising Consultant and Road Cyclist, Phil has done a brilliant job of hosting the Innovation Awards since their inception in 2021.

THE TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY CHAIN

The Technology Supply Chain is a membership for manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses.  We connect our members to grants, fully funded support and new opportunities.

Our members use the support available to innovate. So, we developed the Innovation Awards to recognise, celebrate and reward all innovative companies and organisations.

The TSC (as we are affectionately known) is a Community Interest Company with over 4,000 members. Our partners include Aston, BCU, Birmingham, Coventry, Warwick and Wolverhampton universities as well as the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Make UK and Tech WM.

CONTACT US

You are invited to contact us at:

Address:
Grosvenor House,
11 St Paul’s Square,
Birmingham.
B3 1RB

Phone: 0121 232 8630

Email: richard@technologysupplychain.co.uk